NGO hosts fundraising dinner to reduce early and forced child marriages

In a move aimed at curbing poverty and building an economic base for marginalised girls and young women, Real Opportunities for Transformation Support (ROOTS) is hosting a fundraising dinner at the Crowne Plaza, Harare on Thursday, September, 18 2014.

The event, part of the ongoing “Not Ripe for Marriage” campaign on ending child marriages in Zimbabwe launched last month, aims at raising awareness on the perils of child marriages and seeks to ensure the active involvement of citizens in fighting the practice.

Beatrice Savadye, ROOTS director said the dinner is set to be graced by the organisation's campaign artiste ambassadors some of whom include renowned poet, Chirikure Chirikure, jazz outfits, Munya Mataruse and Eve Kawadza( reigning Miss Carnival, Gamuchirai Kujeke and mbira song bird, Francisca Mandeya.

"We want to raise funds to provide young girls with alternative sources of livelihoods support because the majority of them are forced into early marriages because they are coming from poverty stricken families," said Savadye.

"Our aim is to build a fund that will support these young women and girls who may become child brides or are already married and capacitate them so that they are better positioned to break that cycle of poverty."

Savadye said proceeds from the fundraising dinner will go towards income generating projects for marginalised women and girls.

“The organisation is set to start small business clusters in all the country’s provinces where we hope that marginalised girls are going to benefit as they engage in income generating projects for better livelihoods," said Savadye.

She said tickets to the fundraising dinner can be obtained at the organisation's offices in Harare while more information regarding the event and donations can be obtained by contacting ROOTS fundraiser on the following email address: [email protected] or mobile numbers +263 773 560 811 / +263 782 123 563.

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