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
Jan 20, 2015

What We Have Accomplished Together

Teacher thanking the Donors for the Internet
Teacher thanking the Donors for the Internet

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project. This project is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between the rural and urban schools.  We've accomplished a lot along the way—thanks to your help!. Here are some highlights.

1. Twenty Five Primary and Secondary School Teachers Received Basic Computer Training
To date we worked in collaboration with our in-country partner,  Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CzWS) to conduct six ICT workshops at Rimbi High school. The workshops have been a great eye opener to show the teachers that the era of black boards and chalks is over and to introduce to them the 21st century tools for teaching. We are pleased to announce that this project is a big success. To date, twenty five primary and secondary school teachers have received basic computer training including word processing, spreadsheet processing and presentation package training. The teachers found the workshops very beneficial and they requested to have more training. Here is what some of the teachers who attented the workshops had say:

"I am now able to embolden text. I am also able to underline text as well as to use italics. I am also fascinated by the ability of the text to appear in different colours. "


"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!"

2. Five Teachers Received Laptops

Though this project is a big success one of the challenges is that the teachers have limited access to computers. To address this problem we made an arrangement with CsWS to provide us refurbished laptops at a discounted price of $220 per laptop. The teachers will pay $50.00 while the Tekeshe foundation covers the rest of the cost. To date we  purchased five laptops for the teachers. 

3. We Brought The Internet to 1,000 Students At Rimbi High School
Our biggest accomplishment this year was seeing our vision of  "BRINGING THE INTERNET TO RURAL SCHOOLS" become a reality. On  September 8, 2014 TELONE installed VSAT satelitte at Rimbi High School.  Here is what one of the teachers and the head boy had to say:

In His Own Words By One Of The Teachers At Rimbi High School

"We would like to register our utmost appreciation to the donors for bringing this state of the art technology to our school. We used to be a school indeed just like other schools. On behalf of Rimbi school we feel humbled that from now onwards our school has the most advanved technology in the Sabi valley area. There is no other school in the valley with such technology. Our school is now in par with urban schools.  Now that we are at par with other schools in the country there should be no excuse for mediocrity and below par performance."

In His Own Words By The Rimbi High School Head Boy
"We are very pleased to have such a facility at our school. We are very grateful to you the donors. From now onwards the pass rate at our school will improve because we will be able to get information from the internet. We continue to look to you to help advance our school. Thank you so much!"


Goals for 2015 - 2016
1. Provide internet access to Rimbi Primary school.  
2. Provide computer training to 100 teachers by end of 2015
4. Provide laptops to 50 teachers by end of 2015


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 teachers and students!.

May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Rimbi High School Head Boy thanking the Donors
Rimbi High School Head Boy thanking the Donors
TELONE giving students and teachers VSAT overview
TELONE giving students and teachers VSAT overview
Students getting VSAT overview
Students getting VSAT overview
Jan 20, 2015

What We Accomplished in 2014

Showing off the chickens
Showing off the chickens

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. This project is our strategy for improving the socio-economic status of disadvantaged rural women. Even though we provide food and clothing to poor women, our long term goal is to introduce income generating projects that lift them out of poverty. This holistic approach ensures that disadvantaged rural women and their children have enough food to eat and looks out for their long term economic propspects.

Here is what we accomplished this year —thanks to your help!.

The Chicken project is in full swing. Six women are participating in the project. We are pleased to announce that the women successfully raised and sold 100 chickens. They are getting ready to buy more chicks. This time they will buy egg laying chickens as well. Here is what the women had to say:

"We would like to thank our donors for supporting us. We really like the project. We have learned a lot about raising chickens. The lessons we learned will help us going forward. Thanks again for helping us!" 


As you can see from the attached pictures this project is a big success. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women!  May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015

Best wishes,

Thelma

Customer buying a chicken
Customer buying a chicken
One of the women feeding the chickens
One of the women feeding the chickens
Project manager checking on the chickens
Project manager checking on the chickens
Oct 29, 2014

Thanks for Supporting Our Youth Program

Our Scouts at Workcamp building a house
Our Scouts at Workcamp building a house

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support of our "Youth Cares" 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 provide opportunities for the youth to get involved in community service in the village. On July 28,2014 the youth in our youth program, under the supervision of Mr Matende(Assistant Youth Program Coordinator),  participated in a workcamp to build a house for a disabled woman who lives in the village. Missionaries from New England and some of the local people worked in collaboration to arrange the workcamp. You can see in these pictures, some of the kids from our youth program wearing their scout uniforms. Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to buy scout uniforms for these kids.

In their own words:

We are taught to "Always lend a hand". This workcamp gave us a chance to help a poor woman in our community who is lame. We want to thank our donors for sponsoring us to attend scouting events and for buying us scout uniforms. We really enjoy the trips because we get to travel to town and meet with other scouts from the other areas.  We thank you very much for continuing to help us. 

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As you can see, the Youth program is having a positive impact in the lives of these young people. It provides them a place to build lasting friendships and develops the skills they need to rise up as leaders in their communities. Without your love and support this would not be possible. 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.

We are in the processing of extending our Youth program to provide basic computer skills to the youth who participate in the program. We have 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.


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

Best wishes,
Thelma

Missionaries From NE at the Workcamp
Missionaries From NE at the Workcamp
Our Scouts at Workcamp building a house
Our Scouts at Workcamp building a house
Our Scouts at Workcamp building a house
Our Scouts at Workcamp building a house

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