Teen Mother Empowerment in Cameroon

by Social Development International
Our group of Teen Mothers
Our group of Teen Mothers

On our last meeting with the teenage mothers, we focused on the organizational skills each of their executive directors were going to hold. It is important that each of them understand what their role in their group is and what responsibilities are key to keep their circle together.

Materials were distributed to the 5 members in the executive board. Our staff presented some tips on bookkeeping, and the importance of recording the minutes on each of their meetings. This type of organization is still in the learning process but we have received a good response and willingness from the participant teenage mothers.

In our efforts to help them understand the importance of building a degree of independence we have given them a simple task. Our teenage mothers had brought together their best skills to put a fashion show together. The purpose of this activity is to present their group to the community and allow them take part in the decision making of the activities that will benefit them.

We hope that after elections take place next week, our meetings will come back to the normal schedule and we can finalize preparations for the fashion show!

We will now leave you with some pictures from the meeting and the Bless of God

Till then!

Generating Ideas
Generating Ideas
Understanding Organizational skills
Understanding Organizational skills
The whole group enjoying the movie
The whole group enjoying the movie

Friends and Donors!

Our last visit to the village of Tole was on the 5th of August, 2011. The purpose of this visit was to teach the “Teenage Mothers of Tole” about the rights a Woman has through the presentation of a movie titled: “For Colored Women”—perhaps some of you have heard about it or even have the chance to enjoy watching such a wonderful and inspirational film!!! While watching the movie, explanations were given as the movie progressed. The SDI team encouraged discussion by asking questions in regards to the issues being presented. At the same time the teenage mothers clarify their doubts by raising their own concerns and opinions. Not surprisingly, conflicts among the different opinions were perceived, as each teenage mother holds a different point of view about the movie. In order to minimize this opinion gap, the SDI team decided to incline in the teaching program (Sex Education, the rights of a woman, the duties of a woman towards her family, teenage pregnancy and abortion, and the impacts of their lives in the society).

Until next time! 

the SDI Team

the SDI Team discusses
the SDI Team discusses
the SDI Team discusses
the SDI Team discusses
our Teen mothers !
our Teen mothers !
some of our staff members
some of our staff members
Shalord Ngong
Shalord Ngong

Hello again and greetings from Buea, Cameroon!


This week’s report is dedicated to presenting you with some
of our Tole teen mother’s faces!


Our mothers love pictures, and what 20 year old does not? Tell
me about it!

In an effort to make this portal a place where you can
become more familiar with the community you are so amazingly impacting, I asked
some of our Tole Teen mother’s to pose for the lens of my camera, and share
with you a little bit about their life stories!

I now present to you amazing smiles in action:

This beautiful woman you are about to see in picture # 1  is Shalord Ngong, She is
21 years old, and her baby girl is 1 year old. Shalord dropped out of school
when she was in fifth grade because her father, a local farmer, was not able to
sponsor her studies. Left with no education and little known skills, she did
not know nor understand the responsibilities of becoming a woman. Left without
supervision lead her to get pregnant from a man who filled her with love
promises but who now barely sends food for the baby. But, Shalord has discovered
that life can actually smile to you, she is eager to go back to school and
become a pediatrician down the line! You go Sharlord!

Emelda Ambouchou in picture #2 is also 21, but her story is a little
different.  Beautiful Princess Lyra, her
baby was born 1 year and 10 months ago but was not able to meet her father. He
had abandoned Emelda after finding out she was going to have a girl and not a
boy. In Africa the stigmas of fathering a woman as your first child are widely
present up to date. School for Emelda was sadly not one of her priorities, and
after failing to successfully complete her latest grade, she was vulnerable to
the unsupervised life abundant in these rural villages.  However, there is something she is passionate
about and that is the use of computers and expanding her horizons. Emelda wants
to be part of an ICT program and see new cities outside of her village!


