As we start this year, 2013, on behalf of Rozaria Memorial Trust Board, staff, volunteers as well as the children and parents in our programme, we want to extend our greatest appreciation to you for the support in 2012. Many of you gave us one-off gifts and others are able to provide recurrent gifts, and again some of you have reached out to your friends, families and networks to support our work. We value deeply this generosity, and we invite you to continue with this support in 2013 and beyond.
In the last 2 years, we have had amazing experiences with some of the children through your support. For instance, A. Chitate was born with HIV in 2010, and immediately her mother passed away. Mbuya Chitate, A.'s grandmother approached us for support, and ever since we have worked with Murewa District hospital to ensure that Anesu had access to Anti-Retroviral Therapy. We enabled granny Chitate to join a support group and learnt abour ART Literacy and compliance. We provided some food supplements and ongoing pyschosocial support to the family. In a few months we will be celebrating A.'s 3rd birthday and everyone is looking forward to A.'s education and bright future. You all made it possible with your gifts.
Belinda Musendo is another young woman living with HIV who has been in our programme. When she finished her A Levels, where we were providing school fees subsidy, Belinda was able to join us for a year as an intern providing peer education to other young people living with HIV. She encouraged other young boys and girls to go get tests; to be in compliance with their ART medication and be active act school. Today Belinda has moved from Murewa, and is pursuing further studies and opportunities in Harare. This again is an example of how as a Trust we help young people living with HIV to access both health and education and thereby have a stronger foundation for their lives.
We have reached our target of having 100 children living with HIV in school. The majority of these children are in primary school and the rest in secondary school. Our aim is to ensure that this children do remain in school, remain on treatment and are able to transition with hope and skills into the future. As we work with these children collaborating with the 9 schools and 4 health centres, we continue to enrol more children living with HIV in our programmes. We continue to grow the collaboration with government and other stakeholders in this efforts.
It is with this reality that we embrace 2013. We have the courage and the commitment to continue to offer support to our children living with HIV. We invite you to share this journey with us, a gift of any amount, a word to your friend, is in itself signficant and lasting in its impact.
I do wish you the best in 2013, and we commit to continue to share information and updates with all of you.
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