Jan 4, 2019

BUILDING YOUTH RESILIENCE AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP TO FIGHT STIGMATIZATION AND DISCRIMINATION

BUILDING YOUTH RESILIENCE AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP TO FIGHT STIGMATIZATION AND DISCRIMINATION

 

As part of the activities to reduce stigmatization and the discrimination against done against people living with HIV/AIDS in the Far North Region of Cameroon, Education Fights AIDS (EFA) Cameroon engaged a campaign to raise awareness and identify some participants among young people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).

This activity had as goal to provide a platform that could facilitate the integration of this vulnerable group of young people into the society; as well as strengthen their financial capacity by providing selected youth the opportunity to learn small trade such as motorcycle mechanics (repairs and assembly).

 

Mr. ABBA, a sociable and dynamic man in charge of training youth in motorcycle repairs and assembly expressed his impression: « I feel privileged and happy to have been given the opportunity to train these vulnerable youth in the domain of motorbike mechanics so that they can become financially autonomous and independent like myself. I accept all the youth living with HIV or AIDS because they do not have to be abandoned. » 

 

Consequently, EFA’s objective here was to fully fund the training and installation of five (5) young people living with HIV/AIDS from end-end; that is to say, pay for the training, daily feeding and at the end of the training, equip and accompany them to start up their own garages. The tools given to them would include tool boxes. This is thanks to the GlobalGiving funds.

 

A beneficiary’s testimony :


Ibrahim; « I am very happy and grateful to EFA Cameroon for their initiative, thanks to them I can become somebody in the future; because of the training in motorcycle repairs, my dream of becoming a renowned mechanic would be realized; thank you EFA. We also thank the donors GlobalGiving for offering us this rare opportunity to become responsible men; this will permit us to help our parents and facilitate our family lives ».

 

Alim,

Project Leader

 

Oct 9, 2018

UPGRADING OF ASSOCIATIONS AGAINST HIV ANS AIDS

EVALUATION MISSION REPORT AND LEVEL-UPGRADING OF ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS IN MAYO TSANAGA

Introduction

Education Fights AIDS (EFA) Cameroon in the interests of ensuring the well-being of its networks’ members, conducted a field visit to assess the platforms of vulnerable youths in Mokolo.

This was to ensure the continuity of their supervision, their empowerment as well as the development of their community. It proceeded by the creation and development of income generating activities for the functioning of the groups.

 The members of the organization, composed of a strong team of 04 staffs, met the members of AJEPS Mokolo and ASFVUMAT respectively to understand their current situation and find strategies to better strengthen them.

To this effect, after allocating the funds and activities necessary for the two associations a few weeks ago for their self-care, the staff of EFA Cameroon carried out an evaluation visit today 05 October 2018 to evaluate and strengthen the capacity of young people in management of association activities and the management of resources.

These two associations namely; the Association of Young people Engaged in Health Promotion in Mokolo (AJEPS) and the Association of Vulnerable Women of Mayo Tsanaga (ASFVUMAT) were visited. They appreciated and encourage not only material support from GlobalGiving and EFA Cameroon, but also this proximity monitoring and the training they are receiving  from time to time. After several hours of work with the youth of the two associations, several challenges were raised, and members made suggestions to improve their living conditions and their activities in their communities even Better.

ASSOCIATIVE AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

The two associations AJEPS-Mokolo and ASFVUMAT, despite their differences in form, both aim at the same objectives. Among which the empowerment and the supervision of their members Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV) and educate their community in matters of HIV/AIDS and reintegrate society.

To maximize their effort, the two associations intend to face the challenges of pulling their strength and energies together for community struggles including:

  • home visits to members and close stigmatized;
  • sensitization activities (door to door or mass sensitisation);
  • referrals to health units or associations for advice and counselling; and
  • advocacy activities with NGOs such as EFA Cameroon, and administrations, just to name a few.

But beyond a common vision, each of the Associations to fight HIV/AIDS in MOKOLO will want to keep its autonomy on everything in all domains:

  • from the management of the association (management),
  • the income generating activities (AGRs)
  • the support of the members;
  • the recruitment of the new adherents...

The support of EFA Cameroon at this stage is important for raising awareness for the efficient management of community activities in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To have opened a framework for reflection and sharing between the two executive offices.

 An education and reference project for CD4 testing among PLWHIV is in course of maturation for the World AIDS Day week in Mokolo.

EMPOWERMENT ACTIVITIES FOR THE ORGANIZATIONS

I-                    AJEPS MOKOLO

The AJEPS Association Mokolo has received several support packages from GlobalGiving through EFA Cameroon for its empowerment.

 These are; agriculture (soybean fields, millet and bean fields, and the breeding of small ruminants, poultry...). These activities have not really been able to takeoff according to the members. They have become aware and intend to reorganize their generating activities to begin by instituting a system of “tontine” (contributions) by choice to a draw. This aims to get the maximum participation of all the members at the meetings and at the exit of each meeting a benefactor of the contributions will have enough to start his/her small economic activity for his own management, allowing him to continue to contribute in the association and gain self-support.

