From the 28th of September to the 2nd of October FAWEZI rolled out the Tuseme/Speak out Girls Empowerment model to the five project schools in the Rushinga District. We used theater performances to help the girls and boys to identify challenges that hinder their academic performance and also come up with solutions to them. We set up Tuseme clubs in the schools and also shared information and distributed fliers on COVID-19 . The schools are Kasenzi primary and Secondary, Katoni , Makuni and Rusambo Secondary Schools. This was under the project -‘Prevention and Social Norms to end Violence against Girls and Women –Spotlight Initiative’.
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa a friend of @FAWEZI donated sanitary pads to the six girls that she is supports at Mabvuku High on 17 November. Parirenyatwa made the commitment last year at the launch of the FAWEZI Alumini which she attended. Handing over the pads to the girls Parirenyatwa spoke to the girls about hygiene and sexual reproductive health.
“Having sanitary pads is not enough, girls need to bath thoroughly,” She said. She also took time to discourage the girls from early engagement in sex and also warn them of the consequences.
“Focus on completing your education first-it only takes one simply mistake to ruin your life,” She said
Ruvheneko also ‘adopted’ a girl who she pays school fees for.
FAWEZI has recently partnered up with radio host Ruvheneko Parienyatwa to provide sanitary ware for five high school girls and bursary support for one girl as they continue their education.
On July 7th FAWEZI representatives Nqobile Nkiwane and Jasmine Shirey went to Mabvuku High School with Ruvheneko Parienyatwa where they met with a teacher, Agness Masaza, the students themselves, and their guardians. Ms. Parienyatwa spoke at length with the girls and their guardians about the importance of education for girls and of believing in themselves. She reminded them that “being an orphan does not define who you are”, assured them that they “have a big sister or a mother in me”, and that she wasn’t going anywhere. FAWEZI and Ruvheneko Parienyatwa will be meeting with the girls on a three-month basis to check in with them and supply them with the sanitary ware.