——-Toyota Zambia Limited has donated over K110, 000 to a Catholic-run School in Mazabuka district for the completion of a 1X3 classroom block.
Toyota Zambia Limited Corporate Affairs Manager, Gilbert Mfuya, said his company believes that participating in the school project will provide an opportunity for the underprivileged children to obtain a firm primary education foundation which is the right of every child.
Mr Mfuya made the donation of K111,542 to James Corboy Primary School at a colourful ceremony held within the school premises.
He reiterated Toyota Zambia‘s commitment through its Corporate Socio Responsibility Program which is aimed at improving the quality of life for the communities where it operates.
Mr Mfuya said his company remains committed to supporting tangible projects embarked on by communities in areas of health, education and safety.
Mr Mfuya added that Toyota Zambia Limited is pleased to partner with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Mazabuka in order to foster the development of infrastructure at the school which runs from Pre-school to Grade Three.
“Toyota Zambia partnered with Sisters of the Holy Spirit under the able leadership of Sister Mariana Bbalo to construct this 1X3 classroom block to provide adequate learning facilities, particularly, that of Grades 3 and 4,” he said.
He pointed out that the donation demonstrates the commitment that Toyota attaches to children’s education, saying the company has so far spent a total of K201, 000 on the school rehabilitation project currently embarked on by the Catholic sisters.
“The donation we are presenting here today of K111, 542.69 demonstrates such commitment and brings the total spent by Toyota Zambia on this project to K201, 171.69. We trust that this will go a long way in assisting Sisters of the Holy Spirit and James Corboy School realise its vision of completing the construction of the classroom block,” said Mr Mfuya.
And speaking earlier Sisters of the Holy spirit Secretary General, Mariana Bbalo, thanked Toyota Zambia for the donation, saying the money will go a long way in helping to improve the infrastructure currently existing at the school.
Sr Bbalo expressed gratitude to Toyota Zambia, saying the money given will see the final completion of the 1X3 classroom block which will be used by pupils in Grades 3 and 4.
She observed that the move by Sisters to set up the school is one way of answering the needs of the people, especially the poor and vulnerable young children.
Sr Bbalo noted that by nature, children are vulnerable and need care, love and protection especially these days when society has been a threat to the young ones.
She emphasised that as Sisters of the Holy Spirit, their aim is to offer quality education to the learners in the school in order to increase the possibility of the children to live productive lives as adults who will contribute to the development of mother Zambia.
Sr Bbalo said their desire is to cultivate attitudes that are in line with the values of Jesus Christ and, therefore, all activities at the school revolve around the realisation that faith can sharpen and give focus to one’s intellectual endeavours.
She further assured Toyota Zambia that the contribution given to the school will be used for the intended purpose, adding that upon its completion a financial report will be submitted as a way of accountability towards the funds.