Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cooling off at school this summer!

Hello Friends,

Summer is here and so comes the heat! Nhaka Foundation is proud to be in partnership with Ruffs Kitchens which supports the daily feeding program in some of the schools we operate in seeing about 5 174 children being fed every single day! As summer beckons the children will be receiving 500ml of the nutritious traditional drink called maheu. Served as a cold and refreshing beverage this drink surely does refresh the children.

We have been working hard the past couple of months on various fronts. The team has been implementing various interventions through the early childhood program such as classroom renovations, health screenings to help with early identification of disease, parenting meetings to promote great parenting practices amongst parents and caregivers as well as working with schools to establish outdoor playground centres for the early childhood development classes.

I have also been out and about on the regional and international front, working with various partners to promote access to early childhood development for children living in difficult circumstance across Africa and around the world. This work has certainly broadened my view especially of the work we are currently implementing in Zimbabwe and also opened up different lessons that I have brought home for adaptation and implementation in the communities we work in. 

Follow some of the regional work we have been involved  here  as well as read about us in articles that we have contributed to such as in the ACEI Childhood Explorer Summer 2015 issue by clicking  here . As a learning organization we are happy to be part of various initiatives that will ensure that children will enjoy a brighter future that opens up a whole lot of possibilities for their lives.

Until next time,


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rocking Zimbabwe forward

Dear Friends,

Forgive me, it has been quite some time since I  put up my thoughts on this blog. The past couple of months have been filled with a lot of activity and movement within the Team Nhaka family. The work we carry out in the communities continue to hold a lot of meaning as lives are transformed and children have a better shot of opportunities that exist for them in the world. The passion, energy and commitment that the Team has always puts a smile on my face and makes me want to work even harder each day. 

2014 was a very busy year for Nhaka Foundation and the trend is set to continue in this new year judging by what has transpired so far. The team is working on finalising the 2014 annual report which will be posted shortly on the website and sent directly to our partners and friends. Just having reviewed the report myself, I am amazed by the commitment of the team members but more importantly by the resolve that communities have to solve their own local level challenges. Where in some districts children are not enjoying the power of play, this is not the case in the district we are working in. Parents have mobilised themselves and constructed outdoor playground equipment using locally available resources. Parents are coming together to load scotch carts with bricks, river sand, pit sand and are carrying drums of water so that an early childhood development classroom is either constructed right from the ground or is renovated with support from Nhaka Foundation and its partners.

Nhaka Foundation believes in the power of working together, collaborative approaches to community development as well as in the use of appreciative inquiry to build up the positive strengths that exist in the communities so that the lives of children do not remain the same. It does take a village to raise a child, thus when everyone comes together to work towards one goal, the children of that community benefit more.

In 2014 we continued work with our amazing partners in Ruffs Kitchens who have committed to building more feeding stations and tripling the number of children that receive a guaranteed meal each day. 7 schools are currently being supported resulting in over 3 500 children receiving a meal at school each day. If you dont see that as awesome and out of this world, I don’t know what will… We are grateful for this kind of support and what it is doing to the children and communities in Goromonzi. 

Our friends from Rock Africa supported the construction of a two classroom block at one of the schools in the District and already over 150 children are benefitting from the use of the classrooms. In 2015 they have committed to supporting after school discipleship clubs that will see children being mentored and discipled!. Exciting kingdom work!
We have had some staff movements, as we restructure our operations to improve efficiencies and ensure that we are able to reach out to more children.

This my friends, kicks off the blog for 2015!