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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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Nov 14, 2018

Project Report August to November

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

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