We send you very warm 2014 greetings. Thank you, thank you to friends the support in 2013.
Our office at Murewa Centre continued to run effeciently with our four staff and pool of volunteers and interns. Our Board met 3 times a year and gave support to the team. We happily participated in Murewa District meetings for social services; education and that responsible for AIDS Coordination. We therefore contributed to the policy and planning work of social sector. At national level, we were involved through SAFAIDS and the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe. Our young women also participate in the AU meetings, giving them exposure.
We are very excited with our programme for supporting children living with HIV. We managed to send 65 children to school and also supported them with access to treatment. We continue to collaborate with ten schools in the district, including Magaya, Zhombwe, Mazeyanike, Chitate primary and secondary schools include Hurungwe and Chipinda. Kensington, one of students at Chipinda did us proud as he came best student at O level, and we continue to support his A levels now at Musami, St Pauls Mission.
We managed to work closely with Magaya primary school admistration and former student for the renovation of the school. We supported the construction of two classroom blocks, which have now been roofed. We just need some funding for finishing the floors, painting and ensuring that we have desks, chairs and other furniture. These new structures have given a facelift to our school. Thank you to all who made this possible.
2014 is exciting for us in two new areas. We are intensifyying our livelihoods projects. The poultry project for families affected by HIV has taken off the ground with 100% return on investment made. We want to move from beyond substince to real business together.
Secondly, we launched Rozaria Girls Clubs in 5 secondary schools. We are happy that Kambarami is one of the new schools we are reaching out to. We are growing slowly but surely.
Well, we still remain very concerned about the out of school young people including some young married men in Murewa with no jobs. We receive more reports of domestic violence among these young families that are struggling to raise families. “Vafanha vari kushusha ava. Imi veRozaria, pane zvamungaitawo here nezvikoma izvi, zvanetsa mumusha muno”. This is a common comment we receive, request for support and advice. We hope that one day we will have a multi-purpose empowerment, education and training centre that can offer opportunities to these young men and women in our communities.
We enjoy visitors, and there really want to thank all our friends who came with us to our villages or visited our offices at Murewa centre; or simply visited us on facebook or on our website! Keep coming, you are always welcome.
Again, thank you to all who continue to give, encourage and support us at Rozaria Memorial Trust
Nyaradzayi.Gumbonzvanda (Founder and Chair)
On behalf of Board and Staff