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
Sep 1, 2011

Empowering women benefits the whole community

Our mushroom project has not taken off as anticipated because we have not raised enough funds to launch the project. We are appealing to donors to help the women in these rural areas. These women are very hard working. They spend hours and hours in the fields tending crops but unfortunately this area of Zimbabwe experiences droughts quite often. Despite all the hard work, these women end up with no crops. The mushroom and beehives will really help these women. Not only will they use the mushrooms and honey to feed their families but they will also be able to sell the mushrooms and honey and earn money to support their families. This project has a trickle effect. When women are empowered they are in a better position to feed their families and they can afford to send their children to school. They can also afford better health care. As a result, whole communities and societies benefit when women are empowered.

For the past 4 years, through partnerships with local churches in New England, we have managed to send 440 foot containers of food and clothing, medical supplies and school supplies to Zimbabwe to help these women and their families. The donated items really helped these families during this very difficulty time that they are experiencing. They are very grateful to receive outside help, however they dont want to rely on outside help in perpetuity - they are willing to work hard to lift themselves out of poverty. All they need is help to get back on their feet.

The Tekeshe Foundation firmly believes in lifting people out of poverty and building a culture of economic independence. We are guided by the old saying, "When you give a man a fish he will eat for a life time. When you give him a fishing rod and teach him how to fish he will eat for a life time." This holistic approach ensures that families have enough food to eat and looks out for their long term economic propspects.

We are asking donors who care about women empowerment to help us help these women. I thank you in advance for supporting this cause.

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Aug 8, 2011

Educating girls benefits the entire community

Maidei passed her A levels with flying colors
Maidei passed her A levels with flying colors

Elizabeth Musavengana is one of the girls we have been  sponsoring for the past five years. She is being raised in a polygamous family. Her father does not believe in Girl Child education. Her father refused to pay for her education yet she is a very intelligent young lady. Many girls in these rural areas are still being denied their right to an education. Elizabeth is now doing her Advanced level studies and she is looking to us to continue to sponsor her.

We are very proud of Elizabeth. She is very focused and she takes her studies very seriously. She is very grateful to the friends of the foundation for providing her an opportunity to get an education. Educating girls is the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty in these rural 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

Thank You Letter From Elizabeth Musavengana

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to express my gratitude for your assistance in various aspects of my education. I received the money which you gave us for school fees as well as registration fees. I have no words to express my thanks. May God bless you for ever. Your kindness and generosity is beyond measure.

On my part, I shall try by all means to yield even better results in my Advanced Level studies this year so that your efforts and contributions will not be in vain.

I appreciate your support up to the end of my studies.

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Musavengana  

 Maidei Zvotoona completed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors

Another girl who has been receving help from the Foundation is Maidei Zvotoona. We are very proud of Maidei - she passed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors. She has applied to a teacher’s college. Sadly, she cannot afford the school fees. She is looking to the foundation for help. Maidei comes from a single parent home. Her parents separated because of her albinism. She is being raised by her mother who is unable to provide for her educational needs. 

We are appealing to our our friends to help us help these kids. Education is their only hope of breaking the cycle of poverty

 

 Thanks again for your continued support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Musaengeni  - beneficiary
Elizabeth Musaengeni - beneficiary

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Jun 2, 2011

Phase One Progress

 

The four major tasks that were set for phase one of our Mushroom and Beehive Projects are:

  • ·         Identifying a project leader
  • ·         Identifying the women involved in the project
  • ·         Acquiring land for the project
  • ·         Fundraising
  • ·         Form a partnership with a local organization that specializes in Mushroom and Beehive projects

 1.    Identifying a project leader

 We are pretty excited to bring Chipo Dube on board to spearhead our Mushroom and Beehive project. She brings with her a wealth of information from the United Church of Christ where she held a position as a National Project Coordinator. In this role her major responsibilities were planning, and managing projects. She also provided skills training for projects. Chipo Dube holds a diploma in Development Studies and Women Empowerment. She visited the United States in 2000 to do research towards her diploma.  

Chipo fits this role perfectly since she has already worked with the women in this area. She spearheaded a cement water tank project sponsored by the United Church of Christ. People in the area attribute the success of this project to Chipo’s tenacity, excellent leadership skills and hard work. 

2.    Identifying the women involved in the project

The Tekeshe Foundation caregivers were instrumental in identifying the woman who will participate in these projects. Among the beneficiaries selected are people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) that are already registered with the Tekeshe Foundation. In addition, widows, grandmothers are also going to benefit from this project.  

3.    Acquring land for the project

The Tekeshe has already acquired land for this project.  

4.    Fundraising

We are currently raising funds for this project on Global Giving. So far we have raised $50.00. We are far from reaching our goal of $8000.00. We are asking donors who share our vision of restoring dignity and hope to women to help us by donating to this cause. We firmly believe that empowering women not only benefits the immediate family, but benefits the whole community.

 5.    Form a partnership with a local organization that specializes in Mushroom and Beehive projects

 The advantage of partnering with a successful local organization ensures the success of this project. We are in the process of looking for an organization with a track record in implementing sustainable Mushroom and Beehive projects in rural area Africa.

 

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