We focused during this phase of our ongoing effort of making an impact on girls’ education in Cameroon to follow up and ensure proper implementatio as well as evaluate the impact of your donations on the lives of our target beneficiaries. So far, Reach Out Cameroon through your support has brought light to the lives of 36 girls in Tole and Bakweri town who are today “counting their blessings and naming them one by one”.
Based on assessment and the need, the capacity enhancement centre was extended to the heart of our beneficiary community- Tole to accommodate an after school progam for the underprivileged kids in the community as well as reduce the cost of transportation to the lone centre operated initially. Based on the trainings that were offered to the girls on HIV and AIDS, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Family Planning, Nutritional counselling and Gender Based violence, the recent evaluation and follow up sessions proves the putting of knowledge into practice by the beneficiaries. They can now regulate their births, sponsor their children to school, take care of their personal needs as well as care for their aging parents.
In the current partners meet up by the Global Giving representative to Cameroon (Britt Lake), beneficiaries expressed their joy:
Vastina Nguti , “I never knew how to go about opening my own saloon but thanks to the grant given to me be my Reach Out Cameroon, I could sell the items, manage my business and invest more to start up my own beauty saloon” she confessed.
Mbah Esther, “Reach Out has taught me to be financially independent, not to only rely on my husband for all my needs. I pray other girls learn from me”
Clodine Manyi Tole “ I no longer have time to run after men for money. All I do is spend time on my business and think of improving it. Thanks a million to Reach Out Cameroon for empowering me economically”
Expect our next report in three months as we assure you your donations are creating an impact in the lives of our beneficiaries.
Hello Dear Donors,
We are pleased to update you on the progress of the Keep a Girl Alive project and the impact your contributions are creating in the lives of our beneficiaries and their communities as a whole. In this phase of the Keep a Girl Alive (KGA) project, 18 women and girls were identified from the vulnerable community of Tole and small Soppo of the Buea neighborhood and trained on the cultivation of mushroom for income generation and to improve their nutritional content by using mushroom as a substitute for meat, fish and other protein sources which are not affordable for the poor and underprivileged.
Mushroom is good for supporting HIV-AIDS infected people because mushrooms consist of many healthy nutrients which help to strengthen the human body and the immune system. It is not very strenuous that neither much energy nor a large piece of land is required but it can be cultivated in a room. Furthermore the costs for the production are very low.
Appreciating Reach Out Cameroon for the innovative means of making money and having beef for protein, one of the participants, Esther from Tole said she was going to harness the knowledge to create employment for herself while teaching other girls in her community on how to go about its production. The girls also had the opportunity to accompany some staff of the wealth creation department to training in snails cultivation organized by the snails for life CIG, with similar objectives as the training for mushroom cultivation explained above.
It was also time to monitor the beneficiaries of petit business to ensure that they are breaking even and to guide them on how to go about calculating their profits and the need to save and expand the business. The experience was encouraging as from the items donated to the beneficiaries previously, they had expanded their businesses by added other commodities that where in high demand in their communities.
Expect our next report in three months and be assured your contributions are making impact on the lives of those we service.
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”.
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
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