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LRF Strengthens the Marriage Bond
In a touching testimony, Sencia Masamva from Mutare wrote to Legal Resources Foundation: “I am a woman aged 33 years. I came here in December 2012 and was assisted to apply for a protection order against my husband. ……my husband has been beating me almost every month because of jealousy. He did not want me to be in the company of other men. He did not want to see me talking to men but he was the one who usually cheated on me….. Since I got help …here (Legal Resources Foundation Mutare) in December 2012 my husband came to me and apologized. He began to respect me as the mother of his children… I am now enjoying my marriage after 11 years of suffering. Since then my husband stays by my side and he now wants to wed me…”
False prophet attempts to facilitate child abuse
A girl aged 13 years was forced on a boy aged 14 years by her guardian. He was responding to a self-proclaimed prophet who had claimed that the boy impregnated the girl, who was two months pregnant.
The power of referrals empowers the marginalised
The cascading power of information is evident through referrals. A classic example was when Ms Tina Chipendekari, who was married to a Malawian, visited LRF Highfield offices seeking assistance to acquire her late husband’s death certificate. She was referred by someone who had attended LRF outreach sessions on legal empowerment. Upon the death of her husband, she had no one to assist in getting his death certificate but the visit to the LRF proved an eye opener for her and the subsequent advice gave her confidence to claim her rights. She said she did not know where to seek help and this built the fear in her. After explaining the legal requirements to her, a paralegal referred her to the District Registrar’s Office. The relieved woman later informed the LRF that upon producing the referral letter she was given, the District Registrar and other officers were very cooperative. She said the letter assisted in creating an environment free of tension. Ms Chipendekari realized that knowledge is power and that the offices she did not think were available for ordinary people, are meant for all.