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...
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

Jun 9, 2014

Progress Report

Beneficiaries after training on Book Keeping
Beneficiaries after training on Book Keeping

Dear Donors,
On the path to success, day after day, the story is changing for the best. And in the lips of our beneficiaries, the praises are endless. Things will never be the same again in the lives of our beneficiaries thanks to your support.
With the positive results revealed by the evaluation on project impact for the support to 36 girls on different business activities, the last three months was a period to scale up the businesses of the different previous beneficiaries while coaching them on business skills and strategies to get them ready for the challenges of moving gradually from a small business to a much bigger business initiative.
Thus, after follow up visits to the beneficiaries’ business sites, a coaching exercise was organized on Basic Book Keeping and Effective Groups. The participation and interest expressed by beneficiaries during the coaching exercise was a motivation to provide outstanding girls with additional capital to expand their business initiatives.
The beneficiary’s appraisal has often been a motivation for Reach Out staff to do more. Their stories are often very touching and testimonies to a positive twist on their lives, their immediate family and the community at large.
Testimonies from Beneficiaries
Stephanie : “I have expanded my pepper business to include tomatoes and other vegetables. I can now go to neighboring towns to sell my goods”

Expina: “Buying medications for my son when need be is no longer a challenge for me. I can afford that and more for him, thanks to my fish business”

Vastina: “Thanks to the money I raised from my call box business, I was able to assist my family in giving my father a befitting burial”

Extending a hand to the needy
Elizabeth, Secretary of the Unity Sisters (Group): “With profit made from our funeral decor and chair rental business, we bought some items such as soap and firewood which we offered to a visually impaired lady and her two sons who are also visually impaired”
Expect our next report in three months as we assure you that your donations are creating an impact in the lives of our beneficiaries.

Secretary of Group expresses satisfaction
Secretary of Group expresses satisfaction
Beneficiary advancing in her hair dressing busines
Beneficiary advancing in her hair dressing busines
Beneficiary with a client
Beneficiary with a client
Beneficiary with her call box business
Beneficiary with her call box business
Mar 19, 2014

Progress Report

Grateful beneficiary of the YEP
Grateful beneficiary of the YEP

Dear Donors,

175 youth benefitted from the annual youth engagement organized every summer and seeks to distract them from risky behaviors, such as juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and STI’S, Reach Out have being visiting beneficiaries both at school and in their homes to measure the degree of success.

As we write to you, we are glad, we are happy your donations are making a difference and building our youth towards a better tomorrow in an emerging country.

These are our success stories:

Malize, a form 2 student of the Baptist High School in Buea is grateful for the lessons and material support received during the youth engagement program. "I can today excel and be amonsgt the best students in my class thanks to the counselling i received during the youth engagement program. I wish to be part of the program this 2014 again". Her progress records we reviewed revealed the truth in her confession.

The father of  Joel confessed that, he was motivated to borrow money to supplement what Reach Out Cameroon gave his son as back to school materials to make sure his son did not miss the academic year. To him, if someone else is concern about the education of your son, it should be worth sacrificing for.

Michael confessed that, he joined the health club of their school to learn more about HIV/AIDS, hygiene and sanitation and other health related issues thanks to the lessons learned during the Youth Engagement Program.

Thank you dear donors for continues support to  improving lives in our community. Expect our next report after the 2014 edition of the Youth Engagement Program.

Counselling withgrateful Parent of YEP beneficiary
Counselling withgrateful Parent of YEP beneficiary
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