A child marriage survivor in Shamva, Samantha Chidodo, has performed well at her A’Levels scoring 12 points. Rozaria Memorial Trust chief executive, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, revealed the achievement narrating how the organization helped her get back into school to survive child marriage. Samantha is now looking forward to starting university.
A’Level results came out a few days ago.
Samantha Chidodo, Nailed it! 12 points at A Level. I am over the moon with joy.
4 Years ago, Chief Bushu approached RMT requesting if we can support this girl who experienced child marriage and is passionate about going back to school.
We took Samantha in through our Education Assistance program. She passed her O levels and we immediately supported her to continue.
She went kwaJiti, a school in Shamva district just near pa Chakonda. As we paid her fees, she had to do vegetable vending to support herself and her child. She stays with parents, both are not working.
Last year she formed a community Nhanga which has over 60 other girls and they encourage each other to read, raise their income and to be responsible in relationships. The Chief promised to give them land for their agribusiness.
Now Samantha is a game changer. She has now been a speaker at many regional platforms. During CSW she was on a special global panel hosted by #OHCHR. Samantha wants to be a lawyer, and her road is now open.
As Rozaria Memorial Trust, we say congratulations to Sama, the sky is the limit. All we have to do now is to mobilise for funding so that she can enroll at the Uni, and wants she is in, the rest is doable. We are reaching out to those who provide scholarships to girls like Sama.