Save the Children said that Friday’s “Oprah” episode revealed that the talk show host’s favorite guest of all-time was Tererai Trent, a woman from Zvipani, Zimbabwe. Trent’s passion for education and her dream to go to school inspired Winfrey, and the money donated will go to re-build the Matau Primary School in Trent’s home village.
Construction will begin on the school within the next few months, the charity said, with primary work being done on new classrooms, restrooms, a preschool playground, a school administration building and teachers’ houses.
Additionally, Winfrey’s donation will fund locally-made desks, chairs, books, toys and other learning materials for both students and preschoolers in order to support craftsmen in Zimbabwe.
Of the donation and of Trent, president and CEO of Save the Children Charles MacCormack said, “Tererai is an inspiration to all of us. She is proof that you can come from a small village and still dream big because education has the power to transform lives.”
MacCormack also thanked Winfrey.
“Save the Children is grateful to Oprah for this contribution which will allow thousands of Zimbabwean children who aspire to be the next Tererai to learn, grow and succeed in school and life.”
Trent first appeared on Winfrey’s program in 2009.