The project shall reduce the vulnerability, dependency and abuses suffered by 50 child-brides and potential child brides in the North West Region of Cameroon through economic empowerment. Through vocational training, micro-finance services, business coaching & academic sponsorship, the beneficiaries shall build their self-esteem and contribute to community development. It will facilitate access to micro finance services thru a revolving interest free loan scheme to support beneficiaries' dreams
Slow-domestication of international instruments by Cameroon propagates abuse of girls & women. Marriage age is discriminatory with entrenched traditional practices encouraging forced child marriages. Child brides lack ability to protect themselves from abuses & escape from abusive marriages as they lose their identity upon marriage & without rights to inheritance. Limited academic and/or vocational training makes them economically weak & depend on abusive spouses for livelihood.
Through vocational training, start-up capital & coaching, children trapped in child marriages will be economically less-dependent & will potentially break lose. The project will also support potential victims stay in school thru academic scholarships and basic health care including training in menstruation hygiene management. Community service activities led by beneficiaries shall raise awareness on child marriages and the problems faced by child brides. The project shall also develop a data.
A data bank of abuses perpetrated on child brides used for community awareness creation by stakeholders. There shall also be a team of empowered child brides acting as advocates. About 15 child brides & potential brides shall remain in school. 35 small business initiatives owned by young women shall be a long standing achievement. Ultimately lesser number of girls shall fall victims to forced child marriages in the participating communities. Beneficiaries shall exist as a team of peer educators