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Sep 4, 2020

Roland, An IDP socially re-integrates as he gets a decent source of income

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Roland  is an Internally Displaced Youth who left from Mundemba,  in the heat of the crisis and fled to Kumba in October 2018. “I lost 04 of my family members during  the crisis,  and things got worst when I also lost my uncle, the breadwinner of the family  through crossfire”

Due to high insecurity in Mundenmba, he left for Kumba where he believed things will be relatively better. He inherited his uncles’s very old bike, and intended to use  as a source of  livelihood. This bike instead caused more harm than good, as he turend to spend more money on reparing it. He therefore adopted very negative mechanisms to cope with life, so that he can feed his wife and three kids. “I knew what i did was extremely wrong, but then, I had no choice. My family and I had to survive, says Roland.

He was introduced to Reach Out when she had a project with the World Food Program and he served  as a distribution assistant but he lost his job when the project ended. Things got extremely worst for me, I thought of going back to what I use to do. My oldest son dropped out from school and we had to move to a less expensive and uncomfortable house.

REO therefore introduced him to this project, titled “Empowerment of IDP”. With our assistance, a business plan was drawn for him and he was given the sum of 100,000FCFA ($178) to start a provision store in Kumba. “This sounded like a breakthrough in my life and again I could have a decent source of income for my family and I. His business is doing great as he can take care of his basic needs (Rents, feeding, shelter).  He testifies he could register his son again for a holidays classes

Reach Out is a Demi-God in my life, and I thank you immensely for your great assistance

 Many other youths, will forget about their negative coping mechanisms and do something more decent for themselves  as a source of income if given the opportunity to

Your donations has changed the life of this Cameroonian who had lost all hope. Thank you all for your continuous support

Aug 27, 2020

Closure

Two months ago, Happiness came to see us. She is a young single mother with a 1-year-old paralyzed child and she does not know what the problem is. Within this project, we could pay for a CT scan so he was diagnosed and began treatment. The purpose of this project was to create an emergency fund to support more cases like this, which are referred to our office on a weekly basis.

Unfortunately, our fundraising efforts in GlobalGiving have spread to too many projects which are sometimes hard to differentiate. We will be closing this project in the next few days and continue supporting children in need of specialized emergency care through other sources.

Thank you for reading us, please consider a donation to our other projects! 

Happiness with her child
Happiness with her child
Jul 15, 2020

Winifred

Winifred is a mother of 6 who was forcefully displaced from Banakuma in Wum Sub-Division of the North West Region to Buea (more than 500 KM away). Before the crisis, Winifred and her children depended on Agricultural produce for survival. Though life was tough, they had always managed to provide for themselves. In the wake of the crisis, Wum became a battleground for the Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) and the state Military. The frequent confrontation between the two groups exposed the local population of Banakuma village to casualties. Houses were burnt, people killed, and the environment was constantly tense.

When asked of the whereabouts of her husband, she replied: “He left me years ago for another woman.” So Winifred is a single mother of 6.

As the intensity of the war increased, Winifred decided to flee the village with her children. "I could bear living in the bush with my children, but looking at rate at which young boys were picking up arms I feared my son, who was forced to drop out of school, could also join his peers”. Though it was not an easy decision to make, circumstances forced Winifred to heed to her friend’s call to come and live with her in Buea.

When she arrived Buea in 2018, she lived in Tole with a friend of hers. There, Winifred engaged fully into tea harvesting together with her sons and daughters. More than half of the population in Tole depends on tea harvesting. Though the pay is very little and the job is intense, most of the inhabitants especially displaced persons like Winifred embraced it wholeheartedly. "I stayed in a camp house with my 6 children in a thatched room. Comfort was not a priority for me. I left the village with a mattress and some few belongings.”

Winifred bought a basic tea harvesting machine for 6000 francs ($12). 1 kg of harvested tea will earn the laborer 30 francs. With the machine, she and her children could harvest between 45kg to 50kg of tea a day. Winifred could make 7500 CFA ($15) a week which enabled her to cater to her 6 children. The machine was fast but had its disadvantages. It was heavy and required a lot of energy for it to work. Because of this, she took ill with chest pains, cough, and catarrh. At times she would vomit blood. The money she made from the harvest was instead used for medication. She stopped the work and moved to Small Soppo in February 2019, there, she rented a room for 4000 francs a month ($8). Any time it rained, Winifred and her children could hardly sleep because the house had too many holes on the roof.

While in Small Soppo, she engaged in tomato business. She will go to a farmer, buy a basket of fresh tomatoes which cost about 4000-5000 CFA ($8-$10) go to the market and sell it. Every day she would make a profit of 1500 francs ($3). Depending on the turnover and the season, she could make 3000 francs ($6) a day. Some months after, she moved to another house where she paid the same rents.

One of her neighbour's friends came from Douala looking for a child to live with. The neighbour took the friend to Winifred’s place and her 12 years old daughter accepted to go with the woman. The woman assured her not to worry that she will send her daughter to school in Douala. But time has passed, and the situation of her child is not clear. “I am so worried about my child. It’s been over a year now since that lady took my child I don't even know where she lives in Douala. Each time I till the lady I want to come to see my child, she will tell me that they are coming to Buea. My child does not go to school. But I speak with her on phone, and she assures me that all is well. But I am still worried about her. I am so worried because I am not educated and won’t want my daughter to end up like me. It disturbs me because I want her to go to school and not to end up like me”.

One day, the landlord asked her to leave because she was not paying her rents on time. She was given three days to pack out of the house. She had no money to go to rent another room. While in the market, she heard a lady talked of Reach Out and how it has helped her stand firm in the business, she traced the whereabouts of the organization and came to the office. She explained her story, and a staff was sent to the compound where she lives to verify the authenticity of her story and make more inquiries, she qualified for the program and had immediate needs. The organization paid her rents for 2 months including Electricity bill from an emergency fund, and she was given a business grant of 30,000 francs ($60) and introduced into the Keep a Girl Alive project (this project).

In May 2020, she was given her second level business grant of 50,000 francs ($100) which she has used to expand her business with other provisions like rice, soap, beans, groundnuts, Maggi, and salt. "Thanks to REO I can afford for my rents without stress, my children have their three square meals a day, I made my savings of 50,000 ($185) in a Market Njangi and I can say I am debt free, though my last child frequently gets sick, I can afford her drugs and other health bills”.

Thanks so much for your generosity. This is how far your donations go to change women's stories in the world and make them believe in themselves again. As at May 2020, Winifred had a working capital of 70,000 ($120). Reach Out is following the case of her daughter in Douala and we hope to give you good news in the next report.

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disbursement day (winifred in the corner right)
disbursement day (winifred in the corner right)

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