Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe

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Kids Receiving Backpacks
Kids Receiving Backpacks

Thank you for your continued support of this project. It is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for empowering disadvantaged rural youth. Here are some of the highlights of what we accomplished together in 2017. We couldnt have done it without your support!

 1. Bringing Joy To Kids At Christmas Time

In addition to providing school fees, school uniforms and school supplies we also bring joy to kids at Christmas time. We give them toys, candy and cookies. Due to poverty the majority of kids in the rural areas do not receive toys for Christmas. This year we gave toys, candy, balloons and school supplies to over 400 children in Rimbi village. As you can see from the kids' faces in the pictures Christmas 2017 was a happy time indeed for them. They had a wonderful time!.

 2. Pre-School Program Progress

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. 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. Through your donations we are able to enroll 30 children in our pre-school. These kids are very fortunate, there are so many kids in these rural areas who want to enroll in our pre-school, unfortunately we can only take 30 kids for now. As you can see in these pictures the pre-school is doing well. Here are testimonials from some of the parents :

In Her Own Words By One Of The Parents
"My son had a speech problem and he didnt mix well with other kids. I have noticed a big difference ever since he started attending the pre-school. His speech has improved and he mixes well with other kids. He also likes going to the pre-school because he gets to play with toys and gets to play on the swings. Thank you so much for helping my son!"


In Her Own Words By One Of The Grand Parents
"My grandchild didn’t want to go to school. The playground equipment helped a lot! The moment he saw the other kids playing on the swings he wanted to go to the pre-school. Thank you so much for providing this playground equipment. We had never seen anything like this in this village. "

 In Her Own Words By One Of The Parents
"The kids are learning a lot. They are taught English and they are also taught good manners.  They also enjoy playing with the toys and playing on the swings. There are so many kids in the village who want to attend the pre-school but for now they can only take 30 kids. I feel very fortunate that my daughter is enrolled at the pre-school. Thank you so much.”

 3. Education Program

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide school  fees, uniforms and school supplies to disadvantaged rural kids. I am pleased to announced that we gave 75 backpacks, 1000 pencils, pens, notebooks and crayons to the kids

Goals for 2018

  • Start construction on a new building that will house our pre-school and our youth center

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 transforming the lives of rural kids!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Kids Receiving Notebooks
Kids Receiving Notebooks
Kids Receiving Toys For Christmas
Kids Receiving Toys For Christmas
Our Scouts Entertaining Kids At Christmas Time
Our Scouts Entertaining Kids At Christmas Time
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids After Winning The Music Contest
Kids After Winning The Music Contest

Thank you for making it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to continue providing 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 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. Here is an update of what we have accomplished together through the Scout and Cultural Music Programs offered as part our Youth Cares Program:


1. Cultural Music and Poetry Program
This program is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for empowering rural youth to engage in their cultural heritage and to encourage them to study and perfom music. We are please to announce that the kids who participate in our program were the winners of the music contest held in Chipinge last month. You can see the faces of the kids in this picture after they won the contest. Through your donations we were able to provide them the African costumes they are wearing. We are very proud of these kids. They have come up to speed quickly learning how to play the instruments. They are so talented that they are even getting invitations to play at weddings!


2. Scout Program
We are pleased to announce that on July 28th - July 30th a scout camping event was held in Rimbi village. The Manicaland Province Scout Association Commissioner from Mutare attended the event. As you can see from these pictures and by the testimonals given by some of the scouts, the event was a big success!

In Their Own Words By Some Of The Scout

"This was my first time to attend a scout camping event. I would like to thank the sponsors who made this event possible. We had a very good time. We learned so much. One of the things we were taught was that we have to behave as gentleman. When we are playing with the girls we have to show them respect and conduct ourselves appropriately..."

"I want to thank the sponsors for the camping event. We had a very good time and the food was very good! We learned a lot. We were taught that charity begins at home and that we must obey our parents. We were also taught that we must care about our communities and our country. One example the commissioner gave was that if we notice that someone left the tap running, maybe at school, it is the responsibility of a scout to close the tap. It doesnt matter who left the tap running, a good scout cares enough to correct what is wrong..."

