Help 100 disadvantaged rural women grow mushrooms

 
$590
$7,410
Raised
Remaining
Sep 15, 2014

Chicken Project Progress Report

Secretary: Holding the piece of paper
Secretary: Holding the piece of paper

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. This project is at the heart of the Tekeshe Foundation and is our strategy for improving the socio-economic status of women in these rural areas.

Women are the foundation of every society. Yet many women in the rural areas are disadvantaged educationally and economically. The focus of our economic empowerment program is to empower women to start income generating projects that will help them earn money and enable them to take care of their families. In keeping with this focus we launched a chicken project.  The Chicken project is in full swing. Six women are participating in the project. They work collectively on the project. In about six weeks they will start selling chickens.  With the money they receive from selling the chickens they will be able to support their children and grand children.

This is what we have accomplished in Phase II of this project

Phase II Of The Project

  1. Mrs Chikoo was selected to manage the project.
  2. Selection of a secretary for the project (the lady in the pictures holding a piece of the paper is the secretary)
  3. Materials for the project have been purchased as you can see from the pictures. The $350 from your donations will be used as follows:
  • $50.00  -  repair the chicken coupe
  • $300 - 5 50 kg bags of chicken feed, 100 chicks (delivered on September 5)

As you can see from the pictures the women are excited about this project.  They are touched by the love and kindness you have shown them.  They are very grateful and they are dedicated to the success of this project. Here is what they had to say:

In their Own Words

"Thank you so much for your kindness. We have always wanted to start a chicken project but we couldnt afford it. We were raising a few native chickens which take a long time to grow. The chicken feed will make the chicks grow fast. We are very grateful and honored to be chosen for this project. There are so many women in this village in the same predicament as us. We feel humbled to be the ones selected to participate in this project. May God bless you in all you do. Thanks again. "

As you can see from the pictures you are playing a major role in bringing hope to disadvantaged women. May God bless you for bringing a smile on the faces of these women.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Chicken Coupe
Chicken Coupe
Women Dancing After Receiving Chicken Feed
Women Dancing After Receiving Chicken Feed
Taking a moment to say "Thanking You"
Taking a moment to say "Thanking You"
Jun 9, 2014

Progress Update

Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program
Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program

Der Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in these rural areas is key to fighting and ending poverty. Women are the linchpins of their communities. When their livehoods are improved they can earn enough income and be in a better position to feed their families. 

For the past eight years, through our Food and Clothing program, we have focused on sending food &clothing, medical supplies and many other much needed items to Zimbabwe. Every year we partner with New England Pentecostal ministries, missionaries and friends of the foundation in the United States to send a 40-foot container. These shipments have impacted the lives of many people in Chipinge. As you can see in the pictures, women and children are among the people who have benefited greatly from these shipments.  

Though we help people with food and clothing during times of crisis, going forward our focus is on introducing income generating projects to empower disadvantaged rural women. In keeping with this focus, we introduced the mushroom project. As I mentioned in a previous email, mushrooms require a lot of water. Inorder for this project to succeed we need to dig a borehole. Unfortunately we havent raised enough money to be able to dig the borehole.

We conferred with village community leaders to discuss viable projects we can launch to empower disadvantaged women. The community leaders recommended a Chicken Raising project. 

 Chicken Raising Project - Phase I

  • We have identify the project coordinator from the village who will manage the project for us.
  • With the money we have raised we will sponsor six women in the village to start chicken raising at their homes. The project coordinator will meet with the community leaders to identify the six women who will receive the chicks
  • We have identified a company in Chipinge where we will order the baby chicks

We are excited about the chicken raising project. Without your support this would not be possible. Thank you so much for caring about women empowerment.  Within the next three weeks I will post pictures on this site so that you will be able to see the faces of the women you are helping.

Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program
Beneficiaries of our Food & Clothing Program
Feb 10, 2014

Why this project is important

Tendai receiving food from the foundation
Tendai receiving food from the foundation

Dear friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. Empowering disadvantaged rural women by introducing income generating projects is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for alleviating hunger and poverty and promoting self-sufficiency. The goal of this project is to provide a way for women to earn an income so that they can feed their families, provide better health care for themselves and their children and to be in a position to send their children to school.

The biggest challenge we are faced with is water. The area where we operate is located along the Sabi valley in the southern part of Zimbabwe. This area is very hot and is characterized by prolonged droughts.  This poses a big problem since mushrooms require a lot of water.

In phase 2 of this project our focus is to raise funds to dig  a borehole.  We firmly believe that this project will benefit this area greatly. Mushrooms provide more than just taste and texture to food, they provide high nutirional value as well. This area has been hardly hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The majority of the women who will benefit from this project are living with HIV/AIDS. They will benefit greatly by including mushrooms in their diet.

