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:
Thank You Letter From Elizabeth Musavengana
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.
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!
Nomore Mlambo is one of the students from Rimbi School who receives school fees, uniforms school supplies and clothing from the Tekeshe Foundation. His mother Dorah Masikati is in a polygamous relationship and she is the second wife. Nomore's father is among millions of people in Zimbabwe who have been affected by the high unemployment rate. The estimated unemployment rate in Zimbabwe is over 80%. Nomore's mother like the majority of the women in the rural areas is also unemployed. She spends most of her time in the fields tending crops. Nomore earns money by carrying people’s luggage at the bus stop. He gives the money to his mother to help buy food for the family. The litlle money he earns is not enough to pay for his education. All the money is used to buy food. Nomore has six siblings. Two of his older brothers had to drop out of school and go to South Africa to look for jobs.
In His Own Words - By Nomore Mlambo
I grew up in a poverty stricken family where education is not respected at all. I had to go to school at my own will maybe I can change the plight of my family tomorrow. I need to thank the Tekeshe Foundation and the donors so much for the opportunity they have given me to continue with my Education. It is through the Tekeshe Foundation Care Givers that I was selected to receive help. This is the third year my school fees has been paid for. I also receive clothing. This year when I was given shoes and clothing, some people got into our house and stole all my donated items including my uniform. I’m left with tattered clothes. Our house is not secure enough. I would like to thank the donors, Global Giving and the Tekeshe Foundation so much because now I have to worry about other things but not school fees or school supplies. This year we have also been given exercise books, novels, pens, pencils and also rulers. My family has also benefitted from clothing received from the Foundation
The students in these pictures received school fees, uniforms and school supplies from the Tekeshe Foundation. I would like to thank you on behalf of these students and their families. Without your generosity this would not have been possible. Most of these students come from low income families. They rely on agriculture and farm income for their livelihood. During the Christmas break these students worked very hard helping their families tend crops.
Sadly, there was a drought again in this area. Without your help these students would have dropped out of school. Students who drop out of school in these rural areas find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty – they are not able to continue their education and yet they are ill-prepared to enter the workforce. Unlike their counterparts, the urban youths who undergo skills training, rural youths have no opportunities to learn needed job skills because such services are limited, or in most cases non-existent in the rural areas. Students who drop out of school end up being a menace to the community by getting involved in activities such as illegal trading, theft, and vandalizing property and engaging in pre-marital sex.
Empowering girls to acquire an education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation. As you can see from these pictures your donations are making a difference in the lives of girls as well. Life is not easy for girls in these rural areas. Gender disparity is re-emerging as a result of the financial difficulties that poor families are experiencing. They are now faced with making a choice based on economics as to which child to send to school. The preference is to send boys to school and marrying off the girls as this brings money into the family. People in the rural areas perceive girls as a source of wealth for their families, and would rather marry off the girls to raise funds for educating the boys.
Thanks again for unlocking doors of opportunity for the youth in these rural areas.
Happy Holidays from The Tekeshe Foundation! We would like to thank you for your support. Your donations will go a long way in helping us provide school fees and uniforms to orphans like Lovemore, a brave little boy I met on a trip home to Zimbabwe.
Lovemore was orphaned at the age of just 10 years old after both his parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS. After his parents died, Lovemore and his little brother Hebert went to live with their grandmother who is poor. To take care of his brother and grandmother, Lovemore had to drop out of school. Each day he started his morning by going to the township to beg for food. Sadly at only 10 years of age, Lovemore not only had to provide for his family but he also suffered from epilepsy that dangerously went untreated. Lovemore’s grandmother did not have the money to buy medicine or to take him to a doctor. With the help of the Tekeshe Foundation Lovemore’s life has changed. Lovemore is back in school, receiving food, school supplies and lifesaving medical care.
Thanks again for helping Lovemore and Hebert and many other orphans like them.
You have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to pay the school fees and school uniforms for 48 students in full for the 2011 school year. Thirty pre- school children, two post secondary students, nine secondary school students and seven primary students are the beneficiaries of the school fees and school uniforms.
The post secondary and primary school students were faced with the possibility of dropping out of school next year because they still owed this year’s school fees. You can imagine the pressure these students and their families were under not knowing if they will be able to return to school next year. Life is very difficult for these students. They come from grandparent or women headed households. These families live below the poverty line with their only source of income being subsistence farming. To make matters worse there was a drought again this year.
This Christmas will be very special for these students and their families. You can imagine the joy that filled their hearts when they received the news that their school fees has been paid for in full for the 2011 school year. Education is very important to the students in these rural areas. It is one of the keys for unlocking doors of opportunities for them.
Promoting early childhood development and learning programs is also at the heart of the The Tekeshe Foundation. The early years in children's lives are very crucial. What happens to a child during these early years play an important role in shaping his or her life. Children who receive the best start in life are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society. Due to poverty and lack of resources the majority of children in these rural areas are not able to reach their full potential. Without your help these kids would not be able to receive the best start in life.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for making it possible for students in these rural areas to acquire an education. Because of your love and caring the future looks bright for them.
Thank you so much!.
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