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UBUNTU – I Am Because We Are

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We are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us, – Barack Obama

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Many would want to quickly forget 2020 for so many reasons. I am one of those who want to quickly forget the turbulence that was in 2020 and embrace the new possibilities that come with a new year. At Nhaka Foundation, we know the impact community support can have on the future of a child. By rallying behind students, championing them to reach their full potential through mentorship, opportunities for growth, and resources for success, we have seen how far a little encouragement can go. In turn, students are becoming leaders and setting an example for their families and peers, creating positive change across generational ines. In 2021, we want to get into the new year with a celebration of the children, families and communities. To do that, I am digging into a concept that is celebrated not only in Zimbabwe and in the southern part of Africa but also around the world.

Ubuntu

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Nhaka Foundation DECEMBER 2020 | NEWSLETTER

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P E R S E V E R A N C E ( N O U N ) – PERSISTENCE IN DOING SOMETHING DESPITE DIFFICULTY OR DELAY IN ACHIEVING SUCCESS.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE YEAR 2020 HAS BEEN

The year 2020 has not been one to take lightly. We’ve faced a global pandemic, economic and financial hardships, social and political unrest, and country-wide lockdowns. Where anyone might say these are valid reasons to slow down, temporarily pause work, and wait for the storm to pass, we at Nhaka Foundation felt differently. During spring and the early lockdown days, we were tempted to remain stagnant and embrace the ‘waiting season’ we thought we were in. However, God reminded us of His plan and encouraged us that this was not a waiting season, but rather the perfect opportunity to press on even harder than before.

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My Zim Reflections by Olivia Yoder

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My name is Olivia.  I am a twenty-year-old junior in college, and I am epically passionate about giving each and every child the ability and resources to a quality education.  When I was 16 years old, I made the life changing decision to move to Zimbabwe.  Many have asked why on earth I would do something like that and why would my parents allow it.  There is no other reason than the fact that I NEEDED to get out of my comfort zone and the Lord continued to open doors to this opportunity.  I lived in Zimbabwe for six months and attended a local high school for four of those months.  I lived and breathed the Zimbabwe lifestyle.  The Zimbabwean school I was attending helped me grasp an understanding of the reality of how important getting an education really is. 

For the last five years I have been able to be a part of the work Nhaka Foundation is doing in and out of their schools.  They are bringing necessary learning tools and concepts right to the schools and students.  From the purity conferences, to the outdoor play sets, children are getting fed in many ways.  In my most recent trip to Zimbabwe, at the end of march, the Nhaka team and I went to almost all of the schools that Nhaka has been involved in.  We saw first-hand the progression of how each school is utilizing their sustainable gardens and different projects.  As I went into the classrooms of every school; it is undeniable how much the teachers want their students to succeed.  

The communities and parents sacrifice their time and talents to ensure the children are learning in an environment that is safe and self-sustainable.  Although so many of these schools are constantly seeking new ways to help their students and the community, they are struggling to keep going.  Electricity is difficult to come by.  Clean water and a food source are scarce.  In the United States, our students are used to getting one to two meals a day at school alone.  In the schools Nhaka has partnered with, a student’s only meal a day may be something small at school.  Recently most of these schools have been unable to feed their students at school.  

For young children especially, they need 2 main things in order to learn to their best ability: nutrition and play.  They cannot be engaged in their learning if their bodies have not been fed, and they cannot concentrate when their brains need to be relieved and their social skills need to be replenished. Getting an education can change your life.  The teachers and leaders in these schools are selfless and are giving the students the best education, they can give.  The communities and parents have been sacrificial in order to provide all students with a safe and self-sustained environment.  

In order for these schools and students to keep thriving they need to be fueling their bodies with good food and clean water.  All children deserve a quality education as well as to feel free as a child should.     
Partner with Nhaka Foundation to make this possible for every child served.

Email volunteer@nhakafoundation.org or alaina@nhakafoundation.org for more information on how you can get involved.

Best,

Olivia

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Reflections of my time in Zimbabwe

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Hello Friends,
I experienced Zimbabwe for the first time in January 2020. Friends of mine are integrally involved in work that is happening there and after hearing them speak of this life changing journey on countless occasions, I finally joined them and experienced this incredible country first-hand.  As visions of beauty, relationships, challenge, and novelty race through my head, there is a specific experience that I have the unique opportunity to share with you.

