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Tamba – To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic.

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On Friday 31 August, Nadia, Macute, Cristel, George, Tamirira, Sheila, Arnold, Alex, Tadiswa, Sharon, Omega, Tavimba, Denzel, Faithful, Makanaka, Takudzwa, Mazvita, Prince, Anesu and Makanaka, 10 boys and 10 girls from our feeding scheme had the incredible opportunity to seriously TAMBA!!!

Josh Drake, from Ruzawi School, kindly invited 20 children from the Caledonia Rose Centre feeding scheme to join him and his mum Lucinda Drake, who owns Tamba Tamba, for a morning of fun and play.  Josh’s dad paid for the transport and Josh hosted the children supported by his sister, Bella, and his mum.  Josh came to meet the children at the bus and then led the way to the play centre where they played and played all morning.

Josh led the children into Tamba Tamba in preparation for lots of play and fun

Josh had such fun with the children, helping the younger ones through the various activities and enjoying the activities with the older ones.

Josh helped the younger children down the slides….

….and enjoyed the activities with the older ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When they needed a break, Josh, Bella and Mrs Drake treated the children to a hot dog, chips and juice.  Josh ran up and down, serving every single child, filling up their juice glasses and ensuring that each child was happy.  He seemed to be having the time of his life along with the children.

Josh and Bella served the children their lunch and looked after them, making sure they had everything they needed

 

At the end of the day, Josh walked a group of tired but happy children to the bus and they all said goodbye after a wonderful, fun and energetic day thanks to a kind boy and his generous family.

Everyone climbed into the bus happy and tired after a most fantastic day as they waved goodbye to Josh and Bella!

 

Thank you, Josh, Bella and Mr and Mrs Drake for affording our children such an incredible experience, one we know that they will NEVER forget!

 

A new start but sad to say goodbye to Jess

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From November 2107 until May this year, we had the most wonderful time with Jess Lovemore as part of our team at TFP.

Jess brought with her a HUGE heart and a love for the children.  Her enthusiasm and bright spirit and joy followed her wherever she went.

Jess Lovemore loved the kids and brought so much to our center

While Jess was at TFP, we had lots of exciting adventures.  One of these was when ProBeatz came to visit us and brought with them their tricks of the trade that they taught to the children who loved every minute of their visit.

We all learned how to make music with our mouths!!!!

Barbara from Sweat Nation also came and spent time with us and taught us all about shaking our booties and having fun.

Jess spread the word about the Caledonia Rose Centre and one of her friends kindly gave us the most wonderful jungle gym.  We all play on it for hours and we have lots of fun.

So exciting to have a new jungle gym to play on

We are very late with this but to Jess, we just wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for all that you brought to our center and we wish you so much happiness as you go on to YOUR next adventure.  We hope that you will come and visit us LOTS!!

Jess, thank you for all that you have done for TFP – we will miss you

We were so sad to say goodbye to Jess but are thrilled that she has ‘passed the baton’ on to Patience Chiyangwa who has already made much happen at TFP and at the Caledonia Rose Centre.  How blessed we have been to have these two amazing ladies as part of our family!

Handing over the ‘TFP’ baton – from one great lady to another!

What a bumper term – thanks to all our new friends!!!!

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We have had such a wonderful first term of 2018. We have welcomed new friends to our school to learn with us and we have welcomed lots of new visitors who have made our time at school so much fun.

Old friends and new at the CRC ECD Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, we have had three especially great days of extreme fun and laughter with some very special visitors. On one of these days, Barbara from Sweat Nation came to join us and do activities with the children at the ECD centre and also with their caregivers on the skills development programme. She is going to be starting up a programme with the caregivers on self-defense and women’s empowerment and they are very excited to be taking part in this and learning from such a wonderful, vibrant woman.

But before she starts her programme with our caregivers, she gave the children a most wonderful day, running races and dancing with them. The teachers ran a race with her and Vimbai nearly beat her but Barbara was just too fast and she pipped her at the end! What a wonderful day it was for our teachers as they got to spend International Women’s Day with such an inspiring woman, a true example of how, with hard work and passion, you can reach your goals.

Kudzai teaches us how to move our hips and jump up and down and have a wonderful time! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another inspirational woman, Chelsea Wilson, came to see us this term to take photos of the children and their school. She did sports with them and gave them a morning of fun and laughter while she photographed their joyful faces as they played and learned throughout the morning. Chelsea has been to visit us before and we were thrilled to see her again.  Please come back any time, Chelsea!!!

Joyful, happy children at the Caledonia Rose Centre

Last Friday, we had an absolutely FANTASTIC day at the centre!! We were visited by ProBeatz, SP the One Liner and Kudzai, the Dancer. We were amazed that we got to spend the day with three of Harare’s finest creatives working in the music, comedy and dancing world. They were joined by Mike Wall, Greg Amira, Lauren Norton and Kathleen Nichols who came to take photos of us enjoying ourselves and to help out with the day. We loved welcoming them to our school and hanging out with them.

