On our last meeting with the teenage mothers, we focused on the organizational skills each of their executive directors were going to hold. It is important that each of them understand what their role in their group is and what responsibilities are key to keep their circle together.
Materials were distributed to the 5 members in the executive board. Our staff presented some tips on bookkeeping, and the importance of recording the minutes on each of their meetings. This type of organization is still in the learning process but we have received a good response and willingness from the participant teenage mothers.
In our efforts to help them understand the importance of building a degree of independence we have given them a simple task. Our teenage mothers had brought together their best skills to put a fashion show together. The purpose of this activity is to present their group to the community and allow them take part in the decision making of the activities that will benefit them.
We hope that after elections take place next week, our meetings will come back to the normal schedule and we can finalize preparations for the fashion show!
We will now leave you with some pictures from the meeting and the Bless of God
Friends and Donors!
Our last visit to the village of Tole was on the 5th of August, 2011. The purpose of this visit was to teach the “Teenage Mothers of Tole” about the rights a Woman has through the presentation of a movie titled: “For Colored Women”—perhaps some of you have heard about it or even have the chance to enjoy watching such a wonderful and inspirational film!!! While watching the movie, explanations were given as the movie progressed. The SDI team encouraged discussion by asking questions in regards to the issues being presented. At the same time the teenage mothers clarify their doubts by raising their own concerns and opinions. Not surprisingly, conflicts among the different opinions were perceived, as each teenage mother holds a different point of view about the movie. In order to minimize this opinion gap, the SDI team decided to incline in the teaching program (Sex Education, the rights of a woman, the duties of a woman towards her family, teenage pregnancy and abortion, and the impacts of their lives in the society).
Until next time!
the SDI Team
Hello again and greetings from Buea, Cameroon!
This week’s report is dedicated to presenting you with someof our Tole teen mother’s faces!
Our mothers love pictures, and what 20 year old does not? Tellme about it!
In an effort to make this portal a place where you canbecome more familiar with the community you are so amazingly impacting, I askedsome of our Tole Teen mother’s to pose for the lens of my camera, and sharewith you a little bit about their life stories!
I now present to you amazing smiles in action:
This beautiful woman you are about to see in picture # 1 is Shalord Ngong, She is21 years old, and her baby girl is 1 year old. Shalord dropped out of schoolwhen she was in fifth grade because her father, a local farmer, was not able tosponsor her studies. Left with no education and little known skills, she didnot know nor understand the responsibilities of becoming a woman. Left withoutsupervision lead her to get pregnant from a man who filled her with lovepromises but who now barely sends food for the baby. But, Shalord has discoveredthat life can actually smile to you, she is eager to go back to school andbecome a pediatrician down the line! You go Sharlord!
Emelda Ambouchou in picture #2 is also 21, but her story is a littledifferent. Beautiful Princess Lyra, herbaby was born 1 year and 10 months ago but was not able to meet her father. Hehad abandoned Emelda after finding out she was going to have a girl and not aboy. In Africa the stigmas of fathering a woman as your first child are widelypresent up to date. School for Emelda was sadly not one of her priorities, andafter failing to successfully complete her latest grade, she was vulnerable tothe unsupervised life abundant in these rural villages. However, there is something she is passionateabout and that is the use of computers and expanding her horizons. Emelda wantsto be part of an ICT program and see new cities outside of her village!
Finally, We have gorgeous Nadage Mbah in picture # 3, with only 19 years ofage, she is the mother of a 1 year old baby girl. Nadage and the baby’s fatherlive together, but this doesn’t mean her life is any less complicated.Currently, the mother and her child are facing serious malnutrition problemsand perhaps other complications due to the absence of food and the proper caregiving knowledge by both parents. Nadage is a work in process as we are workingon teaching her the importance of attending school. We hope she can continueher studies and perhaps become an entrepreneur in the tailoring business!
On other Updates:
We continue to make great progress in the minds and souls ofthis young community. Last week, the Teenage mothers of Tole joined our stuffin a Yoga session, which main purpose was to teach them the importance of a healthylife style and the benefits of caring for one’s body.
Our class was filled with laughs and satisfaction. Eventhough this was a whole new practice for all of them the response was exceptionaland contributed to the building of their group identity.
Infinite thanks for your support and please continue tospread the amazing changes happening in this devoted community for change!
Social Development International
As part of our program in empowering the Teenage mothers of Tole village, we wanted to cultivate a culture of respect, democracy, transparency and cooperation among these future entrepreneurs!
The best way to make such an accomplishment was by promoting democratic elections among the participants and electing their executive board which will be representing them before the different service centers in the south Division region of Cameroon.
When planning this activity our team was far from imaging the great impact of our intentions. As we entered the church hall where our meetings usually take place we encounter a group of: “ready to get their game on” young democrats!
Their response was exceptional and within a matter of minutes we had candidates for all positions.
As the voting progressed, we were allowed to get a better picture of how much this initiative means to them in an environment where the majority are not given the opportunity to participate in civic activities.
“Now that we are given the opportunity to manage the finances of the Tole teen mothers, we will take it as a challenge to manage the funds and welfare of our members”- Clara Amboki, Tole Teen mothers’ treasurer.
These weeks donations were outstanding! Let’s keep up our support in creating a brighter future for these young mothers!
Thanks to your invaluable support, our teen mothers of Tole are able to enjoy an atmosphere where they come together and learn the importance of caring for them and their children. Sensitizing them by providing them balance choice of refreshments and the appropriate resources to be part of these amazing changes
We are presently working with a group of 70 + young Women. Every week we have been able to recruit new participants through our emerging leaders! This is amazing!
Next week our teen mothers will join us in yoga and other exercises session. “Sport” as they called it is an important aspect at their age and an incentive to understand the benefits of a balance lifestyle.
Dear Friends and Donors,
This past Monday July 4, 2011, three of our staff members conducted a meeting at the Tole Presbyterian church where 40 teenage mothers came together with Social Development International staff. After a brief session of self-motivation lead by the singing of local songs, our participant mothers selected the common skills areas present amongst them. The result of this input was the formation of 5 different groups reflecting their envisage careers as follows:
Our next step on the agenda is for them to elect their group leaders in a democratic approach by conduction elections for the following positions:
President, vice-president, secretary general, financial secretary and treasurer.
With this initiative we hope to encourage them in the advocacy of their rights and the access to basic services within the country.
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