A local woman says a trip to her home village in Zimbabwe, which she has been fundraising money for, was an emotional one.

Faustinah Ndlovu travelled back to her home village in Rusape, Zimbabwe on August 20, where she got to see and help with the project she has been fundraising for.

The project was raising money so the villagers had the resources to build a new kindergarten linked to her former school, Domboreshato Primary School, which four surrounding villages will be able to use.

She is also looking to renovate the school library, and then go on to work on a community development project to empower the parents in looking after their children and themselves.


Ms Ndlovu worked with the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust to gather and send over books before the visit.

On August 2 they closed the doors of the old kindergarten building for the last time and, together as a community, walked the children to their new building.

They will start using it at the beginning of September.

"Seeing those kids having a big smile, so happy and excited to use their new building, it was emotional."

The kindergarten is now all built, but still needs to be painted, furnished and needs a playground for the children, she said.

She said the money she fundraised from walking 21km with a 20-litre bucket of water balanced on her head they had managed to get some windows, do the plastering, cement the floor and build the toilet.

"It's really overwhelming. It started as a small idea and things are just really doing well."

Ms Ndlovu said she was hoping this time next year they would be able to have an official opening for both the kindergarten and the school library.

The villagers had also been talking about using the kindergarten building as a clinic and a night-time study area, she said.

She said she also had four of her Kiwi friends from Christchurch travel over and visit the community as well, and they all shed a few tears during the visit.

Her friends received a welcoming of over 100 people.

Ms Ndlovu said her friends gave a soccer ball to the community, which the adults and children now take turns with.

"It was really great to see that one soccer ball was being used to the max."

She said it was these small things which we could take for granted here.

"It's been a journey and this is an ongoing project, and I hope that people still get behind it."

Ms Ndlovu said she would like to thank everyone who had "basically walked this life changing journey with me".

For more information on the Tariro Project, visit her Facebook page - tariroprojectzimbabwe.