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Meet one of our rising stars Rufaro M.

‘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.

ImageRufaro M in her traditional dance regalia, after a performance.

Our Girls sailing High!

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.

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Pride R.

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Gillian M

Wolves in sheep’s clothing devouring women

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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.

Tariro founder’s insightful post on Ethnomusicology website.

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.

http://www.ethnomusicology.org/blogpost/1002374/Sound-Matters-The-SEM-Blog

A must read for those of you interested in Tariro, traditional music and the upliftment of the girl child.

Our Dance Ensemble featured in the news

We are glad to have seen interest shown by journalists on our Organization and the dance ensemble in particular. On Friday an article appeared in The Zimbabwe mail. Please read the full article on http://www.thezimmail.co.zw/2014/01/31/underprivileged-dancers-get-a-lifeline/. We aim to reach even greater heights this year!

file photo of Tariro Dance Ensemble

file photo of Tariro Dance Ensemble

A Ray of Hope amidst Gloom

 

 

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Ray of hope: Some of the Tariro girls with their stationery.

The term started on a bleak note for vulnerable children with the reports that the government is failing to pay for close to a million students under its Basic Education Assistance Module  http://www.herald.co.zw/school-1-million-pupils-priced-out/. This is indeed a very sad development in the struggle to empower the girl child through education.

Fortunately for the students we support we have managed to put a smile on their faces in a time of desperation for most.  Thanks for your support, we could not have started the year any better.

With your support, we have managed to achieve the following.

  • Paying up school fees for our beneficiaries
  • That’s not all, they received a consignment of assorted supplies that included all their stationery requirements and sanitary ware.
  • As if that is not enough we have managed to buy new school uniforms including shoes for each and every one of our beneficiaries.
  • Our marimba, which were now in a state of disrepair have been mended and are now as good as new. 
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    some of the students pose in their new uniforms

The ball is rolling

With the major challenges having been dealt with, we are well on course to write another successful chapter for Tariro. All our beneficiaries will not miss a day of school due to lack of fees and/or supplies. Our dance ensemble is poised for greater heights this year as they are going to have enough and uninterrupted practice. Again, our sincerest gratitude goes out to you our supporters for ensuring that our  programme runs smoothly.

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Tariro girls during practice

Highlights from 2013!

Tatenda C

On behalf of the board, staff and beneficiaries of Tariro, I would like to wish everyone a prosperous 2014. This is a time to reflect on the past year as well as determine our course of action. And a chance to let me also take this opportunity to thank those of you who have been standing with us from the years beyond. We have had a good year in 2013 – a milestone year which saw us reach ten years of committed service to the upliftment and empowerment of the girl child through education.

Our wonderful last year

The previous year ended with us scoring a number of successes. One of our students, Tatenda C, graduating with an Honours Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. We also had two grade seven students passing with flying colours in their national examinations. A number of our girls also received awards for academic excellence in their respective schools. The year also saw us have the largest number of students enrolled in Universities across Zimbabwe in our history as an organization.

We have also managed to keep all of our girls in school and none has dropped out due to lack of tuition and /or supplies. The students have continued to enjoy the full range of our programme activities.

It’s you who made it possible!

It is at this point that I express profound gratitude to you for the support you have rendered in helping our girls attain these accomplishments. We would not have managed to achieve the aforementioned had it not been for your unwavering support and commitment to the Tariro cause. In the same spirit, I would like to plead with you to continue supporting us as we drive towards the empowerment of the girl child and women through education. Your support has always been vital and will continue being so.

We look forward to another successful year ahead

We are just beginning a new year, 2014, and our mission will remain focused on the importance of women’s education as an effective response to the AIDS epidemic. With the perpetual rise of urban and rural poverty in Zimbabwe, many girls are dropping out of school thus putting them at a higher risk of contracting HIV. We believe education can reverse this negative cycle, since attending school dramatically reduces the risk that a young Zimbabwean woman might have of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. By educating young women, Tariro empowers them to build a future free from poverty and disease.

This year we are looking at strengthening our existing programs and exploring new ones. One area of note is vocational training. We would like those of our girls who do not make it academically to be armed with vocational skills to sustain them and their communities. In addition, we hope to touch more lives by expanding our area of operation to even the remotest parts of Zimbabwe by year end. This year we are bent on unrolling a package of total empowerment for every beneficiary within our ranks and we will leave no stone unturned to achieve this end.

Tariro needs your help

Yet, we know that any year is not devoid of its challenges. The plans that we have cannot be actualised without adequate financial and material resources. Given the harsh economic conditions we are operating in your continual support is much needed. Your donation, whether in cash or kind, can go a long way in empowering a girl child. You will not only be empowering her but also restoring hope to a society that has been ravaged by the HIV/AIDS scourge. With your support, there will not be any challenge that will be insurmountable.

On behalf of all Tariro’s students, families, and volunteers, let me wish you a successful 2014 ahead. Tariro means hope, and hope is what our girls have, hope is what sustains us. Let 2014 be a year of hope, and a year of empowerment for every one of you. Thank you.

Kenny Magwada