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Sep 28, 2020

Assessment of community schools

Classroom at Hope Alive Foundation
Classroom at Hope Alive Foundation

Note: Currently, there are no active cases of COVID in Kumba and Tiko, and the classrooms you see are in the open and thoroughly ventilated.

Four staff of Reach Out assessed two community schools in Hope Alive Foundation Academy, Tiko and Mah Di’s Bilingual Nursery and Primary School, Kumba on the 18th September 202.

After the assessment, it was concluded that your donations will be used to secure the payment of two teachers in each institution for the next 6 months, who will receive a basic compensation package (minimum salary). These will in turn educate 96 boys and 67 girls aged 02 to 15, and the quality of their lessons will be evaluated periodically by our technical supervisors. We hope to raise more donations in this period so we can increase the number of teachers supported, and we estimate that both institutions could support four more teachers to educate 163 children if we can raise at least 1800 $ for next year’s budget. Currently, they are being supported by unpaid volunteers. If we raise 4,950$ we will be able to construct two classrooms for Hope Alive, which school is still under construction as you can see.

Juliet - I am called Juliet, a class six teacher at Hope Alive Foundation Academy. I have been working as a trained teacher since 2011 but my career as a teacher almost ended in 2018 when the Anglophone crisis became more violent and schools were shut down. I left Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon with my family to Tiko because of the rampant gunshots. While in this strange land, I diverted my career to farming to make ends meet. Later on, I came in contact with the school proprietor of Hope Alive Foundation Academy, who decided to recruit me to teach in the school. I cater for my family needs with the money I earn. Besides the pay, I am also able to pursue my passion as a teacher. It’s an honor to teach in such a prestigious school which seeks to help the vulnerable and less privileged children in the community get a brighter future through sound education. Lives are being transformed and the children are sure of a brighter future. I will forever remain grateful to God for this wonderful opportunity to serve. I am equally grateful to your donors for the constant support to enable us to have better working conditions.

Victorine -  Victorine is my name, I am a class six teacher at Mah Di’s Bilingual Nursery and Primary School, Kumba. The school had 100% success both in the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) and the Common Entrance examinations for the 2019/2020 academic year. I look forward to achieving more 100%’s as I put in my best while hoping for God’s blessings through donors in cash and or in-kind for the school and the children.

I thank Reach Out for its endless and relentless efforts to put smiles on the faces of vulnerable and underprivileged children, my colleagues and I are very happy with the decision to pay our fees and we promise to put in our best to ensure that the children are well taught. We will not disappoint you, this is a rare opportunity given to us by you. Thank you, donors.  

Classroom
Classroom
Nursery at Mah Di's, Kumba
Nursery at Mah Di's, Kumba
Juliet - Hope Alive teacher
Juliet - Hope Alive teacher
Victorine
Victorine

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Sep 16, 2020

Ben

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This project has been featured in the Effective Altruism Forum, if you want to get more technical information about the project, this is the link. Highlights of their analysis are: 1,322 life threatening conditions treated in 6 months, 74,7% of patients have no other option of healthcare. The project has provided between 13,220 and 36,089 "Quality-Adjusted Life-Years", a measure that considers both the quality and the quantity of life lived after a succesful medical intervention.

 

Ben (19) lives in Ossing, a village in Manyu Division, South-West Region of Cameroon.

He was born with diabetes, his father has a disability, and all his life his family had to beg other villagers to pay for his injectable treatment.

In 2018, when the armed conflict started all over Manyu, the population of the village became displaced, impoverished, and at risk. Nobody was wealthy enough to keep helping Ben.

Ben had no means, and also had an extreme urge to eat, probably made worse by his untreated diabetes. He started begging for food in the village and spent most of his time begging.

One day, he could not get anyone to help him, but he was extremely hungry (More than 2 years without medication, his blood sugar levels were worse than ever, alongside other symptoms). He found himself wandering in the market, with a pot of cooked rice from a local restaurant in front of him.

He could not control himself and stole some food as fast as possible.

He got caught, was called a thief, and cursed by the village. 

Our medical team met Ben 5 months ago, looking pale, extremely hungry and tired, with abnormal blood sugar levels. We began following him up weekly and supplying him with constant medication. He regained his strength, and the doctor also helped him apply for one of our social support programs.

Our team also referred him to our protection services, and his family received some urgent economic support.

Sadly, the success story of Ben might get stopped in its tracks now. Our Emergency funding from the World Health Organisation runs until the end of September, and Ben and the 5,500 persons who receive temporary or regular treatment from them will no longer have access to proximity healthcare this October.

Ossing does not have a health center that can provide diabetes treatment, and he cannot afford to travel regularly to the nearest health facility in Mamfe. He is at risk of defaulting from treatment this October.

We are urgently raising funds to keep the clinic of Manyu working because it is one of the largest and most in need areas. We also want to keep the one in Batibo, the area most affected by violence.

