TESE was born out of a need to support school children in Zimbabwe, located in Southern Africa, by paying for tuition, uniforms, personal hygiene packs and exam fees. Similarly to other developing Countries, tuition is not free in Zimbabwe. Many children get married off at an early age due to the lack of resources that are essential to their education. Rural schools only charge an average of $35 a term for each child, but because of poverty, numerous families cannot afford to pay that fee. Upon realizing that children, primarily girls, were being pulled out of school for a mere $35, we had to do something about it. Our dream is to partner up with parents, school heads, and students to continue the children’s education until they are able to sustain themselves worry and debt free.
Our founder, Nathalie Minya, experienced first hand some of the hardships that the children are facing. We currently support children (mostly girls), in Junior High and High school. We hope to support all of the children in need. Many of the children we support today are ones we have acquainted with; their dream is simply “going to school” and all they wish for is a pen, a notebook and a uniform. We have that dream too as we believe we can facilitate a world where every child has access to quality education.
On the US front, we travel to local schools, libraries, and International Houses to read stories and teach Children about diversity while promoting literacy. Our local vision is to promote diversity and literacy towards underprivileged youth in the U.S. particularly California.
To keep this dream alive, we would like to ask you for a donation in cash or any kind. We believe we can do it together hence the meaning of the name TESE, meaning TOGETHER in Shona.