October 2018 activities

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The activities for the month of October were briefly suspended for 10 days due to the uncertain socio political atmosphere around the election period in our region.  Despite that we successfully reached out to about 280 women and girls with whom we:

  • Completed our computer training
  • Discussed female leadership, goals setting and peer group pressure
  • Discussed menstruation
  • Trained on irrigation techniques for sustainable gardening during the dry season

 

Computer training

We successfully completed the computer training with our last batch of trainees.

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Some trainees are happy to say they can produce basic leaflets and cards for their businesses.

 

Activities with rural women and girls

We rounded up our series of discussions on goal setting, peer pressure and female leadership.

We are gradually entering into the dry season; we worked on irrigation to ensure a successful gardening in one group community garden.

We started some preliminary discussions on our project that will enable rural women and girls to basic information on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Menstrual Hygiene Management and access to washable sanitary pads during their period. We shared more information about what menstruation is, the ages and how it happens

We appreciate all our volunteers and supporters; they continue to support us despite the crisis and difficult conditions we work in our region. The women and girls we work with are very active and count on us. Reach us at africanyouthalliancegroup@gmail.com if you are interested in partnering with us.

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Winner of the “Small Grant Competition” for NGOs by Proposalsforngos!!!

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Hip hip hurray!!!

The entire team at the African Youth Alliance, volunteers, girls and women we work with are humbled and appreciative of our selection for the “Small Grant Competition” for NGOs by Proposalsforngos!!!

The announcement on their website is on the link: http://proposalsforngos.com/announcements/announcing-the-winner-of-proposalsforngos-small-grant-competition-2018/

 

September activities!

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The month of September unlike other months witnessed a slowdown of activities due to the socio-political unrest in the Region; some few tensions were observed in some communities due to the upcoming presidential elections of October. Amidst the tension, we were still able to reach out to our clubs of rural women and girls and to complete the computer training with our last batch of trainees in Bamenda.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the month were

  • To start a new garden with a group of rural women and girls
  • Mobilize rural women and girls for a new project on SRHR and MHM
  • Arts & Crafts : Production of sandals
  • Complete and evaluate the computer classes with a last batch of 4 trainees

 

Creation of a new garden with a club of rural women

We supported a new group with 13 hoes, 13 cutlasses 4 watering cans and 250 seedlings of cabbages. They will start a community garden and will as well receive some technical support from our volunteers of how to produce organic manure, composting techniques and land preparation/management during gardening.

 

Mobilization of rural women and girls for a new project on SRHR and MHM

We mobilised about 380 rural women for a project that will enable rural women and girls to basic information on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Menstrual Hygiene Management and access to washable sanitary pads during their period. The women and girls mobilized look forward with a lot of excitement to this project. It will help solve the challenges they face with the crisis in the region that led to the displacement of many women and girls, now cut off from access to sanitary and hygiene products.

Arts & Crafts: Production of sandals

10 girls learned how to produced sandals from local materials and plastic beads.

Marianne (16 years) “I am so excited because I can make my own sandals for whose and some for sale to generate income”

 

Computer training

The computer training continued in the   two training centres, that is Foncha Street and Futru in Bamenda. As regard to how she felt about the training the 25yrs old Elizabeth says” I am so happy to have this opportunity to learn new skills, they will be very useful for my studies. “She expressed her gratitude to the AYA team.

The second set of 4 trainees have so far trained on Microsoft WORD, EXCEL and were about to start PUBLISHER.

However, towards mid-September, due to the tensed atmosphere in and around town, the training and all meetings of clubs in Bamenda were temporarily suspended.

 

Highlight to the Visit of the Coordinator of the African Youth Alliance to Women’s groups in Rwanda

Roseline Kamdem, the Coordinator of Programs for the African Youth Alliance had the opportunity to do some networking and learning visits to women’s organisations in Kigali Rwanda this month.

The visit to RESONATE Rwanda (https://resonateworkshops.org/ ),

Tubahumurize Association (https://rwandanwomencan.org/ )

and Nyamirambo Women’ Center (https://www.nwc-umutima.org/ )

was indeed a major learning curve. The warm welcome, sharing of knowledge, experiences and work procedures was amazing, it will greatly improve our programs and services. We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff team of these organizations for all the support received during our visit.

We give a big shout to all our volunteers and supporters, whose relentlessness and untiring efforts do not cease despite the crisis and difficult conditions we work in our region. The women and girls need us more than ever and we look forward to working with all. Reach us at africanyouthalliancegroup@gmail.com if you are interested in supporting our activities.

 

 

August 2018 updates

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The month of August was a busy and very fruitful one.

We continue to monitor our environment projects with about 14 functional community gardens and farms for 7 groups of rural women and girls. It is the harvesting period in most gardens and farms for these groups of rural women and girls that engage in agriculture with the African Youth Alliance.

