Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth

by Education Fights AIDS Cameroon

In order to be part of 2015/2016 academic year school resuming, AEFA Cameroon gave some scholar materials to PVVIH women’s Children. This was through the ceremony of donation organized at the conference hall of AEFA Sunday 7th September 2015. Some fifteen students and mothers received each scholar materials from the secretary general of AEFA Cameroon who asked beneficial to work hard during this year in order to success. Each back of gift was constituted to pens, pencils, books, razors, calculators, arm board evaluated at 100.000 Franc CFA. Beneficial’s are children of PLHIV belonging to AJEPS of Maroua. According to the president of AEFA Cameroon, it’s very important to be interested to the education domain at this moment where every student is looking for school way and it’s one of the major field of AEFA’s intervention which help to educate and sensitize youth of our associations. We are even looking strategies to make performances of those students to be an attractive one in their different schools. Some receivers expressed their gratitude in the following steep.
I ‘am called KERA, I am in class six they gave me books for the new academic year for that I say thank you and it will help me to study and I want to be a doctor.
Through people of USA, AEFA gives us gift for this academic year. I thank you very much; May Good blessed those donators.
I am called BERTRAND student in 3ème in government secondary school Makabaye-Maroua.
Good evening I am called Nafisatou,
I have been promoted to 2nd this gift is encouraging and I want
to become a teacher.
I am called MARTIN in 3ème in government high school Doualaré-Maroua. It’s Good who gives us this wonderful opportunity which gave a lot of pleasure; and i thank AEFA for all its efforts.
YAYA, member of AJEPS I’ am very satisfied for the gift giving to us. I was daunting to look for a way to by books to my sisters and brothers it’s now an easy task for me.
I first of all thank AEFA because parents are facing a lot of difficulties for the school resuming precisely with the insecurity problem which cannot permit parents to follow their Incoming generated activities. We plead that donators should not forget their associations because we are looking to do that king of action each year for children coming from PLHIV.
As a mother I have the pleasure to say thank you to people of USA. Thank you to AEFA which use to guide us. My child will to school with all his books through this gift.

The visit of AEFA Cameroon to that association was a very great moment for members to ameliorate their incoming generated activities.

When receiving the help of 50.000FCfa from AEFA Cameroon, AJEPS Mokolo can now forward in their principal IGA which is the stockbreeder notably goat. All the five women presents in the meeting enumerated some small benefits activities they will undertake with the help receive. According to Mrs. XavierMokol and Jumbo Albert respectively president and treasurer of AJEPS MOKOLO, AEFA Cameroon was, is and will be one of their support and the organization caring for their health. It is the case of DAZNA who needs 10.000 Fcfa to sell moringa powder in view to produce some benefit to the association. Each presents member decide that, benefits that will be produce by each activity should be use for the health matter of the members and to help their IGA to grow.

This is interview with some members of AJEPS MOKOLO

I am facing many difficulties at this time around especially the transportation to go and do medical analysis. My back is panning too much. I think this kind full action of AEFA is going to help me. I will continuous selling eggs but in a good quantity through the money giving to us by AEFA and their Partners.  

YAKADAM, new member.

 

I have a child of 14 year old who is infected like me; I am doing all possible to ensure his needs and education. But people are always discouraged me. They ask me to stop doing it because he will sun died and I am confused with this situation. With this help of Global Giving through AEFA Cameroon, since I was knitting, I will buy more materials now and knit many in order to produce benefit for our association and for myself.

Collette, treasurer

 

I had my daughter with my first husband 15 years ago. The husband died of HIV some month after my delivery. Two years after, I got married to another man with whom I had my second child. He too died of HIV. I was raped by the brother of my recent husband and forced to have sex with him. This is where I gave birth to this daughter I am holding. All my children are not infected. Just that the first one succeeded the first school living certificate and the entrance into form I. She spent a whole year at home because of lack of school fees. I don’t know where I can find money for that. I think with this help of Global Giving to our Association, I will try to multiply IGA in view to achieve but I am calling for a help.

                                           TSARNA, member

Picture of some members of ASSYSGOD
Picture of some members of ASSYSGOD

AEFA GIVES MORE HOPE TO THE PLHIV

It’s through the special program of help that started with the financing of Income Generating Activity (IGA) of community association belonging to AEFA.

 The community association known on the acronym ASSYSGOD from Godola village was selected among many others which subscribed for the occasion received an envelope of fifty thousand (50,000) from AEFA (Association for Education Fights Aids) Cameroon this Saturday. In the health center of the village, where the ceremony was presided over by Mr Amada Secretary General of AEFA and by Mr Pontoo Maina Gabriel the communication manager in which the donation package was given.

