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 10, 2013

ICT SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP

Mr Mupinda Giving and Overview of the Tools
Mr Mupinda Giving and Overview of the Tools

We are pleased to announce that in February 2013 the Tekeshe foundation joined forces again with Mr. Justin Mupinda of CzWS to conduct our second ICT Sensitization workshop at Rimbi High School. Twenty five teachers from Mbeure and Rimbi Primary and High schools attended the workshop.  

Mr Mupinda gave a detailed overview of the 21st century tools that his organization offers for teaching. The teachers reiterated how much of an eyeopener these workshops have been. They also emphasised their eagerness to acquire computer training.

As you can see the teachers are  very eager to adopt the new tools for teaching. Unfortunately the rural schools are faced with so many hardships.  The following are some of the challenges that face the rural schools in Chipinge:

  • Lack of proper tools for  teaching. 
  • Lack of adequate training for the teachers: The teachers lack adequate training and skills.
  • The students lag behing the rest of the world in technology because the schools cannot afford to buy computers and there is no access to the internet.
  • Supplies are lacking or not age appropriate and classrooms are in disrepair 

The Tekeshe Foundation is committed to helping the rural schools adress some of these challenges. Our vision is to provide computers to the schools  and to provide computer skills to the teachers. In keeping with this vision the Tekeshe Foundation donated a computer to each of  the three schools that were present at the ICT sensitization workshops. The following pictures show Mr Chitombo, the director of the Tekeshe Foundation and Mr Adonis Mutseyami the overseer donating a computer to the headmaster of Mbeure school, Mr Caleb Sithole.

Tekeshe Foundation donating a computer
Tekeshe Foundation donating a computer
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Mr Chitombo & Mr Mutseyami giving opening remarks
Mr Chitombo & Mr Mutseyami giving opening remarks
Teachers at the ICT workshop
Teachers at the ICT workshop

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Apr 15, 2013

Update

Women in the rural areas of Zimbabwe bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family yet they are disadvantaged economically and educationally and are systematically denied the
resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. This situation has been exacerbated by HIV/AIDS which has rapidly become a woman's disease. Women living with AIDS are struggling to support their children and they cant afford the cost of receiving treatment.
Our vision is to restore dignity and hope to disadvantaged women  in these rural areas and to to empower them to live up to their full potential. We firmly believe that empowering women strengthens the entire community. Families are healthier and more children attend school.
Sadly we were not able to raise enough funds to continue this project. We need water and a refrigerator. Though we are putting this project on hold until we have the funds - there were a lot of lessons learned and the most important thing is that seven local people received traning on how to grow mushrooms. When we relaunch the project we wont be starting from scratch - we will be working with the seven local trained people to train the women in the village. 
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our donors for helping us purchase the items we needed during the training. People really benefited from the training.
 
Best wishes,
Thelma
 
 
Feb 4, 2013

Update On Our Pre-School

Kids at our pre-school
Kids at our pre-school

Dear Friends,

It was a very merry Christmas for the children who attend our pre-school. They jumped up and down with joy when their teacher in the picture below wearing  a black skirt and a  white blouse informed them that we had toys for them.

The Pre-School program is doing very well. We have one full time teacher. Last year we had 30 children enrolled in our school. We pay the teacher $100.00 (US) per month. Last year we sent the teacher to two refresher courses. 

The following are our  goals for 2013

  • Increase the number of children enrolled in our school to 90 
  • We need to hire 2 more teachers. 
  • We need a building which will be able to accommodate 90 kids.
  • We need tables and chairs, currently the kids sit on the floor. 
  • We need to add an outdoor play area with swings 
  • We need toys

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to  the friends of the foundation for making this possible.  May your hearts be filled with joy as you reflect on the difference you made in the lives of these children.  May God bless you and your families.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Pre-school kids with their teacher
Pre-school kids with their teacher
Our Pre-school kids receiving toys for Christmas
Our Pre-school kids receiving toys for Christmas

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