Please, help us with what you can, every 8,000 $ is one more month with 2 clinics.

From Monday 14th to Friday 18th, any donation of 50 dollars or less will be matched by 50%, any donation bigger than that will have a bonus of 25$, and any sign up for a monthly donation will have a 100% bonus, up to 200$ on that donation (this will be received 4 months after signing up)

 

P.D: We can't share pictures of Ben, these are some pictures of the clinics in action.

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Sep 14, 2020

Beatrice

DISCLAIMER: This story contains sexual violence.

The beneficiary depicted in this story is NOT in the pictures. The pictures show 100 women who were trained and supported at the same time than her. Like her, some of them might have gone through such episodes, but not all.

Beatrice is an IDP from Konye, one of the areas most hard-hit by the conflict in Meme Division, South West Region of Cameroon. She is a mother of seven who lost her house and husband to the cold hands of the crisis.

Prior to the Anglophone crisis, Beatrice and her husband together with their children survived on subsistence farming. Though life was not really easy, insecurity was never one of their problems. When the Anglophone crisis started in 2016, with the frequent confrontation between the Military and armed groups, Konye became too insecure for people.

Every few days, everybody in the village is running to seek refuge in the bush and forest while the shooting and raids go on. Many villagers have built shelters in the bush. On a fateful day, the village was informed of the military coming. “My husband took the children and I. He kept us in our bush house and went back to town. After four days I heard nothing from my husband. I had heard some men and boys were shot in a house while hiding from the military. Little did I know that my husband was amongst those killed. For more than 5 days, nobody told me about my husband’s death though the villagers kept discussing in their dialect which I could not understand. One day a lady came to my hut and was mourning and tried to console me for the loss. I was shocked and confused because I could not remember losing any person. Immediately she said so the other women called her and told her in Oroko dialect that she should not have done so. That I have not been told because I have a four months old baby and they don’t think that I will be able to handle my reactions. That was when I realized there was something fishy about their behavior and I insisted they tell me what was wrong. The news of my husband’s death stroked my heart like a blade. I looked at my children and the little baby I had at hand. The women kept consoling me and try to give me hope.” Beatrice stayed in the bush for 2 months and took ill. Her friends in the bush carried her with her children to a roadside where she was carried to the hospital in Kumba and was admitted at the general hospital for four days. With nobody to cater for her in the hospital and her children, Beatrice called one of her friends who was in Konye and informed her of her decision to move Ekona to a relative of hers.

There in Ekona, life was not easy as the military kept on storming the area and they had to seek refuge in the bush. “Though there was food for us to eat, water was a problem and the distance we cover to hide from the military was really long coupled with the hills we climbed. Sometimes they come at night and we have to leave the house and go to the bush. “While people are running, I run with my 6 children, I have seen the two sides of life” said Beatrice (This is an idiom that means “I have suffered too much”).

While in Ekona, she decided to go back to Konye in March 2019 and pick up the few of her belongings from the bush house and to know where her husband was buried. On her way to the farmhouse, she was taken by some unidentified men in a camp and she stayed there for over 4 days together with other women. She struggled and explained herself to one of the men who then helped her to escape from the camp. Upon her arrival, she did not tell anybody what happened because she was ashamed and heartbroken. She was also pregnant.

 

"An aunt of mine called me to come to Tole and stay with her and in March 2019 she went to Tole. While in Tole though life was not too difficult, we still had to run from the house and stayed in the bush for over a month.” Beatrice started harvesting Tea from the Tole tea estate to make a living. She did other menial jobs as well. As time went on, Beatrice realized she was pregnant and was really traumatized.

in July 2019, Reach Out NGO partnering with Care International identified Beatrice as a pregnant woman (3-4months) while implementing a project to support survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Fako Division, South West Region. She opened up to us and attended her first antenatal visit in July 2019.

In November 2019, she was incorporated into the Keep a Girl Alive Program for Economic Empowerment. She was trained and given a business capital of 30,000CFA francs which she used to expand her popcorn business. Having worked with her for 11 months, Beatrice today owns a small provision store in Tole Camp. The business has been a great source of livelihood for her and her 7 children the last child is 4 months old). From the business, she was able to continue with her antenatal and prepare herself for delivery. The first child who is 21 years old lives with a friend of hers in Buea and attends University. Beatrice is able to pay for her child’s school fees and meet up with other basic needs.

The graph below shows her capital and profit for the past 10months of her under the watchful eyes of Reach Out. Although profits are not consistently growing because she works in a very difficult context, she has been able to build a solid foundation with more and more capital, and she generates enough to live.

 

Thanks so much for your donations. This is how far you go to put smiles on women’s faces around the world especially Cameroon’s North and South West Regions which have been bedeviled by the Anglophone crisis since 2016 and women are feeling the greatest effects (especially economic) of the crisis.

Today, and for four more days, any donation between 10 and 50$ will be matched by GlobalGiving by 50%. Take this opportunity to help us find the next Beatrice.

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