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
Nov 10, 2015

2015 Pre-school Progress Update

Children At Our Pre-School
Children At Our Pre-School

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of our pre-school program. This program is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for providing the best start in life to children in these rural areas.


Research has found out that children who complete pre-school programs are more advanced in literacy, creativity, initiative, and social skills and they are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society. Sadly the majority of children in the rural areas of Chipinge in Zimbabwe have no access to early childhood development and learning programs. Through your donations we are able to enroll 30 children in our pre-school. Our goal is to increase the number to 90 in 2016.

 As you can you see in the attached pictures, the pre-school program is doing very well. A typical day at the pre-school includes structured playtime, story time, games, singing and playing with all kinds of toys including educational toys.The children's favorite time is when they get to play with the toys and ride bikes. The toys and bikes were donated by New England Pentecostal ministries and 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.

 Though the program is a big success we still have many needs. The following are our goals for 2016

•  Increase the number of children enrolled in our school to 90
•  Hire two additional teachers.
•  Provide a building which will be able to accommodate 90 kids.
•  Provide tables and chairs, currently the kids sit on the floor.
•  Add an outdoor play area with swings

I am pleased to announce that we will begin building the new pre-school facility in January 2016. 

Thank you for helping these little ones have the best start in life! May your hearts be filled with lots of joy and laughter this holiday season as you reflect on the difference you are making in the lives of these children. 

I wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016!

Best wishes,

Thelma 

Children At Our Pre-School
Children At Our Pre-School
Children At Our Pre-School
Children At Our Pre-School
Oct 5, 2015

What we have Accomplished Together in 2015

The Chicks
The Chicks

Dear Friends,

Thank yo so much for your continued support of this project. Our vision to restore dignity and hope to disadvantaged women in these rural areas and to empower them to live up to their full potential has become a reality. The chicken project is a big success. The lives of six women who are participating in this project have been transformed. With the money they raise from selling the chickens they are able to support their children and grand children. Here is what the women had to say:

In Their Own Words

"Our chicken project is very successful. The profit we made from selling the chickens has helped us support our children. We thank you so much.  We have now purchased our third batch of chicks. Our plan is to build a bigger chicken coop with several compartments. This way we dont have to wait until we have sold all the chickens inorder for us  to purchace the next batch. We will place the new chicks in one compartment and put the older chickens in another compartment. We also plan on raising egg laying chickens. We are very grateful to you for giving us the funds to start this project. We take this project very seriously. We feel very fortunate to have been chosen among many women in this village to be the ones to participate in this project. We pray that God will bless you for your kindness."

As you can see from the attached pictures and from what the women had to say, you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of these women.

Thank you so much for all your support!!!

Best wishes,

Thelma

The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The chicks
The chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
The women feeding the chicks
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
 
   

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