Corporate Joins Fight Against Sexual Abuse Of The Girl Child

Chitungwiza Bureau

A soccer tournament held Monday at Besa grounds in Chitungwiza as a gesture to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams and overcome societal barriers was a success.

Running under the theme ‘No to early pregnancy and no to drugs and substance abuse’, the tournament brought together several schools fom the dormitory town for the awareness event aimed at reaching out to the girl child and empowering them through sports.

Kenzim Primary School emerged as the winners of the coveted trophy with Believers Academy securing the second position, while Eagles Primary School emerged as the third finalist.

TRM Ziko Community Soccer Team took home the fourth prize.

Ministry of Youth, Sports, Art and Recreation representative Mrs Memory Kanyati encouraged young girls to participate in sports and other co-curricular activities to build their confidence, leadership skills, and promote their overall well-being. She spoke highly on young people abstaining from drugs and substance abuse as this was killing the young people.

During the event, Teen Rescue Mission Director Mr Abraham Matuka expressed concern over sexual abuse of the girl child.

“We are concerned by the large number of young girls dropping out of school due to early pregnancy and these early pregnancies normally happens during holidays. Today we are playing soccer so as to say the girl child is important and we need to let the girl child grow to be great women.”

Mr Matuka said his organisation will continue hosting events of such nature to uplift the girl child.

“Teen Rescue Mission Trust will continue hosting such events to empower more girls and promote gender equality in the region as we fight early pregnancy and early marriages.”

He thanked Mrs Karen Gondo the Director for Image Magic Cooperate who was the guest of honour at the event for being a loving mother to the girl child.

“We thank Image Magic Cooperate for coming out on their social responsibility side by supporting the drive to fighting for the girl child’s lives as they are the future leaders.

“We as Teen Rescue Mission we are fighting drugs and substance abuse and early pregnancy, and having cooperates like you understanding the damage drugs and substance abuse and early marriages have on our future generation is highly appreciated,” he said.

Image Magic Cooperate owner, Mrs Karen Gondo said the girl child was special and appreciated the thrust by Teen Rescue Mission Trust in fighting for the girl child.

“You are special girls and the world deserve to know that. One word which I want to give you girls is you can make it big in life don’t let anyone abuse you.”

“Noone should take away your dreams. TRM should be lauded for such an event,” she said.

Through her company, Mrs Gondo also donated soccer balls to schools that attended.

Representing Junior Parliamentarians present to witness the event, Minister of Defence, Natasha Njambi lauded efforts by TRM in protecting the girl child. She also took time to emphasize on the importance of sports in promoting unity and fostering healthy competition among young people.

“During holidays a lot happens and this event is so relevant. I encourage the fellow girl child to protect themselves during the school holidays. We are grateful to Image Magic Corporate for sponsoring the event and urge other corporates to emulate this exemplary gesture.”

“As young girls we express our appreciation for the agenda of the programme as we got to learn how to protect ourselves during the holidays,” she said. Nhau/Indaba

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