Holiday Concert

Tese Foundation is proud to present our first ever Holiday Jazz Concert with live performances from various seasoned artists featuring:

Calvin Handy and the Jazz Patrol

Children’s Choirs

African Drummers

Delbert Bump and Company

Clarence Van Hook

David Kyle

Lorena Andrea and The Saints

African Drummers of Davis

Zapato Viejo


Link to tickets

link to facebook event page

All donations directly benefit Tese Foundation and its programs.

Bring the whole family for a fun & festive event.

$5 Donation per person or $10 per family

Kids holiday crafts ($1 donation per craft)

Beverages and snacks for sale

Raffle prizes!!!!

Proceeds will go towards educating children, mostly girls in Zimbabwe to go to school. Funds will also supply sanitary health packages for high school students, women and children, and those in the prison system in Zimbabwe.

Please feel free bring a pack of underwear to donate to Zimbabwe!

TESE Foundation was born out of concern for the severe needs of school children in Zimbabwe. Born in Zimbabwe herself, the founder Nathalie Minya first handedly experienced some of the hardships she now works to eliminate. Unlike public schools in the US, school in Zimbabwe is not free. The cost is a burden to many poor families, especially for girls who are kept out of school when budgets are stretched. Many girls also lack appropriate sanitary materials which in turn leads to more missed school days.

We are currently supporting children (mostly girls) in Junior High and High School.  Many of the children we support today are children we know, and their dream of simply going to school is one we take for granted in America   Most students are in need of simple things like pens, notebooks, and school uniforms. We have a 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 for underprivileged youth.

Hi Friends,

It has been a busy month for the foundation and our students. The new semester began, and thanks to three selfless and generous donors, our students’ tuitions were covered for the entire semester. However, your help is always needed—donations for school books, uniforms, sanitary hygiene supplies #GotUnderwear, etc. are crucial for the success of our students.

In the previous newsletter, we mentioned the prevalence of child marriage in Zimbabwe and how detrimental it is to a child’s education. Many students, especially girls, are forced into a marriage, which then drastically changes their lives. It is difficult for these children to continue their education, as new roles and responsibilities are forced upon them. Without an education, they are stuck in the repeated cycle of poverty. Although child brides are extremely common, boys are not exempt from the misfortune of child marriage.

One of our sponsored students, a teenage boy, was unfortunately forced into a marriage, which interrupted his education. However, through his resilience and perseverance, as well as the help of our sponsors, he was given a second chance at an education. For the purposes of his privacy and confidentiality, we will change his name and call him Tawanda.

Nathalie and Tawanda seeing each other again.

We came to know Tawanda because TESE Foundation was sponsoring his sister. It was around the end of 2014, and our foundation was only sponsoring girls since they are more disadvantaged in Zimbabwe’s patriarchal society. Tawanda had excellent grades, but he was just sitting at home because his family could not afford to send him to school. He could not get a scholarship because there is no other scholarship program for his school besides TESE. After hearing his story, there was no way we could just leave him. We decided to enroll him in the program, and he became TESE’s first male student.

Sadly, his education was interrupted when one night, he was late in returning his girlfriend back to her home. For this reason, his girlfriend’s family forced him to marry her. Tawanda quit school because of his responsibilities as a new husband and had to figure out how he would provide for him and his young wife. Unfortunately, this type of scenario is extremely common in Zimbabwe.

Months passed, and we met up again during our trip to Zimbabwe in January of this year. When asked if given the opportunity, would he go back to school again, he said yes. We are proud to say, with the help of your donations, Tawanda is now in high school and getting good grades. He is set to graduate in 2017. Look below for the before and after pictures! Tawanda before our program. Look at Tawanda now!

Tawanda is thriving and happy to be back in school. He hopes to start a small chicken coop business during the school holidays so he may provide for his family. Please email us if you would like to take part in funding his project or helping him through other means.

Stories like Tawanda’s are too common in Zimbabwe, however not all of them have a happy ending. Children are forced into marriages for the most trivial reasons. It has become TESE Foundation’s mission to help educate children and prevent them from suffering the consequences of being forced into marriage. As always, we ask for your help in fighting for our good causes. To donate, please click here.

Stay tuned for details about our upcoming annual event, “Hats Off to Diversity High Tea”. Thank you for reading.

If you have not watched our video, you can do so here.

With love,

Nathalie Minya Mukome
Founder and President
Visit us on Facebook and Twitter #tesefoundation

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Hi Friends,


Happy Spring from the TESE Foundation team. We would like to invite you to watch our official video, and we hope you can share it with your friends! Our official video was filmed during my visit to Zimbabwe in January, and it raises awareness about the need to educate children, particularly girls. In future newsletters, we will share more about the two students in the video—Dorcas and Silvanos—so please keep in touch.


