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Mar 3, 2020

Progress Report

Drawing business plans of Beneficiaries
Drawing business plans of Beneficiaries

This microproject, titled “Help Empower internally Displaced youths in Fako and Meme has as major objectives to support 15 youths who have been grossly affected by the current crisis by establishing small businesses for them. In Meme, 05 IDPs have been selected for intervention because this area has for the past two years served as host community for many Internally Displaced Persons from other parts of Meme such as Ekombe, kwa-kwa, Mbonge just to name a few. In Fako, areas such as Molyko, Koke and Small Soppo which has witnessed an increase in IDP population recently with people coming in from Ekona, Muyenge, Bafia and others were chosen for a start of this project.

 Major criteria for selection was that the IDP must be between the ages of 18-35  years and should be willing to do business and to comply with the organization’s monthly follow up procedures.

So far, the following activities have been carried out:

  • Identification of 30 Internally Displaced Youths from Kumba and Meme
  • Social enquiries of the beneficiaries conducted
  • Drawing of business plans of  12  beneficiaries
  • Documentation of stories and challenges from beneficiaries
  • 12 youths have been selected to pilot the project

Edith, one of the identified youths to be empowered shared the following story

Edith is a mother of four who was displaced from Ekombe (Meme division) to Koke (Fako division) where she has been living  for over two years. She has a sister in kumba but could not live with her because her quarter is frequently attacked by the SAG and NSAG. Together with her husband  and 10 kids ( 6 are her  sister’s own kids) now rent a room in Koke a locality in Buea. She hawks and sells fried ground nuts just to make a living. Presently,  she has a capital of 10000 frs ($20) which she manages to make a living together with her family. With support from her husband, she struggled in the first year and all of the children started schooling.  Though I stress in selling the fried ground nut because i hawk around, the business is really profitable but since I don’t have enough capital, I can’t really save anything out from my business as I use the profit to feed the family which most often than not it is not sufficient for 12 people in the house.

Edith has a desire to add dry species to her business if she can raise a sum of 100,000 frs ($200). This is a business she admires and has helped a friend of her’s to sell when she just came to Buea.  But her desires or dreams are threatened because two of her sister’s daughters who are schooling with her are pregnant. “Now am confused and don’t know what to do. Do I look for money to feed the family or do I look for money to register them for anti-natal or what”? If she had to start saving for the desired business now she will be forced to divert the money to the needs of her pregnant nieces. Never the less if Edith is assisted she can and will be able to support her family.

With support from Reach Out Staff, her business plan has been drawn and she will receive the money next week to start her new business

Thanks so much for your generous donations. It is and will continue to impact the lives of Cameroonian youths and better their communities. Your generosity goes a long way of curbing the crisis.  

Documenting Story for Edith
Documenting Story for Edith
Feb 13, 2020

Blessing on the move

Joan an IDP program beneficiary in the market
Joan an IDP program beneficiary in the market

Blessing is a 20-year-old girl who dropped out from school due to financial constraints.   She obtained her First School Leaving Certificate in 2013 and later enrolled into Government Secondary School Bakweri Town.  In the year 2013/2014, she attended form one because she was duly registered and her fees was paid. After that year, her parents could not pay her fees. “Though I continued school, i was never given a report card” said Blessing. Since the whole class was always promoted, I just moved to the next class without knowing my grade nor my position in class. I continued like that till 2018 when the whole of form 4 was promoted to form 5. In form 5, she could not continue school without fees because she had to register for the General Certificate of Education. There was no money for that and she finally left school.

Coming from a family of 6 in a community in the Fako Division of the South West Region where 90% of its inhabitants rely on extensive agriculture (Tea harvesting and planting), life has not really been easy for a mother of 6 who rarely gets any financial support from her husband.  Tole is a rural community that depends largely on the harvesting and planting of  Tea on the estate. Depending on the workers strength, the monthly salary ranges between 15,000 ($30) to 20,000 ($40) frs. “My mother is old in  age and can hardly go beyond 15,000 FRS a month.  With my father doing nothing for a living, mum could barely feed all of us. Talkless of affording school fees for me”. 

Before becoming a beneficiary for the KGA program, Blessing finally dropped out from school in 2018, and started doing “water fufu” business in 2017. Water Fufu is a stapple food of the South-West, made out of Cassava.  “When I finally realized that I could not steal and attend classes in form 5 because I had to register for the GCE, I focused on my fufu business.  I started buying cassava for 7,000frs ($14) and gotsmall containers to ferment the cassava inside.

In July 2018, with our donors´ support, Blessing was identified and her skills on entrepreneurship were developed. She was also trained on Book keeping and savings after which she was given her first level grant of 30,000frs.($60) With the addition of her capital, she was able to afford bigger drums of 200 litters to ferment the cassava inside. She also increased her purchasing power of cassava from 7,000 to 10,000frs and her profits increased from 3,500 to 6,000 a week. So did her savings. “Every Saturday after I sell, I make sure I save 5,000frs in our Njangi(communal savings practice).  

