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Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans

by Reach Out NGO
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
Building Livelihoods for Cameroonian orphans
May 10, 2018

Important changes in this project!

Your school has now 6 classes and 40 pupils!
Your school has now 6 classes and 40 pupils!

Dear Donors,

 

For more than a year now, Mah Diana, founder of Mah Di’s orphanage has been in charge of reporting. This is an extraordinary report to inform you of a strategic change.

We are going to update this project to cover not only Mah Di’s orphanage but other orphanages in similar situations. 

Before we dive into the why, we have to clarify something:

1) Every donation made so far will go only to Mah Di’s orphanage, that’s what you donated for.  The 3 recurring donations we have (donors who give every month) will only serve Mah Di’s. Unless donors write to us saying they are OK with us using the funds in other houses.

Now, why this change?

 

First, Mah Di’s is improving. Thanks to you, thanks to them, they are much much better off than when we started.

They have a school that is doing great and growing (check out expansion project). They self-generate about 20% of their income, as opposed to 4% in 2016, and have their medical, hygienic and feeding needs well covered. They pay all their school fees (for those who don’t go to the house's school) on time. They follow-up with authorities to get fees exemptions and other social benefits when possible. They still have needs, but we are beginning to see a possibility of phasing out in the coming years. This is exactly what you donated for, for them to be able to grow by themselves, and they are achieving it. Congratulations.

Second, there are other orphanages that are also in need of help. Father’s house, the second orphanage we want to introduce, is worse-off in many aspects. The house has not managed to pay school fees for many of the children, and they are at risk of being expelled. They have very limited self-generated funds. They don't have access to clean water in the house (we are trying to address right now). They have less of a standing in the community (local donations are a huge part of Mah Di’s success) since they just relocated.

Our strategy so far has been to create a separate project for each orphanage, but this has not been very effective. (This project has 175$ after a long while). We also think that having too many projects on GlobalGiving with similar thematic might confuse donors or play against our image. It is also easier to manage just one project and have the freedom to assign funds where they are most needed.

Most important, we know if we merge these projects and focus our efforts we can raise more funds. Not only for Father’s House but also for Mah Di’s. Everybody will win.

 

So what is going to happen now?

 

  • Before 1 week we will edit this project to be representative of both orphanages.
  • We will continue sharing with you Mah Di's reports every 3 months. But you will also receive reports from the other orphanage (Father’s House) after we help them. 
  • This is going to be a very gradual process. This year you will only see these two orphanages. But we are on the look for outstanding houses with outstanding needs, and we might introduce you to new families that you can help.
  • We will continue project-specific-fundraising through small microprojects, we just launched one to expand Mah Di’s school. (Here) and will be doing another one to provide a water tank to Father’s house in the coming weeks.

 

Our focus remains the same. 1) Provide basic support only when the need is critical. 2) Focus on big investments that the orphanages can’t do by themselves. 3) Income-generating-activities so they are less dependent on external funding in the future.

If you have any inquiry or you want to share your opinion about this move, feel free to write to me at marc@reachoutcameroon.org

 

So that’s it, your family just got bigger! 40 + 28!

Have a great day and thanks for everything you have done for the children

 

P.D: Until the 13th of May, if you sign up for a recurring donation GlobalGiving gives us a one-time 100% bonus on it! (If you sign up to give 25 dollars every month, they will add another 25 dollars for the first donation, after you have been giving for 4 months).

 

Child of Father
Child of Father's House orphanage
Project to construct a bore hole in Father
Project to construct a bore hole in Father's House
Rahim, young man of the house
Rahim, young man of the house
children of Father
children of Father's House
Thank you!
Thank you!

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Location: Buea, South West Region - Cameroon
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Project Leader:
Njomo Omam Esther
Executive Director
Buea, South West Region Cameroon
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