In a bid to raise K500 000 (about $768) for the rehabilitation of the Mulunguzi Secondary School, the Southern Region Chapter of the school’s Alumni on Monday held a family fair at Sports Complex in Blantyre.
Chairperson for the chapter, Reverend Moyenda Kanjerwa said the fundraising event was aimed at restoring the school “to its former glory”.
He said the school is in a dilapidated state and needs urgent rehabilitation.
“The situation is bad, desks are broken, walls are dirty, roofs are wrecked, some toilets are not working and kitchen equipment is not working properly. This is affecting students’ performance,” said Kanjerwa.
Activities included jumping castle for children, selling of second hand clothes and furniture auctioning.
George Malikebu one of the alumni said the event was “successful” and that they plan to hold other fund raising activities.
Some alumni of the school in diaspora formed Mulunguzi Trust to raise funds to help the dilapidated state of the government funded school.
“We engage in fund raising activities to pull resources together to refurbish the institution,” said Malembe Makawa a member of the Mulunguzi Trust based in Manchester, UK.
The school was opened in 1985 with all the necessary learning facilities including hostels, football pitch, basket ball and netball court, a hall, kitchen, teaching blocks and dormitories build under the World Bank’s IDA Project
The alumni wants to raise funds to renovate the school hostels, replace worn out fittings in the hostels, purchase additional chairs and desks for students, replace or service the cooking pots in the kitchen and buy books for the library or teaching.