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
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