Aug 9, 2018

More children in school from May to July 2018

Dear Friends and Partners,

 Warm greetings from Zimbabwe! We are going through another time of uncertainty which is likely to bring more misery to our coummunities if not handled well.  However, as people working with children we keep providing hope and a future to them  even under difficult circumstances.  We are able to keep providing the hope because of you  who keeps supporting our cause. You have been with us since 2012 and have never turned back on us. You keep lighting the path for these children.

Zimbabwe has just undergone national harmonised elections on the 30th of July, this has seen an adjustment of the second term which ended on the 26th of July which was a week earlier than normal. I am glad to update you that the number of children accessing the out of school study group for primary school rose from 78 beginning of the year to 102 by May 2018. As I have indicated in my other reports that we have also started incorporating  a second chance program for children who failed to complete secondary school since 2016. We have 56 children at the moment attending classes. We were inspired by you our friends and partners. For the secondary school second chance program we mainly focus on more girls because they face more challenges of transitioning from primary to secondary school as well as completing secondary school.

 This winter, from May to July was exceptionally cold but we want to thank you for your donations which kept children in school and managed to provide a hot meal every day for those children. Kindly keep supporting us, we need the funds for buying stationery, paying school fees, paying volunteer stipends, buying furniture, food and uniforms for children. Kindly keep telling your friends and networks about our cause.

Apr 25, 2018

Peter's Story

Dear Partners and Friends,

The support you have been investing over the years is beginning to show impactful results. In this update, I want to share with you Peter*'s Story.  "To many it never dawned that one day Peter wil be an inspirational figure and role model to many kids with the same background as his. Surprisingly today he is one of the most emulated boys in his community and school at large because of his academic prowess, hardwork and humility. In Peter's words, he believes

"background does not determine your future but your mentality and attitude"

Peter's mum died when he was still a toddler and had to be raised by his father who works as a commuter omnibus driver. Life has never been easy for Peter and his young brother as they had to put up with difficult living conditions which they are exposed to daily. In 2011, Peter had to drop out of school since his father could no longer afford paying school fees. Having been out of school for a couple of months, Peter was identified by one of Chiedza volunteer retired teachers who recommended that he could be enrolled in the Out of School Study Group program at Chiedza Child Care Centre. Peter attended lessons at the study group for one year and was reintegrated into formal school at Gwinyai Primary school were he completed his primary education with 5 units, which is excellent, the gold standard was 4 units, so Peter did very well.

He proceeded  to Secondary school with the support of Chiedza Child Care Centre and in 2017 he wrote his O' Level public exams and passed with flying colors. Currently, he is pursuing higher education , that is A' level at the same school he completed the secondary education. He was the headboy of the school learners leadership until he completed his secondary school. The same school accepted him for A' Level and he retained his position of being a headboy. He is currently studying Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry and wishes to be a Medical Doctor.

Thank you very much for your profound support. Keep telling your friends, colleagues and networks about our cause. There are more children like Peter who are out of school and are waiting for a chance. The funds are used to buy stationery, books, school bags, food, pay school fees, pay volunteer stipends, furniture and construction of classrooms.

 

 *Peter-not his real name

Jan 8, 2018

More children back to school

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

 Compliments of the new season!

 Some of you might have heard that Zimbabwe has a new president and is enjoying a new era. Yes it's true, we have a new president but as you might all know there are no quick fixes to economic development. We remain seized with the our challenges and we keep hoping for change especially on the education front for us. Meanwhile Chiedza Child Care Centre will continue to support the out of school children through your support.

I am glad to update you that of the 25 children who were reintegrated into school last year, all of them were retained without dropping out. 4 of the 25 sat for their Grade 7 public exams and all of them passed and are transitioning to secondary school starting the 9th of January 2018 when the school opens. More children felt encouraged to do better and this year 2018, 37 children from the out of school study group are ready to be enrolled into formal schools and start their educational journey with their peers.

We are thankful to all your support throughout 2017 and  also your festive season donations makes this all possible. I kindly ask you to keep sharing our cause with your friends and relatives. You know how best to tell them. We need the funds for buying books, school bags, food, paying school fees, furniture and uniforms.

Wishing you a prosperous 2018!

 
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