Education is one of the keys to opening doors of opportunity yet sometimes it is inaccesible due to extreme poverty and other crisis. This is the predicament that the young people in the rural areas of Chipinge in Zimbabwe are finding themselves in. Zimbabwe has over 83% of its population living in poverty and and has an estimated unemployment rate of 93%.
Many youth in the rural areas of Zimbabwe are dropping out of school due to poverty. This poverty is primarily the result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has ravaged the Sub-Sahara region claiming the lives of many adults. Children and the elderly have suffered most as a result of this pandemic. Grandparents and children have become heads of households which they can barely support. This problem has been exacerbated by the harsh economic climate prevailing in Zimbabwe and the prolonged droughts that have affected south eastern regions for the past five years. These hardships have left people in these rural areas struggling just to make end meets as a result they are unable to take care of the educational needs of their children.
These hardships have also had a negative impact on the rural schools.In order to stay open the rural schools have to raise the school fees and yet the people in these rural areas don’t have the capacity to meet the educational needs of their children. The following are some of the challenges that face the rural schools in Chipinge:
- Lack of proper tools for teaching.
- Lack of adequate training for the teachers: The teachers lack adequate training and skills.
- The students lag behing the rest of the world in technology because the schools cannot afford to buy computers and there is no access to the internet. A survey we conducted at an environmental science workshop we conducted in May 2010 showed that out of 60 students who are high archievers and twenty teachers only 1 teacher and 1 student knew how to used a computer and knew what the internet was.
- Supplies are lacking or not age appropriate :
- Classrooms are in disrepair
Maidei Zvotoona completed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors
Another girl who has been receving help from the Foundation is Maidei Zvotoona. We are very proud of Maidei - she passed her Advanced Level studies with flying colors. She has applied to go to a teacher’s college. Sadly, she cannot afford the fees and she is looking to the foundation for help. Maidei comes from a single parent home. Her parents separated because of her albinism. She is being raised by her mother who is unable to provide for her educational needs.
How We are helping Orphans
We are appealing to our our friends to help us help these kids. Education is their only hope of breaking the cycle of poverty.
If you would like to help these kids you can donate to our project on GlobalGiving website:
Through our education program we provide access to education to underprivileged boys and girls to help unlock doors of opportunity for them and give them a better head start for the future. Our Education project is community led. We work in collaboration with the community leaders, schools and local churches.
We provide school school fees, school uniforms, books and supplies to underpriviledged kids, with special emphasis on girls. Empowering girls to acquire an education is at the heart of The Tekeshe Foundation. As you can see from the pictures below we are making a difference in the lives of girls as well. Life is not easy for girls in these rural areas. Gender disparity is re-emerging as a result of the financial difficulties that poor families are experiencing. They are now faced with making a choice based on economics as to which child to send to school. The preference is to send boys to school and marrying off the girls as this brings money into the family. People in the rural areas perceive girls as a source of wealth for their families, and would rather marry off the girls to raise funds for educating the boys.
What We Do
- We provide school school fees, school uniforms, books and supplies to underpriviledged rural youth. We sponsor primary schools, high school, advanced level and univeristy level students. In 2010 we formed a partnership with GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.com). We fundraise for our Education program on the GlobalGiving website. Click this link to access our project http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-100-underprivileged-kids-in-zimbabwe/
- We provide books to the schools. We formed a partnership with Books For Africa (www.booksforafrica.org). Through this partnership we aim to distribute books and computers to schools in the Chipinge district. See our ZIMKIPPS project on the Books For Africa website. We are looking for sponsors to donate to this project. We need to raise $12,000 to pay for the shipping cost to send a 40 foot container of books and computers to Zimbabwe. The Books For Africa organization dontaes the books.
- We repair classrooms
- Deliver ICT to rural high schools. We are in process of launching the Connect Project. The main goal of this Project is to bridge the "Digital Divide" between urban and rural communities. We aim to provide comuputer access to rural school and to establish telecentres.
- This year we are sponsoring 48 students; 30 pre- school children, 2 post secondary students, 9 secondary school students and 7 primary students. We provide the students with school fees, schools uniforms, textbooks and school supplies
- To date the foundation has assisted over 100 primary, secondary and 5 tertiary school students with school fees, school supplies and uniforms. One of the students completed his teacher-training course and is now working as a primary school teacher. Efforts are underway to increase the numbers on scholarship. Four students sponsored by the Tekeshe Foundation have acquired degrees in higher education.
We are pleased to announce that Memory Masokweni , one of the girls assisted by the Foundation has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. She is working as a high school teacher. Other girls have completed high school and are still awaiting entry into university. One example is Lindiwe Sithole who passed with flying colors; sadly there is no money for her to go to school.
In 2010 we had 60 children participating in our pre-school program. Thirty children graduated and have gone on to grade 1. This year, we have 30 students and we cannot add more students because of resource and space limitations as advised by the Early Childhood Development coordinator.
Educating Girls Benefits The Entire Community
Elizabeth Musavengana is one of the girls we have beeen sponsoring for the past five years. She is being raised in a polygamous family. Her father does not believe in Girl Child education. Her father refused to pay for her education yet she is a very intelligent young lady. Many girls in these rural areas are still being denied their right to an education. Elizabeth is now doing her Advanced studies and she is looking to us to continue to sponsor her.
We are very proud of Elizabeth. She is very focused and she takes her studies very seriously. She is very grateful to the friends of the foundations for providing her an opportunity to get an education. 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
Thank You Letter From Elizabeth Musavengana
I would like to express my gratitude for your assistance in various aspects of my education. I received the money which you gave us for school fees as well as registration fees. I have no words to express my thanks. May God bless you for ever. Your kindness and generosity is beyond measure.
On my part, I shall try by all means to yield even better results in my Advanced Level studies this year so that your efforts and contributions will not be in vain.
I appreciate your support up to the end of my studies.