While I spent a number of days serving with Nhaka Foundation at their purity conference at one of the schools in the program, helping with the health assessments and after school programs, I also got an inside look at the organisation through a one-day team building seminar that I led.  During that time, I enjoyed getting to know each person a little better, I learned about their specific roles in the organisation, and how they were each working to support the children in the different communities.  

Seated at a big conference table, introductions were exchanged as staff had the chance to “introduce” their co-workers and we jumped right in.  Much of the early part of the day was spent in facilitated, individual exploration and getting to know “self” better.  It was neat to watch people begin to comprehend themselves in a new way and recognize traits about themselves that they might not have realised previously.  In some cases, self-exploration was challenging, yet overall it benefited both the sojourner and his/her company as the uniqueness of each was shared for all to hear.  Nods, smiles, and the occasional laugh were exchanged as valuable traits of each individual were shared and acknowledged between team members.  Throughout this time, similarities and differences were brought to the forefront of people’s minds.

The remainder of the day was spent digging into those similarities and differences. The Nhaka Foundation staff wrestled through understanding others’ differences and how those differences might have caused tensions or breaks in communication on a personal or professional level.  Ultimately, unity and growth were the outcome.  Staff members learned to understand one another better and see the value in why each team member was created so uniquely.  Through the sessions the team members learned strategies that they could employ to encourage one another and intentionally interact in a way that was life-giving to those around them and to themselves.  

The day as a whole painted a beautiful picture of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 where Paul writes about unity.  He begins the passage by saying, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”  Paul goes on to describe the necessity in the uniqueness of each body part and that when they come together as one, that body is able to function in unity for God’s glory.  As I sat at the conference table with my African brothers and sisters, my heart was strengthened and leapt for joy as the truths of this passage poured out of each of their lives.  Each one created uniquely for a specific purpose, yet collectively bringing God glory on a grand scale! 

As I worked with the Nhaka Foundation team throughout the rest of that week, their love for others was increasingly evident. Connect with the the Nhaka Foundation Team by sending an email to volunteer@nhakafoundation.org to learn about how you too, can get involved.

All the Best,

Alyssa

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Teenage Zim Memories

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Hello Nhaka Friends,

I have been blessed with the opportunity to partner with Rock Forward and Nhaka Foundation on two separate overseas trips.  I’m beyond grateful for my experiences with an organization and people that are God’s hands and feet in Zimbabwe, Africa. On both adventures, I was able to partner with the Nhaka team as we collaborated to organize a Purity Conference for local youth. The idea of the conference was generated from a space of Godly teaching, self-conviction, and an opportunity to share the grace that can be found through the blood of Jesus. In 1st Corinthians, Paul shares with us the truth that God has created our body’s as holy and living temples for the Spirit of God. As His children, we are to honor our body’s and recognize that they are not our own, but a temple for the most High to dwell. The act of virginity until marriage and sacred respect of our body’s prior to marriage honors God. Yet, with that said, there are many young teens that have been robbed of personal decisions that honor the ability to make the choice to remain a virgin until marriage. I believe that our Heavenly Father’s heart breaks when His temple is defiled, when choices are taken away, when innocence is robbed, when emotional scars are deeper than any physical wound could ever be, and when His children hurt. While the vast majority of us have the capability to independently make a decision about how to honor our bodies as God’s Holy temple, others have been stripped of that human right. I believe it is vital for kids to hear the heart of Jesus, to know that He loves them enough to die a brutal death for their sake, that they can be made clean and pure in His sight despite choices that have been unwillingly taken away, and that they are more precious than gold in the sight of God.

While the Purity Conferences have typically held similar schedules and activities, my experiences have been wildly different. A particular experience that I would like to share happened in 2016 during my first trip to Zimbabwe. One of the activities was for a handful of the students to write a brief testimony and then have the courage to stand before a crowd of peers and vulnerably share their experiences. This demanded a great amount of courage for these young teens. As a teen myself, I was expecting short, vague, and surface testimonies to be given. I could not have been more wrong. Typically, in the U.S., middle school aged kids are often viewed as being immature and annoying while simultaneously not often taking activities such as this very seriously. The contrary was true as I humbly observed multiple young Zimbabwe teens stand before their peers, share experiences that were quite personal, and willingly be vulnerable to share struggles endured with the found promises and faithfulness of God that was cultivated through the PSS program at Nhaka Foundation. It was amazing, I love to see young teens who are on fire for the Lord! The maturity and insight that we all witnessed that day will be etched in my mind forever. This activity opened my eyes to the different challenges that young Zimbabwean teens often face, some being quite far from challenges of my own, but many that affect teens no matter where we live. I was reminded that we are all tempted by similar situations and have similar challenges, despite having very different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, societies, and cultural norms. Proverbs 22:6 seemed to have been highlighted in my heart throughout our time at the Purity Conference, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”. 

