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.
Social Development International (SDI) is announcing the end of community Teenage Mothers workshops for Bolifamba and Muea communities after eight months of intense learning and sharing. The combined end of field activities took place on saturday November 02, 2013 at the Bolifamba Health Centre Hall in Buea, South West Region, Cameroon. In attendace were some invited guardians, parents of the teenage mothers as well as the teenage mothers themselves and children.
They are now graduates to the next level of capacity building from a weekly session to a monthly workshops and attending the teenage mothers Institute for literacy, practical livelihood and business development courses. We are moving on to new communities of Likomba, Tiko Town and Mutengene of Tiko sub division.
The event activities were:
In the opening , the CEO speech appreciated the turn out from the two communities; one hundred and twenty initially registered but today we have seventy active participant through the eight months intense activities. This shows that we still have a lot of work to do in this communities..we are their agent of change. We should keep on interacting with them for a change.
The parents' representative thanked Social Development Intermational, Global Giving and The Girl Effect Fund for work well done. The teenage mothers expressed their sincere thanks to all those who have in one way or the other must have contributed to their new sense of reasoning especially Global Giving, The Girl Effcet fund and Social Development International team in Cameroon.
They claimed they have been empowered and we believe them from the sketches, sense of humor and reasoning compare to when we first met them. They expressed that , we continued the support we started in their new life and business development endeavours they so cherished.
Thank you The Girl Effect Fund, Global Giving Donors and Friends . We could not have achieve all thses without your support.
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
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