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
Oct 14, 2013

The ICT Project Is Already Having A Positive Impact

Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project. According to statistics, more than 2.5 billion people live in rural areas of developing countries where access to communication is severely limited.  Zimbabwe is no exception.  It has a population of over 12 million. More than 75% of the population of Zimbabwe lives in the rural areas. Unlike their urban counterparts, rural teachers, students, farmers, business owners, and health care providers work without access to technologies that can transform their lives and work in simple yet profound ways. This digital divide is disadvantaging a whole generation of children growing up in the rural areas.

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban schools by providing rural teachers and students access to computer technology. Our goal in the initial phase of this project is to provide basic computer training to the teachers. Once the teachers have acquired the neccessary computer skills then we will focus on providing computer training to the students.

The ICT project is already having a positive impact. On September 27, 2013 we joined forces again with Mr. Justin Mupinda of CzWS to conduct our third ICT workshop at Rimbi High School. This was a three day hands on intensive computer training workshop. The first day of the workshop focused on computer basics. The next two days, the focus was on Microsoft Office applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel. The workshop was a great success. As you can see in the pictures, the teachers were very eager to learn.  At the end of the workshop they had gained a better understanding of how to use a computer and their word processing skills were greatly enhanced as well.   Here is what one of the teachers said:

In her On Words, By One Of the Teachers
"One day I was trying to use Microsoft Word, but I didnt realize that after typing the text I had to save the document. I ended up losing all my work. After attending this workshop it became clear to me that after typing the document I had to click "Save" to save the document. This workshop really helped me understand how to use Microsoft Word"

Bringing ICT to rural schools in today's world which is technology driven will provide educational and economic opportunities, and ultimately improve the quality of life for rural teachers and students. The digital divide will be bridged resulting in new opportunities for students, teachers and the community as a whole.

Plans for 2013 - 2015
1. Provide internet access to both Rimbi High & Rimbi Primary schools. We are working with a company based in  Mutare, Zimbabwe called B-SAT Satellite Communications. B-SAT provides free equipment on all VSAT solutions for schools. We still need need to raise $2000 for the VSAT services. 
2. Provide computer training to 100 teachers by 2015
3. Provide computer training to 500 students by 2015

Thanks again for all your support!

Best Regards,

Thelma

Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Oct 11, 2013

Pre-School Update

Children At Our Pre-school Playing With Toys
Children At Our Pre-school Playing With Toys

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of our pre-school program. Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to continue to provide a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. The program is making a difference in the lives of these children. 

A typical day at the pre-school includes structured playtime, story time, games, singing and playing with all kinds of toys including educational toys. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare the children to successfully enter grade one and to become successful and lifelong learners.

According to research, when starting school, children who complete pre-school programs are more advanced in literacy, creativity, initiative, and social skills. They get along better with their classmates and they are more eager to learn. Through your support you are playing a big role in shaping the lives of these children. They are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society as a result of receiving the best start in life.

As you can see in these pictures the children are doing well. Their favorite time is when they get to play with the toys. The majority of these kids had never seen a toy until they started coming to our pre-school. These toys were donated by friends of the Foundation in the US. Every year we partner with churches in New England to send a 40 foot container of medicines, food and clothing, school supplies and toys to Zimbabwe. 

Though the pre-school program is doing very well we still have many needs. The following are our goals for 2014 - 2015

•  Increase the number of children enrolled in our school to 90
•  Hire two additional teachers.
•  Provide a building which will be able to accommodate 90 kids.
•  Provide tables and chairs, currently the kids sit on the floor.
•  Add an outdoor play area with swings 

Thanks again for helping these little ones have the best start in life!

Best Regards,

Thelma

The Children Saying "Thanks" To You The Donors
The Children Saying "Thanks" To You The Donors
Children Playing With Toys
Children Playing With Toys
Oct 7, 2013

An Invidual Story

Tendai - beneficiary of Mushroom Project
Tendai - beneficiary of Mushroom Project

The majority of women in the rural areas are disadvantaged educationally and economically. They rely on agriculture as their only source of income. They work very hard spending long hours in the hot sun tending their crops. Unfortunately, for the past six years this area has experienced prolonged droughts. Despite working hard these women end up with no crops. Since agriculture is their only source of income, they have no food to eat and they have no way of meeting their basic day to day needs. Without any income they cannot afford to send their kids to school. It is very sad to see most of the families who were once self sufficient but are now drifting into poverty. This situation has been exacerbated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has rapidly become a woman's disease. Women living with AIDS are struggling to support their children and they cant even afford the cost of receiving treatment. These women do not want to rely on outside help in pepertuity - they are willing to work hard to lift themselves out of poverty. All they need is help to get back on their feet.

Our goal in introducing this project is to alleviate hunger and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency and to improve womens health as well. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to ending global poverty and to improve womens health. Restoring dignity and hope to disadvantaged women not only empowers them to live up to their full potential but it also strengthens the entire community. Families are healthier and more children attend school.


An Individual Story
Tendai is one of the women who will benefit from the Mushroom Project. She lives with her daughter and two grand daughters. Tendai is struggling to make ends meet. Without outside help Tendai and her family can easily drift into poverty. Fortunately, Tendai is one of the benefeciaries of the shipments of much needed items we send to Zimbabwe every year. Tendai has been receiving food and clothing from the foundation for the past 6 years.  She spends hard days in the hot sun tending crops that she is growing to provide a meager amount of food for herself and her children.  After the long day of tending crops, her day is not done.  Instead of resting to recover from the hard work in the sun, she spends her evening hours making clay pots to earn the money to buy the necessities for her family.  Sadly, despite working hard she usually ends up with hardly any crops due to drought.

Tendai represents what life is like for the majority of women in these rural areas. 

Though we help people with food and clothing during times of crisis, the Tekeshe Foundation firmly believes in lifting people out of poverty and building a culture of economic indepence. We are guided by the old the old saying, "When you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. When you give him a fishing rod and teach him how to fish he wil eat for a life time."

Our goal in introducing this project is to empower women like Tendai to become self-sufficient.   Sadly we had to put this project on hold until we raise enough funds to dig a borehole and to purchase a refrigerator.

We kindly ask you to help Tendai and many other women who are in the same predicament.

Shipment of much needed items sent to Zimbabwe
Shipment of much needed items sent to Zimbabwe

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