In memory of Rozaria Jnr who passed away in 2013.
We have been unusually quiet in the last few months. We continued though with our deep actions to provide support to children and young people living with HIV in Murewa. We had a few hiccups with on this site, and at the same time we were going through our 7 year strategic planning and annual audit. Hooray, we have been able to complete all the three in time for our World AIDS Day Message.
As a Trust, we were founded with the core mission of giving life opportunities to young people, especially though in difficult situations, including children living with or affected by HIV as well as other orphans and vulnerable children. Your support over the years have enabled us to kep the promise as we continue to send almost 70 children living with HIV to school; and have enabled them to be continously on medicine.
We are thrilled that in the last five years of our work, we have managed to have all the children in our programme continue with their education, as we provided school fees. No drop Out. Some of those who finished their O levels had moved on to either go with their education or retake exams for those who would have failed to meet the grades. We have provided some short term internship opportunities as a way of bridging for some of the children.
Kensington's story is telling. He was the best student at O levels at Chipinda Secondary school this last year. He is from Bere village. Due to social and family circumstances, he was unable to proceed to A level or college. He stayed at home until Rozaria Memorial Trust, which had provided him with treatement and educaion support was alerted by the community members that "the bright student, whom you medicines is now just sitting at home, because he has no money to continue with education". We knew immediately that we had to do something because it was not enough that Kensington was on medicine, we helped him again to enroll for A levels and go back to school.
The work of Rozaria Memorial Trust has been featured on the Zimbabwe newspapers several times. http://www.kwayedza.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25195:mukupedza-rusarura-mune-kukunda&catid=43:nhau-dzeutano&Itemid=135#.UpoF68RDtqU
On this World AIDS Day, Rozaria Memorial Trust commits to its promise, working now in almost 40 villages in the 3 Wards of Murewa. The Trust is working with 2 community health centres and Murewa District Hospital, collaborating directly with 10 schools in the district. We continue to step up support to the communities and especially to the young girls, We have initiated the establishment of girls clubs to discuss sexual and reproductive health issues at Magaya, Zhombwe, Mazeyanike, Chitate and Chipinda primary schools. Prevention is as important as treatment.
Thank you for your continued generosity as you work with us in providing treatment, education and support to children living with and affected by HIV in Murewa.