Rozaria Memorial Trust
Rozaria Memorial Trust (RMT) is a non-profit making organisation based in Zimbabwe. We support girls’ and women living in rural communities through innovative initiatives that promote education, health and entrepreneurship. Our headquarters are located in Magaya Village of Murewa District, were we have Rozaria Memorial Trust Education and Counselling Centre. RMT invests in community activities in Mashonaland East and Central provinces, and actively engages in advocacy and policy influencing work at the national, regional and global levels.
A Story To Our Journey
Establishing Rozaria Memorial Trust
In 2007, Rozaria Memorial Trust was established in memory of the late Mbuya Rozaria Marumisa-Dizha, an unsung community heroine whose life embodied principles of caring, sharing and innovation. She lived as a widow for 28 years and invested in providing education for her children and the community, breaking the generational cycles of poverty.
Inspired by the deeds and great work of Mbuya Rozaria, from 2007 to 2012, RMT directly supported People Living with HIV including children to access treatment, nutrition, education and for their mental well-being. More than 600 PLHIV who included 100 children in Murewa were reached out to during this period.
Recognizing the importance of education, 1n 2012, RMT supported the construction of two (2) classroom blocks at Magaya Primary School, in Murewa District. The classroom blocks are providing learning space for 200 students per year.
Amplifying the Nhanga for Girls SRHR & Leadership
The period 2013-2018 has seen the growing of RMT work portfolio on adolescents’ girls Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and leadership. The biggest development has been the conceptualisation of the Nhanga methodology. The Nhanga is a cultural innovation for social empowerment; it is a safe and intergenerational feminist space for girls’ empowerment LED by African girls and young women. Community Nhangas have been established in Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central Provinces in Zimbabwe including in-school Nhangas as part of empowering girls and agency building. This is reaching directly to 2,000 adolescent girls living in the rural communities per year
The modern Nhanga space is contributing to patriarchal transformation, embodying principles of true intergenerational co-leadership and co-ownership for girls.
Established the RMT Education and Counselling Centre (RMT ECC)
In 2019 with the financial support of the Embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe, we established the RMT ECC in Magaya Village, Ward 8 in Murewa District.
The RMT ECC provides integrated services to prevent Gender Based Violence and provides for economic and social support mainly for girls and young women. It has a transitional hub which provides emergency shelter and counselling services through Nhanga for girls and young women facing GBV including sexual and physical violence. This is complimented by the provision of legal and health referral services.
In addition, RMT ECC offers a Community Library, Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) and platform for community dialogues and training to amplify the rights of girls and young women to achieve gender equality and ensure eradication of Gender Based Violence.