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Feb 11, 2019

Balance of 2018

The Children of Father
The Children of Father's House back home

 

Dear donors, thank you for being with us. these are the highlights of the year 2018.

Main actions

 

  • Supported Fathers House Orphanage in Muyuka to create and expand a palm oil farm and to build a borehole.
  • Supported Mah Di’s orphanage in Kumba to expand their poultry,  purchase of a sewing machine and construct a new classroom and toilet.

Achievements

  • Mah Di’s orphanage has extended the poultry and piggery buildings. They acquired 5 cows. The piggery increased from 4 to 28 with piglets, and they are able to rare 500 chicks, 4 quills, 4 turkey, 1 goat, 3 sheep, and 4 rabbits.
  • Mah Di’s orphanage now has a sewing machine and they are able to teach children to mend their dresses. All children of appropriate age have been taught this useful life skill. They now mend their dresses, which also saves some resources for the orphanage.
  • In Mah Dis’, the impact of income generating activities has greatly increased. While in 2016 they represented less than 5% of the total income of the orphanage, now the orphanage self-generates more than 25% of their resources. The only challenge the businesses have are the current Anglophone Crisis which has depressed the economy.
  • Mah Di’s: Recently, the children were trained by a local NGO on how to administer first Aid treatment and how to repair torn shoes. They are fixing their own shoes now.
  • Mah Di’s: There was an increment in the harvest of the orphanage. Crops like Cassava, egusi, vegetables, yams yielded more than enough food.
  • After months forcefully displaced, the children of Father’s house orphanage could come back home as security improved in their area.
  • All the children who wrote any competitive exams this year have succeeded

Challenges

  • Children of Father’s House Orphanage have been constantly running to the forest for refuge due to the current unrest that has hit Muyuka.
  • Due to the conflict in Muyuka:  there’s no market for palm oil business which is the main source of income to the orphanage, the daily workers resigned, and the water project could not be finished.
  • The dormitory for Mah Di’s orphanage is now too small and it cannot contain all the children
  • Mah Di’s orphanage lacks enough chairs, tables, and desks for the children

Recommendations/projects of 2019

  • Construct a fence at Ma Di’s Orphanage to prevent thieves from attacking the orphanage
  • Purchase more bunk beds, matrasses, chairs, tables and desks at Mah Di’s orphanage.
  • Support the orphanages with playgrounds.
  • Temporarily support food security in Father’s House Orphanage while they get back on their feet.
  • If funds are available, both orphanages should get buses to transport the children, since the security context has deteriorated so much.

Conclusion

It is not a nice picture, but it’s the real one. These two houses are safe havens for vulnerable children in the middle of a civil war. They have lost most of their usual donations and funding, and they only have your support and that of a few more individuals. It is because of your support that both houses are still standing strong and are able to take care of their children in this horrible context. Thank you for that.

Children of Mah Di
Children of Mah Di's
some of the cows of Mah Di
some of the cows of Mah Di's

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Jan 22, 2019

Report on Humanitarian Activities Oct-Nov 2018

Dear Partners,

Thank you for your amazing assistance so far.

The conflict continues to escalate, with the totality of the South-West being affected by shootings, kidnappings, roadblocks, and general insecurity. More than 300,000 people are still displaced, fleeing away from their villages and towns.

Moreover, most of them are in hard-to-reach places and forests controlled by armed groups, making any intervention highly risky. Our staff is trying their best to reach those most in need, often at a high personal cost.

With regards to your project, we are still trying to raise a significant amount that we can use to provide basic assistance to at least 40 families in one conflict-affected locality through unconditional cash transfers. Please share this project with your friends to help us reach that goal.

There’s more you can do. Please talk about what is happening with your friends and acquaintances. It might help raise visibility. In case you are interested about to know more about the crisis, these are some recent media clippings:

https://allafrica.com/stories/201806140151.html

http://www.africanews.com/2018/05/18/cameroon-army-employing-targeted-killings-us-tasks-biya-to-show-leadership/

https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/britain-wants-deamocratic-solution-anglophone-crisis/

In the meantime, we have raised support from international partners to carry out other humanitarian activities.

