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Total funding goal: $10,000

Total funding to date: $5,200

Remaining goal: $4,800

Total Donors: 2

Rozaria Memorial Trust

Project start date: 11/30/1899

Project completion date: 11/30/1899

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General Status Update

Date: 07/08/2018

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Education for Child Brides

Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

The Rozaria Memorial Trust is launching a project to support the educational needs of survivors of child marriage who left school. It also offers education and training for orphans and other marginalized girls at risk of becoming child brides. This project will help these young women and girls regain their dignity and fulfill their economic and social potential. Education for Child Brides aims to send 20 girls to school as well as provide skills training for 100 girls at a counseling, training, and technology center run by the Rozaria Memorial Trust.

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Project Milestones

The main goal of this project is to mitigate the impact of child marriage by giving survivors of child marriage a second chance for an education. The Rozaria Memorial Trust (RMT) will sponsor 20 for the Girls Education Opportunity Fund and send 100 girls for skills training at the RMT Counselling, Education and Technology Centre in Murewa. Participants will receive information and communications technology (ICT) and life skills training to rebuild their confidence and harness their potential. In addition, educational support for less privileged and vulnerable girls will ensure that they are retained at school and avert the potential of them dropping out of school and being married off.


This pilot project will be completed in one year. The results and impact will be assessed with the goal of scaling up the initiative so as to provide a continuous and sustained support for the girls and young women.


The first component of the project is to facilitate reentry back to formal education for girls and young women who experienced child marriages. They will receive psychosocial support, school fees, and uniforms. This will also provide an opportunity for advocating for the full implementation of the reentry policy in Zimbabwe for girls who have dropped out of school because of teenage pregnancies and child marriages.


The second component will be the training of the girls and young women on ICTs and other life skills at RMT Counselling, Education and Technology Centre. The trainings will be provided by RMT staff and other technical experts on an as-needed basis.


The outcomes of the project are:

• Improved access to education of girls and young women who experienced child marriages.

• Keeping girls in school, thereby improving their odds of getting educated, staying healthy, and making good life choices.

• Improved understanding of SRHR especially on child marriages and the rights to education by girls and young women. 


In Zimbabwe 1 in 3 girls is married before the age of 18. Rates are even higher in rural areas, especially in the farming communities of the Murewa and Shamva Districts targeted by this project, with rates of 36% and 56% respectively. "Child marriage not only puts a stop to girls' hopes and dreams. It also hampers efforts to end poverty and achieve economic growth and equity (World Bank)." This project supports girls’ education, which is one of the best tools to prevent, and help girls recover from, child marriage.

The Zimbabwe-based Rozaria Memorial Trust supports initiatives that promote health, education, and entrepreneurship for women and children in resource-poor communities. It also provides support programs for people with HIV/AIDS. Since 2006 Rozario has reached 5,000 people in 30 villages.


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