Jun 20, 2017

Feedback from Audrey

Audrey in a school uniform happy
Audrey in a school uniform happy

Dear Friends and Partners,

We keep appreciating you for the great work you are doing in giving children a chance to be able to read and write. Hear what Audrey has to say in this update,

"My name is Audrey*, 14 years old. I stay in Matererini flats in Mbare with my mother and 3 siblings. My father died 5 years ago and my mother is chronically ill. I dropped out of school in 2015 due to failure to pay school fees as my mother could not afford to fend for us all. Dropping out of school was the most hurtful situation I ever experienced. I woke up early every morning and glanced through the window to see my age mates going to school whilst I stayed home knowing that I am supposed to be in school.

Chiedza Child Care Centre’s Community Care Workers passed through my compound one day as they were conducting a follow up visit in my community to one of their beneficiaries. Upon their visit my mother had a chance to ask them about their services and joyfully they spoke to her. In telling her about services Chiedza offer, educational assistance was mentioned and how they categorise and select children to be assisted. Luckily I was referred to Chiedza Child Care Centre were I met the child protection officer who later referred me to the education department.

I am now in Out of School Study Group  level 3 and excelling in all my studies. I had difficulties in reading and writing, but ever since I started attending lessons at Chiedza I have improved. I am doing very well in my favourite subjects which are Math and General Paper. At the beginning of every term I receive stationery free of charge and when my uniform is no longer in a good state, Chiedza provide me with a new uniform. My family struggled a lot to cater for my educational need but all have changed ever since I started receiving assistance from Chiedza through it’s Out Of School Study Group.

I am looking forward to be re-integrated into formal school through Chiedza’s transition program in 2018. With supportive teachers at the centre I believe I will make it and assist my siblings in the future. Chiedza through its resource centre, have exposed me to the importance of technology and internet as I am now computer literate. I would like to express my profound gratitude to Chiedza team and partners for reviving my lost hope through second chance education".

 Kindly keep inviting your friends and networks to support our cause and send more children like Audrey to school. The funds will be used to buy uniforms, pay school fees, buy stationery, pay volunteer stipends, furniture and food.

*Not her real name.

Mar 16, 2017

Listen to my Story!

Linny in the out of school study group class
Linny in the out of school study group class

Dear Friends and Partners,

 

My name is Linny Chinye*. Aged 13 and reside in Mbare Matapi hostels. I come from an impoverished family that is struggling to provide basic needs for me. Due to financial constraints I dropped out of school in 2015 as my family could not afford to pay for my school fees. I spent nearly a year not attending school and I lagged behind and felt lost. Life was tough for me to see my peers going to whilst I spent the day home idle.

In January 2016, Chiedza’s community care worker came to my rescue and advised my family to seek assistance at Chiedza. In February 2016 I joined Chiedza’s OSSG (Out of School Study Group) class and started at a lower level. Currently I am doing level one (grade 1 up to 3) and this has been a great experience for me. I am catching up from much I had lost. I believe with Chiedza’s support one day I am going to be re-integrated into formal school and fulfil my dream to become a banker. Chiedza is giving me a lot of support and I am grateful. Ever since I became part of Chiedza’s family my life have transformed and it’s getting better day by day.

Thank you Chiedza you brought light into my life.”

Thank you for your continued support. Kindly continue to share our story with your family and friends so that we can continue to support more children like Linny.  We need money for stationery, school bags, furniture, volunteer teacher stipends, school fees, food and sporting equipment.

*Not her real name

 

With gratitude

Dec 13, 2016

Thank you for standing with us in 2016

Class in progress
Class in progress

Dear Friends and Partners,

We have come to the end of yet another successful year. It was successful because we had friends and partners like you who continued to believe in our cause. Who supported us through and through. Towards the end of 2015, we requested for some funds to send 21 children back to school and you did it. We managed to send them in Janaury 2016 and they have already enjoyed 1 complete year in formal school. That's a great achievement you made in their lives. Thank you. 

Besides sending back children to school, you also helped other children who are still out of school to continue to attend the second chance education classes at our centre. Your support is tremendous , at least 100 children continued to come throughout the year attending lessons 3 days a week through the accelerated learning program. They received stationery, furniture was provided for and at least a hot meal each day they come. That's big. Thank you so much.

We appreciate your unconditional love and support and in 2017  we are sending 20 children more back to school. As you enjoy your festive season, kindly share with family and friends about our cause and continue to support us. We still need money for school fees, stationery, uniforms, stipends for volunteers and food for the children.

I wish you a happy festive season and prosperous 2017!

 

With gratitude,

 
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