Project #11224

Second chance education for orphans in Mbare

by Chiedza Child Care Centre
Reading in progress
Reading in progress

A warm hello to you Friend and Partner,

Thank you so much for your continued support to our " Second Chance Education Program for orphans and other vulnerable children in Mbare" We are still continuing to provide catch up lessons to the orphaned and vulnerable children in our Mbare community. This year we have 109 boys and girls coming for the lessons. Most of these children when they come , are not able to read or write properly or at all.

This term we have been spending some time with the children and trying to understand, what has been the most interesting part of their learning. One of the children exclaimed,  " READING!"  

Shamiso* explained that reading has opened her world. She realised that life wihout reading is like walking in the dark. It was lifeless. She added that with reading she can now read novels, magazines, labels, posters and can now make sense out of life. This is the impact that you are making in the lives of these disadvantaged children. Shamiso said she is ready to pursue her dreams of becoming a nurse since she is now able to read.

This is all because of your support. Thank you so much. You can continue to support children like Shamiso through giving on our project. You can also like us on Face Book : Chiedza Child Care Center. $10 is enough to buy exercise books for the whole year for one child. We still need stationery, texbooks, furniture and uniforms for the children. A little goes a long way. Kindly invite your friends and family to also give to our cause.


Kind regards,

Out of school children reading in class
Out of school children reading in class

Dear Friends and Partners,


We last spoke in November 2015, talking about children ready to go to formal school. I am always happy to bring updates because every time we ask, you respond.  We were requesting for money to buy uniforms, books, pay school fees for those ready for formal school as well as maintaining classes in the out of school study group and you did it again. Thank you.

We finally managed to send the 21 children who were ready to go to formal school in January. We were anxious as the target seemed huge and impossible, but you made it easy for us. Thank you. Twenty-one children were enrolled at a local primary school. Thanks to the school head who accomodated all the children at his school. At least, they will support each other in their journey to attain basic education and shaping their future. Usually, there is fear among the children to go back to school after some years out of the school system, but reintegrating them in numbers especially in one school will easy the problem.

Our joy did not end with reintegration, the support you gave us helped us to enroll more children in the out of school classes hence more and more children are benefitting. This year we managed to enroll 50 new children in the out of school classes giving hope again to those who would have lost hope. I wish you would be able to visit us and see the great work you are doing.

Thank you  very much. Kindly continue to suport this project, as the need is huge and we are only able to help a few at a time. We need money to buy food for children in the out of school classes, stationery, text books, furniture and pay school fees for those that are ready to go to school.

I invite you to like our facebook page; Chiedza Child Care Center and kindly help spread the word and invite your friends to like it too.

With gratitude,

Children happy and ready to go back to school!
Children happy and ready to go back to school!

Dear Partners and Friends,

Thank you for supporting us over the years and in 2015. The burden of supporting orphaned and vulnerable children does not get easier but we always get comfort in your support. 

We are about to close out our year and the school term is ending the 3rd of December including for the children that you have been supporting in the second chance education program. We have 102 children that were coming for the out of school study group lessons since January 2015. Thirteen of these children have learning disabilities. This is critical time for these children as they go through formal school readiness assessments: they all look forward to be considered as ready for formal school so that they can go and join their peers in the formal school set up. They look forward to go back to school to learn and fulfil their dreams with their colleagues. 

The assessments were done and 21 out of 102 children were found to be ready to go back to school. They are excited, they are happy, they can't wait for January 2016. We thank you for supporting their journey so far. We still need your support so that you can hold their hand throughout the education journey, so that they fulfill their dreams. We need support in form of school fees, uniforms and stationery. Kindly support our Micro Project on Global Giving-Send  21 Orphaned Children Back to School in January or continue supporting us through this project.

Help us spread a word about our project to your colleagues and relatives this Festive Season so that they may also share with a child in need of school fees in Zimbabwe.


As we enter the Festive Season, we wish you joy until we speak again in 2016.


