Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe

by Tekeshe Foundation
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students

I would like to express my profound gratitude to you for your continued support of our Education Project. Providing an education to disadvantaged rural kids is at the heart of the Tekeshe foundation. We strongly believe that having access to education is not a privilege, but it is a basic human right.  Educating kids is one of the keys for unlocking doors of opportunity for  them to get out of poverty. Without it, many children in these rural areas remain trapped in a life of poverty and hardship. When you empower kids to acquire an education, you transform their  lives and build a better future for them, their communities and their countries. That is why so many poor families in the rural areas are desperately doing all they can to get money to send their children to school. They know that the fate of their children depends on it. Sadly, due to extreme poverty, education is inaccessible to many kids in these rural areas.

Our organization is striving to ensure that the right of children in the rural of areas of Chipinge to learn is protected. The vision of our Education Program is to provide access to education to underprivileged boys and girls to help unlock doors of opportunity for them and to give them a better head start for the future. This program places special emphasis on empowering girls to acquire an education since they are more likely than boys to be denied the right to education in these rural areas. When girls get an education, not only do their families benefit, but communities and societies benefit as well. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked with educating girls:

  • The likelihood of educating the next generation increases
  • Decrease in infant mortality rates 
  • Improved family health 
  • Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS  
  • Improved general economic development

This semester we are providing school fees in the amount of $800 to 47 students (21 students - Rimbi High, 15 students - Rimbi Primary, 10 students - Mbeure Primary, 1 student - Great Zimbabwe University) . 

 Covid-19 Mitigation Project Update

I am pleased to announce that on February 22, 2022, Tekeshe Foundation distributed masks to 1,074 students at Rimbi High school. The head nurse at Rimbi clinic is overseeing the project. We hired three tailors from the village to make the masks.  Before distributing the masks, the head nurse gave the students a talk about how to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We are planning on distributing masks to Mbeure and Rimbi Primary schools next. 

 Preschool Project Update

The preschool is doing very well. This year we have 32 kids enrolled in our school. As I mentioned in one of my previous progress reports, our school needs to be in compliance with the Ministry of Education requirements.  Once the preschool 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 teachers salaries. Inorder to be compliant we added more playground equipment, we construcuted new toilets and bought classroom tables. The school is scheduled to be inspected in May. 

As you can see from these pictures, we have accomplished a lot together! Thanks again for the major role you are playing in providing access to education to rural youth. May your hearts be filled with joy as you reflect on the difference you are making in the lives of these young people.

Best wishes,
Thelma

Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
Head Nurse Educating Students About Covid-19
Head Nurse Educating Students About Covid-19
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School Students
New Preschool Toilets
New Preschool Toilets
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
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Preschool
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Rimbi High School Students Who Receive Help
Rimbi High School Students Who Receive Help

We would like to express our profound gratitude to you for your continued support of our Education project. Education is one of the keys for unlocking doors of opportunity for rural kids and lifting them out of poverty. Yet, it is inaccessible to the majority of the kids due to extreme poverty. The situation is even worse for girls because gender disparity is still a real problem. Some poor families prefer to send boys to school and marry off the girls as this brings income into the family in the form of dowry. Providing an education to disadvantaged rural kids is at the heart of our organization. We firmly believe that when you empower a kid to acquire an education, not only are you providing an opportunity for that kid to get out of poverty, but it also helps the family and the community as a whole. 

This program aims to provide access to education to underprivileged boys and girls. In keeping with this vision, we provide school fees, school uniforms, books and school supplies to underprivileged kids. We also offer a playtime program that promotes early childhood development and learning through play to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare the children to successfully enter grade one and to become successful learners. A typical day at the preschool includes singing and playing with all kinds of toys including educational toys, structured playtime, story time and games.

1. Education Program Update

Through your donations you make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide school uniforms, school fees and school supplies to disadvantaged rural kids. I am pleased to announce that this year we are providing school fees to 22 primary school students and 21 high school students. The total amount is $1,500.00 for 3 terms. Here is what three of the students who are beneficiaries of the Education Program had to say:

       In her own words by Tonderai, a student at Rimbi High School

I am a form two student at Rimbi High school. Both my mother and father are unemployed; they are subsistence farmers. They are having problems raising the money to pay my school fees. I would like to thank Tekeshe foundation for coming to my rescue and paying my school fees. As a girl child, education is very important. It is a tool of empowerment especially for rural girls like me. Thank you Tekeshe foundation.”