Why this project is important

Tendai Purasi is one of the women who will benefit from this project. She currently receives food and clothing from the Tekeshe Foundation through our Food and Clothing program.  She is a widow and she is living with HIV/AIDS.  When I arrived for my annual visit in December of 2005, Tendai was very frail.  Her health had deteriorated noticeably from the time I last saw her during my 2004 visit.  She informed me that her condition had affected the strength of her legs and it was very difficult and painful for her to walk.  In spite of this obstacle it was still necessary for Tendai to spend hard days in the hot sun tending crops.  Through the foundation, we were able to give her some food and cooking oil.  We also gave her some of the vitamins.  Within two weeks after the food had been provided, Tendai’s condition had noticeably improved.  It was obvious that, in spite of her desperate efforts, she was unable to provide for herself the nutrition needed to survive.

Through our partneship with New England Pentecostal ministries, missionaries and friends of the foundation in the United States we have sent 6  40-foot containers of clothing, food, medical supplies and many other much needed items to Zimbabwe. Tendai and numerous other people in the same predicament as she is have benefited tremendously from these shipments. In the attached pictures you can see Tendai and some of the beneficiaries receiving food and clothing from tthe foundation.

Even though we provide food and clothing to poor women, our long term goal is to lift them out of poverty and to build a culture of economic indepence. We are guided by the old the old saying, "When you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. When you give him a fishing rod and teach him how to fish he wil eat for a life time." This holistic approach ensures that people like Tendai have enough food to eat and looks out for their long term economic propspects.

Though we are making progress  we still have a long way to go reach our goal for this project.

We thank you so much for your support as we help Tendai and many other women who are in the same predicament.

Best wishes for 2014

 

Yours sincerely,

Thelma Sithole

Beneficiaries receiving food and clothing
Beneficiaries receiving food and clothing
Beneficiary receiving clothing
Beneficiary receiving clothing
Oct 7, 2013

An Invidual Story

Tendai - beneficiary of Mushroom Project
Tendai - beneficiary of Mushroom Project

The majority of women in the rural areas are disadvantaged educationally and economically. They rely on agriculture as their only source of income. They work very hard spending long hours in the hot sun tending their crops. Unfortunately, for the past six years this area has experienced prolonged droughts. Despite working hard these women end up with no crops. Since agriculture is their only source of income, they have no food to eat and they have no way of meeting their basic day to day needs. Without any income they cannot afford to send their kids to school. It is very sad to see most of the families who were once self sufficient but are now drifting into poverty. This situation has been exacerbated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has rapidly become a woman's disease. Women living with AIDS are struggling to support their children and they cant even afford the cost of receiving treatment. These women do not want to rely on outside help in pepertuity - they are willing to work hard to lift themselves out of poverty. All they need is help to get back on their feet.

Our goal in introducing this project is to alleviate hunger and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency and to improve womens health as well. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to ending global poverty and to improve womens health. Restoring dignity and hope to disadvantaged women not only empowers them to live up to their full potential but it also strengthens the entire community. Families are healthier and more children attend school.


An Individual Story
Tendai is one of the women who will benefit from the Mushroom Project. She lives with her daughter and two grand daughters. Tendai is struggling to make ends meet. Without outside help Tendai and her family can easily drift into poverty. Fortunately, Tendai is one of the benefeciaries of the shipments of much needed items we send to Zimbabwe every year. Tendai has been receiving food and clothing from the foundation for the past 6 years.  She spends hard days in the hot sun tending crops that she is growing to provide a meager amount of food for herself and her children.  After the long day of tending crops, her day is not done.  Instead of resting to recover from the hard work in the sun, she spends her evening hours making clay pots to earn the money to buy the necessities for her family.  Sadly, despite working hard she usually ends up with hardly any crops due to drought.

Tendai represents what life is like for the majority of women in these rural areas. 

Though we help people with food and clothing during times of crisis, the Tekeshe Foundation firmly believes in lifting people out of poverty and building a culture of economic indepence. We are guided by the old the old saying, "When you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. When you give him a fishing rod and teach him how to fish he wil eat for a life time."

Our goal in introducing this project is to empower women like Tendai to become self-sufficient.   Sadly we had to put this project on hold until we raise enough funds to dig a borehole and to purchase a refrigerator.

We kindly ask you to help Tendai and many other women who are in the same predicament.

Shipment of much needed items sent to Zimbabwe
Shipment of much needed items sent to Zimbabwe
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
 
 

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Organization

Tekeshe Foundation

North Chelmsford, MA, United States
http://www.tekeshe.org

Project Leader

Thelma Sithole

North Chelmsford, MA United States

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