Murewa: September 2011: On the 3rd of September, Rozaria Memorial Trust Board Members converged for a quarterly board meeting. The board meeting marked the fourth year Anniversary of the existence of RMT; it all started with consultative meeting at Magaya Primary School in Murewa in August 2007 to set forth on how to thrust Mbuya Rozaria Dizha legacy beyond her life.
The Board of Trustees expressed the need to urgently engage in initiatives that strengthens the organisation’s vision with operational sustainability. They agreed upon a number of initiatives which should be pursued in the coming years in order to make this a reality. The following recommendations were unanimously agreed on:
- Establishment of a training and resource at Murewa Centre for women and children.
- Strengthening of agricultural activities to enable the generation of income for carrying out of organisation activities
- Setting out of robust and multi-year fundraising campaign to resource the work and programmes of the Trust.
“The organisation has become an integral part in Murewa District”, emphasised Mr Kudakwashe Dizha, RMT Coordinator in his briefing to the Board. The organisation is sustaining its support to families affected by HIV with main attention to children living with HIV. With programmes reaching 30 villages and 5,000 people in Ward 5 and 17, the organisation is now deepening its services into ward 17. The organisation is raising the number of established support groups for People Living with HIV from 16 to 24. The organisation is reaching out with psycho-social services for both the infected and affected community members. The work of the organisation is deepening towards the needs of children especially those living with HIV; with almost 100 children supported with access to education and treatment. Addressing family violence issues and improving the status of women and girls remains critical to the work of the Trust.
The Treasurer, Mrs Tawonezvi shared the Audited Annual Report for 2010. RMT has been able to provide audited financial accounts since the year 2009. She highlighted that although the organisation has realised a steady increase in income, financial resources still fall short of the organisations operation’s needs. This is inhibiting the scaling up of RMT activities in the targeted communities. With the organisation’s operations now stabilised, she highlighted RMT must continue to meet the regulatory requirements for non-profit organisations, and remain an organisation with integrity.
The board expressed its welcome Mr Pascar Dheka, as a new Board member. With his background in safety, security and social protection, he will bring the much needed skills to the organisation especially on its work related to domestic violence and access to justice. The Board also sent its condolences and befitting farewell to Mai Dune a dedicated board member who passed on in March 201. The Trust will continue to advocate for her aspirations which were hinged on the need for a community in which women and children especially those living with HIV, enjoy their rights.
“Board of Trustees of Rozaria Memorial Trust remain awake that the practical services in the communities are not sustainable by themselves unless there is a strong policies that are implemented at district, national and global levels; the organisation is open to all those organisations and individuals that are ready to embrace mutual partnership to advance the lives of the marginalised people especially women and children”, stressed Mr Patrick Mugaragumbo, the Vice-Chairperson of the Trust who led the proceedings.
The Board expressed its appreciation to the many partners who support its work across including the community volunteers, the community leadership, and district officials, other NGOs such as SAFAIDS and donors partners including AJWS, AVERT, Global Fund for Women and many individuals who contribute directly or through Global Giving Foundation. The Board also expressed its appreciation to the founder and chair Mrs Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and it’s Patron Mr Emmanuel Dizha who continues to give guidance and direction to the organisation.
Further information available on: http://rozariatrust.net.