Thank you

John Dado reading
John Dado reading

Dear friends and partners!

We are always grateful for your support which have seen children like John Dado* have a fresh hope in life. In this  update, we are bringing you the story of John Dado, a boy who is doing wonders in the formal school after having undergone learning through the out of school study group that you are supporting us to maintain. You will realise that the grammar may not be that good but we have decided not to edit the grammar so that you have the direct communication from John.

"I John Dado* joined Chiedza Child Care Centre in the year 2010 after I dropped out of school in the year 2007, when my father had lost his job and it was in that same year that my mother had passed on and life was very tough.

Later on, in the year 2010, I was informed by a caregiver in my area that Chiedza (Chiedza Child Care Center) was assisting orphaned and vulnerable children with an Out of School programme which  I approached the centre and joined. I was accepted at Chiedza and I was introduced to level one. In this level I was not comfortable at all because, I was learning with small children compared to my age and it was during this level that I felt that I had to be serious with what I was being taught because it pained me a lot to be in the same level with small children.

From level one, I was moved to level 3 after I had produced highest marks in class. This achievement gave me courage to continue working hard in my grades. At this time I was more than happy because of my performance, even though I used to met some difficult situations. Most of our learning materials would remain at the center which made it impossible for us to revise most of our work and we were also allowed to attend lessons for only three days per week which also affected me in achieving my actual goals. Fortunately, I did not took it for granted, I only focused on my target and this gave me more confidence in education.

Eventually I was transferred back to formal school where I am at the present moment and the whole centre is now even more impressed with the way I am performing in mys studies. When I was taken back to formal school for the second time, I was not comfortable because it had been a long time since I dropped out of school. I was introduced to a Grade 6 class at Gwinyai Primary according to my standard because we were given a test before we were introduced to any of the grades. What I like more in this class is that all of the pupils in this class were friendly regardless of where I came from or my background.  For my first term in this class, I did not perform well because of fear for the first time. But as time went on, I began to produce good grades and for that reason, pupils in my class began to neglect me but I did not turn back because I knew that I still have far to go. Finally, a long awaited time came when I wrote my Grade 7 (public) exams and produced execellent results, hence I was chosen to go to  Outward Bound in Chimanimani (retreat outing) for leadership course.

For my secondary school  I am now learning at George Start High School and I have been producing good grades since form one and I am currently in  Form 2"

This is all because of your generous donation. Thank you very much. More children like John still need your support to learn in the out of school study groups as well as reintegration in formal schools. We need money for school fees, stationery, furniture, texbooks, volunteer stipends and uniforms.  

Kindly look out for our new project coming soon to support more children like John to go back to school.


Thank you


John Dado*- not his real name


New classroom
New classroom

Dear Partners and Friends,

We have been quiet for some time-something great was cooking!

We have been busy since January with the construction of a new classroom block. It is now completed; ready for use. Some of you would recall in 2013 when we were running the "Build a classroom block campaign" which was part of this project. Your efforts finally yielded the results. We took long to feedback since we were pulling the resources together but we had not forgotten to share with you the good news.

We are in the process of building 2 classrooms for our second chance education pupils. This year we have 103 children attending classes getting prepared for the formal education. These are children who would have dropped out of school due to poverty and other social challenges. We take them and assist through community based study group learning. When they are ready we send them to the formal school to join their peers. We will then provide educational support. For the planned 2 classrooms, one is already finished and the other one still under construction.

Esther * one of the pupils could not hide her joy " I never dreamt of learning in a proper classroom, I thought I would spent all my time here learning under a tree". The teachers, staff members, board members and parents are all excited about the project. Thank you a million times!

We still need your support for school fees, furniture for the classes, food for the children, uniforms and stipends for the volunteers. We are proud of your unwavering support over the years.


Thank you heartily,


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Chiedza Child Care Centre

Location: Harare, Southern Africa - Zimbabwe
Website: https:/​/​
Project Leader:
Spiwe Chakawa
Harare, Harare Zimbabwe

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