Through the PSS program, the Nhaka team works intentionally to train and teach kids in the way of the Lord, so that they can become leaders in their own spheres of influence. I value the opportunity to have been a small part of the lives of these teens and thank God for the opportunity to continue to learn from my brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe, Africa. Connect with the Nhaka Team, volunteer@nhakafoundation.org and discuss the many opportunities you too, can participate in.

Best wishes,

Sydney

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My Zim Memories

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Bright and vibrant colors painted by the hand of God can be appreciated in every direction through brushed jade green grasses, aqua blue skies, and stark black and white zebra stripes; the smell of smoldering coals from inside circular outdoor kitchens paired with the scent of elephant dung; gentle laughter from children as they curiously peer out from behind a Baobab tree to see the Murungu walking among the local village; to stained red feet after walking barefoot in the African soil; this is how Africa arrouses my senses. 

In a small S-10 pickup truck, tucked between my father and an energetically passionate African, I found my love for Zimbabwe. The sun generously shared its warmth with us one spring morning in 2012 as we drove to Muphini Primary School. Windows were down, the ride felt as if we were maneuvering moguls, and the scent of burning wood made my eyes water. Or, perhaps it was my own tears as they cascaded down my cheeks, stained by the red dirt. We listened intently as our new friend shared his vision for communities and the legacy of African children. The final corner as we approached the school could have compared a fireworks finale. Hundreds of beautiful, bright, vibrant, curious, intelligent, loving, and inspiring children stood in a single file line with royal blue school uniforms and awaited what could be their only meal of the day. In that moment, a piece of my heart was planted beside the Baobob tree at Muphini Primary School.

It has been over eight years since my virgin trip into a community of people that have forever changed who I am, how I process life, and how I show love through actions instead of mere verbiage. I have had the honor and privilege of working hand in hand with the Nhaka team and have personally witnessed genuine care and concern for the well-being of the communities of Goromonzi. Team Nhaka concerns itself with holistic efforts of care through the promotion of early childhood education, to community gardening, to sustainable projects, to parental and community ownership, to school feeding programs, and the health and wellness of the young children. As a sister organization, we, the Rock Forward team partnered with Nhaka Foundation to create a program that both psychologically and spiritually promotes growth. 

The parable passage from Matthew 25 resonates in my soul as that of a blaring trumpet. Just as the parable of the bags of gold, we have been given much. Hundreds of opportunities are available for us to invest our resources, both that of time and finances. I can almost hear the audible voice of God asking me, “Amy, how will you invest in Me?”. In verses 34-40 Jesus says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” 

May the resounding sound of the trumpet echo in your heart, mind, and soul as you consider how to effectively use the gifts that God has given you to do unto the least of these.

A.J Yoder
August 30, 2020

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Why Most Parents Struggle to Teach

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When you ask people who can ride bicycles to tell you how they do it, more often than not, they tell you that they ‘just do it’. What is there to be said when all it takes is to get on the bike and pedal? Well, it takes a little more than that, because you have to balance, hold on to the handlebars, look at what is in front of you, while you are at it. If you miss any of these steps, you are most likely going to fall.

Where I come from, falling and getting a few bruises is all part of the process of learning how to ride a bike.

No one teaches you how to achieve the right balance, because no one knows how to teach that. There are people who know how to teach you to center yourself, and most successful dance instructors fit the bill. So, when you ask someone to teach you how to ride a bicycle, they get you on top of one, push you off and wish you luck.

In essence, you teach yourself while they watch.

Another scenario, one which has become more common these days is that of smartphones and adults. Most adults of a certain age struggle with navigating new smart devices or any number of the many apps that they come with. While many of the younger generation whose help they enlist are quite fluent with the devices or the apps, they struggle with breaking down the information such that others understand. So in the end, they just grab the handsets and do for the adults what they wanted to do. It’s easier that way.

The two scenarios I have painted above expose what is commonly known as ‘the curse of expertise’. You know it, you understand it, you want to teach someone else, but you cannot.

