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Nov 14, 2018

Project Report August to November

Children of Father
Children of Father's House back home

Dear donors,

Sorry for our lateness.

During this period, from August to November, the political atmosphere and the economy have not been the best. In the midst of the humanitarian crisis, the orphanages went through a lot of difficulties.

Mah Di’s orphanage is witnessing a drastic drop in the number of regular visitors. Likewise, Father’s house orphanage too with just three well-wishers donating anything for the past 4 months.

Father’s house was displaced from their home for five months and they had to seek for refuge in the nearby town. They just came back home last week. The roof of the orphanage has been destroyed by bullets. While at their new place, they were not free from the crisis. From time to time they had to run down to the bush to hide when shooting was going on. Some of the children from the orphanage fell sick of malaria and typhoid due to exposure at the bush and the bad drinking water.

The orphanage had a shortage in their food supply. They barely lived on what was left in their storehouse. They had to ration their meals to see that they had something left for the next day. 

Mah Di’s orphanage hosted some displaced person this past three months in Kumba, as they found the orphanage more safe than their own houses. At Father’s house, they lived on their farm produce. They had planted corn, yam, and groundnuts. That is what has been sustaining them.

Activities

At Mah Di’s the children home-schooled since there was no school going on in the South West Region. They also had training on the agricultural sector where the children were being taught how to rear pigs, they added some pigs and now they have 3 female mature pigs, 1 mature male and 4 piglets. They have ordered for more chicks to put at the poultry. The poultry of Charles, one of the orphans, has about 500 chickens already. Father’s house also has 2 pigs, but finds it very hard to get fed for the pigs due to the crisis.

Way forward

For a while, Father’s House has been storing the Palm Oil they produce, and some more they bought. Prices are still very low, and they intend to start selling in December for a bigger profit. Also, they are planning to start a small shop in the area, given that there are still a lot of neighbors around, and they are afraid to travel long distances to the markets. However, they are still trying to find finances for this project.

 

As you can see your support is more necessary than ever.

Thank you for being there

Children of Father
Children of Father's House during their stay away
Construction of new poultry at Mah Di
Construction of new poultry at Mah Di's.
Construction of new school block continues
Construction of new school block continues
Children of Mah Di
Children of Mah Di's helping out.

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Oct 29, 2018

Classroom extension and much more

beginning of the construction work
beginning of the construction work

Dear Donors:

Thanks to you Mah Di’s orphanage school will be having a new classroom by the end of October. (construction on-going). The classroom is for children of class 6, and also as a study room in the evenings for the children of the house.

A lot of costs have been saved because all the construction work was done by themselves, under the leadership of Charles, the 19-year-old man of the house, who just finished his technical school graduate.

Under his command, this was not only a job well done, but a learning experience for all the children. They all helped according to their capacity in one way or the other.

The pictures are also all taken by children of the house themselves.

Because they saved so much money, they could also build a new toilet for the 40 children of the house and an expansion of the poultry farm that provides income to the orphanage.

Find below the appreciation letter from the founder of the orphanage, who you can also see in the pictures leading the construction work.

 

Mah Di’s Centre for Children in Distress (MAHDI)

Motto: Service to Humanity and Commitment to God.

e-mail: mdorphanage@yahoo.co.uk

 

Dear Donors,

Letter of Thanks and Appreciation

                The children and management of Mah Di’s Centre for Children in Distress greet you all out there and thank you for your donation in the following areas of work at the centre:

                They are:

-          Extension of a new class for the children

-          Extension of poultry

-          Pit Toilet

The effort you put for the work of these children is very much appreciated.

May God bless and keep you safe in his service.

Mah Foniborg Diana

 

poultry expansion (Charles in the middle)
poultry expansion (Charles in the middle)
roofing of poultry
roofing of poultry
Digging of toilets
Digging of toilets
Digging of toilets (the person in the hole is Mah)
Digging of toilets (the person in the hole is Mah)
Charles
Charles
Oct 8, 2018

The war is getting worse. Thank you for being there.

Akwaji
Akwaji

Dear donors,

With 246,000 displaced persons in the South-West Region and about 100,000 in the North-West, we are doing our best to help as many people as we can. Thank you for giving us the strength to continue.

Those of you who supported our first project already know we gave cash transfers to 22 families. We have so far raised 566 dollars, and we are waiting to raise a bit more before we go for the second batch of families.

Although the conflict has made the people supported to displace themselves again to safer locations, we are still in touch with many of them. One of them is Akwaji.

Akwaji was actually one of the two natives of Tole whom we supported. The reason we chose her was that she is taking care of 9 displaced children and adolescents. “They are my brother’s children, he died some years back. The mother sent them from Ekona when the war got bad there. We speak every week, she prefers the children to be with me for now. She is in the forest.” A month ago, Akwaji too had to move with the children to a nearby village. “It got dangerous in Tole. I’m now in Likoko.”

With all the difficulties, your helped made an impact on her. She has doubled her weekly expenditure and is not experiencing hunger on a regular basis anymore. She used a substantial portion of the grant to invest in a small business (vegetable trading), improved on everybody’s feeding and even got birth certificates for two of the children, who lost them in the course of running away. She is very grateful and was excited to share the improvement of her business and life in general. “Have you not seen how much weight I’ve gained?”

This is what we want to continue doing. Even in the midst of the horror around us, there are things that can make it a bit better, or make it less bad. Akwaji’s nephews will feel the difference right to adulthood. Like Akwaji’s, we have many families waiting to receive support.  We have shared some of their stories social media and will continue to do so. This is part of our effort to make this conflict more visible. (You can check out herehere or here. Please, do share!)

These last two months, we also took part in the following activities:

  • Helped more than 1,800 families (+16,000 people) living in hidden camps in the forests of Mbonge with Hygiene and Sanitation Kits (Water treatment product, buckets, cups, soap…) and mosquito nets.
  • Helped more than 220 pregnant women living in these same communities with Birthing Kits to give birth in the best conditions. (Thanks to Birthing Kits Australia)
  • Helped 290 displaced families in the urban areas of Fako and Meme with household items. (200 of them with support from the International Rescue Committee)

So as you can see, we are not idle. International organizations are supporting us to carry out some emergency relief projects. But this project is the most important one. While all the other ones provide in-kind help, it is cash that is most needed. To pay rents, transport their families, take care of their health and start businesses. Nobody is tackling those problems and you can’t solve those problems “in-kind” in an efficient manner.

It is only with your support and the support of others like you, that we can give those families a real chance to start their lives again. So please, share this project, talk about this war, and consider donating again.

P.D: All depicted persons or their guardians gave consent to use their image in our communications.

Water treatment demonstration
Water treatment demonstration
Question and Answer before distribution
Question and Answer before distribution
Family with household items (Mat, Blanket, Pots..)
Family with household items (Mat, Blanket, Pots..)
Distribution in Limbe
Distribution in Limbe
Thank you!
Thank you!

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