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

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
Feb 20, 2014

Breaking The Cycle Of Poverty Through Eduction

Some of the beneficiaries after receiving uniforms
Some of the beneficiaries after receiving uniforms

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of our Education program. Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to continue to provide access to education to underpriviledged rural youth in Chipinge district in Zimbabwe. The goal of this project is to break the cycle of poverty among underpriviledged rural youth by opening doors of opportunity for them through education.

The project is a big success. The beneficiaries of this project range from kindergatern children to university level students. To date over 100 students have received school fees, school uniforms and school supplies.  Two students have completed their teacher-training course and one of them is now working as a primary school teacher. Another student obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and she is working for a company in Chipinge.

Bringing Joy To Kids At Christmas Time

In addition to providing school fees, school uniforms and school supplies we also bring joy to these kids at Christmas time. We give them toys, candy and cookies. As you can see from the kids' faces in the pictures Christmas 2013 was happy time indeed for them.  They had a wonderful time!. Most of these kids have never had a toy, they dont even get any presents during Chritmas time. This year we gave toys, candy and cookies to over 120 children.


The Project is Having an Impact On Girls As Well
Sadly many girls in these rural areas are still being denied access to education. Due to the financial difficulties that poor families are faced with they are making a choice based on economics as to which child to send to school. The preference is to send boys to school and marrying off the girls as this brings money into the family. People in the rural areas perceive girls as a source of wealth for their families, and would rather marry off the girls to raise funds for educating the boys.  According to research, educating girls is the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty in these rurals areas.  When girls get an education, not only do their families benefit, but communities and societies benefit as well. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked with educating girls:

             * The likelihood of educating the next generation increases
             * Decrease in infant mortality rates 
             * Improved family health 
             * Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS  
             * Improved general economic development

This past December during my annual visit to Zimbabwe, one of the beneficiaries of this project stopped by to give us the great news that she had completed her teacher training course. Here is what she had to say:


In her Own Words by Maidei   : Special Thanks to The Donors
I would like to thank the Tekeshe Foundation and the donors for helping me get an education. I am pleased to announce that I have now completed my Teacher Training Course at Mutare Teacher's College.  I could not have done this without your help. Growing up life was very difficult as my father has more than one wife. My mother and I struggled a lot. My father was not able to provide for my educational needs. My desire was to get an education because I knew this would give me a better future. I was so happy when the Tekeshe foundation started helping me with uniforms, school fees and school supplies. Without your help together with the Tekeshe Foundation I dont know what I would have done. Thank you very much. May God bless you.

--Maidei

As you are can see you are playing a major role in giving a bright future to the youth in Chipinge.

Best wishes for 2014.

Thanks again for your support!

Sincerely,

Thelma

Kids receiving toys during Christmas
Kids receiving toys during Christmas
Kids receiving toys during Christmas
Kids receiving toys during Christmas
Maidei completed her teacher training course
Maidei completed her teacher training course
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