Growing up as a child, Blessing wished to become a banker , but due to financial constraints, she is no longer seeing her self-achieving that dream. But this has not completely shattered  her hopes of becoming a game-changer in her family. In 2019, Blessing switched to learning welding in a technical workshop in Buea. Being the only female apprentice in a work place of 5 male colleagues, blessing has the vision of graduating after three years and going back to the Cameroon Opportunity Industrialization Centre (C.O.I.C) to obtain a certificate. “I believe with that certificate I can have a job anywhere in Cameroon since I don’t think I will be able to afford my own workshop” said Blessing. When asked of when and how she had the passion for welding she replied;

“It’s not like anybody in our family is a welder neither do I have somebody I admire doing the job.  Since there is no school in Tole, a neighbor of ours sent his son to learn the trade. When he comes back from work and start talking about the welding stuff, the way he presented it was interesting. He told us in the quarter how soon he will be the one making doors and windows and everything that concerns Iron, I was surprised and interested. So I inquired from him if a girl can do this he said yes that’s how I decided to register”.

With her monthly savings of 20000frs Blessing started learning her trade in March 2019, and she pays  an annual fee of 50,000 frs ($100). She has to learn this trade for 3 years.  Blessing is still actively involved in her business like never before. She buys her cassava every week and her mother assists her in the processing while she goes to work. On market days she goes to the market and sells her fufu. From her monthly savings Blessing pays for her trade and supports her younger one who is in primary 6 in Government school Bokwango.

This is how far your donations have gone to make a young girl like Blessing, and many others like her, see a light at the end of the tunnel and to brave the odds of doing what many in her community see it as a man’s job. Thanks for your donation.

Blessing in the welding workshop
Blessing in the welding workshop
Jennet selling her vegetable in the market
Jennet selling her vegetable in the market
Blandine in front of her business space
Blandine in front of her business space
clara doing her business in the quarter
clara doing her business in the quarter
Feb 7, 2020

REPORT FROM FATHER'S HOUSE ORPHANAGE AND MAH DI'S

Souvenir, Father's House Orphanage
Souvenir, Father's House Orphanage
  1. Father’s House Orphanage

This orphanage continued to function during the last three months despite encountering a lot of challenges caused by the Anglophone crisis, as most of their partners have deserted them.  Life has not been very easy or stable for the kids but amidst the difficulties, they have been able to pull through by setting up income generating activities and receiving monthly donations from you. The kids have not been able to eat three times a day like before; they are able to eat twice due to limited resources.

The orphanage is involved in selling fresh fish to make ends meet. In December 2019, four cartoons of fish was bought at $30 and a profit of $110 was made. According to the Founder, the profit generated was used to buy food and clothes for the children during the festive period, and part for medication. The orphanage now rears pigs. So far, there are six pigs in the fence, and their plan is to sell after a certain period of time. There is also a small farm, which they cultivate and use the yield for home consumption. In December 2019, yams were harvested from the farm.

Thanks to your donation, four children have been sent to go to secondary school in the Littoral Region, where schools are functional. Those still in the orphanage have not had the opportunity to go to school since schools are not functioning in Muyuka.

Another major problem the orphanage encountered during the past months was the fact that 5 children were critically sick, and one operated upon. This made the Founder to spend more money than planned, but they are all healthy now.

Despite the challenges, Mrs Commy, the Founder of the Orphanage is thankful to God for keeping them alive, and her gratitude equally goes to you, the donors, for not forsaking them at a time like this.

Reach Out also directed a humanitarian partner, the Danish Refugee Council, to work with the Orphanage, and they made donations of some basic relief items.

 

2. A letter from Mah Di’s Orphanage

Dear donors we thank you so much for your donations that sustained us throughout 2019, and early 2020. We carried out the following activities during this period:

Education: the children successfully made it through the first term of the 2019/2020 academic year thanks to your financial, material and moral support.

Foodstuff: the Orphanage had enough for the children to eat, and we were also able to support other underprivileged people in our community.

Socialization & Outdoor Activities: the children celebrated the festive season in a grand style; they were engaged in preparing traditional dishes and visiting other children within the neighborhood. The children also visited the Kumba Amusement Park, as well as joint other orphanages under the canopy of the Meme Association of Orphanages to celebrate the end-of-year feast.

Visit to the Orphange: visitors came from within and out of Kumba with foodstuff like rice, beans, fish plantains and groundnut which they donated to the orphanage

Farming: the center successfully planted and harvested some food crops like cassava, plantain, yams and vegetables for consumption

Conclusion: we are so very thankful to the donors, who in one way or the other contributed to the upkeep of this orphanage.  God bless you abundantly

By Mah Diana, Founder of the Orphanage.

Ma Diana with the Children
Ma Diana with the Children
Children of Mah Di's Orphanage
Children of Mah Di's Orphanage
Children receiving gifts
Children receiving gifts
End-of-year party at Mah Di's Orphanage
End-of-year party at Mah Di's Orphanage
Children of Father's House Orphanage
Children of Father's House Orphanage
 
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