Hello Dear Donors
The past three months were very busy with the implementation of THE LISTENER’S CLUB PROGRAM - Keep A Girl Alive which is a continuation of Make an Impact on 20 Girl's Education – Cameroon Project. This phase of the project aimed at identifying a second set of …… girls who are drop out from school and young widows from Great Soppo and Tole of Buea sub Division. The objectives of the project still remained the same that is;
- Raising Awareness on HIV/AIDS and explaining the ways of infection and the methods of prevention
- Training and coaching on basic bookkeeping for increased households incomes through seed capital provided for Income Generating Activities (IGA)
The 23 girls who live in the highly vulnerable communities of Tole and Great Soppo were empowered for self sustainability, self esteem through educative talks and coaching sessions on health with emphasis on: HIV and AIDS, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Family Planning, nutritional counselling and Gender Based violence as a barrier to good health. They were also drilled on basic bookkeeping for better management of their individual businesses through seed capital provided to them by Reach Out Cameroon with the hope to achieve economic self reliance.
Of the 23 girls who took part in the program, 20 were supported as described below:
- Hair dressing, pedicure and manicure beneficiaries at the Odilia’s Hairdressing Saloon
04 beneficiaries who are into hairdressing benefitted from; combs, a big thread, needles, towel, 5 liters of shampoo and conditioner, a pair of scissors and a hand drier. 02 others who are into manicure and pedicure benefitted from; nail files, a pack of cortex, a pack of artificial nails just to mention a few
- Petit Trading Initiatives for Girls in Tole
14 participants benefitted from Okro, pepper, eru, tomotoes sedddings, cartoons of fresh fish, and plastic Chairs for rentals
All in all, the project beneficiaries were very happy and even composed a song for Reach which they titled: “Reach Out Is Soo Good’.
When asked to give their impressions about the impact of the project in their lives, Elizabeth from Tole and Delish from Great Soppo had this to say respectively:
Delish - Great Soppo: “ I want to thank Reach Out Cameroon and partners for coming with this wonderful initiative of empowering young female school drop outs. I did not have such an opportunity when I dropped out of school due to pregnancy so therefore, I urged all my friends who have benefitted from this program to take whatever they have received very seriously and work hard to better their lives as I will do with mine…”.
Elizabeth - Tole : “ … hum!!!! I thought that we the girls of Tole were the forgotten generation. I am very happy with what Reach Out has been doing to us and the entire Tole Community. I am encouraging Reach Out to continue with their good work and that God should add more grace to the wonderful work they are doing for the poor girls of Tole”.
Hello Dear Donors,
For the past three months, Reach Out Cameroon continued to monitor beneficiaries of the Keep a Girl Alive (KGA) project closely to ensure continuity and impact of the project to their lives of the and that of their families/communities.
Much was done to identify new beneficiaries for the second phase of the project. A social inquiry has been conducted and 10 girls out of the 13 are currently receiving training in hair dressing/barbing, pedicure and manicure with the “Danny Miracle Reaching Hand” a beauty centre that trains and specializes in the above mentioned domains.
The empowerment of the Mbororo women, a marginalized and minority group in the Bomaka neighborhood of the Buea municipality has also being integrated into the Keep a Girl Alive project. With adult literacy classes organized every Monday and Wednesday, the women benefit from basic English and Arithmetic. This is to help them be able to better manage the microcredit and micro projects established for them by Reach Out Cameroon.
Once more, thanks for your contribution and be sure your donations are creating an impact in the lives of women and young girls in this part of the world.
Expect our next report in three months on the progress of the Keep a Girl Alive project.
The past three months has being a time for the beneficiaries of the KGA project to put the knowledge acquired during the six months of both practical and theoretical training into practice. In their various communities with separate focus, it has not being all about just what was identified by the girls to have potential in their communities but improvising on other initiatives to complement the activity established.
On the part of Reach Out Cameroon, it was time to continuously carry out monitoring and evaluation to ensure that girls use the micro credit established to improve on their wellbeing and that of their family and community as a whole.