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Some of our students enjoying a game of net


Our sponsored students have been doing well, and their grades have improved significantly since we began in 2015. The children are currently taking their school break and will begin classes next month. This is a crucial period, as we need to raise enough funds to pay tuition for the next semester. We need your help to raise $1000
 for tuition in the next few weeks to keep our children from dropping out of school. Tuition alone, secondary-school students need about $45/term, and A-Level students need $65/term. In addition to tuition, uniforms, textbooks, and sanitary health packages are all required for the children to stay in school. Please consider donating $45/month or a one-time donation to help our cause and gift a child with education.

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Some of our students with the donated sanitary items.

Child marriage is still a huge issue in Zimbabwe, and it can negatively affect a child’s education. Child brides are often highlighted, but did you know many boys face similar challenges? Last January, with the support of our donors, the foundation was able to send a child back to school after he was kicked out and forced to marry his teenage girlfriend. He is a child groom, and because of you, he got a second chance at an education and is excelling in school right now. 

In addition to tuition and uniforms, the students have requested solar-powered lamps to help them study at night, as there is no electricity in their village. We are looking to purchase 20 lamps, which cost $25 each. If you would like to make a do
nation specifically for these lamps, please email

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Image taken from (5/1/2015)

The TESE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible and go directly towards the students. If you prefer to donate using cash or check, please email Our organization is entirely made up of passionate volunteers who strive to give every child an opportunity to have an education. “Tese” means “together” in Shona, and if we combine our efforts, we can achieve our goal
. Thank you for reading!

With love,


Nathalie Minya Mukome

Founder and President



Visit us on Facebook and Twitter #tesefoundation


Hello Friends!

I just got back from a month-long trip to Zimbabwe, and I have some exciting news to update you on. Firstly, if have not heard about TESE Foundation, please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to find out more about our organization.



My family accompanied me on this visit, and we had a wonderful time. This was my children’s first visit to Zimbabwe. They were filled with excitement in discovering their motherland, as well as being able to meet all the students we have been supporting over the years. Prior to the trip, I asked the TESE students to write down one item they would like to receive for Christmas. It was humbling to know they wished for basic necessities, such as umbrellas, socks, and underwear.

There is a huge sanitary hygiene crisis in Zimbabwe, which greatly affects our students’ performance in school. Many female students do not, and cannot, go to school while on their menstrual cycle because they lack personal hygiene supplies. Hence last year, we started a project called #GotUnderwear? and collected underwear for the girls in our program. Through the collaborative efforts of the community—businesses, service clubs, and even high school students—we received many donations of underwear. In addition, we were able to give the girls some much needed sanitary pads.

Some of our supporters—thank you for your donations!


Underwear is seen as a luxury item that many needy families cannot afford to prioritise, and there currently aren’t any social services for the poor in the Country. I was touched by how powerful the gift of underwear was for these girls and some boys. During the trip, we had the opportunity to visit the students’ families. Their family members continuously expressed their gratitude for all of our efforts in providing clean and usable underwear, as well as our major role in covering tuition costs. A great burden was lifted off of their shoulders as they do not have to worry about their children being kicked out of school for not having textbooks, undergarments, and tuition paid. To support us with this and other similar projects, please click here donate to our foundation.


Our students were so happy when they received their underwear.


Along with the underwear and umbrellas, we were also able to give them soccer balls and cleats, which were donated by our community in the states. After the distribution, there were 150 pieces of larger-sized underwear left over. I was then introduced to Harare’s Superintendent of Prisons, who disclosed the female inmates’ great needs for underwear. All the extra underwear was given to the prison. There are over 3,000 incarcerated women in Harare’s prison, and many have children, who serve the sentence with their mothers. I promised the superintendent I would collaborate with them in the future, with the hopes of giving underwear to the women and essentials for their children.  To read more about the current prison crisis in Zimbabwe click here.


Left: Inmates are grateful for underwear. Right: Inmates and their children receiving underwear, soccer balls, and clothes from the TESE Foundation.


Our students started school in January, and there is already a list of items that require financial help—tuition, uniforms, textbooks, sanitary pads, etc. Without these, there is a possibility our students will be kicked out of school. I cannot stress enough how much I need your partnership and how much the students need your help.


This Valentine’s Day, instead of buying chocolates or flowers, please consider giving the gift of education to a child. Please consider donating $50 to pay for a whole term’s tuition. Sixty-five million girls in the World today are being denied the right to go to school; take part in decreasing that number! As a form of appreciation, we will send a card to your loved one, and if they live in Sacramento/Davis area, we will send them a rose. With your support, we can give all children their rightful opportunity to have an education. To donate, please visit our donation page.

With love,

Nathalie Minya Mukome

Founder and President



Visit us on Facebook and Twitter #tesefoundation

Got Underwear?

