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Sep 17, 2018

You put a smile on her face.

Dear donors,

with your generous donation, Bandi managed to set up a stable micro business.

Some years back, Bandi’s husband died. She was sent away from her matrimonial home and accused of having HIV by his family, since the husband death was attributed to the illness. With frustration and sadness, she fell to the hands of a man who took advantage of her situation after staying with this lover for some time, life became miserable for Bandi and her children as they were being abused and beaten by Bandi’s lover.

She decided to start all over by herself. That’s when we met her, she was surviving on debt and mendicancy. She had already set everything necessary to fix her life, was managing to feed her children and was independent, but she was moving on a very thin thread. Every week she would have to get supplies on debt, and sell them in the market, keep part of the profit and pay back the debt.

But thanks to our intervention and your support, Bandi has become fully independent and established solid foundations for her business and family.

In July,  she extended her provision business after receiving a second grant from you. Bandi buys corn, beans, plantain, and cocoyam from farmers and sells in large scale to her ready customers.  She makes a profit of $30 every week, which is more than 4 times what she was making before your intervention.

She recently moved into a new house with her children and she is able to feed them and herself much better thanks to your help. She no longer depends on anyone for her needs.

In addition to her business, Bandi rears fowls which she expects will generate more income for her and her children and will help her to keep growing out of poverty forever. Indeed you have put a smile on their faces thanks to your help.

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Sep 17, 2018

The conflict escalates but we continue working

Anna
Anna

 

Dear Donors,

 

As you might know, Cameroon is on the verge of a civil war. As the conflict escalates, our project undergoes major changes.

 

  • More than half of our girls have moved out of Tole, which is a high-risk area right now.

 

  • Some of them have moved out of the South-West Region altogether.

 

  • Of course, all their businesses are affected by the crisis, and they need to come up with new strategies to survive. Some are not succeeding and their profits are quite low.

 

  • It has become dangerous for us to come to Tole to meet regularly with the girls. We apply tight security protocols and stay there for only briefs periods of time.

 

  • Casualties are directly affecting us, and them. Community stakeholders we used to relate with, such as members of the village council, have been assassinated. At least one of our girls lost her life-partner to the indiscriminate shooting.

 

  • We have halted any distribution of grants for now.

 

However,

 

  • Even in this horrible war and climate of continuous displacement, the vast majority of girls are still doing business (85.7%)

 

  • Because the project execution followed the schedule, we had already engaged the 80 new girls we planned to help this year before it became too hot. We just have pending one last round of grants for 40 girls who are doing well after receiving their first grant. This will happen in November, after the high-intensity period of October has passed. (October 1st will commemorate the unification of the two Cameroons. October 7th will see elections in Cameroon. Elections are being boycotted by the separatist forces fighting the government. Major displacement has taken place in the past few days in preparation for the conflict coming to Buea).

 

  • We are able to keep going to the field. The new non-state armed groups are not hostile to us, because the community knows us and respects us. We have been helping their young women for long. We are still in danger of being caught in the crossfire, but we have been able to keep operating.

 

  • We helped 13 internally displaced women who ran away from war and had their houses burnt in July who joint this project. Now in September, we can say we are supporting more than 60 displaced women. More than half of our active girls are currently displaced, but we manage to see them in their current locations or to follow-up through phone calls.

 

So you are also contributing to mitigate this horrible conflict. Thank you, we need all the help we can get. The international community has not yet stepped up and we are trying to slow down something that is way bigger than us.

We are not giving up, and they are not giving up either. Thank you for being there.

Elizabeth sells farming inputs during rainy season
Elizabeth sells farming inputs during rainy season
Julie just relocated, but we keep in touch.
Julie just relocated, but we keep in touch.
Mabel has decided to stay and just be careful
Mabel has decided to stay and just be careful
"Even if it gets hot, I will sell from my house."
"Even if it gets hot, I will sell from my house."
Charity changed business. "My clients have left."
Charity changed business. "My clients have left."

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Aug 7, 2018

Progress Report - April to June

Dear donors,

 

The Anglophone Crisis is shaping each project and activity in the region right now. I’m heartbroken to have to explain that, at times, children have had to run away from their houses because the conflict was too near. “Bullets were entering their dorm, so we had to go” (Mom Commy, Father’s House). On the other hand, the crisis is also an opportunity for heroes to shine. Mah Di’s orphanage has decided to host a young mother running away from conflict and her child, and we also know they have been helping many children of displaced persons, keeping them safe while their families find a suitable place. Despite all difficulties, Mah Di’s orphanage and Father’s house remain sanctuaries struggling to protect and give a better future to destitute children.

In the past 3 months, with your donations, Mah Di’s orphanage has expanded their poultry farm, bought a sewing machine and they are currently constructing a toilet. Father’s House has set up a Palm Oil business and a piggery. On their own initiatives, they are also doing amazing things. As you will see in this report from Mah Diana, they have purchased two cows to begin a livestock rearing business!

Before that, I want to remind you that this week is YOUTH WEEK, and until the 12th of August, if you sign up for a monthly donation, the first donation is doubled! Also, we are trying to find a new name for this project, if you have an idea, you can help us out here:

 

REPORT OF ACTIVITIES FROM APRIL TO JULY 2018 – By Mah Diana

We are very grateful for your moral and financial support to the Centre.

From the month of April to July 2018 the following was going on:

  • CELEBRATIONS

a)      Birth Day Parties

Some visitors organised birthday parties and food and drinks were brought. The children enjoyed it. PHOTO

b)      The 16th Day of the African Child

The children, alongside children of other orphanages and homes in Kumba jointly celebrated this day at the Kumba City Council Hall. On this day, Mah Di’s Centre for Children in Distress’ Authorization from the Ministry of Social Affairs was presented by the administrative authorities. PHOTO [The procedure to obtain such a document is lengthy and complicated, and this is a critical moment in the history of the house.]

  • FARMING

 a)      Crops

During this period weeding and harvesting took place. There is an increase in maize, groundnut and vegetable production. 

b)      Animal Husbandry

This time the centre has added some cows, Rabbits, and sheep to the existing projects. We are able to get to this stage because you provided the means. Thank You. PHOTO

  • EDUCATION

Donors, Thank you so much for not relenting your effort in this God’s service. The centre went through the 2017/2018 school year successfully. It was also because of your support. Our children took part successfully in different national examinations (Government Common Entrance, First School Leaving, Class Promotion Examinations…)

  •  WORKSHOPS

The children were trained on how to prepare the following:

a)      Flour ball

b)      Pap, liquid corn

c)      How to administer vaccines to the animals and take care of them. PHOTO

  •  SUPPORT

a)      Displaced Lady and son

The centre supported a lady and her six-month-old son by providing her some materials to start-up a small flour ball business. [she is a victim of conflict that has run away from other areas of Meme Division after losing everything to war] 

 b)      KUMBA PRISON

The prisoners of Kumba Centre Prison were also supported with some Materials. 

  •  PROJECTS

 a)      The Poultry and Piggery Buildings are extended. PHOTO

 b)      A sewing machine was purchased for the children to be trained on how to mend their torn dresses.  

 

Thanks for being our providers, donors. God bless you all.

 

Remember, it’s youth week! If you sign up to give a monthly donation, the first one will be increased by 100%!!

Birthday Party
Birthday Party
Official Center for Children in Distress!
Official Center for Children in Distress!
Our new cow!
Our new cow!
and sheep too!
and sheep too!
Learning how to vaccinate the cows
Learning how to vaccinate the cows
The poultry's expansion is finished!
The poultry's expansion is finished!

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