Social Development International

To facilitate the social and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable inhabitants in communities, enabling their participation in the process of building a more developed, integrated, egalitarian, peaceful and sustainable nation state.
May 20, 2013

Identification in Bolifamba and Muea Success!

Muea ladies working hard
Muea ladies working hard

Teen Empowerment Project Monthly Report: April 2013

Introduction:

April started with a bang: 30 teens from Muea were identified and the workshops are now underway. The Mutual Health enrolment and other paperwork is a bit of a slow process but we got a new kick of motivation after having over 90 teens from Bolifamba show up for the identification.

Monthly Goals:

  • Finish identification in Muea and begin workshops series
  • Begin identification in Bolifamba and Dibanda
  • Continue fundraising efforts

Major Activities in Chronological Order:

  • Muea identification was held on April 3rd at the Customary Court Hall. Only four girls, none of whom were eligible for the program, showed up. We were not discouraged because there was a lot of community support so we agreed on another identification the following week.
  • Mr. Joseph from the Regional Health Center in Muea, Mr. Julius from Mutual Health and Mr. Solomon of Muea have acted as social mobilizes in Muea going door to door with TME pamphlets, educating them about the program and encouraging their participation.
  • Dropped program instruction letters off for the Chiefs of Bolifamba and Dibanda.
  • Second identification in Muea was on April 10th with a turn out of thirty teens! We chose the official weekly meeting time and date to be Friday 4-6pm.
  • Through the help of Mutual Health Management, met with health care providers in Bolifamba to discuss our program and solicit their help in entering their community.
  • Set identification of Bolifamba to be on April 30th at 4pm.
  • Met with social mobilizers of Bolifamba, sensitized them on the project and sent them to the 11 quarters of Bolifamba to sensitize the community on our project.
  • Brought Introduction/Announcement letters to 10+ churches in Bolifamba.
  • Had first and second official Muea workshops with an average number of 16 teens. We worked on getting their paperwork completed so that they and their children can be enrolled in Mutual Health and start to reap the first benefit of the TME project. Also voted on topics of workshops for the next few months.
  • Had our identification in Bolifamba with an astonishing 96 girls show up! We had to go make photocopies twice of the identification papers because more continued showing up. Our social mobilizers really did an amazing job in Bolifamba.
  • Bolifamba girls were so motivated that they chose their workshops to be held every Tuesday from 4-6pm AND one Saturday a month from 9am-4pm.

 

Challenges:

  • All mobilizers and those working with us want and expect some sort of compensation for their work. We have a small budget and can’t always afford their work.

Solutions and Changes:

  • Moving into the community slowly and staying for a while. Instead of going to several villages and attempting gaining the trust of each community, we’ve decided to establish the program in 2-3 villages, gain their trust, and conduct several series of workshops in the same villages.

Unattained Goals and Reasoning:

  • Identification of Dibanda postponed until we are fully entered into the other 2 communities. It doesn’t make sense to rush into things.
Muea Teens!
Muea Teens!
May 20, 2013

SODEIT Pays School Fees for 32 Needy Children in Tole Village

Baptist Primary School
Baptist Primary School

Dear Friends, Donors and Supporters,

We have crowned 2012/2013 acamemic year with 32 needy children benefiting with school fees support worth US Dollars 360:00. The 32 children were selected as a result of not being able to complete their school fees in three confectionary primary schools all in Tole Village (Baptist Primary School, Catholic Primary School and Presbyterian Primary School ) and they risked not writing their end of year examination.

10 children from Baptist Primary School, 10 Catholic Primary School and 12 children from Presbyterian Primary School benefitted from the schools fees support, thanks to donations from Global Giving.The parents and guardians are subsistenece farmers who cannot afford two square meals a day. We paid complete school fees for two children at US Dollar 30:00 per child and completed fees for 30 children at US Dollar 10:00 each.

From 32 beneficiaries, 2 children benefitted complete school fees are from Presbyterian Primary School; their father is handicapped and mother subsistence farmer. This family withdrew their eldest girlchild from Presbyterian primary school and gave for  housemate job; because they cannot afford the cost of registartion for the end of primary school examinations  (Common Entrance and First School Leaving Certificate Examinations ) registration,,, A pathetic story to believe!

