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Girl child support -Necrisha R.supports Tariro .

wp_20160408_010Many Zimbabwean students are forced to drop out of school or have irregular school attendances because their families can no longer afford tuition and associated educational costs. The girl child is more at the receiving end. This is one issue Necrish Roach wanted to see change. Necrisha came to Zimbabwe in April 2016 as part of a global health elective offered by her home institution-the Ohio State University College of Medicine.  This course is offered to medical students during their final year of medical school and it allows them to have a clinical experience that is different from what they would normally experience back in the United States of America.

During her time working in the health care system in Harare, she had the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the many challenges faced by local doctors and patients alike. In addition, she also had the chance to work with Tariro Trust –Hope and Health for Zimbabwe Orphans. Necrisha developed an interest in Tariro Trust after going through our face book page and web page and Tariro Trust was a major influence in her decision in doing her attachment here in Zimbabwe.

Necrisha travelled to the high density suburb of Glen Norah where she spent the day working with the girls and learning more about the aims and goals of the organisation. The time spent in Glen Norah brought to her the grim reality faced by many of Zimbabwe’s young women.

Many of the young ladies she met are orphaned because of HIV and currently live with extended families or in a single parent household. The economic meltdown in Zimbabwe has made it even worse.  As a result, the costs associated with getting an education are often too much for the family to bear forcing them to drop out of school. These young girls then rely on the financial support of Tariro and its donors to cover school fees, school supplies and transportation costs.

Despite the rains that pounded Harare that day , and a demanding work schedule , Necrisha    spent the day with the girls, delivered a health talk and she donated USD300 . Prior to traveling to Zimbabwe, Necrisha with the help of her friends, was able to raise funds to help cover the cost of school supplies for 30 Tariro students for one academic year.

The Tariro Hope visit became a turning point for both Necrisha and the young girls she met during her visit. She was humbled by the experience.  The girls were moved that a young American doctor came all the way from America to not only visit them ,  but her and her friends were willing to make a financial investment in their futures by covering the cost of school supplies. Recognizing that the donation for school supplies was greatly appreciated, it was evident that there was still a great need among the students. To that end, Necrisha decided to cover the tuition for the next three years for one of Tariro’s beneficiaries Florence M. enrolled at Harare Polytechnic (a local tertiary institution) where she is pursuing her studies in Transport and Logistics.

Necrisha believes in the adage “by educating a girl you have educated the nation” and she implores other women and girls who have made it in life to donate towards sending underprivileged girls to school.  The Tariro girls treated Necrisha to some beautiful music and cultural dance routines and she was impressed by the performance. Necrisha encouraged the girls to, to despite them coming from under privileged backgrounds to also help those less fortunate than them. She also encouraged the girls to work hard and excel in their studies and this she said was the best way of repaying those who assist them. She said it was also important for the girls to desist from premarital sex and to value their sexual and reproductive health.

 On behalf of Tariro we would like to thank Necrisha and her prayer group for the donation and Necrisha for taking on board one of our beneficiaries’ and to thank her for taking her time from her busy schedule to spend the day with the girls .This will definitely make a huge and significant difference in the lives of the girls.
Education is what brings a community, or rather a country forward, and for the current situation in Zimbabwe.  Necrisha has been a part of the solution and we all can be a part of that solution by donating towards Tariro’s cause.

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Student Profile: Meet Moleen W.

IMG_2828Meet Morlene! Jennifer Kyker, the founder of Tariro, was able to go to Zimbabwe this past summer and interview Morlene. 

Morlene was unable to continue her Grade 7 in 2010 due to the fact that her family had no money for school fees. Her mother was single-handedly raising the family as her father left them when Morlene was young. Her mother and her went to Domboramwari High to seek support. In 2011, Morlene meet Sisi Fadzie, who is the program coordinator for Tariro. With that, her school fees was paid for by Tariro and Morlene has been with Tariro since.

Morlene has passed an incredible number of ten O level subjects. She has passed with seven A’s, one B, and two C’s specifically. She now attends Harare High for her A level study, and is on the Junior City Council of Harare. As Morlene explains, she was a member of Junior Parliament during her O level study  at Domboramwari High, during Form 3 and Form 4. Now, she has transitioned to the Junior Council. In her words, council members “serve the children so that they become the voice for these people that are voiceless… and take problems such as having no water at home, and other basic needs, and take them to Senior Council”

To get into Junior Council, it was a difficult journey. In all of Harare, there are only eight people total serving on the Junior Council. Out of fifty people who applied from her school alone, she became one of only two elected counselors. From writing and delivering speeches to conducting interviews, Morlene proudly stands to represent her community.  She describes her experience by saying, “It is a big commitment because we are called to serve”. Using this as a bridge, she hopes to pursue Political Science at University and eventually become a Minister!

Here is the full interview, for those interested in watching:

Check out the message she gave to those that are hearing about Tariro for the first time at 10:12.

