The girls go through their dances at the expo
It was indeed a great day for our Traditional Dance ensemble, as Tariro girls were invited to perform at the Youth empowerment Trust Expo that was held recently in Harare, Zimbabwe. Their energetic traditional dances and mellow marimba tunes lit up the atmosphere and wowed guests who included legislators in the Parliamentary portfolio committee on youth as well as fellow exhibitors and members of the public.
Apart from the dances, we got a chance to reach out to other people and organizations through the Expo. The expo was running under the theme “Creating space for young people.”
We rejoice in the fact that our light continues to shine as well in the never ending hope of total girl-child and women empowerment.
Well, after a long break, we return with some good news.
Two of our girls, Edwinner S. and Jestina T. have been accepted into university. Both will be studying at Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE).
Edwinner will be studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Social work while Jestina will be taking a Bachelor of Science degree in peace and governance. this brings the total number of Tariro beneficiaries to 6. ( Just to refresh your memory, we already have Politness N. and Melody M. at the University of Zimbabwe, Tariro K. at BUSE and Pamela K. at Harare Polytechnic college)
To Jestina and Edwinner, we wish you a fruitful academic journey ahead and we promise to be faithful companions just like in the times past.
Edwinner (L) and Jestina (R) are bound for Bindura University of Science Education
‘To be educated means… I will not only be able to help myself, but also my family,
my country, my people. The benefits will be many.’
These touching words were said by Meda Wagtole, a schoolgirl from Ethiopia and they are full of promise and hope for improved individuals, families, communities and the world at large.
In today’s post, I am quite happy to note that most of our beneficiaries carry the same sentiment. Let me introduce to you one of our promising star, Rufaro M. Rufaro stays with her father who is also struggling to make ends meet as a vendor in Zimbabwe’s constricting economy.
Rufaro is doing her grade 7 at Chembira primary school. While in Shona language “rufaro” means happiness Rufaro’s story has been a capricious one with her missing out school due to non-payment of fees, lacking food and adequate clothing.
Fortunately, Rufaro is bright in school and last term she got an award for academic excellence. Rufaro is also active in Traditional dance and last year her team at Chembira reached the traditional dance provincial finals where they emerged on position 3. She is also an integral member of the Tariro dance ensemble.
Rufaro wishes to be a doctor and help other less privileged children in her situation. She is thankful to Tariro for the help she is getting and has never missed school due to non payment of fees or uniforms ever since.
At Tariro, we are glad to be assisting her as we know that odds against her are being lessened with each year of basic education that she gets.
- Rufaro M in her traditional dance regalia, after a performance.
We are happy that the first term is coming close to an end and once again we find joy in the work we are doing. As many of you know, this is the term that our beneficiaries who would have written their O and A levels in the previous year receive their results. Well, just like in the years past our girls have defeated unimaginable odds to emerge victorious and empowered.
The A level results came first and we had an enviable pass rate of 80%. Our girls are waiting to get into university and other tertiary institutions and we are hoping for the best.
Next were the O level results in which we had our students doing exceptionally well, here we had a pass rate of 63% against the national pass rate of 20.72%. Currently 7 out of the 9 beneficiaries who sat for their O levels last year have been accepted into A level.
Yet as happy as we are we never forget to thank all our donors and all our friends who support us. We thank you for helping our girls outmaneuver the throes of poverty, disease, and abuse and establish themselves as empowered individuals.
Below are some of the girls who did us proud.
Women forced to eating grass at the behest of their pastor. (picture courtesy of Christian Post)
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits…” This verse from the Bible shouts out aloud as I behold the nefarious deeds that are being done to women by pastors under the guise of Christianity. Media reports are awash with these so called men of God who are abusing their posts to abuse women.
Recently in Zimbabwe we have had a pastor being jailed for 40 years for raping a number of his female congregants. The pastor is also on record for owning every woman in his church.
Another “shepherd” has been doing horrendous deeds to his flock by making them eat grass as well as physically assaulting them. The major sufferers here are women again.
Others have flagrantly molested young girls, thus betraying the trust they have been given. On record again are some pastors who use their influential positions to satisfy their perverted whims.
One is left wondering why all these regressive things are happening to women, especially in this day and age of women enlightenment and empowerment. Surely there is still a long way to go and the struggle is far from being over till women are totally emancipated. Indeed the battle fronts are ever-increasing, we have to fight against HIV/AIDS on another fronts while poverty and economic hardship on another and it is saddening that crooked ideologies are still rearing their ugly heads on another front.
Please share your thoughts as to why these things are happening and how best they can be tackled.
This week we share a post by Tariro’s founder Jennifer Kyker on the ethnomusicology website. We get to see why sound matters in the fight to empower women in the face of HIV/AIDS and other challenges.
A must read for those of you interested in Tariro, traditional music and the upliftment of the girl child.