Tekeshe Foundation

The Tekeshe Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization which focuses on empowering and restoring dignity and hope to the people in the rural areas of the Chipinge district in Zimbabwe by providing and promoting economic empowerment, advocating literacy and higher education for both boys and girls, while assisting AIDS/HIV patients and their families with social-economic help
Feb 6, 2017

Together We Are Transforming The Lives Of Disadvantaged Rural Women

Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. Together we are transforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women. We coudnt have done it without your help!

Women are the lynchpins of their communities and yet the vast majority of rural women are disadvantaged educationally and economically. One of the biggest challenges they are faced with is lack of income. Women who are heads of households struggle to feed their children. They rely solely on subsistence farming as their source of income. The women in these rural areas are very hard working - they spend most of their days in the hot sun tending their crops. Yet even after working so hard they end up with no crops because this area experiences recurrent droughts. With no crops and no other source of income these households end up drifting into poverty.

This project focuses on improving the socio-economic status of rural women by providing them the funds to start income generating projects so that they dont have to rely solely on subsistence farming as their source of income. Studies have shown that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to ending global poverty and also strengthens the entire community. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked to improving the socio-economic status of women:

  • Food security
  • Families can afford to send their children to school
  • Family health improves
  • Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS 
  • Economically stronger and more stable communties

In keeping with the focus of this project we are pleased to announce the launching of a Sewing program in Manzvire village. Our vision for the Sewing program is to teach disadvantaged women sewing skills. Giving women sewing skills provides them an alternative means of earning an income. This ensures that they will have money to support their families even if the area experiences prolonged droughts. The women will be taught how to make school uniforms, dresses, trousers, skirts and shirts. We are happy to bring Robert (the instructor) on board to lead this program. We are very proud of him as he has a great passion to empower women and young people in these rural areas with sewing skills. Even though he doesn't have a building, this doesnt deter him, he teaches sewing from a store front. In addition, he doesn't have any sewing patterns, instead he uses a blackboard mounted on the store front wall to show the different parts of a garment to the women. Once they understand the structure of a garment he shows them how to cut the material.
The Tekeshe Foundation donated $65 to the project. You can see in these pictures the 6 women who participate in the project receiving 65 meters of sewing material from a staff member of the Tekeshe Foundation. We will also donate 4 sewing machines, currently they only have one sewing machine. The total cost of the 4 sewing machines is $200.00.

May your hearts be filled with joy as you take a look at the pictures of the women whose lives are being changed because of your generosity!

Thanks again for all your help.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Women Ecstatic To Receive Sewing Material
Jan 8, 2017

Thanks What We Accomplished Together In 2016

Kids All Smiles After Receiving Christmas Gifts
Kids All Smiles After Receiving Christmas Gifts

Thank you for your continued support of this project. It is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for empowering disadvantaged rural youth. Here are some of the highlights of what we accomplished together in 2016. We couldnt have done it without your support!

Bringing Joy To Kids At Christmas Time

In addition to providing school fees, school uniforms and school supplies we also bring joy to kids at Christmas time. We give them toys, candy and cookies. Due to poverty the majority of kids in the rural areas do not receive toys for Christmas. This year we gave toys, candy, baloons and pencils to over 300 children in Rimbi village. As you can see from the kids' faces in the pictures Christmas 2016 was a happy time indeed for them. They had a wonderful time!. Here is what one of the kids had to say:

"Thank you for giving me a doll and sweets. I stayed awake as I waited for the sun to come up so that I could come and receive toys from the Tekeshe Foundation. I really like the doll. I cannot wait to braid her hair. "

 

Update on The Youth Program
Our youth program is based upon the principle that young people need more than just academics, they also need to be taught life's lessons which are not taught at a desk in the classroom. The objective of our Youth Program is to empower young people to grow up to be successful, well-balanced and self-sufficient citizens. It emphasizes the importance of young people's personal development and their contributions to their communities. Our approach is as follows:

• Engage youth as resources, not simply recipients of services
• Recognize that preventing problems does not by itself promote development
• Ensures that youth are included as a part of planning and decision-making processes

In keeping with this approach we are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new programs, a Sewing program and a Cultural Music and Poetry program.

 

1. Sewing Program

Our vision for the Sewing program is to teach the youth sewing skills. Giving sewing skills to the youth ensures that those who are unable to continue with their education will be able to earn an income through sewing. The youth will be taught how to make school uniforms, skirts and shirts. We are ecstastic to bring Robert (the instructor) on board to lead this program. We are very proud of him as he has a great passion to empower youth with sewing skills. We stoped by at Manzvire village to see what Robert had accomplished so far. Even though he doesnt have a building, he teaches sewing from a store front. We were impressed by his creativity! He doesnt have any sewing patterns, instead he uses a blackboard on the store front wall to show the different parts of a garment to the students. Once they understand the structure of a garment he shows them how to cut the material. In one of the pictures, you can see one of the students at the black board explaining to us the different parts of a skirt. I was awe-stricken by such creativity. As you can see in these pictures the youth are eager to learn. The Tekeshe Foundation donated $65 to the project. This money will be used to buy material to make school uniforms. In addition, we will provide 4 sewing machines, currently they only have one sewing machine. The total cost of the sewing machines is $200.00.

