Several projects will be started that the Tekeshe Foundation firmly believes in lifting people out of poverty and build a culture of econmic indepence - we are guided by the old the old saying, "When you give a man a fish he will eat for a life time. When you give him a fishing rod and teach him how to fish he wil eat for a life time." This holistic approach ensures that families have enough food to eat and looks out for their long term economic propspects.
Rimbi Irrigation Project
As part of our long term goal we aim to introduce a Surface Irrigation system in Rimbi village. This project will benefit 3,800 farmers.
The majority of the people in this area are peasant farmers who rely on agriculture as their only source of income. People work very hard, they spend long hours in the hot sun tending their crops. Unfortunately, for the past six years this area has experienced prolonged droughts. Despite working hard the people end up with no crops. Since agriculture is their only source of income, they have no food to eat and they have no way of meeting their basic day to day needs. Without any income they cannot afford to send their kids to school. It is very sad to see most of the families who were once self sufficient but are now drifting into poverty. These people do not want to rely on outside help in pepertuity - they are willing to work hard to lift themselves out of poverty. All they need is help to get back on their feet.
Our goal in introducing this project is to alleviate hunger and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency. Peoples livelihoods will be improved when they are able to grow more crops and earn more income. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked to mprovements in agricultural productivity:
- With Increased incomes people are in a better position to feed their families
- People can afford to send their children to school
- Improved health
- Economically stronger and more stable communties
This project will be owned by the community. The community has already selected the committe members who will be managing this project. The community will be providing the labour as their contribution to this project.
We are pictured here with chief Rimbi (third from the right hand side wearing a blue shirt) and some of the comittee members who are working on the project.
Mushroom and Bee Keeping Projects
Restoring dignity and hope to disadvantaged women not only empowers them to live up to their full potential but it also strengthens the entire community. Families are healthier and more children attend school.
The Mushroom and Bee Keeping projects will provide food to 100 disadvantaged rural women in Zimbabwe and their families and will provide a source of income to enable them take care of their children
Women in the rural areas of Zimbabwe bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family yet they are disadvantaged economically and educationally and are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. This situation has been exacerbated by HIV/AIDS which has rapidly become a woman's disease. Women living with AIDS are struggling to support their children and they cant afford the cost of receiving treatment
Women will sell mushrooms and honey to earn money to take care of their children. In addition, the medicinal and nutritional value of mushrooms and bee pollen will benefit the women living with AIDS as they are not receiving proper treatment.
The last time our caregivers received training was in 2006. The caregivers have done an outstanding job raising awareness, encouraging people to go for voluntary testing and providing home based care services. Inorder for them to stay up to date they need refresher courses.
Women and girls are being taught sewing skills. Established in May 2008, 6 women have completed their sewing training. They are now earning money supplying school uniforms to schools within the district. The next stream commenced in early March - six more women are receiving sewing training. These women dont pay anything. The sewing machines and the sewing materials were donated by the friends of the foundation. There are many other women who want to enroll in the sewing class - unfortunately we dont have enough sewing machines. We also need to hire another instructor.
How You can help
$150.00 US will buy a sewing machine
$25.00 will help us purchace sewing materials for 1 student
$250 will pay the instructors salary for 1 month
Self Sufficiency Projects
Women are the foundation of every society. Yet many women in the rural areas are disadvantaged educationally and economically. Through our economic empowerment program we are committed to empowering women to start income generating projects that will help them earn money to take care their families.Several projects will be started that will help the people in the community to become self-sufficient. The projects will include
- Chicken project - Women will work collectively to raise and sell chicken eggs. With the money they receive from selling eggs and chickens the women will be able to support their children (This project is underway)
- Rabbit Project - Women will work collective to raise and sell rabbits (This project is underway)
- Sunflower project - Women will work collectively to grow and process sunflowers. The Foundation has already purchased a sunflower processing machine
- Peanut butter project - Women will work collectively to process peanut butter. The Foundation has already purchased a peanut butter processing machine
- Nutrition gardens - PLWHA will work collectively to plant vegetable gardens
- Micro Loan Project - small loans will be given to people in the community to enable them to start income generating projects
Unfortunately the woman holding the rabbit passed away.
How You can help
Youth Gardening Project