This, this curse of expertise, is the reason why most parents are unable to teach their children schoolwork. They know these things, they learnt them and mastered them, and they know how easy it is to do it. But when it comes to teaching their children how to do it, how to breakdown mathematical problems in order to solve them, or how to construct sentences, among many other things, they gravitate between extreme leniency and impatience.

They either become so linient that they take over the work and complete it for the child. Before the current crisis that has forced children out of school, this was only limited to homework. Parents would takeover their children’s homework, complete the homework, while asking for affirmations of understanding from the minor, who will only nod. At this point, it is no longer limited to homework, because these parents now have to teach more than homework.

The other side is that of extreme impatience. Parents failing to understand how a child can fail to comprehend such easy concepts. The result is parents shouting instructions at the child and increasingly getting frustrated at the child’s inability to grasp the concepts.

Many parents, naturally, will feel bad when they realise that that’s what they are doing. But, the truth is, they are trying to do a job they are equipped to do. Despite all their good intentions, they cannot teach because they are not teachers.

C.S Chiwanza
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SCHOOL, The Greatest Invention Ever

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I am from that generation which had TVs and radios as the height of technology. Back then, kids could never arbitrarily switch on the TV because they were bored and needed a little entertainment. These things were sacrosanct! After all, in a community, one could count the number of homes that owned a telly. Nothing fancy too, just a regular 14 inch black and white little thing that needed an “expert touch” on the aerial for clear picture.

Things are different now. A lot more different. For many of us, introduction to computers was part of a course at a college, and many of us came into contact with one much later in life. (We still type with only two fingers, three at most, if we are using both hands. Four at a stretch.)

It’s not so for kids of these days who appear to be born with keyboards attached to their fingertips and can do all sorts of things on smart devices. Looking at them is like looking at a smarter, more intelligent version of our species. A modern six year-old seems to have more knowledge than a 10 year-old from the ’80s and ’90s. And because of this, we forget that they are just little kids, and that besides the technology, we are just the same. They crave the things we craved as kids.

In this respect, the lockdowns have been extremely difficult for them to understand and navigate. Yes, they hear us parents when we try to explain why they cannot go out to play with their friends. They even adopt some of the terminology in attempts to explain things to others, or you hear it when they are playing alone in the corner creating a make-believe world where their inhabitants converse. But it still brings them pain that they are forced to live lives in isolation.

Not only that, but for a child, school is the greatest invention ever. It is everything parents cannot give: clever adults who spend the day teaching them all these new things (if you have ever wondered, yes all kids believe their teachers are cleverer, smarter, know infinitely much more than their parents); and a limitless number of friends. In short, school quenches every thirst within a child, the hunger for knowledge and that of companionship. Free from the rules and structure of home.

If they could have their way, kids would increase their school hours, I have no doubt about that. Maybe they might choose to have more playtime and less learning time, but they would choose to be in that environment much more than home.

Of course, parents should not take this personally or as an indictment of their failings as parents. If anything, they should accept it as it shows that despite all their best efforts, there is only so much they can do and can provide for their kids. For instance, we all want our kids to have emotional intelligence, to be considerate, empathetic human beings, but we can only teach them the theory. It is at school where they get to practice those teachings as they develop the social skills they need to navigate through life.

I know and understand that we are keeping our children home from school, trying our hand at homeschooling the best way we can, for their sake. That goes without saying. However, every now and then, make we should appreciate that the biggest sufferers are these little ones. They might not be able to express it, but they are going through a tremendous period of loss and psychological pain. Indeed, they can always catch-up academically, but till then, they are suffering.

C.S Chiwanza
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PRESS RELEASE: Nhaka Foundation to Hand Over New Classroom Block to Chitakatira Primary School, Mutare

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FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Nhaka Foundation is a Zimbabwe-based non-governmental organization which has developed and implemented a series of interventions designed to increase access to education opportunities for young children. Along with its partners, Nhaka Foundation provides access to education, basic health care and daily sustenance for the orphaned and vulnerable children in the communities it serves. Nhaka Foundation provides support to ensure the creation of a physical environment conducive to learning, growth and the optimal development of all children.

With funding from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with Terre des Hommes Germany, Nhaka Foundation has been working on a project designed to enhance access to quality education facilities, health service provision and daily meals to ensure that children living in disadvantaged communities make it to school each day.

Nhaka Foundation, BMZ, TDH Germany and their community based partners will be officially handing over to the School and Community leaders a brand new completed 2 classroom blocks constructed for the early childhood development classes at Chitakatira Primary School situated in the Chitakatira community of Mutare South District of Manicaland Province on the 2nd of March 2020. These classrooms have also been kitted out with brand new tables and chairs. This project will decongest the ECD centre at this school that has had to fit over 360 children into just two classrooms. With four classes now, children will be in a better learning environment.

