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
Oct 5, 2015

What We Have Accomplished Together (2015)

Rimbi High School Students
Rimbi High School Students

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of this 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.  After high school, over 70% of rural students drop out of school due to poverty and they end up going to the urban areas to look for jobs yet they are ill-prepared to enter the work force because they have no skills; unlike their urban counter parts who have computer skills.

The ultimate goal of this project is to provide the students with the skills essential for the 21st century that will increase their employability skills and place them on a level playing field to better compete for jobs.

What We Have Accomplished Together

With your help we have conducted four successful computer training workshops and have provided  computer training to twenty five teachers. On September 8, 2014 we reached a major milestone in the history of our organization, we finally brought the internet to Rimbi High school.  To date one thousand students and fifty teachers at Rimbi High school have access to the internet. Here is what one of the teachers from Rimbi High had to say:

In his own words from one of the teachers:

"We are very grateful to you for providing us internet connectivity. The teachers and students at Rimbi High now have access to a world of information. We can never thank you enough. We are very pleased with the VSAT internet connectivity provided by TELOne. The internet service is very reliable. We are looking forward to your help upgrading the system so that we can have more computers connected to the internet. We are grateful that Rimbi High school is now on par with urban schools. "

We have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal. We are now in PHASE 3 of this project. Here is what we hope to accomplish in this phase:

PHASE 3 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 from the pictures and the testimonial from one of the the teachers, this project is 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

Rimbi High School Students
Rimbi High School Students
Rimbi High School Students
Rimbi High School Students
Rimbi High School Students
Rimbi High School Students
Jul 8, 2015

Special Thanks To You For Supporting Our Youth Program

Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015

Dear Friends,

Thank you for making it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide the Youth Cares program to rural youth in Chipinge. This program is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for empowering young people to grow up to be successful, well-balanced and self-sufficient citizens. It 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 program emphasizes the importance of young people's personal development and their contributions to their communities.


Our Youth program offers a Scout program. We provide uniforms for the scouts and provides the funds for them to go on camping trips and to host camping events. We are pleased to announce that on June 19th to the June 21 st , 2015 a scout learning camp event was held in Rimbi village. Seventy five scouts attended the event. Some of the scouts came from a nearby village called Chibuwe. The Manicaland Province Scout Association Commissioner and Transport commissioner also attended the event. The focus of the activities planned for this event were in keeping with the standards of a worldwide movement created to empower youth to reach their full potential. The event was such a success that the Commissioner proposed holding another scout event at Rimbi. Scouts from nearby towns and villages will be invited.


In addition to providing a scout program, our Youth program also provides opportunities for the youth to get involved in community service in the village. The program is having a positive impact on the youth in Rimbi village. We have received positive feedback about the program from the community at at large. Here is what one of the parents had to say:


In her Own Words By One Of The Mothers
"My son has been partcipiating in the scout program for two years. Two weeks ago at the scout event held at Rimbi township my son was one of the scouts who recived a scout uniform from the Tekeshe Foundation. It was one of the happiest days of his life! He hardly slept because of excitement. Thank you very much for making my son so happy.
This program is really changing the lives of young people in our township. Instead of them running around the township getting in trouble they are making good use of their time. I see a big change in my son. I see him applying what he is learning. He is kind and always ready to help. He also cares about his school work and he is very hard working. I would like to thank the friends of the Tekeshe foundation for supporting this program. "

We are in the processing of extending our Youth program to provide basic computer skills to the youth who participate in the program. We submitted a proposal to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation to request 5 laptops. The youth will use the OLPC laptops to conduct a research project to look into bringing solar energy to the village.


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 from the attached pictures and what one of the mothers had to say, through your donations you are playing a major role in shaping the lives of these young people who are the leaders of tomorrow.


Thanks again for your support!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
Scout Event held in Rimbi village in June 2015
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
 
   

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