"I also want to thank the sponsors for the wonderful time we had at the scout camping event. We learned how to survive in the forest. We were also taught how to make a fire, how to cook an egg using the shell of an orange and how to tie knots. One thing that the comminisioner stressed and it resonated with the majority of the scouts was the importance of obeying the parents. I know for me and many other scouts, our behaviour towards our parents will be different going forward. Thanks again for such a wonderful time! "

Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged rural kids!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Kids Who Participate In The Music Program
Kids Who Participate In The Music Program
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Scouts At The July 2017 Camping Event
Girls Modelling The Native Outfits
Girls Modelling The Native Outfits

There are no words to adequately express our sincere gratitude to you for all the support you have given to disadvantaged rural kids in Zimbabwe over the years. We are proud of what we have accomplished together so far to empower the kids to reach their full potential. We have accomplished a lot along the way—thanks to your help! Here are some midyear highlights:

1. Youth Care Program Progress

Through your donations, The Tekeshe offers the Youth Cares Program as an after-school program. The focus of the 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. We strongly believe 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.

Why The Youth Cares Program Is Important?

After-school programs can do much more than keep children occupied when they are not in school. According to a study done on after- school programs, kids who participated in after-school programs performed much better academically than their peers and they exihibited notable improvements in work habits and behavior as well. Here are some of the ways that after school activities can help the kids:

  • Exploring diverse interests - By providing kids the opportunity to explore diverse interests, we give them the opportunity to discover what they are passionate about. For example, there are so many kids in these rural areas who are talented and passionate about music and dancing, without this program they would have no opportunity to develop their talents.
  • Team work - Activities such as, soccer, scouting clubs, dancing and music etc require kids to work collectively toward a common goal. As a result, kids develop the skills necessary to work as team. Most importantly, extracurricular activities enable kids to build relationships and socialize with peers who share their interests.
  • Making a Contribution - Extracurricular activities allow kids to make a contribution to their community, which is an important step in preparing them for life beyond the classroom.
  • Goal Setting - Most extracurricular activities entail achieving a goal. While kids are having fun they are also getting opportunities to develop their goal setting skills.

In keeping with this approach here is what the Youth Cares Program has accomplised so far with your help:

  • Music and Dancing program - The kids are enjoying the music and dancing program. As you can see from the pictures the two girls are proudly modelling the costumes the girls will wear when performing the African dance. In the pictures, the young boys are enjoying playing mbira.
  • Soccer Program - As you can see from these pictures the kids are ecstatic to have 3 soccer balls!  Having grown up in Zimbabwe I know how these kids feel! Due to poverty kids in these rural areas cannot afford a soccer ball and yet only a few kids can be part of the school team. Only the kids who qualify to play on the school team have the opportunity to play soccer with real soccer balls. This doesnt deter the kids - they are very creative; they use old rags and twine to make a soccer ball. So you can just imagine how excited these kids are that they have 3 soccer balls! Holding a soccer ball in these rural areas is like holding a pot of "gold". You can see the joy in their faces. They now have 3 soccer balls! 
  • Community service - To date the kids have picked up trash in the township and delivered drinking water to the elderly. In addition, as you can see in the pictures the kids are involved in a project to save the environment by planting trees.
  • Scout Program - The scouts are preparing to host a scout camping event in the village

2. Pre-School Program Progress

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. This program is at the heart of our organization. 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. Through your donations we are able to enroll 30 children in our pre-school. I am pleased to announce that the playground equipement and the 10 chairs and table are now at the pre-school. As you can see from the pictures the kids are having fun! This is the first time they get to play on swings. These kids are very fortunate, there are so many kids in these rural areas who want to enroll in our pre-school so that they can play with toys and play on the swings, unfortunately we can only take 30 kids for now. 

