Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe

by Tekeshe Foundation
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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
Kids Who Attend Our Pre-School
Kids Who Attend Our Pre-School

Thank you very much for helping us empower underprivileged rural youth in Zimbabwe to reach their full potential through education, skill development, and leadership training. We accomplished a lot in 2015 —thanks to your help!. Here are some highlights.

1. We provided school uniforms, school fees and school supplies to 25 students

2. We provided scout uniforms to 20 scouts and we sponsored 10 scouts to attend 2 scouting events. We also provided funds for the scouts to host a scout event in Rimbi village. The Manicaland Province Scout Association Commissioner, Transport commissioner and scouts from neighbouring villages also attended the event.

3. We enrolled 30 children in our pre-school

4. At Christmas time we gave toys, candy and cookies to over 300 kids in Rimbi village. 

In his Own Words By One Of The Students

"I am giving thanks to you for your financial support.  I was able to complete my studies at Rimbi High school, something that I didnt think would be possible because of financial difficulties. I am now attending Great Zimbabwe University. This would not have been possible without your help! I am very grateful for the opportunity to get an education. My future looks bright now. There are many students in the rural areas who want to get an education but are not able to do so because they dont have the funds. I thank you so much for supporting this program."

What We Have Planned for 2016

  • In an effort to bridge the digital divide that exists between urban and rural youth, we will be enhancing our Youth Program to include Basic Computer Training. We will also be providing Cultural Music lessons 

 

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

 

As you can see from the pictures, we accomplished a lot in 2015. 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 students!.

Thanks again

Best wishes,

Thelma

Kids Receiving Toys At Christmas
Kids Receiving Toys At Christmas
Scouting Event At Rimbi
Scouting Event At Rimbi
Scouts After Receiving Their Uniforms
Scouts After Receiving Their Uniforms
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
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
Our Pre-school teacher and the kids
Our Pre-school teacher and the kids

 

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of our project. This project is our strategy for empowering underpriviledged rural youth in Zimbabwe to reach their full potential through education, skill development, and leadership training.  We've accomplished a lot along the way—thanks to your help!. Here are some highlights.

1. To date one hundred and fifty children have graduated from our Pre-school Program

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to provide 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 kids' favorite time is when they get to play with the toys. The majority of these kids had never seen a toy until they started coming to our pre-school. These toys were donated by 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. 

The program is making a difference in the lives of these children. Here is what one of the parents had to say:

In her Own Words From One Of The Parents

"Before attending the pre-school my daughter was very shy and she didnt mix well with other children. I saw a big change in her after she started attending the pre-school. My daughter is now in grade 4 and she is doing very well. I thank the donors for making it possible for my daughter to participate in the pre-school program offered by the Tekeshe Foundation"

2. To date over one hundred students have received uniforms, school fees and school supplies from the Foundation

Through our Education Program we provide access to education to underpriviledged rural youth to help unlock doors of opportunity for them and give them a better head start for the future. Five of the students that we helped have now completed their teacher training courses and are now working as school teachers. Here is what one of the students had to say: 

In her Own Words By One Of The Students

"I could not have done this without your help. Growing up life was very difficult as my father has more than one wife. My mother and I struggled a lot. My father was not able to provide for my educational needs. My desire was to get an education because I knew this would give me a better future. I was so happy when the Tekeshe foundation started helping me with uniforms, school fees and school supplies. Without your help together with the Tekeshe Foundation I dont know what I would have done. Thank you very much. May God bless you"

3. To date over 250 youth have participated in our Youth Program 

The focus 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. Through your donations we were able to provide uniforms to 20 scouts and we sponsored 10 scouts to attend 2 scouting events. The scouts participate in community awareness initiatives.

The Youth program is having a positive impact in the lives of these young people. Here is what one of the scouts had to say:

In his Own Words By One Of The Scouts

"Participating in the scout program is like attending class. We learn a lot. Here are some of the scout laws we learned:

  • A scout is kind
  • A scout is honest
  • A scout is brave 
  • A scout is thrifty

I really enjoy the program. I hope that I will also be able to attend the scout events held in Mutare. I want to thank the donors for helping us. "

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 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 students!.

May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Attending A Scout Event in Mutare
Kids Showing Off Their New Uniforms
Kids Showing Off Their New Uniforms
 

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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
$9,847 raised of $48,500 goal
 
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