Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI)

Founded by once a rural girl herself, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe, a Singer and a Girl Child Activist in Zimbabwe as well as an Irex Fellow and US State Elite Allumni, Tag a Life Inter(TaLI) exists to 'Make the World a Safe Place for the Girl Children' with the inclusion of all. It responds to Gender Based Violence (GBV) against the girl child in pre-adolescent, adolescents and early reproductive health ages in Zimbabwe. GBV is rampant in the nation against children especially young girls. The National AIDS Council (NAC) reported that 37% of adolescent girls are orphans or vulnerable. One in 5 of these girls are exposed to sexual violence before their 18th birthday. Due to a lack of knowledge and...

Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI)
No. 21 St Raphael, St Tropaz Flats
Samora Machel Avenue
Harare, Harare 00263
Zimbabwe
+263 773 194 271
http://tagalife.org/

Executive Director/Project Coordinator

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe

Management Team

Caroline Mudara, Tendai Munyawiri, Passionate Kwaramba, Anna Manuhwa

Board of Directors

NYASHA FELISTAS KOMBONI, SHEILA MAPHOSA, NYARADZO MASHAYAMOMBE, NORMAN MUGIYA, NIKKI FERRERA, Caroline Mudara, Tendai Munyawiri, Passionate Kwaramba, Anna Manuhwa

Mission

Founded by once a rural girl herself, Nyaradzo Mashayamombe, a Singer and a Girl Child Activist in Zimbabwe as well as an Irex Fellow and US State Elite Allumni, Tag a Life Inter(TaLI) exists to 'Make the World a Safe Place for the Girl Children' with the inclusion of all. It responds to Gender Based Violence (GBV) against the girl child in pre-adolescent, adolescents and early reproductive health ages in Zimbabwe. GBV is rampant in the nation against children especially young girls. The National AIDS Council (NAC) reported that 37% of adolescent girls are orphans or vulnerable. One in 5 of these girls are exposed to sexual violence before their 18th birthday. Due to a lack of knowledge and exposure most young girls are not aware that they are being abused let alone how or where they can get help. Only 37% of women including girls who experienced physical or sexual violence have sought help. (Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey -ZDHS 2010-11). To that, the initiative offers programmes that respond to all these challenges. It is important to note that, TaLI is the National Coordinator of the 'Girls Not Brides' Zimbabwe, an international Coalition that works to reduce child marriages and its impact. We are also a member of Coalitions in Zimbabwe that promote the rights of girls and women in the country. Zimbabwe's current legal systems are weak in as far as dealing with matters of rape. The levels of impunity for child abuse and sex offenders are alarming. According to the UNICEF 2009 study, 24% of perpetrators of rape and abuse were arrested. Of these only 1.2% was imprisoned for their crimes. This has bred a lack of confidence for reporting and seeking help by families of victims. It is worthy to note that communities do not have knowledge of the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) that is available for the victims of sexual violence, as they make decisions to keep quiet about abuse. Emphasis on the knowledge of PEP is on those who are occupationally exposed rather than those who are exposed through sexual violence. In this our work, (TaLI) will seeks to bring interventions of GBV against girls' ages 8 to 18 including generation of PEP knowledge in schools as well as in the communities to prevent the mushrooming of HIV and AIDS in young people. In Zimbabwe, cultural norms, lack of access to education, economic and health opportunities have marred the lives of young girls, exposing them to high risks of HIV and AIDS as well as poverty. Girls who are tomorrow's women constitute a 52% of the total children population. Apart from the prevention and elimination of GBV against girls and women being a human rights need 'Women drive economic growth, as well as increase in the national income and improved health. (Secretary Clinton). Girls are a key part to focus development towards. Of the little prior efforts to advance the rights of the girl children, focus has been on educating the girls of their rights only. According to the Convection on the Rights of the Child as well as the African Charter on the Rights of the Children, parents, guardians, families, communities, duty bearers and the government are cited as the Custodians of these rights and therefore are a key target for our programming. So with TaLI we reach out to boys, who have turned out to be great partners in advancing the rights of their sisters and friends in their homes and communities. In dealing with GBV, the government of Zimbabwe enacted 'The Domestic Violence Act of 2006' for the protection and relief of domestic violence victims including girls. The gaps identified from these efforts are the needs for individual, structural and relational change on grassroots levels, to address GBV. As mentioned above, the custodians of the rights of girls and the 'would-be-perpetrators' have to be educated on the issues of GBV against the girls. The national curriculum has been redesigned to be gender sensitive, however real issues of GBV girls are yet to reach a transformation level hence the introduction of clubs and community education by TaLI. We live to see the day real implementation of the bill ensures the safety and protection of the girl children and all children in general. Recent studies also show that Sexual Reproductive Health and HIVV & AIDS Information which could benefit pre-adolescence and adolescence girls and boys is not reaching them. Interventions being implemented under the National Behaviour Change Programme(NBCP), a role out plan by NAC are not appropriately targeted and segmented as young people. Findings from the interim evaluation reported more adults compared to young people participated in activities implemented under the NBCP programme. This is despite the fact that HIV prevalence in the country is significantly higher among women aged 15-49 thus 21%, than among men in the same age cohort with 14.5%. This gender gap is even wider among young people. Females amongst 15-19 years have a significantly higher HIV prevalence rate than men amongst the same age groups. (ZNASP 2011-015). In our efforts as TaLI we redress this issue by making sure that boys and girls participate and also are owners and holders of information that is critical for their livelihoods. TaLI mainly emphasises the prevention and intervetion methods as promoting information generation in pre-adolescence and adolescence girls and boys, families and communities, to prevent and to eliminate GBV against girls while promoting Individual, Structural and relational change for the development and advancement of girls rights. In the communities, peer educators will be identified and trained to engage their communities. In schools, girls will engage with boys in debates edutainment and discussions.