In addition to the classrooms, a brand new block of toilets with 12 holes, 1 urinary, 2 toilets specially built for the physically challenged learners, and an outdoors play center. Other ongoing projects that are being supported by Nhaka Foundation include nutrition gardening and fish farming. Nhaka Foundation continues to foster community leadership through Health Assessments, Parenting Education and Teacher Training workshops including Conflict Resolution and Team building at community level.

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Funded by German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development


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Marking the beginning of a new decade

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Happy New Year! We are greatly excited to be welcoming you back to our Nhaka Blog in this New Year! The past decade had so much success for the organization and we also met with our fair share of failures and disappointments.

In July 2019, to celebrate our 11th year anniversary, Nhaka Foundation commissioned an Impact Evaluation consultancy which found among other things that the impact the organization was making in communities was indelible. The evaluation found that the programs that Nhaka Foundation implemented in Zimbabwe were significant to the ECD learners, parents/guardians, communities, ECD teachers and SDC committee members, gauging by the sustainability of some of the organization’s programs and the impact realized.  This is mostly based on local communities’ high demand for the organization’s interventions inherent in statements like: “We need Nhaka Foundation to continue supporting our school to further improve ECD services” (FGD participant, St. Francis Primary School); “We will always need Nhaka Foundation because it helps us see things with a different eye and it always challenges us to raise our standards” (SDC member, Kadyamadare Primary School). I share in summation through this Blog some of the impact made over the past decade.

In July 2019, to celebrate our 11th year anniversary, Nhaka Foundation commissioned an Impact Evaluation consultancy which found among other things that the impact the organization was making in communities was indelible. The evaluation found that the programs that Nhaka Foundation implemented in Zimbabwe were significant to the ECD learners, parents/guardians, communities, ECD teachers and SDC committee members, gauging by the sustainability of some of the organization’s programs and the impact realized.  This is mostly based on local communities’ high demand for the organization’s interventions inherent in statements like: “We need Nhaka Foundation to continue supporting our school to further improve ECD services” (FGD participant, St. Francis Primary School); “We will always need Nhaka Foundation because it helps us see things with a different eye and it always challenges us to raise our standards” (SDC member, Kadyamadare Primary School). I share in summation through this Blog, some of the impact made over the past decade.

Organizational impact

This evaluation defined organizational impact as the long—term changes in the lives of beneficiaries that the organization’s interventions contributed towards or caused.  These changes could be in the form of new positive developments caused or potentially catastrophic consequences averted.  The following are the major impacts that the evaluation identified:

  1. Cementing the relations between communities and schools

Nhaka Foundation did not implement its projects in isolation rather it engaged different partners and stakeholders as well as the beneficiaries. The organisation in all its projects engaged the traditional leaders notably the headmen and councillors. SDC committee members and the parents were largely involved in implementation of all programs. The success of the organization’s projects were largely due to the involvement of the local people. Schools and the parents were working hand in hand in all programs that were implemented by Nhaka Foundation, this cemented the relations between the community at large and the schools. The parents were motivated by the organisation to take ownership of the programs that were being implemented.  Most schools’ nutrition gardens and playing centers are being monitored and taken care of by volunteers (parents to be specific). The awareness campaigns that targeted the parents made them realize that that they were owners of the schools. School heads used to have a problem of parents isolating themselves from school developmental work however the intervention of Nhaka Foundation reduced this challenge, “Nhaka Foundation has not come back for a long time but we are still volunteering to clean the classrooms, maintain the playing grounds and take care of the nutrition garden because we were reminded that it is our school”, (one of the parents at St Francis Udebwe Primary school). The construction of new blocks at some of the schools restored trust and hope for the parents, this can be noticed by the increment of enrollments after and during the intervention of Nhaka Foundation.