II-                  ASFVUMAT

 The Association meets monthly on Sundays at the residence of the President of the association or in the premises of the church; makes visits to members in case of illness and supports them as much as possible.

As for the AGRs, the association had a community farm which it unfortunately abandoned because it did not produce; The sewing machine given by EFA Cameroon to the association is now rented out to a woman from the place who pays them a monthly allowance of three thousand Francs (3.000 fcfa).

In addition, the active members borrow funds according to their ability to return with interest to the association coffers.  This is meant to help them carry out small personal activities such as trade of doughnuts, goat farms etc. The benefits help members if necessary. In general, the morbidity situation of the members, the presence of the several OEVs taken in charge does not really allow the takeoff of income generating activities. The will is great, but the needs continue to be more than income.

To mitigate this, the association wants to expand its human capacity by raising awareness among the members and finding new resources and self-management.

POINT OF VIEW (testimonies)

According to the President of "ASFVUMAT" Association; “the association is for me as a new family, it allows me to talk about my problems without shortcomings and each of us speaks freely we are solidarity and Fulfilled. Our problems are evoked in groups. What encourages me is that we are united and bound by the objectives».

Nguizaye, a member says; "I consider "ASFVUMAT" as a mother and I am very grateful to all members; once I was dying lying down for 6 months, came to the knowledge of the association and was carried to the hospital and thanks to her I am recovered and in health. I owe her life»

Jul 10, 2018

YOUTHS LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV/AIDS IN THE MOKOLO

YOUTHS LEADERSHIP AGAINST HIV/AIDS IN MOKOLO

The EFA Network of Cameroon, is doing efforts and initiatives to improve the leadership and members in all the 10 Associations of youths,to fight and eradicate the stigmatisation,discrimination against youths living with HIV/AIDS in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon.

In accord with it’s partership with Global Giving, and their engagement with the Associations of youths,EFA Cameroon will always assure and maintain the youths leadership and moreso,in the association to fight against HIV/AIDS in the Extreme North region.

            In addition, Education Fights Aids, has launched a campaign to re-construct the different youths group to fight against the ignorance of this epidemic  which  keeps weighing down youths in Cameroon . Their targets in the plan of action in 2018, is for the youths associations to engage in promoting Health « AJEPS MO » and secondly, in the lists of the 10 Associations of youths fighting against HIV/AIDS will benefits from the supportive projects of Global Giving and the experts of EFA Cameroon, will support the organising of transparent elections, before finally renew and established their executive office.

Concerning the material initiatives, AJEPS MO continues encouraging them with activities, like teaching and educating them on how to start small acivities that will generate them incombées. The EFA Cameroon team also encouraged the association of youths by giving them gifts to enable them achieve the necessary things needed to relaunched their various activities.

  GIVING OF GIFTS

The Association of youths for the promotion of Health in Mokolo, decided to expand and persue their small activities in the aspect of buying and selling of fowls or chickens.The EFA network gave them a cash to permit them achieve their communal objectives.

In what  concerns EFA experts to the association of the youths, the EFA Cameroon staffs participated in the General Assembly meant to renew the members of the executive office. Members in the former executive were old, and it was necessary to creat a new executive made up of youths. The new executive office will take  over and manage d’AJEPS but under our supervision. They accepted and an election was done to vote the new members in the executive office. The former president MOKOL Xavier, will assist and guide the new president WARDA Casmiri  who is a student, to fight against discrimination  and stigmatisation in their community inregards to the youths and HIV/AIDS.

 

 GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

The General Assembly began by the presentations of all participants and the visiting team. Followed by an analysis about the improvement and renovations of the association, then elections of the new executive office which was made up of :

-          President,

-          Vice-president,

-          Secretary,

-          Assistant secretary,

-          Treasurer,

-          2 Auditors,                                             

-          Counsellors,

 

Finally we took the impressions of the former and new presidents.

            Former président (Mr Xavier) : « I thank EFA deeply for all what they have done and continue doing since the creation of the association with dynanic members and attendants, giving of gifts etc, are the activities initiated by EFA with the aim of making us capable to independent like Evere other person. During my term of office as head of d’AJEPS, since 2008 that it was created till date, i am very happy with the experience i had and my support to my predecessor to continue persueing our objective in the association. Long live EFA and their continues support in the aspect of the formation of the new members from today.».

     

   New president (Mr Casimir) : « My mother is an old member of the association and i am just a student, and she told me to be part of the meeting and see the importance of the association. I was interested and happy to be elected the new president and counts on you all. With the help of the former president, i will use the association to sensitised the population. My thanks to EFA for the formation and permitting us the new members to bettes understand the objectives of the association ».

 
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