Finally, We have gorgeous Nadage Mbah in picture # 3, with only 19 years of
age, she is the mother of a 1 year old baby girl. Nadage and the baby’s father
live together, but this doesn’t mean her life is any less complicated.
Currently, the mother and her child are facing serious malnutrition problems
and perhaps other complications due to the absence of food and the proper care
giving knowledge by both parents. Nadage is a work in process as we are working
on teaching her the importance of attending school. We hope she can continue
her studies and perhaps become an entrepreneur in the tailoring business!

On other Updates:

We continue to make great progress in the minds and souls of
this young community. Last week, the Teenage mothers of Tole joined our stuff
in a Yoga session, which main purpose was to teach them the importance of a healthy
life style and the benefits of caring for one’s body.


Our class was filled with laughs and satisfaction. Even
though this was a whole new practice for all of them the response was exceptional
and contributed to the building of their group identity.

Infinite thanks for your support and please continue to
spread the amazing changes happening in this devoted  community for change!


Social Development International  


Emelda Ambouchou
Emelda Ambouchou
Nadage Mbah
Nadage Mbah
Johanna and a teen mother doing the mountain pose
Johanna and a teen mother doing the mountain pose
Teen Mothers excited to learn the new moves!
Teen Mothers excited to learn the new moves!
Listenning closely to the instructions
Listenning closely to the instructions
Teen mothers of Tole Executive Board
Teen mothers of Tole Executive Board

As part of our program in empowering the Teenage mothers of Tole village, we wanted to cultivate a culture of respect, democracy, transparency and cooperation among these future entrepreneurs!

The best way to make such an accomplishment was by promoting democratic elections among the participants and electing their executive board which will be representing them before the different service centers in the south Division region of Cameroon.

When planning this activity our team was far from imaging the great impact of our intentions. As we entered the church hall where our meetings usually take place we encounter a group of: “ready to get their game on” young democrats!

Their response was exceptional and within a matter of minutes we had candidates for all positions.

As the voting progressed, we were allowed to get a better picture of how much this initiative means to them in an environment where the majority are not given the opportunity to participate in civic activities.

                “Now that we are given the opportunity to manage the finances of the Tole teen mothers, we will take it as a challenge to manage the funds and welfare of our members”-  Clara  Amboki, Tole Teen mothers’ treasurer.

These weeks donations were outstanding! Let’s keep up our support in creating a brighter future for these young mothers!

Thanks to your invaluable support, our teen mothers of Tole are able to enjoy an atmosphere where they come together and learn the importance of caring for them and their children. Sensitizing them by providing them balance choice of refreshments and the appropriate resources to be part of these amazing changes

We are presently working with a group of 70 + young Women. Every week we have been able to recruit new participants through our emerging leaders! This is amazing!

Next week our teen mothers will join us in yoga and other exercises session. “Sport” as they called it is an important aspect at their age and an incentive to understand the benefits of a balance lifestyle.

Ethel Penda-Teen Mothers of Tole President and Son
Ethel Penda-Teen Mothers of Tole President and Son
Nadesh Oben etchi and her baby girl
Nadesh Oben etchi and her baby girl
SDI staff prepares refreshments
SDI staff prepares refreshments
Johanna and some of the teen mothers and children
Johanna and some of the teen mothers and children
Johanna and some of the teen mothers and children
Johanna and some of the teen mothers and children


Teen mothers after Meeting with SDI staff in Tole
Teen mothers after Meeting with SDI staff in Tole

Dear Friends and Donors,

This  past  Monday  July 4, 2011, three  of our staff members conducted a meeting at the Tole Presbyterian church where 40 teenage mothers came together with Social Development International staff.  After a brief session of self-motivation lead by the singing of local songs, our participant mothers selected the common skills areas present amongst them.  The result of this input was the formation of 5 different groups reflecting their envisage careers as follows:

  • Hair dressers
  • Tailors
  • Students
  • Small business traders
  • ICT entrepreneurs


Our next step on the agenda is for them to elect their group leaders in a democratic approach by conduction elections for the following positions:

President, vice-president, secretary general, financial secretary and treasurer.

With this initiative we hope to encourage them in the advocacy of their rights and the access to basic services within the country.



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Social Development International

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

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