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...
Sep 12, 2014

First day in school

Thelma in Tole
Thelma in Tole

Wednesday was the first day of Thelma in Buea School for the deaf, there was a lot of crying involved while she was saying goodbye to her mother. But she was already playing and making new friends in a few minutes time.

We are sure she will adapt. She is a very bright kid with a fascination for technology, every time we take a picture she comes afterwards to see herself on the camera, and such an easiness to make friends and play, even without knowing how to speak or use sign language.

She was allowed into the school for a period of grace conceded to us by the School of the Deaf; we hope we can get all the funds during this time, but it was capital that she started her education as soon as possible.

The last days have been quite hectic in Reach Out’s office, all departments were working together to make sure everything will be ready for this day, we met with the school and visited Stephanie’s house in Tole again, we filled the proper forms to assess all needs and some of the volunteers worked extra time to get everything required for her year in the school in the market. Those who have been in an African market will know that this was a very exhausting task.

But on Wednesday everyone was very happy to meet the professionals of Buea School of the Deaf, an example to all hearing impaired children.

We are now permanently in touch with the School, to see how Thelma is evolving, and we will make sure she continues to adapt to her new life.

So far we have only received one donation, but the first one is the hardest to get!

Thank you very much, you are giving her the most precious gift.

Signing in, we had a visit from another student
Signing in, we had a visit from another student
With her new uniform
With her new uniform
Group picture
Group picture
Sep 12, 2014

News about the girls and Thank you

stephanie signing thelma into school of the Deaf
stephanie signing thelma into school of the Deaf

Dear donors of the KGA project,

A lot has been happening since our last report.

We provided small grants to the latest small group of girls based in Tole. Claudine could get a very nice hair dryer and her hair-dressing saloon is improving every day, Comfort is having both a palm wine bar and a table shop business that she manages at the same time and we also gave a second chance to Glory, because she just gave birth to twins when she started in the program and could not cope with that(and the costs involved) and starting a new business. She is now selling Gateau, a kind of sweet bread typical of Cameroon, and we check up on her regularly.

We have been following up with them and also other, interviewing and assisting young women in Bakwery town, Bumaka and of course Tole.

Just checking on their bookkeeping and listening to their business ideas have made some of them progress a lot, and we keep learning from them. It is exciting to see how they sustain their families and dream of bigger enterprises. This kind of practice helps open them up and help us get a better picture of their situation. Also sometimes they bring new problems to us.

This is how we got to know about Thelma case, the deaf daughter of one of our beneficiaries, who was not learning sign language nor going to any kind of school. We could address this problem before she is too old; she finally started receiving an education in an adequate school. We made a small micro project about it in globalgiving (http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/send-thelma-to-school/), because Thelma is at school for a period of grace conceded to us by Buea School of the Deaf, but we still have to find sponsors for her. Anyway you can say that it is thanks to all of you that that girl has discovered and given an opportunity to grow, so be proud.

Last 15th of July Bonus Day was a success thanks to our donors and we received 2990$. Adding to that a fundraising campaign took place during the month of August that reported additional 1378$. That was thanks to Melanie Harbinson, former volunteer of Reach Out. None of this money is yet in Reach Out office, and we are still planning on how we will spend it, but we will do it slowly since we can’t count on such two extraordinary events to keep happening so often.

Next steps include slowly and carefully augmenting the number of girls reached out by the program, and small trainings on income generating activities, according to the needs of both old and new beneficiaries.

Thank you for all that you have done for them.

Comfort in her small bar
Comfort in her small bar
Jul 16, 2014

7 July visit to Tole

group picture
group picture

On Monday 7th of July, a group of volunteers from REO went to Tole to conduct interviews with some of the beneficiaries. The main objective was to see if the businesses we already had in the program kept working and what they required next from us.

Most of the girls in Tole had good stories to show up for their business. Almost all of them are making a profit and improving every month. But we have to keep in mind that this profit can be small and even though they are progressing they might still lack resources for very important things. Particularly school fees. There is a lot of work to do yet and after picking up the data the volunteers in REO agreed to organize individual 1on1 meetings where the volunteer goes over knowledge that might not have been sufficiently comprehended during the workshops and looks at the whole business itself in order to learn and share good practices.

We agreed to help the two most successful businesses directly with economic grants, since they have gained our trust several times and the rest of them with the materials they required the most.

We would like to expand to more girls since Toule has 6175 people, and we are setting up meetings with a new group of around 10 beneficiaries that might be exactly what we are looking for.

I  could interview two of the beneficiaries, Stephanie and Claudine. Stephanie went from selling one basket of okro(local product) and pepper we gave her to four tomato baskets (which she finds more profitable) and one of okro and pepper on her own, she's looking to expand her business to a small table shop that could be set up the days that she does not go to the market and she feels now independent and empowered, and very grateful that she can give her child food and education.

Claudine could open a hairdressing business in the neighborhood after we gave her some of the materials and the business is now growing steadily, she's looking to improve her training so she can offer more things, like nail decoration services. She feels now as a source of support to her family and often helps economically other members, while before the program she was the one asking them for help. 

Today is Partner Reward Day and we will receive 40% extra from globalgiving for every donation we get. This could be the perfect opportunity to push for developing a virtuous circle in Tole. Every new empowered girl is a wealthier client to some of them, a rock for their families and an example for all.

You have given us so much already that we can't ask for more. We would be more than happy if you could just promote the program during this day, explaining it to your acquintances or sharing the globalgiving link in your social media accounts.

THANK YOU

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