“We are prospering with Tariro… Tariro is doing much for us as orphans”

She ended off the interview with a beautiful poem that she herself wrote. You can listen to it at 10:51

As the Fall Fundraising Campaign is almost over, we encourage and greatly appreciate donations to our Razoo Fundraising Site, to help Morlene and all the other Tariro girls to be able to continue their education and achieve their dreams. Thank you for your support!

Another reason why Tariro strives to empower girls and women!

Today I  share with you an article by Jackie Mbaiwa Makuvatsine, who writes for the NewsDay in Zimbabwe, the article was published in the NewsDay of 29 July 2015 and is published here with full permission from the newspaper…

DSCF3499 (2015_03_11 23_19_10 UTC)                                                     Full of hope: Tariro girls!

DRESSED in cream blazers with different ribbon colours at the arms and collars, the Junior Parliament members in Zimbabwe look superb and determined. These youngsters look to the future with curiosity and fortitude; it looks so bright they do not dream of anything deterring them.

News about adolescent girls in Zimbabwe has been reported to a large extent recently, after prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana revealed what is in the Zimbabwean constitution, which women and a large chunk of the populace did not know, that 12-year-olds can consent to sex.

This did not go down well with women and girls’ organisations and they called for the ouster of the prosecutor-general.

This has also exposed how active adolescent girls are in sexual activities; this is in contrast to the country’s culture which expects girls to abstain from sexual activities till they are married.

Experts have cited that when comparing rural and urban girls, those living in the rural areas are twice as much affected by teenage pregnancies as statistics show that 144 per 1 000 girls in rural areas fall pregnant as compared to 70 per 1 000 urban girls.

There were reports late last year of a sharp increase in teenage pregnancy with “92% of all sexually active girls aged 15 to 19 being in some form of a marriage”, due to cultural or religious norms.

Statistics obtained from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zimbabwe indicate that child pregnancy for the past five years has sharply increased with most pregnancies being recorded in rural areas.

To reduce the increase of child pregnancies, a representative from UNFPA said: “As UNFPA we advocate for delayed sexual debut for young people and continued availing of the right set of information, skills and services to allow young people to make health and informed sexual and reproductive health choices to enable them to realise their potential in life.”

Teenage pregnancy is a serious issue that may seriously impact the future of a young woman. Any teen pregnancy will be a challenge as teens typically lack skills needed to handle a pregnancy and motherhood.

A teen pregnancy may also impact the baby. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading national public health institute of the United States, notes that babies born to teens may have weaker intellectual development and lower skill set scores at kindergarten. They may also have ongoing medical issues and behavioural issues.

Education may be put on hold when a teen becomes pregnant. Some pregnant teens may decide to leave high school. Others who were planning to attend college in the future may put off that experience after becoming pregnant. They may decide to focus on the baby or getting married rather than pursuing further education.

Uncertainty about the future may arise when a teen is pregnant. A teen may feel she does not have enough knowledge to be a mother. She may also have fears about how having a baby will impact her own life and dreams for the future.

Once their baby is born, teenagers may not be willing or able to give it the undivided attention it needs. A teen may not be an adequate mother because she is overwhelmed by the constant needs of the baby. She may grow annoyed at the lack of freedom to interact with her peer group due to the baby.

Financial difficulty may arise during a teen pregnancy or after the baby is born. It is expensive to raise a baby. Teens who do not have full-time employment may struggle to cover the basic expenses of life upon having a baby.

13 000 drop out of school in 2013 alone!

Last week the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education released a report with which had disturbing figure of school drop outs in 2013 Zimbabwe. While the official figure of 13000 may be lower than the “actual” figures it is quite disheartening to note the major reasons and the gender of those dropping out. Below are some of the disturbing facts;

  1. More than 13 000 primary and secondary school pupils dropped out of school in 2013 owing to early marriages and lack of school fees,
  2. About 52 percent of secondary school drop-outs were females, and 40 percent of all primary school pupils who failed to proceed with their education were also females.
  1. At secondary level 2 289 dropped out of school comprising 1 063 females and 1 226 males because of school fees, while 1 191 failed to continue because of marriages, with 801 of them being females and 390 males. Absconded has 901, while pregnancy has a total of 856 drop-outs.
  1. At primary level, 2 784 dropped out because of school fees consisting of 1 646 males and 1 138 females followed by absconded, which consists of 591 males and 440 females. Death and unknown reasons have 525 and 625 respectively
  2. Only157 in every 1 000 pupils successfully progress from Form 1 to Upper 6, which is down from 168 calculated from 2012. The increased number of school drop-outs comes as the ministry is grappling with a huge number of children failing to access the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) [a government initiative meant to assist poor children with school fees] in the payment of fees.
  3. There are over one million orphaned and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe in need of assistance.

Children who are supposed to be in school: Image courtesy of speechlog.com

This is the reason why we at Tariro exert ourselves to educate orphaned and vulnerable girls. We believe our ‘small’, yet tangible steps are a vital cog in the wheel of social change. Our range of services are meant to be the much needed cushion to the worn out social safety net.

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