Hannah one of our -ex volunteer who worked with the women and their project was very interested in this project. She just arrived Cameroon from the Uk to work with the women and their Palm Oil project for Three months.
I am glad to report that HIV/AIDS education which was designed and added to work together with the Palm oil project is going on well. Women share these lessons on every sitting. Those who have not yet known their status and were very hard hearted to go in for couselling and testing have been freely doing this. Many of them have been counseled and tested and now they know their status. Those who are positive are following their treatement now without any stigmatization.
The Title of Hanna's HIV/AIDS pack is (STOP THE STIGMA).
Hannah and other ex volunteers are working to fundraise for this project and hopefully to add to the little that has been raised in the central supply unit of this project.
We thank those who have contributed to this project and also plead on other to help these women help themselves so that by March when prices fall a larger quantity can be bought and stored to be sold in bits from the central supply focal point.
As soon as she is ready with the Pictures and especially of the women groups sharing the oild, we shall submit another project with the pictures.
Thanks for reading this report.
It has been a wanderful turning point to this project. Though the support has been very slim, we have moved a great step ahead. In the last few months, we had some volunteers Hanna, Pipa and Ceri all from Original volunteers in Uk who came and were assigned to work with these women groups from the level in wichi they were. It was a great cfhallenge for these three young girls to penetrate the rural villages and got to know much about the importance of this project, and they way forward. The little that has been raised was far in adequate to even help up to five groups. The first pilot groups were choosen through their commitment, and trained as trainers for other groups. A workshop was held at the NGO's Head office.
A model Business plan for the whole project was established and we are working on it at the moment todevelope more strategies of fund raising both internally and externally. Firstly these groupds have been trained to start team work where individuals will contribute a little token to the their group fund so that we can encourage local fundraising within themselves while looking for external funds.
Hannah and Pipa were very excited and also came up with and HIVAIDS attached to the project. This is to ensure that every women group invvolved in the project received continues HIVF Aids education and also become a peer educator in their various homes and communities.
The ladies were also supported by Mr. Luke and amar Karia who also enjoyed field trips with them to actually see the women in their various locallities.
Hanna is from the University of susex and her report has enable her to be given an opportunity by the university to have an official internship in the project from January 2013 to June.
Who ever is supporting or has supported this project should have a higher hope with the iinterest Hannah has shown and with a good modela business plan for the project.
Thanks to those who have supported this project and now that HIV Aids have been attached to it, I call on those who woud like to sop the HIVAIDS stigma should support thise project whole heartedly.
I would also like to end this report by reporting that among these groups some groups are groups of women living with HIV AIDS and they are very happy with the attachment of this to the Palm oil project as they can do very well in open testimonies when Hannah comes back in January.
May God bless you all.
I am gratified by the way this project is currently being structured by SEREP volunteers. I wish to report here that our volunteers Hanah, Pipa, and Philip are very interested in this project.the women groups are being visited in their various localities.
Beside this project, Hannah and Pipa have attached HIV/Aids education. In every visit, HIV Aids lessons are given.
Philip is working in developing the book keeping method for the project. With the current groups that are managing with the little oil so far, and with the continuous support by our donors, much progress is being recorded.
Since it is not easy to have capital at once, the volunteers are encouraging groups to keep on with the little quantity at their disposal while efforts are being made to raise the capital.
Raising enough funds for the project will bypass the intermediaries and purchases shall be made directly from the producers.
As our volunteers have shown interest in this project, we will continue to work with them and also to step up the fund raising. We call on interested persons and those who would like to support this project to do so with great assurance that we are determine to keep it going.
Firstly we want to thank the four donors of this project. The 21 USD that was disbursed to this project has supported another group to have 20 Ltrs of Palm oil. Because we are still struggling to raise funds locally and on Global giving, we are handling a few groups for now . We are getting on with the current groups and as reported last time with the assistance of the local traders who by trust give oil to the groups guaranteed b the NGO.
We sincere thank the donors of this project and hope that as funds are being raised we shall one day have adequate capital for this project which will surely have a good recycling atmosphere.
We are expecting to receive some volunteers in future and hopefully, one will be assigned to work on this project and equally to see how funds can be raised through GlobalGiving or from any other source.
The rural women in this part of the country have been very hard working. Instead of sitting and waiting to manner to fall from heaven, they have shared themselves in to team work in other also do some fundraising for this project.
The various groups have been shared in to fives so that when five women go to another ones farm the concern will contribute 500 frs CFA to the project fund thereby promoting unity, team work, agricultural productivity for their families, fund raising etc. It is expected that before the first round of this exercise earn they must have raised at least 150,000 frs CFA.
Since this project was put up in the GlobalGiving only one donor had supported with $25 which is not yet disbursed.They have continued to receive oil from local vendors, sharing within themselves and paying after some works.
The women themselves have embraced hardship and can manage this project the way they can while going on with fund raising.
Whoever wants to donate to this project of help these women is supporting a life time project because it is expected to be on going as it is a sort of creating capital which must be sustainable with the supervision of SEREP NGO and its volunteers.
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