What a day it was!! Kudzai started the day teaching the children some dance moves and everyone got involved, including the parents, teachers and other members of our community.

Our parents and caregivers are taking advantage of the programmes on offer for them, including working with Barbara from Sweat Nation

 

After that, ProBeatz taught the children some beatboxing which they LOVED!!! He taught them how to say ‘Boots Cats’ over and over and how this makes music. They all now wander around school saying ‘Boots Cats’. Anyone who wasn’t there on the day might think the kids are all a little bit mad but they just tell everyone that they are making music!

Each child got a chance to try out their skills at beat boxing!

ProBeatz made sure that each child had a chance on the microphone which was such fun. They thought he was the coolest thing ever and they got to sing the national anthem and lots of Jah Prayzah songs with him. They played music and danced until they were all exhausted but they had SUCH a fun day and we all can’t wait for these wonderful people to come back and see us again. Thank you to all of you for giving us such a happy time where we could learn and play and dance and sing. We are so blessed!!

We got so good at saying ‘Boots Cat’!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great term we had…we can’t wait for the next one!!!!

TFP will be offering the children holiday school to go with the holiday feeding programme over the Easter break.  We want to make sure that our children are not left home alone while caregivers go to work.  We will offer them activities and fun so that they can carry on learning and playing all year around.  If you want to be involved in our holiday school or want to get involved with TFP in any way, please contact Jess at [email protected]

A bright, fresh start to 2018 at the Caledonia Rose Centre

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We ended off 2017 on a great high with the arrival of our new director, Jess, our own graduation and Christmas party and then the MOST wonderful Christmas party thrown for us and many other organisations by Miracle Missions at Gateway School.  We had a day of fun eating delicious food, playing wonderful games, running and jumping with our friends on the slippery slide.  We wish to thank Miracle Missions for truly ending off our year with a bang!!

Delicious treats were handed out to us before we went on a water slide and played with all the other children

This year, we arrive back at school to a bright and cheerful playground.  Our wonderful volunteers from the community have been working hard to make new play equipment for us as we start the new year and we are so proud and grateful to them for the fantastic job that they have done.  They have used old bits and pieces that have been thrown away and have shown us that, with a little bit of creativity and ingenuity, one can make use of something old to make something wonderful and new.  Thank you to those who care so much for our children that they work so hard and step out of the box to make our school and centre the place that it is.

Our veggie patch is growing so well and our children have been working on the veggies as well as other plants that they are learning to look after and nurture.  They are being taught to care for their environment through those who help them on this project and it is wonderful to see them so happy with their plants as they grow and blossom under their care.  The children are learning a great deal but they also teach us so much through the joy that they get in the little things in life.  Their ability to love and appreciate and truly rejoice in every little gift is a remarkable thing to see.  We are so grateful to them for the way that they remind us to live our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of us at TFP are so excited about the year ahead.  We have a most wonderful team that works tirelessly to see that the CRC runs to the best of our ability and we have children coming to our centre who we love and cherish.  We have a most incredible space to offer hope and anticipation for the future and we are so looking forward to offering more and more through this space as the year continues.

We would love for anyone who is interested to be a part of our vision and our mission in Zimbabwe.  We welcome all those who want to get involved, in whatever way you wish, and our hope is that all those who get involved will have the same mission as us – a forward-thinking mission of making progress in what we can offer and in making it better and better every step of the way!!

We wave goodbye to some of our friends at our annual Graduation and Christmas party

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This year, Christmas at TFP is definitely a special one. As we celebrate the last few weeks of change that has taken place in our country, we feel hope seeping through our bones. And as we look at the children who attend the Caledonia Rose Preschool and the Feeding Programme, we can start to see a future for them that is bright and exciting.  In the meantime, we are so grateful that we have been able to continue with our work this year and we are sad but also proud to bid farewell to little students as they graduate from our centre and go on to big school next year.

We had a most wonderful graduation and Christmas party on Tuesday  5 December, our 5th since TFP started, and thanks to our wonderful supporters, were again able to give each of our kiddies a pair of shoes to help them run into 2018 with joy and determination!!!

5 little angels get a new pair of shoes

292 children have received a pair of shoes this year thanks to Chisipite Junior School, Shane Stockil, Miranda Rivera, Jenny and John Ridgewell, Stacey Partridge and Mark Stonier and Bridget Donovan.

This year, we said goodbye to 41 children who have spent time at the Caledonia Rose site learning and playing and being loved and fed and treasured by our wonderful volunteers.  Parents came to celebrate the end of the year and our new director, Jess, made a wonderful speech.  There were certificates handed out to those who are leaving us and going to ‘big’ school next year and there was dancing and joy and delight as our children were each given lots of treats as well as their new pair of shoes.

 

 

 

Jess handed out certificates to all of those leaving the CRC this year

Mary and Joseph walking to Bethlehem

The children put on a nativity play, telling the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus.  Each child had a part to play and they each did their part beautifully!

A few parents got up to give thanks to the staff at the Caledonia Rose ECD centre and one mother told the audience that she has never been to school but that her child has taught her a lot since she has been attending the CRC.  It is stories like these that show us that we can have an impact far greater than within the fence of our little school.