3. Education Program

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide school uniforms, school supplies and backpacks to disadvantaged rural kids. I am pleased to announced that we inclued 75 backpacks, 500 pencils, notebooks and other much needed school supplies with the last shipment to Zimbabwe. In my next progress report you will see the pictures of the kids receiving the items.

Our Goals for 2017

  • Start construction on a new building that will house our pre-school and our youth centre.

 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 kids!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Kids All Smiles After Receiving 3 Soccer Balls
Kids All Smiles After Receiving 3 Soccer Balls
Kids Planting Trees To Save The Environment
Kids Planting Trees To Save The Environment
Kids Who Attend Our Pre-School
Kids Who Attend Our Pre-School
Kids Who Attend Our Pre-School
Kids Who Attend Our Pre-School
Kids All Smiles After Receiving Christmas Gifts
Kids All Smiles After Receiving Christmas Gifts

Thank you for your continued support of this project. It is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for empowering disadvantaged rural youth. Here are some of the highlights of what we accomplished together in 2016. We couldnt have done it without your support!

Bringing Joy To Kids At Christmas Time

In addition to providing school fees, school uniforms and school supplies we also bring joy to kids at Christmas time. We give them toys, candy and cookies. Due to poverty the majority of kids in the rural areas do not receive toys for Christmas. This year we gave toys, candy, baloons and pencils to over 300 children in Rimbi village. As you can see from the kids' faces in the pictures Christmas 2016 was a happy time indeed for them. They had a wonderful time!. Here is what one of the kids had to say:

"Thank you for giving me a doll and sweets. I stayed awake as I waited for the sun to come up so that I could come and receive toys from the Tekeshe Foundation. I really like the doll. I cannot wait to braid her hair. "

 

Update on The Youth 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 are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new programs, a Sewing program and a Cultural Music and Poetry program.

 

1. Sewing Program

Our vision for the Sewing program is to teach the youth sewing skills. Giving sewing skills to the youth ensures that those who are unable to continue with their education will be able to earn an income through sewing. The youth will be taught how to make school uniforms, skirts and shirts. We are ecstastic to bring Robert (the instructor) on board to lead this program. We are very proud of him as he has a great passion to empower youth with sewing skills. We stoped by at Manzvire village to see what Robert had accomplished so far. Even though he doesnt have a building, he teaches sewing from a store front. We were impressed by his creativity! He doesnt have any sewing patterns, instead he uses a blackboard on the store front wall to show the different parts of a garment to the students. Once they understand the structure of a garment he shows them how to cut the material. In one of the pictures, you can see one of the students at the black board explaining to us the different parts of a skirt. I was awe-stricken by such creativity. As you can see in these pictures the youth are eager to learn. The Tekeshe Foundation donated $65 to the project. This money will be used to buy material to make school uniforms. In addition, we will provide 4 sewing machines, currently they only have one sewing machine. The total cost of the sewing machines is $200.00.

 

2. Cultural Music and Poetry Program

The vision of our Cultural Music and Poetry program is to engage the youth in their cultural heritage and to encourage them to study and perfom music. We are please to bring Mr Mhlable on board as the instructor. In these pictures you can see Mr Mahlabe and some of the kids who will participate in the program. As you can see the kids are really excited to learn how to play the instruments. Here is a breakdown of the money used to purchase the instruments:

  • 2 drums     - $40
  • 2 mbira      - $40.00
  • 1 marimba - $100.00
  •  material for costumes - $72.00

 

Through your donations you are playing a major role in shaping the lives of young people in these rural areas. Thank you so much!.

Best wishes,
Thelma

Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Rural Youth Receiving Sewing Lessons
Showing The Parts Of Garment Using A Black Board
Showing The Parts Of Garment Using A Black Board
Kids Playing Music Instruments
Kids Playing Music Instruments
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
 

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Tekeshe Foundation

Location: North Chelmsford, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.tekeshe.org
Project Leader:
Thelma Sithole
North Chelmsford, Ma United States
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