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
Dec 13, 2016
Thank you for standing with us in 2016
By Spiwe Chakawa - Project Leader
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!
Sep 12, 2016
Back to school
By Spiwe Chakawa - Project Leader
School opening day
Dear friends and partners,
It's summer time here in Zimbabwe and the last term of the school year. We are happy that all the children 112 of them, managed to come back to school and ready to complete another term in school. We want to thank you all our partners for standing with us throughout the year, believed in our cause and saw it fit to part with your hard earned cash to ensure that children get a second chance to go to school.
This term we have improved our approach to learning in the second chance education program. At some point , I shared with you that we now have a disability class for children with learning disabilities. So far it was good to have that class, until we learned that disability inclusion brings out the best developmental outcomes for children. Beginining this month, we have reintegrated the children with learning disabilities with their peers in the mainstream classes. We have assisted the class facilititators with disability training and counselled the other children to reduce the chances of stigma and discrimination during learning. We will be watching out for progress in that regard, but the signs are good.
Let me also take this opportunity to kindly remind you that it's the time of the year again when we start preparing for reintegration of children into formal schools! We will be positing a project for you to support. If we are late on that, kindly continue to use the main project "Second Chance Education for orphans in Mbare". We need funds for stationery, textbooks, uniforms, school fees, food, furniture and teacher stipends. Kindly share with your friends and relatives. Continue to do the good work by spreading news about our cause. You can visit our Face book page for more stories on what we do- Chiedza Child Care Center