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.
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
Jun 28, 2016

Menstrual Hygiene Kits Bringing Comfort to Girls

To Our Dear Partners

Through your generous support, we have managed to procure a three months supply of sanitary wear for 100 Orphans and Vulnerable Girls from Rozaria Girls Clubs (RGCs). The lists of the girls who are going to benefit from the sanitary supplies have been compiled with the support of Rozaria Girls Clubs school mentors. The targeted are rural girls who are orphaned and those that live on the extreme edges of poverty where by their guardians hardly afford to buy them sanitary ware.

The supply will cater for the sanitary needs of girls for the period running July to September 2016. The girls are from the following Secondary Schools; Magaya, Hurungwe, Kambarami, Chemapango and Chipinda Secondary School. Each school is having 20 beneficiaries. The girls mentor of Kambarami Secondary RGC had this to say during the selection of the benefiting girls "thank you for coming up with this initiative, it will go a long way in improving the menstrual hygiene of the girls. Every day i get stories of girls who are finding it difficult to get decent sanitary ware and they are ending up using unhygienic material such as cloths and newspapers".

In April, we managed to reach out to girls at Hurungwe Secondary School with information of sexual and reproductive health including how they can take care of themselves during their menses for their own comfort and that of their peers. In addition, we encouraged them to have a responsible behaviour to protect themselves from pregancies and sexually transimitted diseases that include HIV and AIDS.

With your continued support we anticipate to reach out to more vulnerable and deserving girls. We intend to gradually increase the number to 300 girls by October and 500 girls by year end. This will contribute in building a safer menstrual health life for the rural girls in Murewa District, helping to boost their confidence and self-esteem both home and at school.

You can reach us directly at rozaria@africaonline.co.zw cc rozariamemorialtrust@hotmail.com. Thank you for being there for orphans and vulnerable girls, their menstrual health will never be the same again.

 
   

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