St Ludger Secondary School in Marondera East constituency recently received a major facelift after a local church erected a perimeter wall around the learning institution.

The school is touted as one of the biggest in rural Marondera with a wide catchment area for the newly-resettled farmers in the Masomera area, about 35km from Marondera town.

The 1km fence was donated by the Assemblies of God-Spiritual Movement (AoG-SM) founded in 1978 by the late Francis Nyika, headquartered in Marondera.

The movement parted ways with US$9 216 for the fencing project.

Speaking at a handover ceremony at the school yesterday, AoG-SM secretary-general Luckmore Zinyama said the donation was funded by church members.

“We are happy that we have achieved this, erecting a perimeter fence at the school for the benefit of learners, teaching staff and the community at large,” said Zinyama.

“The whole project was funded by church members. As a church we have been working together with the school since 2005.

“Three students, who were AoG-SM members approached the authorities seeking permission to start a group called Light of Hope inspired by our late founder Reverend Nyika.

“We have been preaching to learners for some time, spreading the message of holiness. Today we have come with this gift of the perimeter fence.”

 Marondera East legislator Vimbai Mutokonyi, who was the guest of honour at the event, hailed the church for the role it is playing in community development.

“This is a great initiative by AoG-SM in giving back to the community. The learners and teaching staff need support from various stakeholders and today we are here celebrating what the church has done.

“This major facelift is welcome and we appeal to other denominations to copy and bring development to our schools,” said Mutokonyi.

AoG-SM boasts a number of branches across the country. — NewsDay

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