 

 

Ribbons and song made the day bright and fun

The narrator told the story of Mary and Joseph supported by his classmates

More songs and stories as the nativity play continues

We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the wonderful year we have had this year.  With all that has been going on in Zimbabwe, we have managed to keep our heads above water and to keep our little centre going.  It is with thanks to the support from oall of you who have encouraged, shown interest, donated money or goods or time, that we have been able to keep feeding, teaching, playing and loving our precious little people who come to our centre every day.

Thank you to all of you for everything that you do for us at TFP and we so look forward to keeping you updated as we move into 2018 with hope and joy and anticipation in our hearts.

Parents attended to watch their children take part in the play and to graduate

Such a smart boy came to the party all dressed up to graduate and to have fun with his friends!

Parents, staff and children have a wonderful time dancing and having fun with each other

New leaders all round!!!!!

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TFP has been so busy over the last few months that we are hugely behind on our blog posts and we apologise for this.  But we are VERY excited to inform you of all that has been going on.  As Zimbabwe starts a new chapter with the celebrations that took place last week, our biggest news is that TFP is also starting a new chapter with a new leader.  We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Jess Lovemore, who has joined us as the leader of our organisation as of 1 November 2017.  Jess is a Zimbabwean through and through with a huge passion for the children of our country.  She has been working with children for a number of years now, starting her own ECD centre just outside Harare.  She brings with her vast experience in ECD as well as a love for children and people.

Our new leader, Jess Lovemore

Jess has already started to lead with passion and dedication.  She is supporting Martha and our ladies and gents on the ground to see the service that we offer improved day by day.  She has introduced a wonderful English teacher to the centre who has been to visit and has started teaching our volunteer teachers how to improve the English of our children.  She spends time with our volunteers, encouraging them and helping them with all that they need.

Our kiddies practising their English

We all recognise the importance of movement for our children’s development so they continue to learn through play and sport

Jess has driven our Christmas shoe project so well that we have shoes for all 300 children that we have supported this year as well as enough money to buy them treats for their graduation and Christmas party to take place next Tuesday 5 December 2017.

We look forward to sending out a new blog in the next few days after our graduation and Christmas party but for now, we just wanted to introduce Jess to you and to say thank you, Jess, for all the hope that you are bringing to TFP.  We so look forward to what 2018 brings for you and for all of us at TFP.  Here’s to a great year!!

Holidays again as we ramp up for the last term of 2017

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Tucking into our porridge at the CRC feeding container

We are having the most amazing time at the Caledonia Rose Centre, even though it is holiday time. We are feeding on average 290 children a day who still come to the centre to receive their daily meal. There are a few who have gone away or who do not come each day but it is wonderful to see all these smiling faces even though it is not school time. They have SUCH fun at the centre and love being there with each other and with their teachers, getting fed, being loved and having time to be children.

Happy smiley faces at school

We are so thrilled to be able to offer our children clean drinking water now that we have had our borehole drilled thanks to Impact International. We filled up our tank as soon as the borehole was pumping and held our breaths in anticipation. We had to let our breath out as we watched the tank tumble and fall to the ground, splitting into pieces. The stand was not strong enough and the water was too heavy for it. We were devastated as our children and volunteers had waited so long to be able to flush the loos and drink from the tap.

Devastation as our tank fell to the ground in pieces

 

 

However, thanks to Boost Africa, we were able to buy and install a new tank and it is with GREAT excitement that we can now flush the loos, drink clean water and offer water to those around us who don’t have access to it.

This water also allows our wonderful caretaker, Lameck, to work on our nutrition garden which is taking off. We have been kindly donated some seeds and Lameck has been hard at work in the garden, digging and planting and watering, with all his hard work paying off as our bright green, delicious veggies start peaking their heads out of the earth and into the world. Our children have had such fun watching this all happen as their teachers explain the process to them as the plants grow!!

Our smart new tank and stand being installed

 

 

And clean water pouring out of the borehole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veggies growing in our nutrition garden for our lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our skills development participants have a fantastic opportunity to show off their wares and we have a chance to tell others a bit more about The Foundations Project and all that we are doing. We have been invited to take part in the Kites for Peace exhibition at Cleveland Dam on 17 September. If you have a moment, it would be great for us to see you there. Come and support TFP and Zimbabwe Cares, a wonderful organisation that brings us all together and supports us in the work that we do. There are lots of fun activities to take part in and TFP looks forward to showcasing ourselves to all those out there!

 

Come and support the Kites for Peace event this Sunday at Haka Game Park

2017 is racing by but we continue to operate and to be grateful!

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We are nearly half way through 2017 and we just cannot believe where the time has gone!  Last time we updated you, the school year had just begun and we had 80 children coming to the centre to learn and play and to generally just be children.  The sound that emanates from our little patch of land in Caledonia always fills me with joy as I close my eyes and think about all these little souls having the freedom to grow and develop and to know that they are safe. Read More