Rozaria Memorial Trust

RMT was founded in 2007 in memory of the late Mbuya Rozaria Marumisa Dizha (1923 - 2006). She lived 27 years as a widow and her life was an embodiment of hard work, caring, sharing, innovation, self-reliance and creativity. In her lifetime she invested in education, entrepreneurship and community care. RMT advocates for the empowerment and rights of women, children and young people. It supports innovative actions in health, education and entrepreneurship for women and young people in rural communities.
Nov 10, 2016

ECD Learners Exposed to Dust and Wind

Art Work In the Incomplete Classroom
Art Work In the Incomplete Classroom

Dear Magaya Primary Development Partner

Early Childhood Development learning is a critical stage in the growth and human development of children. Guided and inspired by this fact, Rozaria Memorial Trust through your support has been partnering with Magaya Primary School since the year 2013 to construct two (2) classroom blocks. Substantial work has been achieved over the years with both classroom blocks now have been roofed. Each classroom block has two classes and two offices for teachers.

In 2016, the project as of now has not raised much financial resources to see off the completion of the project. This has been largely due to the prevailing economic challenges in Zimbabwe and the continued decline in the enrolment at the school which now stands at 300 students against an enrolment of 700 in the early 2000. The remaining work include inside plastering, flooring, painting and glazing. RMT in collaboration with the school authorities has been moblising the community through the village heads of Magaya, Jakopo, Dizha, Marumisa and Chimusoro Villages to contribute local materials that are needed for the completion of the project. This was achieved 100% as the community managed to bring river sand, pitsand and a group of builders have pledged to provide free labour for the remaining part of the work. A total of 200 bags of cement are needed for inside plastering and flooring for both classroom blocks. The other materials like paint and glasses for glazing are there at the school

Whilst celebrating the milestones of the project in the past 3 years, it is disheartening to note that there was not much progress that was recorded towards its completion  for the period of 2016. The early child learners at the school students are now using the classroom in their incomplete state,100 children are accomodated with an average of 25 students per each class. To the students and the teachers, this  is a better arrangement as they have been learning under a tree shade since the year 2008 when the 3 classroom blocks at the school were destroyed by hailstorm. The classes have been nicely decorated inside with fine art to make them habitable and friendlier to the kids. Despite this the classrooms are dusty and windy which affects the learning of the kids and also exposes them to health related complications.

It remains our key priority in promoting Early Childhood learning at Magaya Secondary School and the completion of these two classroom blocks at the school will contribute immensely towards achieving this goal. 31 December 2016 is our prime target in ending this project. Your support and contribution will make this come to fruition and bring a smile to the kids and the Magaya community at large. A total of US$2500,00 is required to complete the remaining work.

Thank you for the great support over the years. The progress recorded to date is indebted to your generous support.

Sep 26, 2016

Menstrual Health is Public Health And Girls Rights

There was some giggling in the corner among the younger girls,and serious deep silence on the other side where the older girls huddled together.The team from the Trust,led by Colleta Zinyama our Programme Officer was visiting the girls for the regular dialogues and the quarterly distribution of the sanitary pads this August,just before schools closed.

The younger girls most of whom were yet to have their periods or some had just started were excited,anxious and unsure.They wanted the discussion about the changes in their bodies and to have a safe sapce to discuss the intimate and confidential issues.They simply wanted to see the demonstration on how you wereto use  and dispose a pad.

On the other end,the older girls who were serious had deeper issues for discussions.Some had skipped playing in the netball tournament for the school because how dare she play without a pad and what if the tissue dropped.The other girl told the story of how her mother had only a dollar that week which sha had to pay for grinding their meal and therefore had no money to buy sanitary pads for her daughter.The form 3 girl had to think of what to use during her days,a rag,newspaper or what?

Issues of menstrual health remain critical for girls and women in general.A sanitary pad is a commodity so essential but yet out of reach for majority of girls in rural communities.Rozaria Memorial Trust has been working with girls at Hurungwe,Chipinda,Chemapango,Kambarami and Hurungwe secondary schools,sharing information on menstrual health.these have oppoortunities for the girls to discuss issues of self esteem and confidence,sexual and reproductive health,menstrual hygiene,social and cultural taboos among othe issues.Rozaria Memorial Trust distributed 3000 pads,which is 300 packs with 10 piece through the Rozaria Girls Clubs,The reproductive implications of starting menstruation were also clarified emphasizing the importance of hygiene.The following were some of the issues that were raised by girls;

  • Majority of girls could not afford sanitary kits and resorted to using different types of cloth which is generally not hygienic.Such cloth has a potential harbor of microorganisms which cause infections.They also have problems with disposal of such cloth.
  • Issues related to growth,development and menstruation for girls are not openly talked about especially at homes.The lack of open communication sadly this poses problems since they have to ask for money for the hygiene kits from the same parents,relatives they stay with
  • Disposal of used pads reamins a challenge especially in schools where they have water systems toilets and not pit latrines.The school has no bins for disposing used sanitary towels.
  • some girls informed that they did not know about the pads and most first timers were not to be familiar about how to use them.

With the reach in the five schools,Rozaria MemorialTrust will be reaching soon the goal of reaching 500 girls with menstrual hygiene kits and more than 2000 girls with menstrual health information and other related Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights issues,such as sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies.

We are grateful taht with your continued support we have travel a thousand miles in achieving the target.It is clear to us that menstrual health is a public health issue.It is a right for every girl to have access to full and comprehensive information including age appropriate cpmrehensive sexuality education and the appropriate health services and commodities.Such a goal can only be achieved with your financial and moral support as well aspartnerships with health service providers,teachers,parents,communities and other leaders.

Your continued support and gifts gives us the courage  and possibilities to advance this work and reach to more girls.We are not implicating in communities in Murewa,but are also influencing public awareness and advocacyu for the rest of Zimbabwe.

Jul 27, 2016

Together We Can Make Dec 2016 Deadline A Reality

Classroom in Use before Completion
Classroom in Use before Completion

To the Friends of Magaya Primary School

On the 23rd of Magaya Primary School

On the 23rd of July 2016, Rozaria Memorial Trust Board of Trustees led by the Acting Chairperson Mr Patrick Mugaragumbo and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda visited Magaya Primary School to assess progress of the rehabilitation and construct of the two classroom blocks that you have been us for the past 3 years. RMT officials met with the school head, Mrs Wachipa and a had a site visit of the classrooms under construction to see the progress that has been made to date.

Both the classroom blocks have been plastered and the remaining work is flooring, glazing and painting of all the four classrooms. It is touching to note the grade zeros and the grade ones are using the uncompleted classrooms  which poses a health risk to them because of wind and dust. Mrs Wachipa indicated that the school enrollment has been going down for the past 6 years with the school enrollment dropping from 650 students in 2010 to the current enrolment of 400 students because of the poor infrastructure at the school.

The community remains resolute in finding solutions to complete the project. It was suggested that RMT and the school will hold an open day to fundraise for the school before year end. The RMT board and the school authorities resolution at the end of the tour was very clear with a target to have the construction of the classrooms blocks completed by December 2016. The total funds needed for the completion of the project is $3000,00. Your support is very important as we work towards fulfilling our December 2016 resolution.

We have attached photos on the current state of the project. Your support over the years has sustained our work and we remain available to provide updates or any other information at rozariamemorialtrust@hotmail.com  cc rozaria@africaonline.co.zw

Yours

Kudakwashe Dizha

Coordinator

Rozaria Memorial Trust

RMT Board interacting with Magaya School Head
RMT Board interacting with Magaya School Head
The Outside State of the Classroom Block
The Outside State of the Classroom Block
 
   

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