Since 2012 Reach Out Cameroon has been working with girls aged from 18 to 35 to help them break out of poverty by themselves. This year 2018 we have helped 76 new girls from the village of Tole. From the beneficiaries and Reach Out’s team we would like to thank each one of you, donors, for your support to the program. We have seen a steady increase in beneficiaries and in prosperity.
The girls are monitored and assessed monthly by Reach Out’s team through surveys and their bookkeeping records. The monitoring has helped us keep records of whether the program is working and from what I have experienced being with the team for the shortest time (month) as a volunteer, is nothing short of amazing. The girls have gained experience and are getting confident with every training session we do. They are asking important questions such as “How do we save money?”, which will help them grow and understand business. Their ambitions have changed from unrealistic dreams to some real achievable goals. I had one of the beneficiaries say at the beginning of the training how she wanted a million CFA (about 1,800$) and at the end, she realized that is not reality, what is achievable is sending her children to a better school. The program gives the girls a sense of hope and understanding. It helps them realize they can stand on their own and be more independent.
So personally I would like to thank each one of you donors for what you have accomplished with your kindness and generosity. This is my first time volunteering for a program and I feel this is an amazing and inspiring program as it teaches independence and drives the beneficiaries to have a business mentality which I know is very important.
The objective of the Project is to improve the girl’s lives through the businesses they start. To take them out of poverty and move forward without restrictions and independently earning their own money.
My understanding of the programme created by the KGA is to teach the beneficiaries how to use the money wisely, why they should choose a business carefully, how and why they should save money, how they can invest their money correctly and the importance on bookkeeping. Also to teach them how to be responsible for what they do in life. To teach them to be focused, responsible and accountable.
The main objective is to improve their average income of each girl after a period of time (a year).
On Wednesday 20th June 2018, we held a programme in Tole for the new recruit of girls. It was the 3rd batch of girls of the year. The training consisted of bookkeeping, entrepreneurship, savings, business creation, and sexual reproductive health. The training concluded on the Thursday 21st June 2018.
On Friday 22nd June 2018 Reach Out Cameroon distributed to the new girls in the programme a capital of 30,000 CFA grants for their businesses.
1st day (20 June 2018)
- Baseline survey
- Savings (including homework)
- Business advice
- Concluded the 1st days training at 2:30
2nd day (21 June 2018)
- Homework corrections
- Revision on bookkeeping
- Comparing two business
- Sexual Reproductive Health
- Lecture from Blanche
- Business planning
- Closing remarks
- Reminded the girls to meet at the Chief's palace 23 June 2018 to collect their grant
3rd day (22 June 2018)
- Arrived at the Chief's palace at 9:00
- Started with an opening prayer
- Advice from the KGA team
- Presented the grants to the beneficiaries (the beneficiaries signed for their grants once received)
- Finished with a group photo
Thank you very much for making it possible!
Project participant (Blanche) teaching new girls
Follow-up with Victorine
Bookkeeping practical excercise