We have had a good start in 2015, simply because of your historical and usual support! The good news this time around are that we reintegrated ten more children into formal schools and the grade seven results for our beneficiaries reintegrated in 2013 and early 2014 are just amazing!
Chiedza in the past five years has reintegrated 90 children into formal schools and in January 2015, ten (five boys and five girls) more children aged between 12 and 17 years were reintegrated into the formal system. They are now in grade five and six at Gwinyai primary school here in Harare. This brought the number of children integrated into formal schools to 100 in five years. Through the resources that you donated to Chiedza, we were able to buy them uniforms, pay school fees and buy them stationery. On the program we still have the other 90 children and it means 10 more children out of school will be enrolled this year to have their chance to education.
In a related development, having reintegrated 54 children between 2013 and 2014, 5 of the reintegrated children wrote their grade seven public exams (these mark the completion of the primary school syllabus in Zimbabwe) in November last year and passed very well. One of the children, Doctor* has seven (7) units and the other four are between 10 and 16 units and have since been transitioned into the local secondary schools. These are considered good passes in Zimbabwe because they are between the recommended 4 to 18 units; the lowest score is 36 units.
The management at Chiedza, the three facilitators, the caregivers of these children and the children themselves, both the newly reintegrated and those who passed grade 7 exams were very thrilled by these two developments which took place in December 2014 and January 2015. Everyone is in a jubilant mood!
We are always grateful for your support. Kindly continue to donate to enrol new children and maintain children in school. We use your valuable funds to buy uniforms, books, school fees, buy furniture and food for these children. You can like our facebook page for more information: Chiedza Child Care Center. Visit our website on www.chiedzachild.com
Hello Friends and partners of Chiedza,
How time flies and we are already at the end of another year. We are always grateful as we look forward to the year end and beginning of another year.
We are encouraged by your suppport which keeps us going as we look forward to support more and more children in need of second chance education. We have continued to support 100 children in the out of school program through your support.
However, this quarter I want to share with you something new that we have learned in the program. We have realised that as we prepare the children for reintegration in the formal schools, there are some children who seem not to be getting ready within the expected time. We observed and learned that, it is not because these children are dull but they are living with some disabilities!
We used to have these children in three different classes catering for level 1,2 and 3 but because of this observation we have added a fourth class. With the support of community facilitators and the teachers we now have a seperate class of children with disabilities which hamper their comprehension of lessons at the same pace with other children. The children are taught by a trained community volunteer who takes her time to support these children individually. Through your support the program has started successfully and we know you will continue to support these children to reach their potential despite their condition.
The impact is demonstrated by the changes and happiness you see in these children as they attend classes regularly despite the learning challenges. Of interest is a young girl 13years, Gladys* who started to attend the disability class lessons in August 2014. She used to cry when the mum leaves her for lessons, but now she has changed, she has developed positive attachment with her peers and teachers. She also takes responsibility in some class assignments and duties and always wearing a huge smile on her face.
All this is because of your support. Thank you.
This festive season, kindly donate to keep children like Gladys in school. The funds will be used to buy stationery, furniture, uniforms, food and pay school fees for reintegration.
Continue to like our face book page: Chiedza Child Care Center and kindly invite your friends and relatives to like it too.
Follow us on twitter @chiedzaccc as well.
Enjoy your festive season!
*Not her real name
Dear partners and friends,
It's the end of the winter season in Zimbabwe and the most favored time by school kids who are enjoying their school break. We are continuously grateful to you all as we look foward to open the the third school term for 2014 for children who are attending the out of school study group at the center in September. While on holiday, the children continue to come to the center for other pyschosocial support activities such as sports, sexual reproductive health education and support groups. In addition, they continue to access the libary to further their literacy skills.
Due to limited space, we have maintained our enrollment at 100 children for the program. As soon as we finish construction of the classroom block, we will definitely increase the enrollment. We are happy to update you that the children continue to come and attend lessons where we use the composite class methodology to teach the children in different grade levels in one class.
As the number of school drop-outs continues to increase due to poverty and economic hardships, the out of school program remains a very important component of community development. Remember, your contribution is giving hope where there was no hope, chance where there was a lost opportunity.
With that in mind, we kindly request you to continue supporting our Project, "Second Chance Education for Orphans in Mbare" Since the children are orphans and vulnerable, they do not pay school fees to attend, so your contribution sustain their education. We use the funds to buy textbooks, exercise books, furniture, pay facilitator stipends, food and uniforms for the children.
It is people like you who are making a difference in the lives of children who dropped out of school due to various reasons but mainly poverty.
You have done it again through your donation for the Second Chance Education for Orphans in Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe. Before I share the good news with you, let me take this opportunity to say thank you for the good work through your donation.
I updated you last time that we had 124 children coming at the community study group at Chiedza Child Care Center for their second chance education lessons. I am happy to tell you that 35 of them were assessed and found ready for reintegration into the formal schools. The first 25 were reintegrated when we started the 2014 academic year in January and the second group of 10 started going to the formal school on Tuesday the 13th of May 2014, just this week! Remember our goal together in this project is to provide bridging accelerated learning lessons or catch up lessons so that children who would have dropped out of school can go back to formal schools. Can you imagine the impact you have made in the lives of these children whose hope of ever going back to school was shuttered through poverty and economic hardships which made their parents and relatives fail to pay school fees. You have really stood in the gap for these children.
Interestingly one of the children; Turkely Dube* who was reintegrated in January came first in his class in the first term exams which ended in April. Everyone was excited and we also want you to be excited about him, because you made it for him.
We wish to continue providing the service to many orphans and vulnerable children, including building a classroom block for them since they are learning under the shade, kindly continue giving, share our facebook page: Chiedza Child Care Center with your colleagues and spread the word to your networks.
A very big thank you with smiles from the 35 children!
*Not his real name
The year 2014 started on a high note at Chiedza Child Care Center. Children and staff members had a good rest in December and came prepared for the new year! Instead of loitering in the streets, children who had missed out grades or dropped out of school came with renewed energy to attend the second chance accelerated learning program classes at the center. The program is continuing to make an impact in the community as more and more parents and caregivers are identifying children who were just idle and bringing them to the center to attend classes.
When we closed last year, we had 124 children attending the second chance education. We have 130 children at the moment. This year, we managed to reintegrate 24 children into formal schools. We are excited as we send them off into the mainstream schools where they will learn the formal syllabus with other children in a school environment. We feel a sense of achievement as they graduate out of the second chance education classes, where we prepare them. We also feel bit sad to part ways and also hope the schools will continue to nurture the skills and talents of children who had lost hope in their lives.
One of the children who were reintegrated into the formal school this year is Leeroy; who is a double orphan and live with his aunt. His aunt is a petty trader and struggles to make ends meet with the income she gets from her merchandise. When Leeroy spends time away from his books, he takes time to help her aunt with her stall where she sells her goods. Leeroy joined the Chiedza Child Care Center Out of School Study Group in January 2013 and excelled in all the subjects and was eventually reintegrated into a formal school; Shingirayi Primary School. Leeroy remains grateful to the second chance education program.
Despite the problems his family continually endured day by day, he will persistently work hard and has a clear goal as to where he wants his studies to take him. For Leeroy , the sky is the limit!
We have shared with you the story of Leeroy, to show you how big an impact your contribution is making in the lives of orphans and other vulnerable children. To support the Second Chance education program, we are running a micro-project ending this March on Global Giving to Build a Classroom Block for the children attending classes. Kindly support us, tell your friends and networks to support the Chiedza Child Care Center Second Chance Education-Build a Classroom Campaign. Thank you all our partners and friends for supporting this worthy cause.
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