2310 children fed this week!!

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We were restocking last week but we didn’t want to miss a single day of not feeding the children. We had spread out the existing stock as much as possible result in limited numbers of children fed. This week we began feeding less children as the notion of limiting was still lingering around until further into the week when we started reaching out to more children. We are excited that we fed 606 children on Friday much as this is sad for our country. We are strengthening extremely threatened if not closely to non existent food security in the Caledonia Community. It gives us utmost satisfaction seeing the hope on the little faces served with semolina porridge .The COVID-19 imposed lockdown is a nightmare for the marginalized Caledonia Community already reeling under difficult economic hardships

Monday 3rd August 380 children

Tuesday 4th August 390 children

Wednesday 5th August children

Thursday 6th August 542 children

Friday 7th August 606 children

1652 Children fed this week!

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1652 children fed this week!!
We had to limit numbers as we were restocking and needed to ensure we did not miss a single day of feeding. It turned out we managed to serve all the children that came out to be fed on Friday as parents seemed to have kept their children indoors in the lockdown because on this day, companies and businesses were closed with minimum movements in Zimbabwe. Looking forward to serving all the children coming to Caledonia Rose Centre next-week as we have restocked semolina porridge.
Monday 27th July 2020 – 350 children
Tuesday 28th July 2020 – 350 children
Wednesday 29th July 2020 – 352 children
Thursday 30th July 2020 – 350 children
Friday 31st July 2020 – 250 children

We fed 2337 children!!

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Well done to our team, Dorcas Sinambale, Memory Chinambale, Gladice Musona, Magness Bhasikolo, Ndagoma Shoko for ensuring the children are fed daily and for sewing masks in our skills development to give children who come to be fed without wearing a mask. You rock!!

Monday 20th July 2020 542 children
Tuesday 21st July 2020 505 children
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 526 children
Thursday 23rd July 2020 453 children
Friday 24th July 2020 351 children

We had to feed less children towards the end of the week to ensure continuity while making efforts to restock more semolina porridge.

Zimbabwe has once again gone back into close to Level 1 Lock down due to increased new COVID-19 cases particularly worrying local infections. Prior to this , majority cases were from returnees from abroad. We have heard to be on high alert due to information of on one of beneficiaries mother who returned from South Africa and bunked quarantine. Relevant reports have been made to ensure we curtail the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

1681 children fed this week!!!

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Monday 13th July 2020 – 235 children

Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 260 children

Wednesday 15th July 2020 – 330 children

Thursday 16th July 2020 – 380 children

Friday 17th July 2020 – 476 children

There is a woman with nine children (9) and four of the children are below eighteen years old. They are living with their very old grandmother and their mother is out in the rural areas living the grandmother to fend for her children. The children have lost too much weight, almost emaciated with shiny hair, sunken eyes and weak, exhibiting signs of kwashiokor. Will get their health checked and monitored including that of all the children to ensure we are achieving our nutritional and health goals for our beneficiaries.

We made it through 2019!

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The Foundations Project has continued to stay afloat in the difficult economic situation prevalent in the country maintaining its main programming areas of The Caledonia Rose Infant School, The Feeding Scheme and the girls, young women and women skills development, Skilled Women and Girls (SWAG) programme. The infants’ school consistently enrolled at least 100 orphans and vulnerable who including other children from the children are beneficiaries of The Feeding Scheme who are fed daily on semolina porridge. It also enhances the nutritional needs of the school children and it is complimentary to their learning experience which begins with a meal at the Centre. Majority household food security in Zimbabwe has been eroded, non-existent in most circumstances and the Feeding Scheme is a huge relief to its Caledonia community beneficiaries. Families in Zimbabwe are generally also extremely affected by the ever escalating basic food prices worsened by challenged incomes in the crumbling economy. This leads to ever increasing number of children in the Caledonia Community, over and above the 350 we are feeding daily, needing to be fed. We often must make difficult decisions of chasing away hungry little ones as we can only do so much given available resources. The children’s parents, caregivers, sisters, aunties come to the Centre under our skills development programme, Skilled Women and Girls (SWAG). At least 150 beneficiaries come to the Centre for various activities including facilitated sessions on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Positive Parenting, Gender Based Violence, Peace & Reconciliation in Communities and non-formal education programme on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Seven (7) manual sewing machines at the Centre have been used, among others to make shopping bags from swatches donated by Friends of The Foundations Project who continue to make things happen at Caledonia Rose Centre. Outstanding recognition in the year 2019 goes to Antima Investments through Evan Christophides, NutriFoods and Quality Gas for standing in the gap of the beneficiaries that we serve. Heartfelt thanks to Volunteers from the Caledonia Community, who otherwise given the resources must be paid for their critical services they offer. The volunteers keep the various programmes running and the community served enabling the Center’s life changing impact in the community. As we continue into 2020, our work is solely complimented by the kindness and generosity of individuals, corporate companies,donors local and international who are loyal and joining us giving hope for a better future.

Our Skilled Women and Girls beneficiaries making shopping bags

 

Our little angels at school and beneficiaries of the feeding scheme

   

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As the year starts to wind down, we try to keep the fire burning at TFP!

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At The Foundations Project, we can’t believe that we are racing towards the end of another year. It has been a rather difficult year for us as the expectations that were built up in Zimbabwe in November last year have not yet been realized and we find that we are, once again, working hard to simply survive. However, we are so grateful for the continued work of our team who have made sure that the children are fed, taught, loved and cared for and that their caregivers are taught how to parent and are given the skills to help them earn an income where possible.

                                                                  
14 wonderful women have been working hard at the skills development centre to sew up 36 beautiful bags with swatches kindly donated by Caroline Dunn. The ladies had such fun choosing their colours and creating their masterpieces! The use of plastic bags is being discouraged in Zimbabwe and so we hope to be able to offer these as an alternative shopping bag, or just as a lovely handbag!

Bags sewn by our hardworking caregivers

 

One of our caregivers enjoy dancing and singing at the CRC. We love to see our children and their mummies have fun!

The income made from these bags will assist the women to care for their families as the majority of them are single mums and are survivors of gender based violence. Some of these ladies have children at the school but we have opened the skills development up to the broader community as there is such a need. We hope to offer training in a greater variety of skills once the situation is a bit more stable so that we can widen our reach to more and more people who would like to be involved.

Felistas – a mother of two of our CRC graduates and now one of our wonderful teachers!

Our new director, Patience Chiyangwa, has been working very hard to ensure that all our programmes on the ground are running smoothly and that we have enough funding to ensure that our work can progress into 2019. We have struggled to raise money this year and sadly had to cancel our Golf Day planned for 2 November due to the economic difficulties our country is facing. However, we are greatly looking forward to our annual Christmas party and graduation at the Caledonia Rose Centre, an event that always brings much joy to those who attend and to us as we see the children laugh and play and celebrate the year that has just been.

Blessing shows off her new shoes at one of our first Christmas parties!

And the clown makes lots of fun for everyone:)

Sadly we have not managed to organize our annual shoe drive for Christmas this year as we have struggled to find donors or shoes to be able to do so. This is the first year that we have not done this since TFP started and we are disappointed that we have failed on this front but we look forward to being able to make up for it next year and to hopefully be able to reach out to even more children than those directly involved at the CRC.

When reading back over this post, I realize that much of it is sad and disappointing but what I know for sure is that in this time of difficulty, our work is even more important than ever. The children are more hungry and their caregivers are more desperate. And so we will continue to make sure that we can give them a meal and some fun and joy and hope for a better future.

Happy children come to our centre to play and learn

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!!