        In his own words by Lamek, a student at Rimbi High School

I am a form two student at Rimbi High school. My mother died when I was in grade one. My father wasn’t able to raise the money to pay my school fees.  Ever since Tekeshe foundation began sponsoring me when I was in grade six, I haven't had any problems with school fees. I want to thank Tekeshe foundation for helping me."

         In his own words by Peter, a student at Rimbi High School

I am a form two student at Rimbi High school. Both my parents died when I was in grade three. All my hopes were shattered. Thanks to Tekeshe foundation for giving me hope. I have no one to pay for my school fees except Tekeshe foundation. With education my life changed for the better. Thanks so much Tekeshe foundation. Education is a powerful weapon!”

                                           An Invidual Story

In these pictures you can see grandmother Budi with her grandchildren. They are wearing new school uniforms and holding school supplies that they received from the Tekeshe foundation. Grandmother Budi is a widow. Unfortunately, last year, she lost her daughter who was the bread winner for the family. She is now responsible for taking care of her orphaned grandchildren. Our hearts were broken by the untimely death of her daughter. The Tekeshe foundation team on the ground assured her that the foundation will help her and her grandchildren. It is very heartwarming to see grandmother Budi and her grandchildren in this picture with big smiles on their faces.  

In her own words by grandmother Budi. Her grandchildren attend Rimbi Primary

I would like to thank the Tekeshe foundation for helping me with food, school uniforms and school supplies for my grandchildren.”

 2. Preschool Program Update

Last year we introduced a new school uniform for kids. The uniform is a big hit with both the kids and the parents. This year we were able to enroll 30 children at our preschool. We have two teachers and a lady who prepares porridge for the kids. The children really enjoy attending the preschool. Their favorite time is when they get to play with toys and ride bikes. The majority of these kids had never seen a toy until they came to the preschool. The toys and bikes were donated by New England Pentecostal Ministries and friends of the foundation in the US.

Thank you so much 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 rural kids to reach their full potential. We have accomplished a lot along the way—we couldn’t have done it without your help!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Mbeure  Primary School Students Who Receive Help
Mbeure Primary School Students Who Receive Help
Rimbi Primary School Students Who Receive Help
Rimbi Primary School Students Who Receive Help
Grandmother Budi and Her Grandchildren
Grandmother Budi and Her Grandchildren
Kids at our Preschool
Kids at our Preschool
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Preschool With The Teachers
Kids At Our Preschool With The Teachers
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Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Education project. This project is our strategy for bridging the Educational divide that exists between urban and rural areas. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of education in rural schools. The project also aims to provide access to education to underprivileged rural kids. Empowering a kid to acquire an education not only unlocks the doors of opportunity to lift that kid out of poverty, but it also helps the family and the entire community.

1. Education Program Progress

Through your donations you make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide school uniforms, school fees and school supplies to disadvantaged rural kids. This year we are providing school fees in the amount of $1,500 (US dollars) to 51 students( 36 primary school students, 14 high school students and 1 college level student).  

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic schools in Zimbabwe closed in March 2020, one week before the end of the first term. Schools reopened again in September in time for grade 7, form 2 and form 4 students to write the Cambridge exams. A phased reopening of the classes for all the students was completed in November. As a precautionary measure, the students are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The Tekeshe Foundation has partnered with Rimbi clinic to deliver Covid-19 preventative education to the students while providing them masks. The Tekeshe Foundation has hired 3 local tailors who make the masks and our team distributes the masks to the schools. To date we have given 1008 masks to students at Rimbi and Mbeure schools.

2. Pre-School Program Progress

Through your donations you also make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide a pre-school program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. I am pleased to announce that in May 2020 we partnered with missionaries from New England to send a 40-foot container of much needed items to Zimbabwe. As part of our shipment we included clothing, shoes, pre-school chairs, a wagon, school supplies and children's books. The shipment arrived in Zimbabwe in September. In these pictures you can see the kids at our pre-school sitting on the chairs and riding the wagon.

As you can see we have accomplished a lot together. These accomplishments would not have been possible without your support! Thanks for the major role you are playing in providing access to quality education to rural youth.

May your hearts be filled with so much joy and laughter this holiday season as you reflect on the difference you are making in the lives of these young people.

