Help 100 disadvantaged rural women grow mushrooms

 
$880
$7,120
Raised
Remaining
The Women Who Are Participating In The Project
The Women Who Are Participating In The Project

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to fighting and ending global poverty. 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.

We are pleased to announce that the "Chicken Project" is a big sucess. The lives of the six women who are participating in this project have been transformed. We are very pleased to have Mrs Chikoo managing this project for us. We attribute the success of this project to her dedication and hard work in overseeing the project.  One of the biggest lessons we have learned is that inorder for these projects to be successfull it is very important to have the right person managing the projects. The project manager needs to be a respected member of the community who is passionate about projects that empower women. Mrs Chikoo has all these qualities and we are honored to have her manage this project for us.

The women ordered their next batch of chickens. I will post a progress report in 3 weeks. You will be able to see the pictures of the chickens. 

 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting this project. Together we are transforming the lives of these women and putting them in a better position to help their families. We couldnt have done this without your help!

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

Project Manager Encouraging The Women
Project Manager Encouraging The Women
Women Who Are Participating In The Project
Women Who Are Participating In The Project
Showing off the chickens
Showing off the chickens

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. This project is our strategy for improving the socio-economic status of disadvantaged rural women. Even though we provide food and clothing to poor women, our long term goal is to introduce income generating projects that lift them out of poverty. This holistic approach ensures that disadvantaged rural women and their children have enough food to eat and looks out for their long term economic propspects.

Here is what we accomplished this year —thanks to your help!.

The Chicken project is in full swing. Six women are participating in the project. We are pleased to announce that the women successfully raised and sold 100 chickens. They are getting ready to buy more chicks. This time they will buy egg laying chickens as well. Here is what the women had to say:

"We would like to thank our donors for supporting us. We really like the project. We have learned a lot about raising chickens. The lessons we learned will help us going forward. Thanks again for helping us!" 


As you can see from the attached pictures this project is a big success. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women!  May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015

Best wishes,

Thelma

Customer buying a chicken
Customer buying a chicken
One of the women feeding the chickens
One of the women feeding the chickens
Project manager checking on the chickens
Project manager checking on the chickens
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"
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
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

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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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