Chiedza Child Care Centre

Our vision is of a Zimbabwe in which orphans & vulnerable children have access to all their basic needs & are holistically developing to realize their full mental, physical & social potential. Our mission is to empower communities to adequately support & care for orphans & vulnerable children in Zimbabwe & to lobby & advocate for children's rights. Our goal is to provide community-based holistic services in a sustainable way to orphans and vulnerable children in the Harare suburbs of Mbare, Sunningdale, Waterfalls & Ardbennie. Our organisational focu...
Mar 11, 2014

Excitement of waiting- Poland Arts Festival!

Children going through a practicing session
Children going through a practicing session

As the days are getting closer for children to attend the Brave Kids Arts Festival in Poland, the participants are gripped with excitement. Thanks to you our partners who supported the children since we posted the Project. We have managed to process the passports for the six children. We really appreciate your support for such a unique initiative and a once in a life time opportunity for the disadvantaged children we are working with. They would never dreamt of Poland without your support. Most importantly they will be able to understand their value as they showcase their talents and learn from other cultures.

The traditional dance group meet every week at the center perfecting their skills. Although the Brave Kids Arts Festival is not aimed at competition, it is good to present their best showcasing the talents and culture of Zimbabwe.  Talking to those selected to attend the 2014 version of the festival, they express joy, anxiety, excitement as they wait patiently to go.  One of the participants, Thembisa*, an 11-year old girl had this to say,

" I stay with my grandparents and we are 5 girls and 1 boy. We stay well with my grannies. My mother remarried and is staying with my step father in a one roomed house and we cannot fit in there, so that is why I stay with my grannies. I like to dance 'Muchongoyo' (a type of a cultural dance) because it is the gift that I have. I like dancing because it keeps my body health. I am excited to go out of the country and my parents are excited about it. I am so excited because I have never imagined that I can go to places like Poland. I have always wanted to board an airplane. I will continue with the good behavior so that I will be a good girl among adults and my peers."

This is how the children are feeling and thank you. We appeal to you to continue supporting the children. We still need some funds for the costumes, food and airfares. You are part of the Chiedza community and we value the partnerships.

Thank you!

 

*Thembisa-not her real name

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Feb 26, 2014

Second Chance Education- Changing Lives

Leeroy
Leeroy

The year 2014 started on a high note at  Chiedza Child Care Center. Children and staff members had a good rest in December and came prepared for the new year! Instead of loitering in the streets, children who had missed out grades or dropped out of school came with renewed energy to attend the second chance accelerated learning program classes at the center. The program is continuing to make an impact in the community as more and more parents and caregivers are identifying children who were just idle and bringing them to the center to attend classes.

When we closed last year, we had 124 children attending the second chance education.  We have 130 children at the moment. This year, we managed to reintegrate 24 children into formal schools. We are excited as we send them off into the mainstream schools where they will learn the formal syllabus with other children in a school environment. We feel a sense of achievement as they graduate out of the second chance education classes, where we prepare them. We also feel bit sad to part ways and also hope the schools will continue to nurture the skills and talents of children who had lost hope in their lives.

One of the children who were reintegrated into the formal school this year is Leeroy; who is a double orphan and live with his aunt. His aunt is a petty trader and struggles to make ends meet with the income she gets from her merchandise. When Leeroy spends time away from his books, he takes time to help her aunt with her stall where she sells her goods. Leeroy joined the Chiedza Child Care Center Out of School Study Group in January 2013 and excelled in all the subjects and was eventually reintegrated into a formal school; Shingirayi Primary School.  Leeroy remains grateful to the second chance education program.

Despite the problems his family continually endured day by day, he will persistently work hard and has a clear goal as to where he wants his studies to take him. For Leeroy , the sky is the limit!

We have shared with you the story of Leeroy, to show you how big an impact your contribution is making in the lives of orphans and other vulnerable children. To support the Second Chance education program, we are running a micro-project ending this March on Global Giving to Build a Classroom Block for the children attending classes. Kindly support us, tell your friends and networks to support the Chiedza Child Care Center Second Chance Education-Build a Classroom Campaign.  Thank you all our partners and friends for supporting this worthy cause.

Children attending second chance education reading
Children attending second chance education reading

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Nov 27, 2013

Second Chance Education-Life Changing for Girls

Shamiso and the Out of School teacher
Shamiso and the Out of School teacher

My name is Shamiso  Tirimuta* I am girl aged 13 years. I was born on the 14th of March 1999, in the village of Murewa in Mashonaland East Province, here in Zimbabwe. My father’s name was Nhamo (poverty). My mother was called Grace Tirimuta*. I do not know my father’s surname that is why I used my mother’s surname. We were four in our family, and I am the third born.

 

I started going to school in 2006 at Chipembere primary school in Murewa. I used to stay with my grandparents.  In 2009, I stopped going to school because my grandfather had stopped working. When my grandfather left formal employment, life became difficult and the four of us stopped going to school.  The first few days, we continued to go to school but were continuously sent away. The school fees per term were $45/child. My grandparents then moved to Harare town and we are staying in Block 7 at Matapi Flats (this is a high density oldest suburb of Harare characterized by overcrowding and poverty). One of my grandfather’s daughters is helping with rent and our upkeep. 

When we moved to Harare, I continued to stay home due to lack of school fees, but because of some miracle, I met Shanty Sasa, who was once learning at Chiedza Child Care Center and told me that they are assisting children who are not going to school due to lack of school fees.  I felt very happy and went and told my grandmother.  My grandmother sought clarification from Shanty’s granny who accepted to accompany us to Chiedza Child Care Center.

 

When we got to Chiedza Child Care Center, we saw Mr. Makoni, the Out of School Teacher Supervisor, and we told him our problem and he accepted to enroll me.  That’s how I came to Chiedza Child Care Center.

Before I came to Chiedza, I used to feel very sad and troubled but because I am just a child, there was nothing I could do and I felt left behind. I want to thank Chiedza Child Care for accepting me; because if I check on some the girls of my age who are not going to school have already eloped or have children out of wedlock. Now I want to focus on my studies so that I bring change into our lives and look after my grandparents.  Of the four siblings, three of us are here at Chiedza Child Care Center.

Lastly, I want to thank you all for the help that you are offering me and my 2 siblings!

For girls like Shamiso to benefit, we need funds to construct a classroom block so that the children can learn under a roof, funds to pay for her school fees to the send her back to a formal school, funds to buy furniture and stationery for teachers and pupils.



*Names have been changed for confidentiality

Shamiso, siblings and the out of school teacher
Shamiso, siblings and the out of school teacher
Out of school children in class
Out of school children in class
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