Have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School
Distributing Masks To Rimbi High School
Distributing Masks To Rimbi Primary School
Distributing Masks To Rimbi Primary School
Distributing Masks To Rimbi Primary School
Distributing Masks To Rimbi Primary School
Distributing Masks To Mbeure Primary School
Distributing Masks To Mbeure Primary School
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
Our Pre-school
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Kids In Rimbi Village Receiving School Supplies
Kids In Rimbi Village Receiving School Supplies

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Education project. This project is our strategy for bridging the Educational gap that exists between urban and rural areas. Rural areas are underserved as development is disproportionately concentrated in urban areas. Consequently, rural schools in Zimbabwe are operating on shoe string budgets and are struggling to provide quality education to the students. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of education in rural schools. The project also aims to provide access to education to underprivileged rural kids. Empowering a kid to acquire an education not only unlocks the doors of opportunity to lift that kid out of poverty, but it also helps the family and the entire community.  

 Education Project Progress

 Here is what we have accomplished together in 2020:

1. We gave toys to over 600 kids for Christmas

2. We donated children’s books to Rimbi Primary

3. We provided school fees, school uniforms, note books and school supplies to over 50 students.

4. This year we are providing school fees to 35 students from Rimbi and Mbeure Primary schools, 11 students from Rimbi High school and 1 college student.

 In Her Own Words By A Teacher At Rimbi Primary School

"Thank you so much for donating the children's books and school supplies to our students. Several years ago I brought to the Tekeshe Foundation team's attention our dire need for children's books and educational materials. On December 24, 2019 I was pleasantly surprised to receive several boxes of children's books from the Tekeshe Foundation. As you can see from the children's faces, they are excited to have the children's books. I thank you again for blessing our school with these children's books.These books will help us a lot! May God bless you. If funds permit, we kindly ask you to help us with kids' laptops. Our kids are lagging behind urban kids regarding computer skills. The majority of the kids in these rural areas have never even seen a computer. "

As you can see from the faces of the kids you are helping, your donations you are playing a major role in transforming the lives of rural kids. We have accomplished a lot together! These accomplishments would not have been possible without your support. Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Kids In Rimbi Village Receiving School Supplies
Kids In Rimbi Village Receiving School Supplies
Kids In Rimbi Village Receiving School Supplies
Kids In Rimbi Village Receiving School Supplies
Rimbi Primary School Kids Reading Children's Books
Rimbi Primary School Kids Reading Children's Books
Rimbi Primary School Kids Reading Children's Books
Rimbi Primary School Kids Reading Children's Books
Rimbi Primary School Kids Reading Children's Books
Rimbi Primary School Kids Reading Children's Books
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Kids At The Pre-school Wearing New Uniforms
Kids At The Pre-school Wearing New Uniforms

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting our pre-school program. We firmly believe that children who receive the best start in life are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society. Sadly due to poverty and lack of resources the majority of children in the rural areas of Chipinge in Zimbabwe are still being denied the right to reach their full potential. Unlike the urban areas where children have access to high quality early childhood development and learning programs such programs are either non-existent or not as effective in the rural areas due to lack of resources. 

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to continue to provide high quality early childhood education to rural kids. We are committed to providing the best start in life to children in these rural areas. 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 toys and ride bikes. The toys and bikes were donated by New England Pentecostal Ministries and friends of the foundation in the US. The kids also get to play on swings and slides.

In Her Own Words By One Of The Parents

"Thank you for providing us this pre-school. Our kids are learning a lot! The teacher is very good and she is very kind. The kids are very fond of her.  I am very happy that my kid is enrolled at the pre-school. There are so many kids in the village who want to attend this pre-school but they is limit to the number of kids they can enroll.

We are pleased to announce that we now have two teachers at the pre-school. We are also pleased to announce that we introduced a new uniform at the pre-school. As you can see in the attached pictures the kids look very nice in the new uniforms!

2020 Goals

  • Introduce basic computer skills training 
  • Construction of the youth center that will house our pre-school will commence in early April

Thanks again for the major role you are playing in shaping the minds of the little ones in these rural areas. Without your support this would not have been possible.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Kids At Our Pre-School
Kids At Our Pre-School
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
Kids At Our Pre-school
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Location: North Chelmsford, MA - USA
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Thelma Sithole
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