These last three months, we also took part in the following humanitarian activities to help palliate the crisis:

 

  • Helped more than 5000 families (+30,000 people) living in hidden camps in the forests of Mbonge and Kumba, with Hygiene and Sanitation Kits (Water treatment product, buckets, cups, soap…), contraceptives and Birthing Kits.

 

  • Helped 480 displaced families in the conflict-affected locality of Muyuka with basic household items and construction items to rebuild their burnt houses.

 

  • Began distributing multivitamins to displaced pregnant women and de-worming pills and vitamin A to displaced children under 5 years of age.

 

  • Distributed food to 40,000 vulnerable displaced people in Kumba.

 

Note: For some of these activities, we cannot provide pictures due to the highly sensitive nature of our activities.

 

Thanks very much for your support.

distribution of multivitamins to pregnant women
distribution of multivitamins to pregnant women
de-worming and vitamin A
de-worming and vitamin A

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Dec 10, 2018

December Report

Disbursement of 2nd and 3rd level grants.
Disbursement of 2nd and 3rd level grants.

Dear donors,

Thank you very much for what you have done so far for us and for the young women participating in the Keep a Girl Alive project.

While the situation all over Anglophone Cameroon is dramatic, with more than 400,000 persons internally displaced and daily casualties, our current project area calmed down a bit in the past two months. With hostilities between the two sides kept to a minimum, most project participants are slowly coming back. We closed the year supporting 43 of them with new business grants. A part of the grant was fixed, another part depended on how much they have saved throughout the year, as a "savings incentive".

These are the impressions of our volunteers and staff:

Sylvie Ebitoh: “So far it has been a challenging moment getting the beneficiaries together. The period has been a testing one for them, but still, most still push through to see that their businesses stay alive. A training on entrepreneurship was carried out, one at Reach Out’s office for those staying in Buea, Tiko and Limbe and one in Tole, in our field office. The program was the following:

  • Refresh Bookkeeping concepts.
  • Discussion on savings and its benefits
  • Business challenges and brainstorming on solutions
  • Drafting basic Business plans
  • Health talk on HIV/AIDS
  • Disbursement of 50.000FRS grants to beneficiaries
  • Disbursement of savings of 2018 plus saving incentives.
  • Recommendations

Levai Pensiga “The training was very educative and interesting for me as a new volunteer. I had the opportunity to interact with young women-at-risk. It was so exciting getting to know new things concerning bookkeeping too, which was something new to me. I could see how they can keep daily records of their income and expenditure. Everyone was amazed when one of the girls (Elizabeth) had a clean, uninterrupted, record of her business from 2016 to the present date. The interaction with the girls showed me that they understand issues of finances, and they are very open-minded. Everyone was very supportive, the collaboration from the participants made me more confident during the training.

The women were very happy with the exercise on savings. It had short lessons about how to save, the importance of saving and the benefits participants can have after saving with Reach Out. Many of the girls could even testify about the benefits of savings. As planned, we shared a pot of about 1,000 $ between all beneficiaries who saved, in a manner proportional to the amounts saved. The best of them was Blandine, who went home with her savings and a substantial grant, altogether almost 300$. When she got the news she almost collapsed out of excitement. Participants went home even more eager to start saving next 2019.”

Atem Akonjang “Since I was introduced to the Keep a Girl Alive project, It has been a wonderful experience. The life experiences shared by the beneficiaries in the field and the level of commitment showed by the girls are very inspiring and motivate one to have a passion for working. Nothing is satisfactory to me like when I see smiles on people’s face which come as a result of capacity building. Working on this project has been a ‘dream come true’.

As of now, the impact of this project can be visibly seen in the lives of its beneficiaries. It will be of great importance if such opportunities could be scaled-up out to other women in more communities, without forgetting the present beneficiaries.”

 

With this, we close 2018, a year where we helped as 123 young women to move out of extreme poverty and create permanent sources of income for themselves. We hope you have an amazing 2019.

Thank you very much.

Marie
Marie
training
training
Nancy
Nancy
training in Buea Office
training in Buea Office
Violet
Violet

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