Raj Modi bails out Greenfield Primary School Greenfield Infant Primary School Teacher-in-charge Nomusa Nyathi shows the toilet that is being built for infants by the Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South Hon Raj Modi at the school in Bellevue suburb yesterday

Sikhumbuzo Moyo

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BULAWAYO South legislator Cde Raj Modi has come to the rescue of Greenfield Primary School’s infants’ department and constructed a toilet block to the tune of US$35 000.

The school, located at Bellevue suburb, caters for Early Childhood Development (ECD) A and B as well as Grade Ones, all numbering 460 learners who were using a single toilet block with a urinary and two cubicles, raising hygiene issues.

When a Chronicle news crew visited the school yesterday, builders were busy plastering the inside walls and putting up windows to the new toilet block which has 12 cubicles.

Drainage pipes have already been installed.

The acting teacher in charge at the school, Mrs Nomusa Nyathi said they were indebted to Cde Modi for coming to the aid of the institution.

“The toilet block, which has always been there, was constructed long ago when we didn’t have the ECD classes and the number of learners was also not this big. But as a result of the changes, our learners have been forced to crowd but now, all this will be over once this facility is completed, which is anytime soon as major works have been done. We are grateful to Honourable Modi for his good gesture,” said Mrs Nyathi.

She said the project was unique in that the toilet bowls would be tailor-made for the young learners.

Cde Modi, who is also the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, said assisting members of the community, especially the needy and vulnerable, was part of his corporate social responsibility duties as a businessman.

“This is just one of the many projects that we do for the community as we seek to empower the people. We have many other economic and social empowerment programmes that we have rolled out and will be rolling out in the near future,” said Cde Modi.

Last week, Cde Modi launched an eye camp in his constituency with thousands of patients with various eye problems from Makokoba, Sizinda and Bellevue suburbs being attended to by an eye specialist from Denmark, Dr Finn Juncker. Those who needed spectacles got them free of charge.

Cde Modi has also donated three buses that will be ferrying mourners whenever there is a funeral in the constituency.

A known philanthropist, Cde Modi is seeking another mandate to represent the constituency in parliament and is the Zanu-PF candidate in this year’s harmonised elections that are set for August.

He made history in the last harmonised elections in 2018 by becoming the first ruling party candidate in 18 years to                              win a parliamentary seat in the City in an election involving the opposition MDC.

In 2015, the revolutionary party had won six of the 12 seats in the city during a by-election after the MDC boycotted the polls. – @skhumoyo2000.

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