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
Sep 15, 2014

Chicken Project Progress Report

Secretary: Holding the piece of paper
Secretary: Holding the piece of paper

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. This project is at the heart of the Tekeshe Foundation and is our strategy for improving the socio-economic status of women in these rural areas.

Women are the foundation of every society. Yet many women in the rural areas are disadvantaged educationally and economically. The focus of our economic empowerment program is to empower women to start income generating projects that will help them earn money and enable them to take care of their families. In keeping with this focus we launched a chicken project.  The Chicken project is in full swing. Six women are participating in the project. They work collectively on the project. In about six weeks they will start selling chickens.  With the money they receive from selling the chickens they will be able to support their children and grand children.

This is what we have accomplished in Phase II of this project

Phase II Of The Project

  1. Mrs Chikoo was selected to manage the project.
  2. Selection of a secretary for the project (the lady in the pictures holding a piece of the paper is the secretary)
  3. Materials for the project have been purchased as you can see from the pictures. The $350 from your donations will be used as follows:
  • $50.00  -  repair the chicken coupe
  • $300 - 5 50 kg bags of chicken feed, 100 chicks (delivered on September 5)

As you can see from the pictures the women are excited about this project.  They are touched by the love and kindness you have shown them.  They are very grateful and they are dedicated to the success of this project. Here is what they had to say:

In their Own Words

"Thank you so much for your kindness. We have always wanted to start a chicken project but we couldnt afford it. We were raising a few native chickens which take a long time to grow. The chicken feed will make the chicks grow fast. We are very grateful and honored to be chosen for this project. There are so many women in this village in the same predicament as us. We feel humbled to be the ones selected to participate in this project. May God bless you in all you do. Thanks again. "

As you can see from the pictures you are playing a major role in bringing hope to disadvantaged women. May God bless you for bringing a smile on the faces of these women.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Chicken Coupe
Chicken Coupe
Women Dancing After Receiving Chicken Feed
Women Dancing After Receiving Chicken Feed
Taking a moment to say "Thanking You"
Taking a moment to say "Thanking You"
Sep 15, 2014

Bringing The Internet To Rimbi High School

One of the teachers with the laptop
One of the teachers with the laptop

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my profound gratitude to you for your continued support of our ICT project.  I am pleased to announce that our vision of  "BRINGING THE INTERNET TO RURAL SCHOOLS" has become a reality!  September 8, 2014 marked a great milestone in the history of the Tekeshe Foundation as students, teachers and community leaders gathered to witness TELONE install VSAT satelitte at Rimbi High School. It was a day of great jubilation as TELONE technicians announced , "We finally managed to get it working! "

As I mentioned in one of my previous reports, Rimbi is an underserved rural village located in Chipinge district in the southen part of Zimbabwe. Rural schools are faced with so many challenges. Class rooms are in disrepair, teachers dont have proper tools for teaching and the schools dont have the funds to buy computers. Lack of access to computers and the internet has created a digital divide between urban and rural schools which is severely disadvantaging a whole generation of youth growing up in the rural areas.  Bringing internet access to Rimbi High school opens a world of opportunities and creates a level playing field for the teachers and students.

Rimbi community, the students and the teachers are grateful to you for bringing the internet to Rimbi. The following is an excerpt from the first email sent from the village by the head master and  faculty of Rimbi High School.

In their Own Words - Special Thanks To You  

On behalf of Rimbi High School staff, students, School development Committee, Rimbi community and all other stakeholders, I wish to register profound gratitude for the provision of this vital facility - the very facility we have used to write this email.

Equipped with such a facility, teachers and students can access vital information to bolster up the school`s pass rates at both O and A`level, thereby improving the quality of our products.

We are hugely appreciative of the facility that keeps us abreast of modern technology and closes the digital divide between Rural and Urban schools.  We continue to bank on your immense support for which we are eternally
grateful. We want to assure you that the facility will get our utmost care.

Yours faithfully
Mundeta ( Rimbi High School Head), Mlambo ( Rimbi High School SDC chairperson) & Matende ( Rimbi High School Teacher Internet Project Coordinator)

In His Own Words - Special Thanks To You  From One of the Teachers

It is quite a great pleasure to have this technology at our school, I will never cease to rejoice .I  will never cease singing the AMAZING GRACE OF GOD. Thank you Tekeshe Foundation. Please extend my gratitude to our freinds who are out there who help us in several unparalled ways. They are are precious to us.

At a personal level, I am now a different teacher, my future academic prospects have been brittened by this . I wish to do my post graduate studies as soon as I get the opportunity. This technology will be instrumental in that endeavour. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. I WROTE THIS LETTER USING THE FACILITY, IT IS OWESOME TECHNOLOGY!
Yours sincerely
Matende

 As you can see from these emails, you are playing a major role in transforming the lives of the teachers in this village. To Date, your donations have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to purchase five laptops for the teachers. You can see in these pictures one of the teachers with his laptop.  We also used some of the money you donated for VSAT installation. The installation charges were $800. Eight computers are connected to the internet for a monthly charge of $50.00.

Thanks again for your support. 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

TELONE Technicians Installing VSAT At Rimbi High
TELONE Technicians Installing VSAT At Rimbi High
Rimbi Faculty - Yes! The Internert Is Finally Here
Rimbi Faculty - Yes! The Internert Is Finally Here
Rimbi High - Students Excited About  The Internet
Rimbi High - Students Excited About The Internet
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
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