Birmingham— Thanks to the fundraising work of students at Birmingham Covington School, two tractors will be sent to villages around Lusaka, Zambia, to help residents in the south African nation cultivate crops.
During an assembly Friday, students presented George Sherman, director of Project COPE in the U.S., with a check for $15,803.43 to buy the tractors and transport them to Zambia. Via Skype, Sherman and the students spoke with Victor Phiri, COPE project director in Zambia, about the aid effort.
The tractors are needed because a recent outbreak of hoof and mouth disease killed most of the draft animals in many villages near Lusaka, forcing farmers to use manual labor to plant and harvest maize.
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