Aug 20, 2014

Second Chance Education

One on one tutoring
One on one tutoring

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.


Thank you


May 16, 2014

35 children back in school since January 2104!

Learning time
Learning time

Hello Partner!

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

Learning time
Learning time


Mar 11, 2014

Excitement of waiting- Poland Arts Festival!

Children going through a practicing session
Children going through a practicing session

As the days are getting closer for children to attend the Brave Kids Arts Festival in Poland, the participants are gripped with excitement. Thanks to you our partners who supported the children since we posted the Project. We have managed to process the passports for the six children. We really appreciate your support for such a unique initiative and a once in a life time opportunity for the disadvantaged children we are working with. They would never dreamt of Poland without your support. Most importantly they will be able to understand their value as they showcase their talents and learn from other cultures.

The traditional dance group meet every week at the center perfecting their skills. Although the Brave Kids Arts Festival is not aimed at competition, it is good to present their best showcasing the talents and culture of Zimbabwe.  Talking to those selected to attend the 2014 version of the festival, they express joy, anxiety, excitement as they wait patiently to go.  One of the participants, Thembisa*, an 11-year old girl had this to say,

" I stay with my grandparents and we are 5 girls and 1 boy. We stay well with my grannies. My mother remarried and is staying with my step father in a one roomed house and we cannot fit in there, so that is why I stay with my grannies. I like to dance 'Muchongoyo' (a type of a cultural dance) because it is the gift that I have. I like dancing because it keeps my body health. I am excited to go out of the country and my parents are excited about it. I am so excited because I have never imagined that I can go to places like Poland. I have always wanted to board an airplane. I will continue with the good behavior so that I will be a good girl among adults and my peers."

This is how the children are feeling and thank you. We appeal to you to continue supporting the children. We still need some funds for the costumes, food and airfares. You are part of the Chiedza community and we value the partnerships.

Thank you!


*Thembisa-not her real name


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