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
Sep 7, 2016

What We Have Accomplished Together

Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables

Thank you for your continued support of this project. This project is our strategy for empowering disadvantaged rural youth.

Update on The Youth Program
Through our Youth Program we empower young people to grow up to be successful, well-balanced and self- sufficient citizens. This program focuses on 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
  • Young people should be included as a part of planning and decision-making processes

In keeping with this approach we provide opportunities for the youth to get involved in community service in the village. We are pleased to announce that in early May the youth in our youth program helped women who participate in a nutrition garden project to grow vegetables.You can see in these pictures, some of the kids from our youth program wearing their scout uniforms. We are very proud of our scouts for lending a hand. The Scout program is having a positive impact in the lives of rural kids. Here is what one of the scouts had to say:

In His Own Words By One Of The Scouts
"I would like to thank the donors for buying us uniforms. I feel very happy when I put on my uniform. I enjoy the camping events and learning the scout laws. We are taught to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, thrifty, brave and clean. I kindly ask you to help us with more uniforms and camping tents."

Update on Pre-school Program
Our pre-school program provides a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare the children to successfully enter grade one and to become successful and lifelong learners. A typical day at the pre-school includes singing and playing with all kinds of toys including educational toys, structured playtime, story time and games.

The pre-school is doing very well. This year we have 30 kids enrolled in our school. As I mentioned in one of my previous progress reports, the children sit on the floor because we dont have chairs. Also, our school needs to be in compliance with the Ministry of Education requirements. In order  to be in compliance with these requirements we need playground equipement. Once the pre-school is compliant, it can be registered with the Ministry of Education. This helps us tremendously as we will no longer be responsible for paying the pre-school teacher's salary.

I am pleased to announce that we purchased 2 sets of playground equipement, 10 chairs and a desk. These items will be included as part of the next shipment going to Zimbabwe on September 10. Here is the cost breakdown:

  • 10 chairs @ $15 a chair  -   $150.00
  • 1 table                           -     $75.00
  • 2 swings                        -   $430.91

May your hearts be filled with joy as you take a look at these pictures and see the major role you are playing in shaping the lives of these young people who are the leaders of tomorrow. Without your love and support this would not be possible.


Thank you so much for bringing hope in the lives of young people in these rural areas!

Best wishes,
Thelma

Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Scouts Helping Women Plant Vegetables
Chair For Pre-School
Chair For Pre-School
Swings For The Pre-School
Swings For The Pre-School
Aug 8, 2016

ICT Community Center Establishment In Rimbi Township

Rural Teachers Attending An ICT Workshop
Rural Teachers Attending An ICT Workshop

Thank you for your continued support of our ICT project. This project is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists  between urban and rural schools in Zimbabwe. To date, through your help we have worked in collaboration with our in-country partner, Computers For Zimbabwean Schools (CZWs) to successfully complete our pilot project. The pilot project saw us delivering five very successful computer training workshops to 25 teachers from three schools in the area. In addition, we joined forces with TELONE to bring the internet to Rimbi High. The workshops were a big success! Here is what some of the teachers had to say:

In Their Own Words By Two Teachers Who Attended The Workshops

 "I am benefitting so much through this programme since I was at ‘zero’ as far as Computer Literacy is concerned.  I was even shy to be associated with computers since I couldn’t even turn a computer on.  I am very thankful for Mr Mupinda, the instructor. He has taught us a lot within a short space of time. Microsoft Word – I am now able to type any document and can insert any symbols I want with ease.  He also taught us Microsoft Excel which is a very useful tool in teaching.  The summation in particular was so interesting, using average and the copying of formulas was just magical! "

"We thank you very much for providing the funds that enable us to attend computer training workshops.  We have benefited tremendously from these workshops.  We kindly ask you to help us with computers that way we can have hands-on training during the workshops. This would be of great help.  Thanks again for helping us."

In His Own Words By Rimbi High Headmaster

"We are grateful for the workshops that have been conducted by the Tekeshe Foundation with the help of the donors. The workshops have been a great eye opener! During one of these workshops, the instructor gave us an overview of the 21st century tools that CZWs offers for teaching. He demonstrated how to use a projector. This topic generated a lot of interest among the teachers. As the headmaster of Rimbi High school, I made a commitment to the teachers that I would purchase some projectors for our school.  I am also very grateful to the Tekeshe Foundation  and to the donors for bringing the internet to Rimbi High! "

Way Forward - Establishment Of An ICT center

Though this project has been a big success, the feedback that we received from the teachers is that limited access to computers is hindering their progress. To resolve this issue, The Tekeshe Foundation will establish an ICT center in Rimbi village.  

How Having The ICT Center Will Help
The center will benefit not only the teachers and students, but the entire Rimbi community. The ICT center will provide a hub where local residents can receive computer literacy skills and affordable internet access services, expanding the number of people the ICT centre supports. In addition, with significantly more computers available for students and teachers, the learning experience will be enhanced. The teachers will have a practical environment where they are able to acquire more computer skills. 

In my next progress report I will give you  a breakdown of how much it will cost to establish the ICT center. We are currently working with stakeholders in Rimbi village to see if we can use one of the vacant buildings. 

As you can see we have made a lot of progress making a difference in the lives of rural teachers and students. This could not be possible without your support. Thank you so much!!!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Rural Teachers Attending An ICT Workshop
Rural Teachers Attending An ICT Workshop
Teachers Ecstatic To Have Internet Access
Teachers Ecstatic To Have Internet Access
TELONE WORKING ON THE VSAT DISH
TELONE WORKING ON THE VSAT DISH
Aug 1, 2016

Gardening Project

Community Gardening Project
Community Gardening Project

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. Women are the foundation of every society and yet the vast majority of rural women are disadvantaged educationally and economically.

Empowering disadvantaged rural women by introducing income generating projects is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for alleviating hunger and poverty and promoting self-sufficiency. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to ending global poverty and to improve women's health. Improving the socio-economic status of disadvantaged rural women not only empowers them to live up to their full potential but it also strengthens the entire community. According to statistics, 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

We are pleased to announce that in addition to assisting 6 women with the Chicken Project we are also assisting women in Rimbi village with a Community Gardening Project. According to research, the following are some of the benefits of community gardening projects:

  • Increased food security
  • Better nutrition as gardens provide fresh vegetables
  • Improved physical fitness since the process of gardening involves physical exercise
  • Stronger family and social relationships as the community gardening project also serves as a support group 

To date the Tekeshe Foundation gave $200.00 to the women paricipating in the gardening project. The money helped them purchase fertlizer, seeds and much needed gardening equipement. Here is what the project leader had to say:

"I would like to thank the donors for supporting our gardening project. Your help came just in time as we were about to abandon the project because of lack of funds. We were overjoyed when the Tekeshe Foundation offered to help us. This garden means a lot to us as we are able to feed our children from the vegetables we get from this garden. We will not disappoint you - we will work very hard to make sure the project is successful. Thank you for helping us."


As you can see from these pictures the garden is flourishing. In these pictures you can also see the kids who participate in our Youth program helping the women water the vegetables. This really encouraged the women. We are really proud of the kids in our Youth program for lending a hand.


Thank you so much for making a difference to disadvantaged rural women.

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

Community Gardening Project
Community Gardening Project
Community Gardening Project
Community Gardening Project
Kids In Our Youth Program Lending A Hand
Kids In Our Youth Program Lending A Hand
 
   

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