Teen Mother Empowerment in Cameroon

by Social Development International
Group picture on Launching Day
Group picture on Launching Day

October 05, 2013 Social Development International (SDI) and The Girl Effect Fund of Global Giving USA, launched the International day of the Girl Child 2013 with 30 teenage mothers, their children, three international Volunteers, the Press, SDI executives, cross community members and invited guests in attendance. The day started at 10:00 AM with training sessions done by ILse from Netherlands, Fiona from England and Dida Rose a Gender and Women Empowerment Masters student from the University of Buea. Three training sessions were followed by Girl Child Post 2015 Development goals Declaration, Choral shetches, Debates,Drama, Role games with goals all centered on the Girl child Innovative and Inclusive Education, Health care, Ecomnomic Empowerment, Political Freedom, and Social Wellbeing. At 2:20PM the media community took over the day with series of interviews with teenage mothers representative, Volunteers, Community members and SDI Executive team.

The day ended with a dinner and a promise to champion the cause of the Girl Child innovative and inclusive Education in all frontiers at all cost.

October 11. 2013 International Day of The Girl Child. Theme: Innovate for the Girl Child Education.

Day's program:

  • Singing of National Anthemelcome and open Speech by CEO of SDI
  • Reading of the Girl Child Declaration
  • The Guiding Principles of the Declaration
  • The recommended goals
  • Lunch Break
  • Presentation of Scketecs, Drama, role play
  • Press Interviews

The maiden celebration commenced at 11AM.

After the National Anthem, the welcome speech was closely follewed by the reading of the Girl Declaration which is a call to action to put Girls at the heart of the post 2015 development agenda. Seven selected Girls presented the declaration. Participant had lunch of snacks and drinks before coming back to the celebration Hall for socio-cultural and psycho-educayional activities. This activities included, singing, fashion parade, traditional dancing, debate and drama.

In our next report, Watch out for the opening of our Teenage Mothers Institute in Buea and the extention of the project to new communities in Tiko Sub division.

Thank you Girl Effect Fund and GlobalGiving Donors

With warm regards,

Nzue Maxentius Eseh

Teen Mums Rep delivery speech
Teen Mums Rep delivery speech
The Eden News Paper
The Eden News Paper

Teenage Mothers Institute Sign Board
Teenage Mothers Institute Sign Board

Friends, Donors, Supporters, Partners We Salut !

Last time you heard from us, we were in the final stages of establishing our teenage mothers groups in new communities, recruiting local volunteers and running regular community workshop.

 Thanks to your generosity we have been able to reach even more communities and teens with the benefit of building capacities for social and economic change.  We have got more teens than ever especially in the Bolifamba community, and we are supporting a number of teens entirely with Mutual Health insurance coverage with funds you have donated. 

Today, we are finalizing the preparation for the opening of the Teenage Mothers’ Institute in Cameroon; Location-Buea, Bonduma Village, South West Region- Come October 2013, while continuing our regular community teen’s capacity building trainings.

We are delighted to have received financial support from the Girl Effect Fund, without which the establishment of Teenage Mothers Institute and teens trainings this year would have been a dream.

We thank all who donated to the Girl Effect Fund, Global Giving technical team, administration, partners and all; your contribution and services count in all our achievements. Dedicated to supporting the families of the poor teenage mothers in marginalized communities we are serving.

With the support of the American Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon we were able to get a peace corps volunteer - Chris Michail seconded to our Teen Mothers project to give a helping hand on our community outreachs.

This past saturday July 27, 2013; 53 teen mothers from Muea and Bolifamba teen groups gathered at the Bolifamba Health Centre Hall for their regular last saturday of the month whole day training session ( From 10:00AM to 17:00PM); coordinated by Nzue Maxentius Eseh.

Please know that, we are in this together, our achievement is yours.

We look forward to your continued support, Pictures attached to see the value of your money.