Programs

Tag a Life offers two major programmes: Prevention and Intervention of all forms of violence against girls in Zimbabwe. Right now we are operating in Midlands Province and in four Districts. The Province is ranked 3rd in the country on HIV and AIDS prevalence,the first being Harare followed by Manicaland province. Midlands Province unlike Harare and Manicaland, is geographically far and most interventions do not reach the rural parts of the province. In the next 2years we are targeting to be in 300 schools and both primary and secondary with our programmes. Midlands is a virgin land in terms of girl child rights and empowerment. These areas are highly endowed with minerals with a lot of informal gold panning and other minerals exploitation carried out by men ages mainly 12 - 60. Girls' risk to HIV and AIDS, school dropout and non control of their reproductive health is caused by coerced sexual activities, child urban trafficking working as house maids, forced marriages to these sometimes older men, religious and cultural practices that give the girl child low status as well as patriarchal practices of boys' preference to girls around general opportunities. Girls contribute 60% to school dropouts. Tag a Life International (TaLI) undertook a baseline study in one of these districts, thus Shurugwi, under the support and partnership of the US Embassy to Zimbabwe through the PEPFAR fund in 2011 to ascertain the degree of Gender Equality and knowledge, and the level of Girls Rights Interventions in the district. The study brought out that; there are no organisations championing the girls rights and GBV issues in the area and in Midlands province as a whole amidst the above mentioned challenges in the province. To date, TaLI runs clubs in schools that teach both girls and boys on issues of gender, girls rights, abuse, sexual reproductive health rights, HIV and AIDS, mentorship/confidence/esteem building and exposure. Our efforts in these districts are directed towards the strenghthening, resource and scale up the programme started in Shurugwi District. We desire to expand to other districts if resources are available. Overally the organisation seeks to promote the Information Generation in Pre-adolescence and adolescence girls and boys, to prevent and to eliminate GBV against girls, while promoting Individual, Structural and relational change for the development and advancement of girls rights. The strategy is to target the primary clients who are the girls and secondary clients who are the boys, men, families, communities, duty bearers and policy makers will bring a holist approach in addressing from the roots, the information gap on gender equality, sexual and reproductive issues as well as harmful cultural and religious beliefs that have propagated gender based violence against girls. To achieve this, TaLI will run its programmes under three major thematic areas which will explore GBV issues as follows: a) Gender equality, Gender based violence, and general rights of the girls: This targets the custodians of girls rights and 'would-be-perpetrators' like boys, men, women, families, guardians, communities, duty bearers, local leaders and policy makers. We train community peer educators to educate their communities on gender issues, harmful cultural practices and the power of education on the girl child. We are also in the process of advocating for Child Protection Committees where kids in the communities can report issues relating to child protection. We often also use IEC materials in the vernacular language for educational purposes. b) Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and HIV AIDS: This focuses on the empowerment of the girl child herself in the school clubs as well as the boys. TaLI has a structure in schools where 1 teachers and 2 students per school are the operations team at each school to run these clubs. The trained students runs clubs as leaders weekly meetings in these clubs, while the Teacher Facilitators will provide support to the club and are not expected to be in the clubs as it is meant to be the children's space. TaLI provides the clubs with learning manuals and booklets according to the thematic areas to guide the activities in the clubs and they are designed to run according to the school learning calendar. In the club, girls are educated about their general reproductive health, setting priorities. Their reproductive health is explored in detail in a bid to empower them with information for their own decision making regarding their sexuality and health. Boys are educated about their issues as well as they are a critical part in the realization of girls' reproduction health rights as 'would-be-perpetrators' or agencies of change in communities. Knowledge and understanding of their reproductive health will reduce the vulnerability of girls to HIV and AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and GBV. IEC materials is provided detailing reproductive health issues, HIV & AIDS prevention and management, PEP and available referral services. Assistance by TaLI for counseling and referrals is also provided. c) Mentorship, Confidence building/Esteem and Exposure: In the club setups, girl children run their clubs with materials provided to enable them to discuss issues that bring them down as girls. Issues of focus, importance of education and seeing beyond current circumstances are dealt with to help girls focus and not drop out of school.

Statistics on Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI)

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $30,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $50,000
  • Other funding sources: HIVOS US State Department-Pepfar
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian - No Discrimination of clients what so ever