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
Feb 4, 2013

The launching of the ICT Project

ICT Sensitization Workshop
ICT Sensitization Workshop

Our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Project aims to bridge the ‘digital divide’ between underserved rural schools in Chipinge and urban schools, with the purpose of supporting children and youth development and enhancing primary and secondary school educational system. The project introduces and establishes innovative computer and internet based learning programs in the school curriculum, targeting the math and science subjects.

To help us bring ICT to the rural areas, the Tekeshe Foundation formed a partnership with  the following organizations:

  • Inveneo— a U.S based non-profit organization whose mission is to connect and empower rural and underserved communities in the developing world with information and communication technologies (ICTs).
  • Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CzWS) -  a local organization that helps schools to transform and position themselves to offering 21st century education. In 2010 CzWS distributed over 3 000 computers to over 250 schools in Zimbabwe.

We are pleased to announce that on December 18th, 2012 we launched the ICT project.  We joined forces with Mr. Justin Mupinda of CzWS to conduct an ICT Sensitization workshop at Rimbi High School. Twenty seven teachers and the township councilor attended the workshop.  

Mr Mupinda did an awesome job explaining to the teachers how the era for black boards and chalks is over. He gave an overview of the 21st century tools that his organization offers for teaching. He demonstrated how they can use projectors. He also explained how there is a wealth of teaching tools that can be accessed through the internet.  This workshop was an eye opener to the teachers. The majority of them have never used or even seen a computer.  They didnt realize how much they lagged behind the rest of the world in technology.

We are very pleased with the excitement and enthusiasm that the teachers and the councilor showed during the workshop. They unanimously embraced the ICT project, and requested that we provide them with computer training. They also expressed a lot of interest in owning their own computers and tablets. 

As you can see, the rural teachers and rural youth lag behind the rest of the world in technology.  This digital divide is severely disadvantaging communities in the rural areas.

We are asking our donors to help us bridge this digital divide. Our 2013 goals are as follows:

  • Provide computer training to 50 high school and primary school teachers
  • Work in collaboration with CzWs to conduct computer training workshops
  • Provide the schools with computers and software
  • Provide internet connectivity to Rimbi High school
ICT Sensitization Workshop
ICT Sensitization Workshop
ICT Sensitization Workshop
ICT Sensitization Workshop
Dec 26, 2012

Special Thanks To Our Donors

Some of the beneficiaries
Some of the beneficiaries

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the kids in the rural areas that you are assisting to acquire an education, the Tekeshe Foundation would like to express sincere gratitude to you. This year, because of your support we were able to provide pre-school education to 30 children. We also managed to sponsor 7 high school students. In keeping with our focus of empowering girls we managed to sponsor the education of the girls highlighted in these pictures.

As I mentioned in my previous reports, empowering girls to acquire an education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation. Life is not easy for girls in these rural areas. Gender disparity is still a big problem in these rural areas. The preference is to send boys to school and marrying off the girls as this brings money into the family. 

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 also benefit. 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 holiday season I hope your hearts will be filled with lots of joy as you reflect on the difference you have made to marginalised children in the rural areas of Chipinge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2013.

Thanks again for supporting our cause.

Best wishes

 Thelma

Beneficiary 1
Beneficiary 1
beneficiary
beneficiary
Beneficiary
Beneficiary
Nov 26, 2012

Mushrooms Are Ready For harvesting

Watering the mushrooms
Watering the mushrooms

We are please to report that the project is in full swing. People are excited about the project and they have started harvesting and selling the mushrooms.

However, even though the project is in full swing we still have a lot of obstacles to overcome. We dont have enough funds to pay for the water being used to water the mushrooms. We also need to purchase a refrigerator and the rooms they are using to grow the mushrooms need to be renovated. 

This project will really benefit this area. Mushrooms provide more than just taste and texture to food, they provide high nutirional value. This area has been hardly hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. People living with HIV/AIDS will benefit greatly by including mushrooms in their diet.

Please help us make this project a success.

 

Thanks in advance for your support!

Happy Holidays.

Best wishes,

Thelma

 

 

 

Mushrooms Ready To Be Harvested
Mushrooms Ready To Be Harvested
Mushrooms Ready To Be Harvested
Mushrooms Ready To Be Harvested
Mushrooms Ready To Be Harvested
Mushrooms Ready To Be Harvested

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