 

2. Cultural Music and Poetry Program

The vision of our Cultural Music and Poetry program is to engage the youth in their cultural heritage and to encourage them to study and perfom music. We are please to bring Mr Mhlable on board as the instructor. In these pictures you can see Mr Mahlabe and some of the kids who will participate in the program. As you can see the kids are really excited to learn how to play the instruments. Here is a breakdown of the money used to purchase the instruments:

  • 2 drums     - $40
  • 2 mbira      - $40.00
  • 1 marimba - $100.00
  •  material for costumes - $72.00

 

Through your donations you are playing a major role in shaping the lives of young people in these rural areas. Thank you so much!.

Best wishes,
Thelma

Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Showing The Parts Of Garment Using A Black Board
Showing The Parts Of Garment Using A Black Board
Kids Playing Music Instruments
Kids Playing Music Instruments
Jan 4, 2017

What We Have Planned For 2017

Bringing The Internet To Rimbi High
Bringing The Internet To Rimbi High

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of our project. This project is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between rural and urban schools.

As more and more jobs require technology, it is important that students understand how to use technology in a variety of ways. Unfortunately rural schools in Chipinge are underserved, and like many other remote rural schools in developing countries they are unable to offer computer training and internet access to students because they simply don’t have the funds to buy computers and the teachers lack computer skills. Most Zimbabwean rural schools are struggling financially to stay afloat, as the budgetary support provided to them by the government is limited. This leaves the burden of education on parents, who are unable to pay for their children’s education. As a result, rural schools lack the 21st century tools, and the teachers and the students lack the skills necessary, for teaching and learning, such as computers and the internet. This has created a digital divide that is disadvantaging a whole generation of children growing up in these rural areas.

As such, Phase I of this project was created by Tekeshe Foundation in Rimbi Township-Zimbabwe, in December 2012, with the aim to address this digital divide. PHASE I of the project adopted the train-the-trainer-first approach to build the capacities of rural teachers in technology. For the past 4 years, we have been providing computer training to teachers and have seen dramatic improvements with most of the teachers gaining basic computer skills and Microsoft Office experience. They are now in a position to train students and the community. We also brought internet connectivity to Rimbi High school and donated laptops to teachers.

The Tekeshe Foundation now seeks to launch the next Phase of this project in order to provide internet access and educational internet training to primary and secondary schools students from Rimbi and neighboring villages, as a part of an after school program. During this phase, the Tekeshe Foundation aims to establish a Community ICT center in Rimbi Township. The center will serve as a hub for students and the wider communities, where they can access the internet and receive educational internet training. A VSAT satellite dish that will provide 1Mbps and 60 GB data allowance will be installed by TelONE. A vacant building in the Township will be renovated and equipped with tables and 25 computers. A solar powered generator will be used to power the computers.

We are pleased to announce that we have full support of the stake holders from Rimbi village to establish the Community ICT center. Here is an excerpt from a recommendation letter by a stake holder:

"Rimbi High School is highly appreciative of the unparalleled work being done to our school and the community at large by the Tekeshe Foundation. The most profound development to the school is the internet connectivity. The internet facility they funded for the school has been of much benefit to the teachers. Teachers and students are now able to access latest information for the different subject areas and this has really taken us to the information technology era and global village.
As the I.T. project coordinator, I unreservedly recommend Tekeshe Foundation for funding in order for them to establish an ICT community center in Rimbi village. The center will benefit the entire community tremendously. Our biggest challenge is limited access to computers. Having the ICT center will enable more students and teachers and the entire community to have access to computers and the internet. I thank you in advance for supporting our project."


Cost Breakdown

25 HP 500B (Refurbished)Computers @$350 each                $8,750.00
25 desks and chairs @$75 each                                           $1,875.00
VSAT Satellite Installation                                                       $886.00
Solar Powered Generator                                                        1,500.00
Buiding Renovation                                                               $1,800.00

 TOTAL                                                                               $14,811.00

As you can see we have accomplished a lot together. These accomplishments would not have been possible without your support. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of rural teachers and students. Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Teachers Receiving Training From CZsw
Teachers Receiving Training From CZsw
Teachers Receiving Training From CZsw
Teachers Receiving Training From CZsw
 
   

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