A project to ‘bring home the bacon’ to fund teachers’ pay at a primary school in Zimbabwe has been made possible by Maidenhead Rotary Club.
The club’s international committee has made a donation of £500 for the Chitakatira Primary School, in Mutare, to purchase a new boar and sow to restart its pig-breeding project.
The income raised by the sale of piglets is used to cover the salaries of auxiliary teaching staff not paid by the government. During the Covid-19 lockdown in Zimbabwe all the project’s pigs, with the exception of one sow, had to be sold off.
Rotarian John Hudson, from the international committee, said: “The new pigs were delivered to Mutare last week and handed over to the school. The income from the project will depend on how many piglets can be raised and sold. The school is very grateful for our donation as it does not have sufficient funds to buy the pigs itself.”
The project is run with the support of Reading-based charity Creating Better Futures which aims to break the cycle of poverty through education to give children the opportunity of a better future for themselves and their communities.