Tekeshe Foundation

The Tekeshe Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization which focuses on empowering and restoring dignity and hope to the people in the rural areas of the Chipinge district in Zimbabwe by providing and promoting economic empowerment, advocating literacy and higher education for both boys and girls, while assisting AIDS/HIV patients and their families with social-economic help
Jun 23, 2014

Progress Report

The teachers at one of the workshops
The teachers at one of the workshops

Dear Friends,

Thank yo so much for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project.  This project is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between the rural and urban schools. Your donations have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to join forces with Mupinda of CzWS to conduct four ICT workshops at Rimbi High School. The impact that this project is having has exceeded our expectation.  Here is a letter that was sent to Mr Mupinda by one of the students who attended the workshops:

Dear Mr. Mupinda

RE : WORD PROCESSING SKILL BASE

I am writting you this letter to show you how much things about computers I have lent.  I am learning an application package called MS-Word.  This package has so many interesting features.

I am now able to embolden text.

I am also able to underline text as well as to use italics.

I am also fascinated by the ability of the text to appear in different colours.  For example the text in this paragraph has been typed using the Pink colour.

 The ability to change font types is fascinating.  There are so many fascinating font styles such as Arial and Courier New.  There is just so much to learn, but the following topics are my favourite:

  • Using the AutoCorrect tool
  • The in-built Thesaurus
  • The powerful feature of Mail Merge

 

Update On The Laptops

 

As I mentioned in the previous report, though this project is a big success one of the challenges is that the teachers have limited access to computers. We committed to purchasing refurbished laptops at a discounted price of $220 per laptop from CsZWS. The teachers will pay $50.00 while the Tekeshe foundation covers the rest of the cost.  

We are very grateful for your support. So far, your donations have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to purchase three laptops.I will be posting another report in three weeks. You will be able to see the teachers receiving the laptops. 

We still have a long way to go. Our goal this year is to provide laptops to 50 teachers. I thank you in advance for helping us meet our goal.

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

The teachers at one of the workshops
The teachers at one of the workshops
Jun 23, 2014

Youth Program Progress Report

Our Scouts and Our Youth Program Coordinator
Our Scouts and Our Youth Program Coordinator

Hello Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. While Education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation, we also focus on the social development of young people. In keeping with this focus, our Youth Cares program provides opportunities to actively engage the youth with activities that develop life skills necessary to promote a strong sense of leadership and community awareness.

Our Youth program also offers a Scouting Program. The Tekeshe Foundation provides the scouts with uniforms and the funds to go on camping trips and to host camping events. The highlight of the program is when we sponsor the scouts to travel to Bulawayo to attend the annual Scouting Jamboree. This event means a lot to the scouts, the majority of them have never been to the city, all they know is life in the rural areas. They get to ride on the train on route to the event. They also get to meet with youth from the other parts of the country. This event has served as an eye opener to show the youth that there is a world beyond their village. The scouting program is more than just fun and games, it also serves as a support program for the majority of the kids who are orphans. 

We are pleased to announce that in February 2014, we managed to sponsor 10 scouts to attend the Boden Powell Commemoration Day. The event took place in Mutare town. As you can see in the attached pictures the kids had a great time. The Provincial Commissioner was the key note speaker. He challenged the scouts to be disciplined and live exemplary lives in their communities, to serve their communities as role models and to acquire skills that lead to self reliance.

This program is having a great impact on the youth in these rural areas. The youth are more confident, they exhibit increased self-esteem and show leadership qualitities.

Through your donations you are playing a major role in shaping the lives of these young people who are the leaders of tomorrow. May your hearts be filled with joy as you look at the faces of these young people you are bringing hope to.

Thanks again for all your support.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Our Scouts and Our Assitant Program Coordinator
Our Scouts and Our Assitant Program Coordinator
Our scouts at the Boden Powell Commemoration Day
Our scouts at the Boden Powell Commemoration Day
Our Scouts at Boden Powell Commemoration Day Event
Our Scouts at Boden Powell Commemoration Day Event
Jun 9, 2014

Progress Update

Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program
Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program

Der Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in these rural areas is key to fighting and ending poverty. Women are the linchpins of their communities. When their livehoods are improved they can earn enough income and be in a better position to feed their families. 

For the past eight years, through our Food and Clothing program, we have focused on sending food &clothing, medical supplies and many other much needed items to Zimbabwe. Every year we partner with New England Pentecostal ministries, missionaries and friends of the foundation in the United States to send a 40-foot container. These shipments have impacted the lives of many people in Chipinge. As you can see in the pictures, women and children are among the people who have benefited greatly from these shipments.  

Though we help people with food and clothing during times of crisis, going forward our focus is on introducing income generating projects to empower disadvantaged rural women. In keeping with this focus, we introduced the mushroom project. As I mentioned in a previous email, mushrooms require a lot of water. Inorder for this project to succeed we need to dig a borehole. Unfortunately we havent raised enough money to be able to dig the borehole.

We conferred with village community leaders to discuss viable projects we can launch to empower disadvantaged women. The community leaders recommended a Chicken Raising project. 

 Chicken Raising Project - Phase I

  • We have identify the project coordinator from the village who will manage the project for us.
  • With the money we have raised we will sponsor six women in the village to start chicken raising at their homes. The project coordinator will meet with the community leaders to identify the six women who will receive the chicks
  • We have identified a company in Chipinge where we will order the baby chicks

We are excited about the chicken raising project. Without your support this would not be possible. Thank you so much for caring about women empowerment.  Within the next three weeks I will post pictures on this site so that you will be able to see the faces of the women you are helping.

Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program
Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program
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