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.
The SHIELD (Sheltering the Innocent from Exploitation, Labor and Deprivation) Team focused their effort during the months of June and July 2012 on advocacy for the protection of human rights especially trafficking of children in Cameroon.
Due to the poor state of the roads in the target region, the project team organized a coordination meeting to bring together project representatives from the seven sub divisions of the North West Region. The objective of the meeting was to urge the coordinators to continue to reinforce project messages, share lessons learned and update the stakeholders on the progress of the work. This meeting was also used to develop local fundraising strategies and ways of sustaining program activities.
Project also dedicated time during this period to develop a plan and tools to monitor and evaluate project activates. Regular monitoring and support activities have been severely impeded during the last three months by the heavy rains that make access to the target areas impossible.
The monitoring and evaluation plan was developed and shared with participants, and data collection tools reviewed and revised. Project team plans to use the months of August, September and October to collect data on the project. The data collection will focus on the opinion of victims and families, response of the community, the services providers such as police, judiciary, social Welfare offices, and vigilante committees. This exercise will enable the team to analyze trends and review local action plans. The activity will also enable the project to put in a place a system that will facilitate the continuous monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
Colette is a young teenager who hails from Bambalang village. Although her parents are both alive, their economic situation and the large size of the family led her them to hand her over to an uncle who promised her a good education in the town of Batouri in the East Province of Cameroon. For a period of close to five years, she worked in domestic servitude in the house of her uncle, with apparently no prospects for the education she had been promised when she had left her parents. Her birth certificate was altered to bear the names of her benefactors (Ndi) as her parents, and consequently in her naivete could not imagine that she could return to her biological parents again. Coupled with this deception she suffered both physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her aunt whom she was forced to call mother. Eventually having given the impression that she had settled down, her uncle let her take a trip back home with them for a short vacation. This was the opportunity she had been waiting for, and arriving Bambalang she refused to return with them to Batouri. Colette’s dream is to be able to go back to school despite her age, and to get an education that will enable her to get a job that can improve on the economic situation of her family and give assistance to her younger siblings, so that they never have live through what she suffered.
Currently, Nascent has placed Collette in a vocational College to obtain basic computer skills. Will you help Nascent keep Collette and others in school.
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