Mar 19, 2015

Chiedza Child Care Centre report- Give-Only one borehole to 300 Children in Zimbabwe'

Drilling company installing a borehole at Chiedza
Drilling company installing a borehole at Chiedza

At last 300 children now have access to abundance safe, clean and portable water

Dear friends,

You did a marvellous job to donate some funds towards the installation of a borehole at Chiedza Child Care Centre in Harare.  Through your support, children are now enjoying their right to clean water! In the past couple of years, water supply at the centre which supports 1500 children per year with 300 children visiting the centre daily has been very erratic. In fact, the water crisis had reached alarming levels to the extent that the management was now contemplating asking guardians to bring water for use at the centre. All these are now history; clean water is now available at the centre 7 days a week!

Cooking and growing of vegetables critical for children’s nutrition are now being grown at a larger scale to reduce expenditures on food purchases.  Even grounds and toilets maintenance are now easy, because water is now readily available. Children could not hide their joy when they were told that the new borehole is now functional.  One child Chido said, “Now we have dignity because we now have abundant water; we were tired of avoiding our toilets just because there was no water for cleaning them after use…..” The local authority water supplies though erratic will be augmented by the supplies from the borehole.

Thank you once again good friends, until next time, Good bye for now!

 Spiwe Chakawa-Project Leader

Feb 24, 2015

Chiedza Child Care Center-Second Chance Education for Orphans in Mbare Project Report

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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


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Nov 21, 2014

Something new in the Second Chance Program!

Children with learning disabilities in class
Children with learning disabilities in class

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!

Spiwe 

*Not her real name

 
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