While receiving the help, the president of ASSYSGOD Mrs Mairamou expresses the satisfaction of the association for the help they received. In line with this, promising a good effectiveness in their Income Generating Activity. This IGA in which they will focus their attention is the selling of animals during different periodic markets of the village. In three months time, evaluation will be done in view to see the benefit produced.

According to the president of AEFA Cameroon Mr Alim, the help coming from Global Giving through AEFA is to enable members of associations to ameliorate their health status. An association will be chosen in two weeks for the same action.

                                     By Mr PONTOO MAINA GABRIEL

Communication manager of AEFA Cameroon

AJUPS Yagoua
AJUPS Yagoua

The EFA staff chose to celebrate World AIDS Day this year by visiting AJUPS (l’Association des Jeunes Unis pour la Promotion de la Sante, or the Association of Young People United for Health Promotion) in Yagoua, one of the newest members of the EFA Youth Network.

Throughout 2014, this vibrant new association has concentrated its efforts on sensitization events in the surrounding community and the establishment of a number of income generation activities. In terms of sensitization, the members of AJUPS have elected to conduct door-to-door visits, in order to identify young people who might benefit from participation in the association. This method has already proven to be successful, as a number of young people have joined the association as a result. The members of AJUPS have been similarly successful with their efforts to generate income to support their activities. The association’s first income generation strategy was the cultivation of a field of white beans (a project made possible by the support of the mayor of Yagoua, the local lamido). Thanks to the foresight of the association’s president, the funds generated from the bean harvest were partially reinvested in next year’s crop, as well as the association’s other income generation activity (the sale of condoms in the community). The remainder of the income from the harvest was used to support CD4 screening for those association members unable to pay for their own health care costs.

The bravery and dedication of the AJUPS members has earned them the respect of their community members, despite the stigma surrounding HIV. Members of the association now feel re-integrated into society, as evidenced by the fact that some have found work outside the association (doing sewing and other odd jobs).

The work of AJUPS has clearly affected many in the community of Yagoua. Some have spoken to EFA about how the association has helped them to understand the situation of young people living with HIV/AIDS:

I have a limited knowledge of AJUPS but I am aware of its activities, namely the community field, condom distribution and the series of educational talks…In my view, it is necessary that people understand that having HIV / AIDS is not the end of life. The members [of the association] offer a shining example of commendable behavior in our society. I now know that I can share water with them… As an external observer, I can say that they need even more support.

Everybody in the EFA family is very proud of the progress that AJUPS has made in the last year, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in 2015!

AJUBS members working in their field
AJUBS members working in their field

It has been an exciting few months for AJUBS in Yagoua, one of the newest associations in EFA’s Youth Empowerment Network.

EFA has been working hard to reinforce the capacity of the association members, training them to conduct community sensitization activities about HIV/AIDS, manage their affairs, maintain a monitoring and evaluation system, and engage in advocacy work.

In recent months, the association members have completed an advocacy campaign by writing to all of the community leaders and NGOs working in Yagoua. The campaign yielded two important outcomes. First, both the Bishop and a representative of the local mosque responded by publicly encouraging the association members and promising their moral support. Second, the Mayor has given 100,000 CFA to the project and has also promised to allow the association to continue their work without paying any tax. This public support from local leaders sends an important message that vulnerable young people within the community are protected and signals the beginning of an end to discrimination and stigmatization against young people within HIV/AIDS in Yagoua.

AJUBS has also started a new income-generation activity - a field of beans. They hope the field will yield a substantial harvest even in its first year of operation. The field was donated by a family member of one of the members. The personal contributions of the members, plus the support of the Mayor, were used for start-up costs, such as purchasing seeds and spraying the fields against insects. The youth members now meet weekly in the field. In addition to working together towards a successful harvest, these weekly meetings serve as opportunities for the association members to discuss their situation and plan for their future work together. The members are hopeful that the income from the sale of the beans will help them to support their ongoing medical and nutrition costs.

Collectively, these projects have helped to bring the youth in the association together and to strengthen their hope in the future. One association member eloquently expressed this hope when she said: “For the last few weeks, all of us have been very busy working for ourselves in our field. This work has allowed us to see that we are supported. I would like to thank EFA for having opened our eyes.” (Dahaida Delphine, Treasurer of AJUBS).

Taking a break to pose for the camera
Taking a break to pose for the camera

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Organization Information

Education Fights AIDS Cameroon

Location: Maroua - Cameroon
Project Leader:
Alim Ousmanou
Maroua, Extreme North Province Cameroon
$37,513 raised of $50,000 goal
 
478 donations
$12,487 to go
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