Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company in partnership with Alliance One on Thursday (28 July) donated learning materials to pupils affected by Tropical Storm Ana at Mikundi Primary School, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mduwa in Mchinji District.
The school is among those whose roof tops were blown off due to Tropical Storm Ana-induced incessant rains and winds.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Limbe Leaf representative, Leah Hez said the gesture is part of their social responsibility.
“We were informed that the school was among those that were affected by Tropical Storm Ana hence our donation today. We hope that the donation will help learners to realize their dreams,” said Hez.
In her remarks; the District Education Manager for Mchinji, Nelly Kamtedza thanked the two companies for the assistance.
“When Ana hit us some months ago, we were at a loss. We knew that schools and learners would take time to recover.
“A big thank you to Limbe Leaf and Alliance One for this will go a long way in touching lives of many, not just the learners but even the surrounding communities as it lessens the burden of recovering from the disaster,” said Kamtedza.
Kamtedza then appealed to other companies to borrow a leaf from the two entities.
“The school needs rehabilitation; some school blocks are in bad shape due to the effects of the storm. Rehabilitation of the school blocks will go a long way in reducing congestion in classrooms,” she said.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (RRO) for Mchinji Violet Jimu also commended Limbe Leaf and Alliance One for the gesture.
The donated learning materials included; school bags, exercise books, pens, and pencils. Mikundi Primary School has 2,335 learners.