A remarkable good practice that the beneficiaries projected during the past three months was that of a group spirit and willingness to continuously work as a team for the common good of the group. Noticing that some beneficiaries wanted to be recalcitrant in the team, the team leader for the beneficiaries of Tole reported a situation to Reach Out Cameroon and they were called up and coached on group dynamics by the Executive Director of Reach Out Cameroon, while encouraging them to get more girls to the group, give it a name so that Reach Out could help in its legalization and enable them benefit from government sponsored projects like the INTERGRATED SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR INFORMAL SECTOR ACTORS- PIAASI put in place by government to move youth out of poverty, as well as the European Union Civil Society Programme- PASC of which Reach Out Cameroon is the Relay Organization for the South West Region.
In addition to the call shop business that was established for Nji Edaoune, she now roasts fresh corn and sells to complement the call box business.
The Story of Cythia Meh whose petit business was reinforced thanks to the KGA project is another visible success story of the KGA project. Situated at a very popular joint in Buea, Cythia has grown today from being a small retailer, to a supplier of doughnuts to other persons at a discount amount who also sale to make some profit for their households. Apart from this, she complements this activity with the sale of other fruits like Banana, watermelon, pineapples and oranges, employing the service of her loving mother to help her in her growing business.
The success story of the KGA project was an inspiration to yet another partner represented by Chantelle and Dylan from the Caerlon Comprehensive College in the UK who came visiting to find out how they could come in to extend and scale up the initiative so that it could benefit other underprivileged girls, widows and single mothers who could not benefit from the KGA project. The introduction of the project to the partners inspired them to support Reach Out Cameroon in producing the 2013 Calendar basically with stories of the KGA project.
We will keep you posted on the progress of our project
Hello dear donors,
For six months running, Reach Out Cameroon has worked relentless and tirelessly, often braving the odds amidst stormy weathers and unfriendly roads with both staff, interns, national and international volunteers and employing the services of experts, with one goal in mind; “to make an impact on the lives of 20girls” . In this our fourth report to you, we are glad and can confidently say that with your donations, we are moving towards that direction of making a better place for all.
On the 11th of October 2012, Reach Out Cameroon rounded the first phase of training with the award of attestations to 11 of the beneficiary girls who excelled and distinguished themselves throughout the training. The closing ceremony that coincided with the maiden edition of the United Nations International Day for the Girl Child focusing on giving women a chance to change the world was an opportunity for the girls to showcase to government representatives, parents, friends and well wishers that the training was worth attending.
In prelude to the closing ceremony, beneficiaries were guided by the wealth creation department to come out with group businesses that were established and will be supervised by Reach Out Cameroon. While three beneficiaries were provided capital to improve the businesses they are already carrying out in their community, the girls from Tole, 8 in number were united for a common micro project. Basing from a need assessment, an internal décor for funerals was established for the Tole beneficiaries.
Handing over the MICRO project to the beneficiaries from the Tole community, the Regional Delegate of Women empowerment and the promotion of the Family called on the girls to use the project judiciously for the benefit of themselves, their families while being examples and role models in their communities. Recruitment for the second set of trainees is currently going on.
Once again we thank you for continued support to make this project happen and we assure you that your contributions are making an impact on these girls and their families.
Please expect our next report within the next three months and if you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate in contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We will keep you posted in our progress!
Esther Oman & the entire Reach Out Cameroon Team
In a bid to end poverty and reduce the risk of exposure of women and especially young girls to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, in the past two months Reach Out with funding from all of you, has been working hard and offering skills training to fourteen (14) girls from Tole, a vulnerable and poor community in the outskirts of the Buea Municipality of Cameroon. The training took high gear in the month of July with the introduction of lessons on the transformation of agricultural produce into finished products.
Cassava, a very common but important agricultural produce cultivated by many in the rural communities now has an added value as it can now be used as substitute for wheat flour. With the expertise of a consultant, Mme Mojoko Mariana of CEAC, 14 girls have been taught skills on how to transform cassava into flour and subsequently into pastries like Biscuits, Cake and Doughnuts. Other lessons included the transformation of Soya beans into milk and Tofu with collaboration from an American Peace Corps Volunteer Andrea Arendt. Tofu is a product made out of soya beans that can be used as substitute for meat. Beneficiaries also received both theoretical and practical lessons on the production of laundry soap and detergent commonly referred to as OMO in the local communities.
More visibility was given to the impact you all are creating on the lives of 14 girls during the Area Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) of the 6th and 7th of August, where Reach Out Cameroon was called upon to show case what she is doing to empower young girls in the communities. To add style and professionalism to their outputs, the girls were also schooled on packaging and branding to make their products more attractive, presentable and marketable.
We will keep you posted on our progress!
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