Thank you from all of Beneficiaries and SODEIT Team

Information and Computeer Technology Training Room
Information and Computeer Technology Training Room
One of the Classrooms
One of the Classrooms
Teens on Last Saturday July 2013 Training session
Teens on Last Saturday July 2013 Training session
Teens Last Saturday July 2013 Training session2
Teens Last Saturday July 2013 Training session2
Muea ladies working hard
Muea ladies working hard

Teen Empowerment Project Monthly Report: April 2013


April started with a bang: 30 teens from Muea were identified and the workshops are now underway. The Mutual Health enrolment and other paperwork is a bit of a slow process but we got a new kick of motivation after having over 90 teens from Bolifamba show up for the identification.

Monthly Goals:

  • Finish identification in Muea and begin workshops series
  • Begin identification in Bolifamba and Dibanda
  • Continue fundraising efforts

Major Activities in Chronological Order:

  • Muea identification was held on April 3rd at the Customary Court Hall. Only four girls, none of whom were eligible for the program, showed up. We were not discouraged because there was a lot of community support so we agreed on another identification the following week.
  • Mr. Joseph from the Regional Health Center in Muea, Mr. Julius from Mutual Health and Mr. Solomon of Muea have acted as social mobilizes in Muea going door to door with TME pamphlets, educating them about the program and encouraging their participation.
  • Dropped program instruction letters off for the Chiefs of Bolifamba and Dibanda.
  • Second identification in Muea was on April 10th with a turn out of thirty teens! We chose the official weekly meeting time and date to be Friday 4-6pm.
  • Through the help of Mutual Health Management, met with health care providers in Bolifamba to discuss our program and solicit their help in entering their community.
  • Set identification of Bolifamba to be on April 30th at 4pm.
  • Met with social mobilizers of Bolifamba, sensitized them on the project and sent them to the 11 quarters of Bolifamba to sensitize the community on our project.
  • Brought Introduction/Announcement letters to 10+ churches in Bolifamba.
  • Had first and second official Muea workshops with an average number of 16 teens. We worked on getting their paperwork completed so that they and their children can be enrolled in Mutual Health and start to reap the first benefit of the TME project. Also voted on topics of workshops for the next few months.
  • Had our identification in Bolifamba with an astonishing 96 girls show up! We had to go make photocopies twice of the identification papers because more continued showing up. Our social mobilizers really did an amazing job in Bolifamba.
  • Bolifamba girls were so motivated that they chose their workshops to be held every Tuesday from 4-6pm AND one Saturday a month from 9am-4pm.



  • All mobilizers and those working with us want and expect some sort of compensation for their work. We have a small budget and can’t always afford their work.

Solutions and Changes:

  • Moving into the community slowly and staying for a while. Instead of going to several villages and attempting gaining the trust of each community, we’ve decided to establish the program in 2-3 villages, gain their trust, and conduct several series of workshops in the same villages.

Unattained Goals and Reasoning:

  • Identification of Dibanda postponed until we are fully entered into the other 2 communities. It doesn’t make sense to rush into things.
Muea Teens!
Muea Teens!
First Official Workshop in Maumu Village
First Official Workshop in Maumu Village

Teen Mother Empowerment Monthly Project Report: March 2013


Arriving on the 10th of March, the new Program Coordinator, Antonia Morzenti from United States was briefed on the previous activities of the TME program which has been underway in Buea since 2009. Antonia was given the assignment of working with Cameroonian social worker, Mr. Nzue Maxentius. Together the two of them, on behalf of SDI, have a target of 5 villages and 100 teens to empower through a series of workshops. At the debut, nineteen teens were already identified in the village of Maumu and we moved from on from there.


Monthly Goals:

  • Begin workshops in Maumu
  • Complete identification in Upper and Lower Muea
  • Begin Identification in Bolifamba and Dibanda
  • Continue fundraising efforts


Major Activities Carried Out in Chronological Order:

  • To reintroduce the program into the community, Suliman (SDI founder), Max and Antonia went around Buea to relevant ministries and delegations. Those personally contacted include: The Region Delegation of Family Affairs and Women’s Empowerment, The Ministry of Social Work, and Buea Mutual Health.
  • The Region Delegation of Family Affairs and Women’s Empowerment will send a delegate to open up new workshops series when possible.
  • Buea Mutual Health has agreed to introduce Mutual Health care coverage at the first workshop in a new series for all villages in the future.
  • Set a date for Antonia’s introduction into Maumu Village.
  • On that date, we stayed four hours in Maumu. The first two hours were spent walking around the village, learning the area and attempting to ‘round up’ the identified teens and others who are interested. The other two hours were spent: waiting for participants. introducing the program, and choosing an official schedule for the workshops series. The girls chose: Thursdays from 4-6pm every week. The total number of participants reached six.
  • The first official Maumu workshop was held on March 21st. A Delegate from Women’s Empowerment opened with a prayer and words of encouragement. Mr. Bate of Mutual Health followed with an enthusiastic speech about health in general and the benefits of this coverage. We then chose themes for the workshops series and wrapped things up but taking photos for the health care cards. Total number of participants reached nine but only five were eligible for the program.
  • Set date for Upper and Lower Muea Identification workshop and began to advertise at the ~25 churches in Muea and on two local radio stations.
  • Met with Maumu chief to discuss low turn out and disinterest at the two previous workshops in hopes of mobilizing him to find people sensitize his community for a better turn out the following week.
  • The manager of Buea Mutual Health aided in finding local community members from Muea to sensitize the community on the program and inform eligible teens girls about the benefits.
  • Second official workshop March 28th. We waited for 45min and no one showed up. Max and Antonia made an official decision to withdraw our efforts from Maumu because of the lack of interest.



  • Jumping into the middle of a project where identification has already taken place.
  • Working in a village as an “outsider”. A new face is not easily trusted.
  • General lack of interest and motivation from teens and the community as a whole.
  • Keeping time, not African time.


Changes in Program:

  • SDI and the Teen Mother Empowerment program will only be working in villages were there is serious interest and motivation. If the girls do not want to be there [at the workshop] we do not want them to be there. Serious and motivated participants only.
  • Antonia and Max will be working closely with local village members who have genuine interest in the successfulness of the program leading to the betterment of the girls and the community as a whole.


Unattained Goals and Reasoning:

  • Identification in Muea was extended so we would be working with a high number of participants.
  • Bolifamba and Dibanda were put on hold so that the TME team can realize the most optimal and beneficial way to enter communities with this program. We must seek support at the local level before entering so that we are not viewed as complete “outsiders”.

Dear Donors, Supporters and Friends,

We would like to sincerely thank you for all the painstaking efforts in making our project fruitful with your hard earned cash and technical support.

THE GIRL EFFECT FUND has made it possible, first in the history of our teenage mothers' project, to start envisaging achieving our yearly target of reaching out to 100 teenage mothers' direct beneficiaries.

So far we have received 45% funding of our yearly budget from THE GIRL EFFECT FUND just in the first quarter of 2013. this is promising. Bravo!!! The GIRL EFFECT FUND.

With THE GIRL EFFECT FUND we are sure to start our Teenage Mothers Institute come September, 2013. Our most cherished goal to be achieved in Cameroon.  

Antonia Morzenti , a volunteer from Wisconsin, USA with grant support from OMPRAKASH will handle the capacity building of teenage mothers in the next 6 months. She will arrive in Cameroon, Buea 10 March, 2013. OMPRAKASH we are grateful!!!

January 2013, we evaluated the Tole village project.

February 2013 we started with Mamul Village, sensitization and identification with 20 teenage mothers to receive complete capacity building training over a period of four months, 40 Mutual health coverage for a year (Mother and child), and school sponsorship for 3 to continue their education and, the rest entrepreneurs in the making.

March 2013, we began with Lower Muea and upper Muea villages, we held fruitful discussions with the two chiefs; sensitization and identification of teenage mothers in their communities has begun. By March 15, 2013 we will be through with the two Muea villages sensitization, and identification process.

The last two weeks of March, 2013 we will focus our attention to cover Bolifamba and Dibanda villages. This gives us 5 villages targeted yearly with 100 teenage mothers' direct beneficiaries.

THE GIRL EFFECT FUND know that we are in this together; our achievement is your achievement, we could not have envisage achieving so much this year without your support Cameroon Teenage Mothers hold you in high Esteem.

We look forward to your continued support and; please join us in modeling our future mothers and leaders.


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Social Development International

Location: Buea, South West Region - Cameroon
Website: http:/​/​www.sodeit.org
Social Development International
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Suliaman Turay
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