October 05, 2013 Social Development International (SDI) and The Girl Effect Fund of Global Giving USA, launched the International day of the Girl Child 2013 with 30 teenage mothers, their children, three international Volunteers, the Press, SDI executives, cross community members and invited guests in attendance. The day started at 10:00 AM with training sessions done by ILse from Netherlands, Fiona from England and Dida Rose a Gender and Women Empowerment Masters student from the University of Buea. Three training sessions were followed by Girl Child Post 2015 Development goals Declaration, Choral shetches, Debates,Drama, Role games with goals all centered on the Girl child Innovative and Inclusive Education, Health care, Ecomnomic Empowerment, Political Freedom, and Social Wellbeing. At 2:20PM the media community took over the day with series of interviews with teenage mothers representative, Volunteers, Community members and SDI Executive team.
The day ended with a dinner and a promise to champion the cause of the Girl Child innovative and inclusive Education in all frontiers at all cost.
October 11. 2013 International Day of The Girl Child. Theme: Innovate for the Girl Child Education.
The maiden celebration commenced at 11AM.
After the National Anthem, the welcome speech was closely follewed by the reading of the Girl Declaration which is a call to action to put Girls at the heart of the post 2015 development agenda. Seven selected Girls presented the declaration. Participant had lunch of snacks and drinks before coming back to the celebration Hall for socio-cultural and psycho-educayional activities. This activities included, singing, fashion parade, traditional dancing, debate and drama.
In our next report, Watch out for the opening of our Teenage Mothers Institute in Buea and the extention of the project to new communities in Tiko Sub division.
Thank you Girl Effect Fund and GlobalGiving Donors
With warm regards,
Nzue Maxentius Eseh
Friends, Donors, Supporters, Partners We Salut !
Last time you heard from us, we were in the final stages of establishing our teenage mothers groups in new communities, recruiting local volunteers and running regular community workshop.
Thanks to your generosity we have been able to reach even more communities and teens with the benefit of building capacities for social and economic change. We have got more teens than ever especially in the Bolifamba community, and we are supporting a number of teens entirely with Mutual Health insurance coverage with funds you have donated.
Today, we are finalizing the preparation for the opening of the Teenage Mothers’ Institute in Cameroon; Location-Buea, Bonduma Village, South West Region- Come October 2013, while continuing our regular community teen’s capacity building trainings.
We are delighted to have received financial support from the Girl Effect Fund, without which the establishment of Teenage Mothers Institute and teens trainings this year would have been a dream.
We thank all who donated to the Girl Effect Fund, Global Giving technical team, administration, partners and all; your contribution and services count in all our achievements. Dedicated to supporting the families of the poor teenage mothers in marginalized communities we are serving.
With the support of the American Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon we were able to get a peace corps volunteer - Chris Michail seconded to our Teen Mothers project to give a helping hand on our community outreachs.
This past saturday July 27, 2013; 53 teen mothers from Muea and Bolifamba teen groups gathered at the Bolifamba Health Centre Hall for their regular last saturday of the month whole day training session ( From 10:00AM to 17:00PM); coordinated by Nzue Maxentius Eseh.
Please know that, we are in this together, our achievement is yours.
We look forward to your continued support, Pictures attached to see the value of your money.
Thank you from all of Beneficiaries and SODEIT Team
Teen Empowerment Project Monthly Report: April 2013
April started with a bang: 30 teens from Muea were identified and the workshops are now underway. The Mutual Health enrolment and other paperwork is a bit of a slow process but we got a new kick of motivation after having over 90 teens from Bolifamba show up for the identification.
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Teen Mother Empowerment Monthly Project Report: March 2013
Arriving on the 10th of March, the new Program Coordinator, Antonia Morzenti from United States was briefed on the previous activities of the TME program which has been underway in Buea since 2009. Antonia was given the assignment of working with Cameroonian social worker, Mr. Nzue Maxentius. Together the two of them, on behalf of SDI, have a target of 5 villages and 100 teens to empower through a series of workshops. At the debut, nineteen teens were already identified in the village of Maumu and we moved from on from there.
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Dear Donors, Supporters and Friends,
We would like to sincerely thank you for all the painstaking efforts in making our project fruitful with your hard earned cash and technical support.
THE GIRL EFFECT FUND has made it possible, first in the history of our teenage mothers' project, to start envisaging achieving our yearly target of reaching out to 100 teenage mothers' direct beneficiaries.
So far we have received 45% funding of our yearly budget from THE GIRL EFFECT FUND just in the first quarter of 2013. this is promising. Bravo!!! The GIRL EFFECT FUND.
With THE GIRL EFFECT FUND we are sure to start our Teenage Mothers Institute come September, 2013. Our most cherished goal to be achieved in Cameroon.
Antonia Morzenti , a volunteer from Wisconsin, USA with grant support from OMPRAKASH will handle the capacity building of teenage mothers in the next 6 months. She will arrive in Cameroon, Buea 10 March, 2013. OMPRAKASH we are grateful!!!
January 2013, we evaluated the Tole village project.
February 2013 we started with Mamul Village, sensitization and identification with 20 teenage mothers to receive complete capacity building training over a period of four months, 40 Mutual health coverage for a year (Mother and child), and school sponsorship for 3 to continue their education and, the rest entrepreneurs in the making.
March 2013, we began with Lower Muea and upper Muea villages, we held fruitful discussions with the two chiefs; sensitization and identification of teenage mothers in their communities has begun. By March 15, 2013 we will be through with the two Muea villages sensitization, and identification process.
The last two weeks of March, 2013 we will focus our attention to cover Bolifamba and Dibanda villages. This gives us 5 villages targeted yearly with 100 teenage mothers' direct beneficiaries.
THE GIRL EFFECT FUND know that we are in this together; our achievement is your achievement, we could not have envisage achieving so much this year without your support Cameroon Teenage Mothers hold you in high Esteem.
We look forward to your continued support and; please join us in modeling our future mothers and leaders.
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