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We continue to pay tuition and provide school uniforms to every child on our program, however we attempt to tackle some problems that inhibit their success at school. One barrier for success among our girls is the lack of sanitary education and sanitary products. Our children do not have basic sanitary supplies or underwear and some miss weeks of school due to lack of these products. This year we have a unique opportunity to send two 50 pound suitcases full of underwear to Zimbabwe for the holidays. This will ultimately impact school attendance for girls and support sanitary health. We are currently collecting new packaged underwear to take to Zimbabwe for high school girls that desperately need them for sanitary health reasons. Kindly pick up a pack of underwear at the local store and drop off or visit our website and give directly towards this project. This can be a great family activity for the holidays to start discussions about needs around the world.

On the ground in Zimbabwe, we will also be doing a Sanitary Pad drive. We need to provide pads to use with the underwear. If you are able to donate towards the purchase of pads, please visit and hit “donate NOW” button. 100% of your donation will go directly to the project as all Tese staff are volunteers

No time? You can also sign checks to Tese Foundation and indicate “for underwear”.

Thank You for Donating much needed underwear

(Womens’ size small with full coverage underwear)

To get info or ask a more specific question, email us:

Meet our first ever student Tulani

Meet our first ever student Tulani tulani picture

I met Tulani 15 yrs ago. At that time I was still a teenager myself. We were born in the same city but in two different worlds. He was an orphan taking care of himself and living on his own since he was 14 yrs old. I had a parent and was fed and supported so I felt that I could reach out to him in small ways to make a difference in his life. I am glad I invested in him early on as he is a wonderful and delightful young man. Today he is giving back to TESE and volunteering as a field Intern: recruiting students and sorting through the application process. He is currently the only University student we support. To support Tulani to further and complete his studies, please email via the contact form

This is his story
My name is Tulani, I was born in March 1986. I was born in a family of 3boys, however 2 of my brothers are my half-brothers and my mother being a Malawian left them in Malawi and remarried resulting in my birth. My dad passed away when I was young a year after my birth so I have no vivid memory of him. My mother and I were estranged from all our family so my mother raised me alone. However, when she fell sick and died a few years later, everyone came to the funeral and left shortly after. I was left to fend for myself and I was only 14 years old. At that time Zimbabwe was in its early stages of economic downfall. I used rentals from the other rooms in my house to pay for food and tuition. I also received aid from the Catholic Church for essentials.
After writing my O-Level exams, l failed dismally and began looking for work while I awaited to retake the exams. Through a friend, I got connected to Nathalie. Right away, she picked the low self-esteem that was crippling me and my inability to dream bigger or to confidently be a contributing part of the community. She was only a teen herself but invested in me by affirming me and depositing a bigger world view. She recruited me to be a part of her schools outreach program in which our group would travel to schools and talk about our love for God how it has inspired us to do great things even as teens. Even further, she spearheaded a movement to raise money for clothes and food for me and our other friends who needed support in the community. I soon got an opportunity to study for my O-level again. I had assistance through another organisation for tuition but they couldn’t extend it to help with food which was something I needed desperately as I was at a boarding school 3hrs away from home.
One of my best memories was during my second term, I had left for school without money or food and a few months in, it was visiting day. Visiting day is when all the families visit their children and bring food and supplies to help them finish the rest of their 3 month term away from home. I was used to hiding on days like this because the reality of being an orphan and no visitors was all too clear. Since the other kids knew I had no immediate family, they used to play a prank on me to say that I had a visitor. I ignored their taunts until I realised indeed that Nathalie had come to visit me and with her, a trunk full of food. This meant so much to me as it took my shame away and gave me hope and confidence to continue with my studies. I will always remember this day and hope to pay it forward some day.
Soon after this, I lost my mother’s house due to some unscrupulous circumstances. It was my only source of income and this new situation left me in another struggle to continue. Thankfully our mutual friends; a band of three amazing brother who were fending for themselves as well, took me in and have helped me where they can to this day. It has been a long journey and would take me hours to tell but today I am proud to say that by the grace of God, I am in my last year studying a Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Relations which I believe will help me realise my dream which is to engage global leaders in formulating international policies.
TESE Foundation has been partially helping me to pay for my tuition but I need a lot of help to cover exam fees, dissertation fees and costs of living. I would appreciate any help from you. I am excited to give back to TESE and to Nathalie’s work as I am currently the Field Intern. My Job is to network with schools and communities to identify students that could benefit from our program. The need is great and anything you can do to help this dream come alive is appreciated. Your money and your time is in good hands
Thanks for reading

Welcome to TESE Foundation!

1507553_1383957921854646_560107507_nOn June 7th, the TESE Foundation will host its first annual “Hats Off to Diversity High Tea” at John Natsoulas Gallery, located on 521 1st street Davis, CA. The purpose of this event ,which will be an afternoon tea for Women, is to raise funds to support children in Zimbabwe, Africa. These funds will be used to pay for tuition, uniforms, personal hygiene packs and exam fees. We also work locally by promoting diversity and literacy for underprivileged youth in the U.S. particularly in California.

The TESE Foundation was born out of witnessing the severe needs of school children in Zimbabwe. Born in Zimbabwe herself, the founder, Nathalie Minya, experienced first hand some of the hardships she now supports. 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.

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.