Dear Donors, Friends and Supporters,
In 2011, a United Nations resolution established 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face. The inaugural day in 2012 focused on the issue of ending child marriage. In 2013 the theme was “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”
2014 Theme - "Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence", in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and, of preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence adolescent girls experience in line with the post 2015 MDGs,ending poverty with empowering Girls and Women.
For two days, October 10 and 11, 2014 SODEIT Cameroon was able to mobilise a social Group- ABLE Brothers and Sisters made up of twenty mothers, uncles, fathers and Aunties to educate their communities in Muyuka and Buea on "Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence". The empowerment and social mobilisation campaigns was sponsored by the "Girl Effect Fund" through their continued support to SODEIT Cameroon "Teenage Mothers Empowerment Project" in Buea, Cameroon. US$1,650 was spent for the two days covering transportation, feeding and ECI materials covering RAPE, INCEST, Girl Child Education and Social Inclusion.
Sixty houses were targeted for the two days but passed the target with seventy-five houses visited with a population of over three hundred in the two towns were effected and impacted. Thank you "Girl Effect Fund " and "Teenage Mother Empowerment" projects supporters, friends and donors.
We look forward to 2015 IDGC and; be on the alert for our next reports on Women in Financial Education and Entrepreneurship and, our Teenage Mothers Institute new Innovation with Adolescent Girls Empowerment on ICT in Cameroon.
Friends, Supporters and Donors,
In the conference Hall of the Tiko Rural Council, Tiko Sub division, Cameroon marked the opening of the second workshop - Women in Financial and Entrepreneurship Education (WIFEE). The training was participatory in nature. Trainers and participants manuals on the subject matter were produced and used as a basis for facilitation. 30 participants from fifteen women group in Tiko were in attendance. Thr gorups represented were: Upper Block Bakossi women, Kosline Women, Njuh Womem, Bamungo women, Widows association, Resourceful women, Grand North, Mewocuda, ISENEISE, ELA, Helping Hands women,. NYA, Sawa women, Wimbum Women and , Bafut Ngwujang Women.
The first day; June 19, 2014 activities consisted of introductory activities including the opening ceremony and the delivery of the first three Modules:00 Reception and Introduction to workshop; 01 Introduction to Financial Management and;02 Voucher Systems, Bank Reconciliation and Financial StatementsOn June 20, 2014, which was the second and last day of the training, activities focused on knowledge and skills building, through group presentations and exercises as contained in Modules 3, 4 and 5 namely:03 Accountability and leadership04 Budgeting, Distribution of Overheads, Audits05 Managing Asset, and Action Plan,After the presentation of the last module, there was both oral and written evaluation. The training employed techniques to enhance participants’ capacity of recording and reporting transactions for accountability and transparency in women groups and help them manage their finances and businesses in their individual/group business endeavors.
The workshop was facilitated by Mrs Clemence , Caroline, Favour, Tassa, Mr Sulaiman and Williams from Tiko, Limbe, Yaounde and Buea A mix of methods was used for the workshop. They are as follows:• Participant observation• Role play• Brainstorming• Case study, group work and group presentation• Question and answers• Practical Experiences• Power point presentation• Energizers
The women expressed regret about the duration of the training workshop which was too short for all the training modules. It was felt that future workshops should be of a week’s duration at least to deepen their knowledge. They were also very appreciative of the methods used by the facilitators and organizers. They said, the participatory approaches used at all levels of the training had invigorated them and enhanced their willingness to acquire knowledge for simulation. New horizons had opened up for them about issues of financial management, reporting and business management in groups/individuals. They therefore pledged their commitment to utilize the skills and knowledge acquired in training others to become empowered on financial management/reporting and accounting issues as well.
We look forward to you continued support for the next workshops in Muyuka, Limbe Rural and limbe Urban
Dear Friends and Supporters,
The first of the five financial training workshops for women groups in Fako Division, Cameroon, took place as planned in Buea Subdivision on May 16 and 17, 2014 at the Buea Cultural Center ( Near Regional Delegation for Women empowerment and family promotion). Eighteen women from ten women groups took part in the training session. They were schooled by five facilitators from Limbe, Buea and Yaounde’ on:
Day one- How to manage Accounts & Finances in women groups, how to develop and update the Financial Management Policy of the group, Group Managing Bank Transactions and , Group Maintaining Cash Book. Day two - Objectives and Procedures for Purchases in Groups, How to maintain Stock and assets Register, How to develop Financial Planning and Budgeting, How to develop Financial Reports in groups, internal control and Audit of groups, Asset management and, Action plan for financial management.
Mobilising resources for these workshops has not been easy. We are grateful to Girl Effect Fund of Global Giving USA for their continued support in impacting our community girls and women in need.
Do not be left out, we count on your support. Be part of Women in Financial and Entrepreneurial Education (WIFEE) in Cameroon.
We look forward to; you joining us in the next training sessions of June, July, August and September 2014 in Tiko, Muyuka and Limbe Subdivisions respectively.
Friends and Donors,
After one year training program with adolescent girls and teenage mothers in Bolifamba in building their capacities to assist them fit into the 21st century society. Seventy-0ne (71) Mutual Health Cards were given to the teenage mothers and their babies to assist them in their hospital bills and health challenges. With the use of these cards, 80% of the hospital bills of the adolescent girls/teenage mothers and their babies consultation and medication will be catered for by the Buea Mutual Health organisation through Social Development International (SODEIT)’s registration of the girls/teens and their babies in the Mutual Health Fund. This cost US $ 900 for a year coverage.
A two day training workshop on financial literacy for women groups in Fako Division of the South West Region of Cameroon organized by Social Development International (SODEIT) for a period of 5 months is aimed at building women’s capacity in managing their money and businesses. The workshop is expected to train 150 women from 75 women groups in the four sub-divisions (Buea, Tiko, Muyuka and Limbe) of Fako Division in the South West Region, 150 participants manuals , prepared, consultants and facilitators hired. Each workshop will be attended by 30 participants from 15 Groups. Costing US$ 750 each workshop. Following the preparations of the workshops, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family promotion; regional and sub-delegates were contacted to assist in the mobilization of the women groups and the following dates are schedule and program of activities were developed thus:Workshop in Sub-Dvivions 01 Buea 16th to 17th May, 2014 Buea02 Tiko 12th to 13th June, 2014 Tiko03 Muyuka 10th to 11th July, 2014 Muyuka04 Limbe (1st Workshop) 14th to 15th August, 2014 Limbe-rural05 Limbe (2nd workshop ) 11th to 12th September,2014 Limbe-urban
Each Day ActivitiesDay 01 Details8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Workshop plan and Introduction 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Overview 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break10:30 – 12:00 noon Accounting Conventions/Principles; Voucher system and Book keeping12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Cash Book and Petty Cash1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch2:15 – 3:00p.m. Bank Reconciliation3:00 – 4:00p.m. Financial Statement EVALUATIONS and End of Day 01Day 02 Details8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Recap9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Accountability10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Budgeting11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Distribution of Overheads12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Audits1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Managing Assets1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Action Plan and Evaluation2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Lunch, Closing and Departure
Every Woman needs financial literacy training ..Joins us to empower them.
On January 25, 2014 in partnership with HELP OUT Cameroon, we started Marta Perrone Professional Housekeeping and Childcare Training in Tole Village, Cameroon. We started with four participants, hoping to train ten participant in Tole village alone before reaching out to other communities.
This program on housekeeping and childcare with adolescent girls and teenage mothers; is a three month training program to be carried out as followed:
• Two month training in Tole village with theory, tutorials, practical lessons, and video lessons;
• One month internship in a hospitality institution (hotel/child care center).
The program courses include laundry (ironing, washing, cloth folding).career development orientation, housekeeping (decoration, hygiene). Basic childcare, health safety, effective communication, protocol, settling family disputes, nutrition, hotel catering, cookery.
At the end of the training, the participants will sit in for an end of training examination, after which, they will be awarded attestations from Marta Perrone professional Housekeeping, USA.
This will enable the participants look for jobs in hospitality Institutions and or Open their own hospitality businesses to cater for their livelihood and care for their family. Training one participant costs US$ 265.
The training of these future professional Housekeepers, mothers and, leaders of our community is a shared social responsibility; we cannot do it alone without your generous support.
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