In the office, sorting out profiles.
Dear Donors of the Keep a Girl Alive (KGA) program and friends of Reach Out
We have been doing good progress this last month and we are setting up our program for the end of the year. During past weeks we identified and did social inquiry for more than 60 girls, most of them are strong candidates to receive our help but only the 20 most hard cases will be receiving small grants during the first step of this next phase. This time we will expect half of the money slowly back and with that and new donations we hope to be able to support all of them by the end of the year. This expansion of the program is all thanks to you and without you we could not go further.
This Thursday we are doing a workshop on chin-chin, puff puff and banana cake (local pastries), as it was the most requested by the girls, and we are inviting also some old beneficiaries who have an expressed interest in learning the trade, Vastina and Stephanie might find it a nice way to complement their callbox business and market trading. We will upload pictures after the workshop.
During this identification we are seeing a lot of 1-room-1-bed-households with more than 7 people of all ages, a lot of responses like "we manage" when asked about toilet and kitchen, a lot of early pregnancy. We are also seeing some inspiring young women who are already taking care of their families and some good business ideas we are excited to be supporting:
Hilda has a humble restaurant in Tole and she wants to start offering new dishes that cannot be seen around and have more space since the place is usually full. Eveline sells roasted fish in Longstreet, close to Tole but inside of the city of Buea. Suzanne wants to start selling garri (grinded casava, basic in African cousine) since she knows where to find it for a cheap price and feels that demand is not properly supplied in Tole. It is sad that some of them can't be supported right away since other more desperate situations are taking preference.
We hope that the sorting out it is only temporary and eventually we can help them all.
We have seen two small successes with two microprojects that grew from this parent project, the cases for Thelma (6) and Favor (5), small daughters of our beneficiaries. The first could go to Buea School of the Deaf after being identified and her project funded and the second is receiving full financial support for fighting cancer, since she has been living with a lymphoma in her jaw. We are proud of these small victories and we are trying to push it further for Florence, a blind women who is a single mother of 4 and now part of the program with her daughter, who is 15 but will be part of it as long as she keeps with her studies. (http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/support-florence-struggle/)
Today, 15th of October, from 9.00 to 23.59 EDT, globalgiving gives a 30% extra for every donation (up to 1000$ per donor per project). And it is a great opportunity for securing the program and making sure we will be able to make the strong push that could really change the situation in Tole. You can find the hour in your time zone here http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=October+Bonus+Day&iso=20141015T09&p1=263
And you can share the project in facebook and twitter through the icons you will find bellow. Funds are limited so don't wait for the last minute or the bonus might be lost!
Thank you for changing their lives, they will not disappoint you. We will do our best to keep up to the responsibility
P.D: If you want to see the reports and pictures of funded microprojects: