In the last two months, Nascent Solutions’ vigilante teams have collaborated with women and youth groups and other community stakeholders to raise community awareness of the harmful effects of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in the 13 target villages in Ngohketunja division of the North West Region of Cameroon. The trained vigilante organized two outreach events in each village and report that they sensitized over 1500 community members.
With a support of $500, Nascent Solutions supported Collette, one of our beneficiaries to complete the 2013-2014 academic year in the remedial program. She was able to register and sit for the national end of secondary education, Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination in May 2014. The results will be released by the end of July. In the mean time, Nascent Solutions’ country Director is working with Collette to explore possible career paths that she can pursue after the GCE results are out, including opening a dress making shop. In the mean time, Collette is using the summer holidays, to continue her apprenticeship in sewing, while waiting for the GCE results.
Dieudonne, our second beneficiary has continued his apprenticeship in the mechanical shop in Bangante, which builds mills for processing corn flour, extraction of oil from palm nuts and other locally produced foods. Dieudonne mentor, Mr. Momboh reports that he is assiduous and consistent with the mandatory daily savings of 1000 CFA ($2) in their thrift and loan program. This is a percentage of the tips he receives from clients. The long-term goal is that, by the end of the two-year training (2015) Dieudonne would have saved a substantive amount, which he can use as collateral for a loan to begin his own business.
Our goal for the third quarter of 2014 is to raise $2000 to support Collette and Dieudonne, our pioneer beneficiaries, to initiate income-generating activities. We are also seeking assistance to train more vigilante members, develop sensitization materials and radio programs to expand our information and awareness campaigns to the entire Ngohketunja Division.
Acept our profound appreciation for your continuous support towards our effort to combat this horrible and inhumane practice.
During the last two months, Nascent Solutions Inc - Cameroon Country Director visited the target region of the TIP project as well as the pioneer TIP victims in Bambalang and Bamessing. He was accompanied during this trip by Mr. Francis Akuchu, the TIP Program Coordinator.
The first site visited was Bambalang. As the tradition stipulates, we made a courtesy call at the residence of the Quarter-Head of the Mighang Neighborhood, Mr. Kasha Thomas Tabieng. He had been informed of our visit so he was waiting for us. After exchanging salutations with the Quarter Head, we drove on 2 bikes (One we hired from Ndop and the other belonging to Mr. Kasha) to Ms. Nkazi Collette Ndi’s, the TIP survival.
We found Collette in very good health and spirits. She reported that with the assistance from Nascent Solutions she had enrolled in hairdressing training, which she had been learning for over six months. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, Collette felt that it would be good for her to enroll in the Remedial Evening School in Bambalang to study and write her General Certificate of Education Certificate Examination (GCE) Ordinary Level, given that she already speaks the Cameroon official languages, English and French, with relative ease. She has already paid 25,000 FCFA (about $60.00) to register for the GCE 2014 June session, and another 15,000 FCFA ($35.00) fees.
Collette's outstanding requirements for the school year include the 10,000 FCFA (about $25) she still owes, registration fee of 2,500 FCFA ($6) for the mock GCE. This examination is organized by local institutions, which have a GCE writing centre. Her daily bike ride to and from school of 1000 FCFA ($3) and about $1 for her snacks or lunch for a total of $75 per month. Another $25 will provide Collette’s feminine and hygiene needs per month.
At Nascent, we are sincerely grateful to our donors and hope that we can all be proud of the difference that we are making in Collette’s life. We listened to her and respected her opinion when she decided to enroll into the remdial program. As we can all testify, she is liberated, she can make informed decisions that will impact her life and wellbeing. With your continuous support we can definitely make a difference.
Thank you for your support.
Nascent Solutins is pleased to announce that with your continued support, Richard has started his second year of education at the Goivernment Technical Cllege in Bamessing and Collete will be completing her training in hairdressing in December 2013. While we continue to provide tuition and school supplies for Richard our next target is to raise funds to purchase equipment and other materials that will enable Collette to open a sewing workshop when she graduates in December 2013.
In The last four months, the project team has continued sensitization activities in Ngoketunjia Division, where they have reached over more than 200 women groups (about 3000 beneficiaries) with messages on human and women rights as well as strategies of preventing TIP. These messages have been reinforced by monthly radio round table discussions.
We deeply aapologize for the delay in posting our project report. The delay was caused by the heavy rains which severely affected our access to the internet in the last two months. We hope that the situation will be much better during the dry season.
Accept our most profound gratitude for the continuous support.
Nascent Solutions Cameroon has continues to combat child Human trafficking in cameroon by educating the community especially the rural poor villages of Ngoh-ketunja on their human rights, the rights of the girls child and the negative consequences of trafficking.
Despite the dwindling resources, Nascent has continued to provide assistance to the two victims of TIP that the organization identified in the first quarter of 2013. Richard and Collette are doing well in their training programs.
The project team has continued sensitization activities in the 13 target villages of Ngoketunjia Division and the response is enormous. They organized two radio programs and four focus group discussions for 72 participants.
Participants are engaged and have expressed the desire to work with Nascent to explore posibilities of working with Nascent to establish a placement service in the region that will facilitate the recruitment of follow up of young girls and boys who are willing to take up jobs in the areas of house help. Nascent is also consulting with the Regional Delegation of Social Affaris for partnership that would strengthen the initiative.
December 2012 Project Report
Project Goal: To Increase Community Awareness and Capability to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons
Rural areas of the North West Region of Cameroon are potential fields from where persons, especially children are recruited and taken to urban areas and exploited by unscrupulous well-to-do people. Our focus for the last quarter of 2012 has been Ngoketunjia a rural but very accessible area of the region. Its proximity to Bamenda urban center and other neighboring towns make it a fertile ground for predators. The two villages targeted for this quarter were Bambalang and Bamessing.
- Awareness seminars
- Radio talks and distribution of flyers
- Formation of vigilante groups
Two awareness seminars were organized. One in Ndop the Divisional Head quarters involving stake holders from the Bambalang and Bamessing villages. The seminars reiterated the objective and project strategy. This was followed by workshops in Bambalang village involving members of the traditional council, teachers, quarter heads and religious authorities. Twenty three (23) persons participated in the workshop.
Participants were drilled on the concept of Trafficking in person, its varying forms, magnitude and strategies to combat this ill. This seminar took place at the Fon’s Palace. It was facilitated by the CEO and the project officer.
The project staff worked with the Ngoketunjia radio to organize an hour long discussion session on the radio on with the Divisional Delegate of Social Affairs, the Project Manager and the President of the Division Union. The Delegate congratulated the Shield Project and informed the communities on government policy on human rights and the efforts to eradicate the practice of Tip in the country.
Formation of Vigilante Groups
Participants at the seminar agreed that the TIP vigilante groups be formed in each of the twenty four villages in the Division. To kick off the implementation of the decision, a total of eight groups were formed in November four in Bambalang and four in Bamessing. These groups were assigned to organize sensitization workshops and continue to educate the members of their community on ways of identifying and reporting cases of TIP and place information flyers in target locations in the villages.
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