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 7, 2012

Youth Cares program Update

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While education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation we are also committed to the social development of young people.  We believe that young people need more than academics, they also need to be taught life's lessons which are not taught at a desk in the classroom. Young people need to be taught to have good moral values, they should be taught to be honest, kind, to respect their elders and to work hard.  Yet due to the deaths of many adults young people in these rural areas have no parental guidance and there is no one to teach them good moral values. Through our Youth Cares program we teach the youth life skills and offer them opportunities for leadership and development.   We envision this initiative producing well-balanced young people who are empowered to utilize their acquired skills to transform their communities and resolve global issues. 

Through our Youth Cares program we work in collaboration with other youth programs ranging from Scouting progam and Youth Ventures to church youth programs to educate and actively engage the youth in a variety of activities that develop the life skills necessary to promote a strong sense of leadership and community awareness.  

The Tekeshe Foundation offers a Scouting program. To date there are over 60 youth participating in the program. The Tekeshe Foundation provides the scouts with the uniforms and the funds to go on camping trips and to host camping events. In addition, The Tekeshe Foundation sponsors the scouts to attend an annual Jamboree held in the city of Bulawayo. 

Last year, the Tekeshe Foundation scouts organized a Scout camping event . They hosted 30 scouts from Mutare, a town 3 hours from the village.  The theme for the camping event was Commemoration of the Day of the African Child. The activities included lessons about History of Scouting,Explanation of  the scout Law and Promise,Scout Signs,Behaviour Change,Environmental Sustainability, Games in which the scouts had time for competitions.

This event really meant a lot to the Tekeshe Foundation scouts. During my visit to Zimbabwe this December, I had a chance to talk to Xhitani Mutseyami, one of the scout leaders. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the donors for making this event possible. He explained to me what an impact the Scouting program is having on the youth in this village.   

Once again thank you so much for making this event possible. Without your support we couldnt have held this event.

 

Best Regards,

Thelma

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Dec 5, 2011

Empowering women is pivotal in the fight against poverty in the rural areas

The Mushroom and Bee Keeping Project is at the heart of the Tekeshe Foundation and our strategy in the fight to combat the underlying causes of poverty and poor health among disadvantaged rural women in Chipinge.

WHY THIS PROJECT IS VERY IMPORTANT

We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to fighting and ending global poverty. They are the linchpins of their families, and therefore of their communities. With education, skills and basic resources, they can become catalysts for change. Women can help build a better world for all. When their livehoods are improved they can earn enough income and be in a better position to feed their faimilies, send their children to school and they will have access to better heath care.

 Women’s health is very important in the fight against poverty. When a mother is ill and cannot work or care for her children, the whole family suffers. Basic health issues, from the dangers of unassisted birth to preventable diseases such as malaria, TB and AIDS put women and their families at terrible risk.

Thelma

 

 

Together we have the ability to empower these women and put them in a better position to help their families.  This holiday season as we go out and buy gifts for our friends and families let us take time to remember those who are less fortunate than us. 

 

Best wishes and Happy Holidays!!!!!!

 

 

Please donate as little $10.00 this Christmas to make 2012 a better year for disadvantaged rural women in Chipinge!

 

Thank you in advance for supporting this cause.

Nov 6, 2011

Our Pre-school Update

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for making it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. Our Playtime program is for kids between age three and five. The Playtime program's ultimate goal is to prepare children to successfully enter grade one and to become  successful and lifelong learners. Our playtime teachers focus on providing the children the skills to ready them for success in school. A typical day includes structured playtime, story time, games,  singing and playing with all kinds of toys including educational toys.

We firmly believe that children who receive the best start in life are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society. Yet due to poverty and lack of resources the majority of children in the rural areas of Chipinge in Zimbabwe are still being denied the right to reach their full potential. Unlike the urban areas where children have access to early childhood development and learning programs such programs are nonexistent in the rural areas.  Through are Playtime program we are committed to providing the best start in life to children in these rural areas.

We are pleased to announce that this year the pre-school teachers workshop was conducted at our facility. The kids had a wonderful time as you can see from the attached pictures.

Without your support this would not have been possible. The majority of these kids are orphans or they are from single parent homes. Some are being raised by their grandparents who can barely support them. The money you donated helps us provide these kids with school uniforms and we also provide them a free meal.

Thanks again for bringing hope in the lives of these little ones!

Best Regards,

Thelma 

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