Reach Out Cameroon (REO)

Community Vision Underprivileged and marginalized groups are aware of their rights to participate in decision making, have equal access to resources and benefits, and become self-reliant within a supportive policy environment for sustainable development in Cameroon. Core Values ACT: Accountability, Commitment, Transparency Organizational Mission REACH OUT supports underprivileged and marginalized groups within the communities on health issues, wealth creation, and provide capacity building and information through the use of participatory approaches and advocacy. Vision for the organization REO is a self-sustained organization, attracting skilled staffs that work in cohesion to deliver se...
Oct 15, 2014

Thelma education is safe and secured

Thelma has been in Buea school for the Deaf for a month now and she has adapted quickly to her new life, they estimate that she will be able to use sign language by the end of the period, in December.

We could provide all the materials required for her full year, some of them will be used for the next years to come like the mattress and we at Reach Out will make ourselves ready for next year with a small Project that supports the rights of disabled, specially children, in Tole. We have come to the understanding that the situation of disabled people in the village is particullarly hard for the combination of barriers that affect their development and opportunities.

Her mother is also improving on her business and is slowly coping with the idea of having her child in boarding school, it is very sad that there is no other option for a deaf child in Cameroon but to be separated for most of her days from her mother, but she and us know that education and sign-language are crucial for her to develop herself fully and sadly she cannot learn that in Tole village.

You can keep supporting women like her mother through our parent Project, and if you care specially about disability issues we have created another one for the family of a blind single mother (Florence), also living in Tole. Today, 15th of October, from 9.00 to 23.59 EDT, globalgiving gives a 30% extra for every donation (up to 1000$ per donor per project). And it is a great opportunity for helping improve these vulnerable women life, so between one small project and the next one we can slowly start making of Tole a place fit to live and develop for everybody. You can find the hour in your timezone here http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=October+Bonus+Day&iso=20141015T09&p1=263

Keep a Girl Alive project http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/make-an-impact-girls-education-cameroon/

 Florence http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/support-florence-struggle/

 

Thank you for securing Thelma, you can truly say you changed a life with your decision.

thelma with some of the items provided
thelma with some of the items provided
Oct 15, 2014

Planning and celebrating

In the office, sorting out profiles.
In the office, sorting out profiles.

 

Dear Donors of the Keep a Girl Alive (KGA) program and friends of Reach Out

We have been doing good progress this last month and we are setting up our program for the end of the year. During past weeks we identified and did social inquiry for more than 60 girls,  most of them are strong candidates to receive our help but only the 20 most hard cases will be receiving small grants during the first step of this next phase. This time we will expect half of the money slowly back and with that and new donations we hope to be able to support all of them by the end of the year. This expansion of the program is all thanks to you and without you we could not go further.

This Thursday we are doing a workshop on chin-chin, puff puff and banana cake (local pastries), as it was the most requested by the girls, and we are inviting also some old beneficiaries who have an expressed interest in learning the trade, Vastina and Stephanie might find it a nice way to complement their callbox business and market trading. We will upload pictures after the workshop.

During this identification we are seeing a lot of 1-room-1-bed-households with more than 7 people of all ages, a lot of responses like "we manage" when asked about toilet and kitchen, a lot of early pregnancy. We are also seeing some inspiring young women who are already taking care of their families and some good business ideas we are excited to be supporting:

Hilda has a humble restaurant in Tole and she wants to start offering new dishes that cannot be seen around and have more space since the place is usually full. Eveline sells roasted fish in Longstreet, close to Tole but inside of the city of Buea. Suzanne wants to start selling garri (grinded casava, basic in African cousine) since she knows where to find it for a cheap price and feels that demand is not properly supplied in Tole. It is sad that some of them can't be supported right away since other more desperate situations are taking preference.

We hope that the sorting out it is only temporary and eventually we can help them all.

We have seen two small successes with two microprojects that grew from this parent project, the cases for Thelma (6) and Favor (5), small daughters of our beneficiaries. The first could go to Buea School of the Deaf after being identified and her project funded and the second is receiving full financial support for fighting cancer, since she has been living with a lymphoma in her jaw. We are proud of these small victories and we are trying to push it further for Florence, a blind women who is a single mother of 4 and now part of the program with her daughter, who is 15 but will be part of it as long as she keeps with her studies. (http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/support-florence-struggle/)

Today, 15th of October, from 9.00 to 23.59 EDT, globalgiving gives a 30% extra for every donation (up to 1000$ per donor per project). And it is a great opportunity for securing the program and making sure we will be able to make the strong push that could really change the situation in Tole.  You can find the hour in your time zone here http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=October+Bonus+Day&iso=20141015T09&p1=263

And you can share the project in facebook and twitter through the icons you will find bellow. Funds are limited so don't wait for the last minute or the bonus might be lost!

 

Thank you for changing their lives, they will not disappoint you. We will do our best to keep up to the responsibility

 

 

P.D: If you want to see the reports and pictures of funded microprojects:

Thelma: http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/send-thelma-to-school/

Favor: http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-favor-overcome-cancer/

Oct 15, 2014

Thank you

Favor project has been up for funding for a very short period, and we hope her recovery is as prompt too. We could pay for her school fees and we have scheduled a meeting with her mother and a check up with a doctor, her last one was too long ago. After it we have enough secured funds to pay for the required treatment and we will have savings to keep helping her fight cancer as long as it takes.

We will keep posting her story on facebook (www.facebook.com/reachoutcameroon) to share with all our friends her improvements and we hope it is not necessary but if it is required we will open another small project to get more funds. We will keep helping her mother and women like her mother through the Keep a Girl Alive program http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/make-an-impact-girls-education-cameroon/ and we will keep supporting and publicizing those cases that are more vulnerable, recently we posted Florence’s case, a blind single mother also from Tole http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/support-florence-struggle/ Tole village is rich in stories about the bravest fights and sadly it does not seem like we can run out of beneficiaries and projects any time soon. But for Favor you and we made a difference.

 We want to thank our very generous donor, who is now part of Favor’s life and fight forever.

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