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
Jul 13, 2012

Project Kick Off

The project finally kicked off in June. The following pictures show Mrs Dube, the project coordinator arriving at the village with the spawn. During the kickoff phase Mrs Dube trained 7 people in the village how to grow mushrooms. These seven people will be reponsible for training the other people in the village.

May 15, 2012

Update On Advanced Level Students We Sponsor

Xhitani on far left, Elizabeth - third from left
Xhitani on far left, Elizabeth - third from left

Hello Friends,

Last year we introduced Elizabeth Musavengana - one of the girls we have been sponsoring for the past six years.  I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth passed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors. She obtained an A in Mathematics,  B in Accounting,  and another B in Business Studies. We are very impressed with Elizabeth's outstanding performance. Although she faced a lot of obstacles that could have easily discouraged her she refused to let these obstacles deter her from obtaining an education.  As I mentioned in one of the progress reports from last year, Elizabeth comes from a polygamous family. Her father doesn't believe in educating girls.

In these rural areas the majority of the girls usually drop out of school after high school due to lack of funds or due to poor grades. These girls find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty – they are not able to continue their education and yet they are ill-prepared to enter the workforce. Unlike their counterparts, the urban youths who undergo skills training, rural youths have no opportunities to learn needed job skills because such services are limited, or in most cases non-existent in the rural areas. Since there is nothing for these girls to do they end up getting married at an early age. 

That's why we are very proud of Elizabeth's accomplishments. However, we realize that despite her tenacity and dedication without your help her effort would have been in vain.

Xhitani Sithole is another student we have been sponsoring for the past 6 years. Xhitani also passed his Advanced Level studies with flying colors. He obtained an A in Divinity and a B in Business Studies.

Both Elizabeth and  Xhitani plan to attend the University of Zimbabwe this fall. 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for making this possible.  Through your generosity you have unlocked and opened doors of opportunity for these young people. 

Best Wishes,

Thelma

Mar 12, 2012

Phase Two Progress

Chipo Dube(Project manager) at Rimbi village
Chipo Dube(Project manager) at Rimbi village

On December 24, 2011 Chipo Dube visited Rimbi village to meet with some of the women who will be participating in the Mushroom and Beehive projects. The agenda for this meeting was to discuss the way forward since we havent raised enough funds to launch the projects.

The decision was to go ahead and start the beehive project. Also it was decided that we needed a  project coordinator from the village who will help manage the project. Muzongomerwa, the gentleman standing on the right hand side, wearing a cream shirt in the attached pictures was selected to serve as the project coordinator.  Muzongomerwa brings a wealth of experience implementing community based economic empowerment and poverty alleviation projects. One of the projects he launched, a tomato growing project is greatly benefiting Rimbi village.

Our focus for the next two months will be raising funds for the Mushroom project. The mushrooms need a lot of water so we need to raise enough funds to drill a borehole. In addition, since mushrooms are highly perishable and deteriorate within a day after harvesting we need to purchase a refrigerator and a mushroom drying machine.  

Please help us bring hope to the women in these rural areas!

I thank you in advance for supporting this cause.

Best Regards,

Thelma

Chipo Dube(Project manager) at Rimbi village
Chipo Dube(Project manager) at Rimbi village
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