Nyanyadzi Primary School Grade 7 class at Nyanyadzi has raised funds and built a house for an old woman from a nearby village.

The initiative started as a normal Family, Religious and Moral Education lesson but eventually turned into a humanitarian gesture as students mobilised their little resources to build a house for a local 84-year-old widowed granny.

The elderly woman, Mbuya Erica Mumera, was living with her two orphaned grandchildren, Leon, a Grade 7 pupil and Auditor, in Grade 2 in a single hut after their other hut was destroyed by heavy rains early this year.

The class of 37, led by their teacher Nicholas Chinyanya, all contributed the little money they could afford to construct a house and today Mbuya Mumera is a proud owner of the well-built structure.

Responding to the gesture, Mbuya Mumera said:

I am a TB patient and I can not do any hard work because of my age. Our hut fell early this year so I had to live with my grandchildren in this house. I was shocked when this good man (teacher) told me that they want to build a house for us and now they have done it.

I want to thank those children for growing up knowing that there are those whom they can help despite being that young. Even their teacher has showed a good heart.

For the teacher, Nicholas Chinyanya, the gesture is testimony that students are learning and practising what they are being taught at school. He said:

While conducting our lesson the children voted to identify the neediest within the categories that we had chosen and they identified this household.

He added that they then mobilised funds to build her the house.