It should be noted that in Cameroon, The Government support universal free primary education and there are no school fees in Government primary schools but confectionary and lay private education primary Schools charge minimal fees per child.

We look forward to your continued support in reaching the melliunuim development goals,,,Education for All

We appreciate your generous donations of your hard earned cash, without which we could not have achieved what we are show casing now. More grace to your elbow... Donors and Global Giving!!

Attached are pictures and thank you notes from the schools' administrators for your perusal;;;;see where and how your money is spent; 

Thank you

Presbyterian School
Presbyterian School
Batist Primary School
Batist Primary School
Presbyterian School Beneficiaries
Presbyterian School Beneficiaries
Catholic School
Catholic School
May 3, 2013

March 2013 Report: Workshops in Maumu, Identification in Muea

First Official Workshop in Maumu Village
First Official Workshop in Maumu Village

Teen Mother Empowerment Monthly Project Report: March 2013

Introduction:

Arriving on the 10th of March, the new Program Coordinator, Antonia Morzenti from United States was briefed on the previous activities of the TME program which has been underway in Buea since 2009. Antonia was given the assignment of working with Cameroonian social worker, Mr. Nzue Maxentius. Together the two of them, on behalf of SDI, have a target of 5 villages and 100 teens to empower through a series of workshops. At the debut, nineteen teens were already identified in the village of Maumu and we moved from on from there.

 

Monthly Goals:

  • Begin workshops in Maumu
  • Complete identification in Upper and Lower Muea
  • Begin Identification in Bolifamba and Dibanda
  • Continue fundraising efforts

 

Major Activities Carried Out in Chronological Order:

  • To reintroduce the program into the community, Suliman (SDI founder), Max and Antonia went around Buea to relevant ministries and delegations. Those personally contacted include: The Region Delegation of Family Affairs and Women’s Empowerment, The Ministry of Social Work, and Buea Mutual Health.
  • The Region Delegation of Family Affairs and Women’s Empowerment will send a delegate to open up new workshops series when possible.
  • Buea Mutual Health has agreed to introduce Mutual Health care coverage at the first workshop in a new series for all villages in the future.
  • Set a date for Antonia’s introduction into Maumu Village.
  • On that date, we stayed four hours in Maumu. The first two hours were spent walking around the village, learning the area and attempting to ‘round up’ the identified teens and others who are interested. The other two hours were spent: waiting for participants. introducing the program, and choosing an official schedule for the workshops series. The girls chose: Thursdays from 4-6pm every week. The total number of participants reached six.
  • The first official Maumu workshop was held on March 21st. A Delegate from Women’s Empowerment opened with a prayer and words of encouragement. Mr. Bate of Mutual Health followed with an enthusiastic speech about health in general and the benefits of this coverage. We then chose themes for the workshops series and wrapped things up but taking photos for the health care cards. Total number of participants reached nine but only five were eligible for the program.
  • Set date for Upper and Lower Muea Identification workshop and began to advertise at the ~25 churches in Muea and on two local radio stations.
  • Met with Maumu chief to discuss low turn out and disinterest at the two previous workshops in hopes of mobilizing him to find people sensitize his community for a better turn out the following week.
  • The manager of Buea Mutual Health aided in finding local community members from Muea to sensitize the community on the program and inform eligible teens girls about the benefits.
  • Second official workshop March 28th. We waited for 45min and no one showed up. Max and Antonia made an official decision to withdraw our efforts from Maumu because of the lack of interest.

 

Challenges:

  • Jumping into the middle of a project where identification has already taken place.
  • Working in a village as an “outsider”. A new face is not easily trusted.
  • General lack of interest and motivation from teens and the community as a whole.
  • Keeping time, not African time.

 

Changes in Program:

  • SDI and the Teen Mother Empowerment program will only be working in villages were there is serious interest and motivation. If the girls do not want to be there [at the workshop] we do not want them to be there. Serious and motivated participants only.
  • Antonia and Max will be working closely with local village members who have genuine interest in the successfulness of the program leading to the betterment of the girls and the community as a whole.

 

Unattained Goals and Reasoning:

  • Identification in Muea was extended so we would be working with a high number of participants.
  • Bolifamba and Dibanda were put on hold so that the TME team can realize the most optimal and beneficial way to enter communities with this program. We must seek support at the local level before entering so that we are not viewed as complete “outsiders”.
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