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
Jun 1, 2015

Transforming The Lives Of Rural Women

The Women Who Are Participating In The Project
The Women Who Are Participating In The Project

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project. We strongly believe that improving the socio-economic status of women in the developing world is key to fighting and ending global poverty. Women in the rural areas of Zimbabwe bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family yet they are disadvantaged economically and educationally and are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. This situation has been exacerbated by HIV/AIDS which has rapidly become a woman's disease. Women living with AIDS are struggling to support their children and they cant afford the cost of receiving treatment.

Our vision is to restore dignity and hope to disadvantaged women in these rural areas and to to empower them to live up to their full potential. We firmly believe that empowering women strengthens the entire community. Families are healthier and more children attend school.

We are pleased to announce that the "Chicken Project" is a big sucess. The lives of the six women who are participating in this project have been transformed. We are very pleased to have Mrs Chikoo managing this project for us. We attribute the success of this project to her dedication and hard work in overseeing the project.  One of the biggest lessons we have learned is that inorder for these projects to be successfull it is very important to have the right person managing the projects. The project manager needs to be a respected member of the community who is passionate about projects that empower women. Mrs Chikoo has all these qualities and we are honored to have her manage this project for us.

The women ordered their next batch of chickens. I will post a progress report in 3 weeks. You will be able to see the pictures of the chickens. 

 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting this project. Together we are transforming the lives of these women and putting them in a better position to help their families. We couldnt have done this without your help!

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

Project Manager Encouraging The Women
Project Manager Encouraging The Women
Women Who Are Participating In The Project
Women Who Are Participating In The Project
Jun 1, 2015

Technology Is Transforming Education At Rimbi High School

Headmaster Receiving Laptops From The Foundation
Headmaster Receiving Laptops From The Foundation

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project. This project is at the heart of the Tekeshe Foundation and is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between rural and urban schools.  This project is a big success and it is tranforming education in Rimbi village.

In Phase I of this project we introduced sensitization workshops facilitated by our in-country partner, Computers For Zimbawean Schools (CzWS).  The workshops covered the integration of computers in the classroom and internet skills and resources for learning and teaching. The workshops were very well received by all participants. A Tekeshe Foundation staff relates: “It was an eye opener for most participants, it made them realize how far behind they were in their methods of teaching. The teachers requested the headmaster to buy projectors; they realized that the era of black boards and chalks was over.”   

In 2013, the second phase of our ICT project commenced. The goal of this phase was to provide Computer and Internet Literacy Training to the teachers and to to provide internet connectivity to Rimbi High School. 

  • To date we have provided computer training to 25 teachers
  • To date we have provided laptops to six teachers
  • On September 8, we brought the internet to Rimbi High

In his own words by "Rimbi High School ICT Project Coordinator" 

"Rimbi High School is appreciative of the unparalleled work being done to our school and the community at large by the Tekeshe Foundation. The most recent and most profound development to the school is the internet connectivity, which the Tekeshe Foundation intends to upgrade to meet demands and current developments on information technology i.e. to improve on speed, wifi connectivity and the number of computers connected. The internet facility has transformed the lives of teachers and students. They are now able to access the latest information for the different subject areas and this has really taken all of us to the information technology era and the global village"

WE ARE NOW IN PHASE 3 OF THE PROJECT

We are pleased to announced that the project is on target.  We are now in the third phase of the project. The goal of the this phase is to continue Computer and Internet Literacy Training .

  • The teachers who completed the first training will be trained on the tools for intergrating ICT into the curriculum
  • Sensitization workshop will be conducted for the new group of teachers
  • After the sensitization workshops, the new group of teachers will receive the Computer Literacy training that the first group of teachers went through. [This training covers, basic computer skills, Microsoft Office and the internet] 
  • Upgrade VSAT system at Rimbi High

 

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 Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Teachers Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Students Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Students Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Mar 3, 2015

What We Have Accomplished Together

Our Pre-school teacher and the kids
Our Pre-school teacher and the kids

 

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of our project. This project is our strategy for empowering underpriviledged rural youth in Zimbabwe to reach their full potential through education, skill development, and leadership training.  We've accomplished a lot along the way—thanks to your help!. Here are some highlights.

1. To date one hundred and fifty children have graduated from our Pre-school Program

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide 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 kids' favorite time is when they get to play with the toys. The majority of these kids had never seen a toy until they started coming to our pre-school. These toys were donated by friends of the Foundation in the US. Every year we partner with churches in New England to send a 40 foot container of  medicines, food and clothing, school supplies and toys to Zimbabwe. 

The program is making a difference in the lives of these children. Here is what one of the parents had to say:

In her Own Words From One Of The Parents

"Before attending the pre-school my daughter was very shy and she didnt mix well with other children. I saw a big change in her after she started attending the pre-school. My daughter is now in grade 4 and she is doing very well. I thank the donors for making it possible for my daughter to participate in the pre-school program offered by the Tekeshe Foundation"

2. To date over one hundred students have received uniforms, school fees and school supplies from the Foundation

Through our Education Program we provide access to education to underpriviledged rural youth to help unlock doors of opportunity for them and give them a better head start for the future. Five of the students that we helped have now completed their teacher training courses and are now working as school teachers. Here is what one of the students had to say: 

In her Own Words By One Of The Students

"I could not have done this without your help. Growing up life was very difficult as my father has more than one wife. My mother and I struggled a lot. My father was not able to provide for my educational needs. My desire was to get an education because I knew this would give me a better future. I was so happy when the Tekeshe foundation started helping me with uniforms, school fees and school supplies. Without your help together with the Tekeshe Foundation I dont know what I would have done. Thank you very much. May God bless you"

3. To date over 250 youth have participated in our Youth Program 

The focus 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. Through your donations we were able to provide uniforms to 20 scouts and we sponsored 10 scouts to attend 2 scouting events. The scouts participate in community awareness initiatives.

The Youth program is having a positive impact in the lives of these young people. Here is what one of the scouts had to say:

In his Own Words By One Of The Scouts

"Participating in the scout program is like attending class. We learn a lot. Here are some of the scout laws we learned:

  • A scout is kind
  • A scout is honest
  • A scout is brave 
  • A scout is thrifty

I really enjoy the program. I hope that I will also be able to attend the scout events held in Mutare. I want to thank the donors for helping us. "

Our Goals for 2015 - 2016

  • Start construction on a new building that will house our pre-school and our youth centre.
  • Provide tables and chairs, currently the kids sit on the floor.
  • Add an outdoor play area with swings

 As you can see we have accomplished a lot. 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 students!.

May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Kids Showing Off Their New Uniforms
Kids Showing Off Their New Uniforms
 

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