The SHIELD (Sheltering the Innocent from Exploitation, Labor and Deprivation) Team focused their effort during the months of June and July 2012 on advocacy for the protection of human rights especially trafficking of children in Cameroon.
Due to the poor state of the roads in the target region, the project team organized a coordination meeting to bring together project representatives from the seven sub divisions of the North West Region. The objective of the meeting was to urge the coordinators to continue to reinforce project messages, share lessons learned and update the stakeholders on the progress of the work. This meeting was also used to develop local fundraising strategies and ways of sustaining program activities.
Project also dedicated time during this period to develop a plan and tools to monitor and evaluate project activates. Regular monitoring and support activities have been severely impeded during the last three months by the heavy rains that make access to the target areas impossible.
The monitoring and evaluation plan was developed and shared with participants, and data collection tools reviewed and revised. Project team plans to use the months of August, September and October to collect data on the project. The data collection will focus on the opinion of victims and families, response of the community, the services providers such as police, judiciary, social Welfare offices, and vigilante committees. This exercise will enable the team to analyze trends and review local action plans. The activity will also enable the project to put in a place a system that will facilitate the continuous monitoring and evaluation of project activities.