Help 100 Underprivileged Kids in Zimbabwe

by Tekeshe Foundation
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Kids at our pre-school
Kids at our pre-school

Dear Friends,

It was a very merry Christmas for the children who attend our pre-school. They jumped up and down with joy when their teacher in the picture below wearing  a black skirt and a  white blouse informed them that we had toys for them.

The Pre-School program is doing very well. We have one full time teacher. Last year we had 30 children enrolled in our school. We pay the teacher $100.00 (US) per month. Last year we sent the teacher to two refresher courses. 

The following are our  goals for 2013

  • Increase the number of children enrolled in our school to 90 
  • We need to hire 2 more teachers. 
  • We need a building which will be able to accommodate 90 kids.
  • We need tables and chairs, currently the kids sit on the floor. 
  • We need to add an outdoor play area with swings 
  • We need toys

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to  the friends of the foundation for making this possible.  May your hearts be filled with joy as you reflect on the difference you made in the lives of these children.  May God bless you and your families.

Best wishes,

Thelma

Pre-school kids with their teacher
Pre-school kids with their teacher
Our Pre-school kids receiving toys for Christmas
Our Pre-school kids receiving toys for Christmas
Some of the beneficiaries
Some of the beneficiaries

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the kids in the rural areas that you are assisting to acquire an education, the Tekeshe Foundation would like to express sincere gratitude to you. This year, because of your support we were able to provide pre-school education to 30 children. We also managed to sponsor 7 high school students. In keeping with our focus of empowering girls we managed to sponsor the education of the girls highlighted in these pictures.

As I mentioned in my previous reports, empowering girls to acquire an education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation. Life is not easy for girls in these rural areas. Gender disparity is still a big problem in these rural areas. The preference is to send boys to school and marrying off the girls as this brings money into the family. 

Educating girls is the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty in these rurals areas.  When girls get an education, not only do their families benefit, but communities and societies also benefit. 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 holiday season I hope your hearts will be filled with lots of joy as you reflect on the difference you have made to marginalised children in the rural areas of Chipinge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2013.

Thanks again for supporting our cause.

Best wishes

 Thelma

Beneficiary 1
Beneficiary 1
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beneficiary
Beneficiary
Beneficiary
Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting our Pre-School program. Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to continue to provide a free playtime program which promotes early childhood development and learning through play. 

I am pleased to inform you that the Pre-School program is doing very well. We have one full time teacher and this year we have 30 children enrolled in our school. We managed to send the teacher to two refresher courses.

Our goal for 2013 is to increase the number of children enrolled in our school to 90 and we need to hire 2 more teachers. We also need a building which will be able to accomodate 90 kids. In addition we need to buy desks and chairs, currently the kids have to sit on the floor. 

 As I mentioned in one of the progress reports, promoting early childhood development and learning programs is at the heart of the The Tekeshe Foundation. Unlike the urban areas where children have access to early childhood development and learning programs such programs are nonexistent in the rural areas.  Through are Playtime program we are committed to providing the best start in life to children in these rural areas.

I really appreciate the difference you are making in the lives of these children. The early years in their lives are very crucial. What happens to them during these early years plays an important role in shaping their lives. You are playing a big role in shaping the lives of these children.  Because of your love and support they are receiving the best start in life as a result they are more likely to succeed in school and to end up as productive members of society. 

Thanks again!

Best Regards,

Thelma

 

Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school
Children enrolled at Pre-school

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Xhitani on far left, Elizabeth - third from left
Xhitani on far left, Elizabeth - third from left

Hello Friends,

Last year we introduced Elizabeth Musavengana - one of the girls we have been sponsoring for the past six years.  I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth passed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors. She obtained an A in Mathematics,  B in Accounting,  and another B in Business Studies. We are very impressed with Elizabeth's outstanding performance. Although she faced a lot of obstacles that could have easily discouraged her she refused to let these obstacles deter her from obtaining an education.  As I mentioned in one of the progress reports from last year, Elizabeth comes from a polygamous family. Her father doesn't believe in educating girls.

In these rural areas the majority of the girls usually drop out of school after high school due to lack of funds or due to poor grades. These girls find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty – they are not able to continue their education and yet they are ill-prepared to enter the workforce. Unlike their counterparts, the urban youths who undergo skills training, rural youths have no opportunities to learn needed job skills because such services are limited, or in most cases non-existent in the rural areas. Since there is nothing for these girls to do they end up getting married at an early age. 

That's why we are very proud of Elizabeth's accomplishments. However, we realize that despite her tenacity and dedication without your help her effort would have been in vain.

Xhitani Sithole is another student we have been sponsoring for the past 6 years. Xhitani also passed his Advanced Level studies with flying colors. He obtained an A in Divinity and a B in Business Studies.

Both Elizabeth and  Xhitani plan to attend the University of Zimbabwe this fall. 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for making this possible.  Through your generosity you have unlocked and opened doors of opportunity for these young people. 

Best Wishes,

Thelma

Scout Camp
Scout Camp

While education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation we are also committed to the social development of young people.  We believe that young people need more than academics, they also need to be taught life's lessons which are not taught at a desk in the classroom. Young people need to be taught to have good moral values, they should be taught to be honest, kind, to respect their elders and to work hard.  Yet due to the deaths of many adults young people in these rural areas have no parental guidance and there is no one to teach them good moral values. Through our Youth Cares program we teach the youth life skills and offer them opportunities for leadership and development.   We envision this initiative producing well-balanced young people who are empowered to utilize their acquired skills to transform their communities and resolve global issues. 

Through our Youth Cares program we work in collaboration with other youth programs ranging from Scouting progam and Youth Ventures to church youth programs to educate and actively engage the youth in a variety of activities that develop the life skills necessary to promote a strong sense of leadership and community awareness.  

The Tekeshe Foundation offers a Scouting program. To date there are over 60 youth participating in the program. The Tekeshe Foundation provides the scouts with the uniforms and the funds to go on camping trips and to host camping events. In addition, The Tekeshe Foundation sponsors the scouts to attend an annual Jamboree held in the city of Bulawayo. 

Last year, the Tekeshe Foundation scouts organized a Scout camping event . They hosted 30 scouts from Mutare, a town 3 hours from the village.  The theme for the camping event was Commemoration of the Day of the African Child. The activities included lessons about History of Scouting,Explanation of  the scout Law and Promise,Scout Signs,Behaviour Change,Environmental Sustainability, Games in which the scouts had time for competitions.

This event really meant a lot to the Tekeshe Foundation scouts. During my visit to Zimbabwe this December, I had a chance to talk to Xhitani Mutseyami, one of the scout leaders. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the donors for making this event possible. He explained to me what an impact the Scouting program is having on the youth in this village.   

Once again thank you so much for making this event possible. Without your support we couldnt have held this event.

 

Best Regards,

Thelma

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Scout Camp
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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
$9,662 raised of $48,500 goal
 
 
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