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.
Aug 1, 2013

Teenage Mothers Institute Cameroon, Established

Teenage Mothers Institute Sign Board
Teenage Mothers Institute Sign Board

Friends, Donors, Supporters, Partners We Salut !

Last time you heard from us, we were in the final stages of establishing our teenage mothers groups in new communities, recruiting local volunteers and running regular community workshop.

 Thanks to your generosity we have been able to reach even more communities and teens with the benefit of building capacities for social and economic change.  We have got more teens than ever especially in the Bolifamba community, and we are supporting a number of teens entirely with Mutual Health insurance coverage with funds you have donated. 

Today, we are finalizing the preparation for the opening of the Teenage Mothers’ Institute in Cameroon; Location-Buea, Bonduma Village, South West Region- Come October 2013, while continuing our regular community teen’s capacity building trainings.

We are delighted to have received financial support from the Girl Effect Fund, without which the establishment of Teenage Mothers Institute and teens trainings this year would have been a dream.

We thank all who donated to the Girl Effect Fund, Global Giving technical team, administration, partners and all; your contribution and services count in all our achievements. Dedicated to supporting the families of the poor teenage mothers in marginalized communities we are serving.

With the support of the American Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon we were able to get a peace corps volunteer - Chris Michail seconded to our Teen Mothers project to give a helping hand on our community outreachs.

This past saturday July 27, 2013; 53 teen mothers from Muea and Bolifamba teen groups gathered at the Bolifamba Health Centre Hall for their regular last saturday of the month whole day training session ( From 10:00AM to 17:00PM); coordinated by Nzue Maxentius Eseh.


Please know that, we are in this together, our achievement is yours.

We look forward to your continued support, Pictures attached to see the value of your money.

Thank you from all of Beneficiaries and SODEIT Team

Information and Computeer Technology Training Room
Information and Computeer Technology Training Room
One of the Classrooms
One of the Classrooms
Classroom2
Classroom2
Teens on Last Saturday July 2013 Training session
Teens on Last Saturday July 2013 Training session
Teens Last Saturday July 2013 Training session2
Teens Last Saturday July 2013 Training session2
Jun 28, 2013

Work with Farmers' Groups and Primary Schools

UB Agriculture students after meeting with Sara
UB Agriculture students after meeting with Sara

Dear Friends, Donors and Supporters

Our project commenced when Sara .E. Feldman arrived Cameroon from the USA,  03 January 2013. Sara worked with us for 5 months, teaching agriculture and environmental sustainability in 2 primary schools in Bonduma, Bokoko villages and worked with 6 farmers groups in Tole village, great Soppo, Small soppo villages, Buea.

Doctor Ernest Molua and Acha from the department of agriculture, agricultural economics and businesses at the University of Buea were able to make time from their busy schedule to deliver training sessions with farmers groups on agricultural entrepreneurship and agronomy respectively.

We are able to effectively recruit more than 15 agriculture students from the university of Buea to continue the work of Sara. These students were recruited by Sara before her departure to USA June 03, 2013.

We look forward to your continued support.

 

Thank you

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!

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