  • Health improvements and prevention of potential water borne diseases

Health awareness campaigns, construction of toilets, feeding programs, boreholes drilling and health assessments visits were some of the intervention programs that were implemented by the organisation. Health awareness campaigns raised awareness of parents on some of the preventative measures towards certain diseases. The introduction of the feeding programme towards ECD learners targeted to reduce hunger and improve health of the ECD learners, food insecurity was one of the serious challenges that was being faced by most parents therefore the introduction of the feeding program  had a positive impact towards the health of  the ECD learners. Maheu was one of the beverages that the organisation provided which was deemed nutritious preventing them from malnutrition. Construction of toilets partially solved the problem of open defecation. Borehole drilling improved access to clean and safe water preventing the potential outbreak of water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid. The organisation with the help of local clinics and nurses did regular health assessments mostly on ECD learners, the organisation would provide medication to learners in need which was so important as most clinics were incapacitated towards medication provision. However for the health impacts to be fully realised a lot still needs to be done for example there is need for construction of toilets suitable for the ECD learners in most schools to solve the problem of open defecation, some of the ECD learners fear to use adult toilets ending up contaminating forests and open fields around those toilets. Most schools are still in need of clean and safe water sources.

  • Economic empowerment

One of the problems that were being faced by all schools was failure by parents to pay school fees due to poverty. The organisation to avert the challenge introduced new ways of farming (for example farmers were encouraged to use organic fertilizers in place of chemical fertilizers which is deemed cheap and yet effective. The organisation introduced new types of plants like carrots and onions and taught the parents how to grow them, “I am now a genius when it comes to farming, because of the new knowledge that was imparted by Nhaka Foundation, l am now able to provide food for my family and sell surplus for money”, (one of the parents at Kachuta Primary). The organisation also taught the parents agro business especially market linkages. To some extent the initiatives boosted the economic status of the parents, however most parents are still living in poverty as they realise small profits from farming mostly due to continuous droughts they experience.

  • Complementing government ministries and departments towards fulfillment of their mandates

The projects complemented and supported some of the government’s programs and plans. Government policy has made ECD learning compulsory therefore the construction of ECD blocks, training of ECD teachers and parents about the importance of ECD made it possible for the government to partially fulfil its mandate towards social development. The organisation also tellingly complemented the government in some of the projects it was implementing for example the feeding program and furniture provision. One of the schools nearly closed due to poor infrastructure, however the government alone could not resuscitate the buildings which led to the intervention of Nhaka Foundation to construct new buildings. RDC, MoPSE (Ministry of Primary and Secondary schools) and MoHCC (Ministry of Health and Child Welfare) were all complemented with organization’s projects.

  • Quality enhancement at schools

The organization managed to bridge the gaps between schools in Goromonzi district, some schools were far much behind others in terms of infrastructure and service delivery which was problematic in some instances. Teacher retention for schools who had poor environments was nearly impossible, however the intervention of Nhaka Foundation in infrastructure development especially classroom blocks and borehole drilling and teacher training partially solved the problem. However a lot still needs to be done in order to fully improve the quality of these schools in Goromonzi district for example cottage construction is a priority in many schools, “The school is not able to accommodate all the teachers, we have 28 teachers with 12 houses, in 2017 l lost 9 teachers who transferred to better schools without any replacement” (headmaster of Rusike Primary school).

  • Quality education enhancement

The intervention of Nhaka Foundation enhanced quality education, ECD learners benefited from equipment they require for their learning. ECD learners learn through play therefore Outdoor play centers and toys are important towards their learning. The organisation provided the ECD learners with charts (ECD learners understands concepts more effectively through visuals than lectures). ECD teacher training by the organisation in partnership with the government also enhanced quality education. According to Grade 1 teachers, Grade 1 learners who have passed through ECD A and B are easy to teach and they understand new concepts better than those who did not attend ECD. There is a great possibility of increased pass rates in the long run as ECD is the proper foundation for every child’s development. However quality education to be fully realised a lot still needs to be done for example there is a dire need of workbooks and reading books for the ECD learners at every school, parents and schools are all failing to provide the kids with these books, “The ECD learners are required to bring 8 books which are very costly to us parents, we cannot afford to buy these book which are being sold at 16 dollars each and the schools do not want photocopies” .Enrollment increment has led to high teacher –learner ratio, therefore there is need for more ECD teachers to comply with expected teacher-student ratio thereby enhancing quality education. There is also need for the expansion of Outdoor ECD playing centers and playing equipment increment. Rural learners in most of these schools do not have access to ICT technology (an area which needs serious attention).

Looking into the next decade

We are excited about the opportunities that the new decade brings. In line with our Strategic Plan, we have various activities lined up for 2020 and beyond. Join us in various ways that are available to you, partner with us on this journey to ensure a lasting legacy for young children.

Happy 2020!
Patrick Makokoro
FOUNDER: Nhaka Foundation

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