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Our activities for the month covered:

  • Computer training for a second batch of 11 women and girls in Bamenda
  • Completed the training on jewellery and crafts with recycled paper and plastic beads designs with 5 girls,
  • Powder soap production for a total of about 80 women and girls from a village of North West Cameroon
  • Training on Menstrual Hygiene Management and distribution of 121 reusable sanitary pads and 50 pants to over 50 rural women and girls internally displaced by the crisis in North West Cameroon

 

  1. Computer training

We have always had many requests from our groups of women and girls to be empowered on computer literacy.  It is like a dream come true when they started the training last July. We have so far trained 16 women and girls in 2 sets. They young women and girls were taught Microsoft word, publisher, PowerPoint, excel just to name a few. Among all the programs, the trainees disclosed that the most challenging was Excel while the most interesting was Publisher.

The girls are very happy with what they have learned so far and are confident that with constant practice, they are going to greatly improve on their performance.

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26 year old Mirabel, a house wife is so full of excitement and plans to open her computer documentation upon completion of the training.
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The youngest in our team of trainees is nine years old Beri a primary school pupil. Beri is just happy to learn and know the computer.

 

  1. Arts and crafts training

The training on beads that started in July with five girls was completed this month with 8 girls. The girls have learned various designs of beads and are now marketing them.  They are very happy with the skills already acquired.

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  1. Powder soap production and Training on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Over 80 rural women and girls were trained on powder soap production.  They also learned menstrual hygiene management and the advantages of reusable sanitary pads. This training is critical for these women and girls.

Due to the conflict in North West Cameroon, many women and girls are internally displaced and cut off from access to basic necessities like hygiene products and sanitary pads. 121 sanitary pads and 80 pants were distributed to the neediest women and girls in the group.

We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to WACRIA, who sponsored this project. We are very pleased to start an official collaboration with the association and we look forward to a fruitful partnership.

Kindly contact us at africanyouthalliancegroup@gmail.com if you are interested in supporting our activities.

The African Youth Alliance at the 10th edition of the Cameroon Youth forum

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On the occasion of the International Youth Day, we would like to share an article of Stephanie, our volunteer in charge of Girls Activities. She shares her experience at the 2018 Cameroon Youth Forum in Garoua, Cameroon.

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THE 2018 CAMEROON YOUTH FORUM WAS A PLACE TO BE!!!

From the 16th to 20th July 2018, youths coming from the 10 regions of Cameroon met in Garoua to celebrate the 10th edition of the Cameroon Youth forum (CYF). This event lead each year by a civil society organization called Zenu Network was organized this year in partnership with the Cameroun National Youth Council (CNYC), The Young African leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni Association and the US Embassy in Cameroon. About 500 Youth coming from the Littoral, South West, Center, East, North and Far North were hosted at the wildlife school of Garoua for an intensive week of activities.

The Opening Ceremony

The colorful and lively opening ceremony was held by the Minister of Youth affairs and Civic Education Mr Mounouna Foutsou, who was accompanied by the Governor of the North region Mr Jean Edie Abate, the SDO Mr Nkolo Eva Emmanuel, the newly elected President of the National Youth Council Mrs Fadimatou Iyawa and the outgoing President Mr Jean Marc Mbafon

 

The activities during the forum

Busy schedule for all the youth present; within conference on how to reinforce citizenship culture and voluntary activities among youth facilitate by YALI Alumni we had workshops on how to discover skills and talent, promote know-how and enhance living together.

Alongside of that the youth received some tools to develop their analytical skills through lecture-discussions, advices to enable them participate in the promotion and protection of their cultural heritage and build their capacities to engage with companies and state structures working on youth issues.

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Many youth by the occasion have been mentor by the YALI Alumni; Presentation of YALI programs and online registration on the ongoing YALI program, discussion on leadership and community engagement was the key topic of discussion between the youth and the Alumni.

The “Mandela day”

The 18th July, birthday of the venerated icon south African-born Nelson Mandela instituted by UN General Assembly in November 2009 was highly celebrated by the youth. The day, fondly called Nelson Mandela International Day, or Mandela Day, is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, and the ability to impact. The youth present in Garoua shown this commitment through several communities’ activities. The youth, together with the YALI Fellows in Garoua planted 100 trees for Mandela’s 100 years. On this particular event The YALI fellows visited an orphanage and a youth care center to share love and some gifts with children

“It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it” said Nelson Mandela. It’s time for the youth to take the lead! And it first starts by engaging in their communities.

See you at the 2019 edition in the Center region!

 

July 2018 with AYA

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We had a very fruitful and successful month of July. The African Youth Alliance volunteers worked very hard to carry out all the activities that were programmed for the month despite the continuous unrest and sociopolitical crisis in our region and communities. Our activities covered:

  • Training on jewellery and crafts with recycled paper and plastic beads designs with a new batch of 5 girls,
  • Body lotion production for a total of 75 women and girls from 1 group in Bamenda and 1 group in a village of North West Cameroon
  • Monitoring of powder soap production and basic lessons in bookkeeping and accounting in 2 groups in Bamenda
  • Computer training for a first batch of 5 girls in Bamenda

 

Production of jewellery and crafts with recycled paper and plastic beads

The training on the production of jewellery and crafts with recycled paper and plastic beads is currently going on for 5 girls. They are being trained on various beads designs to produce earrings, bangles and necklaces.

« I am very excited about the on-going training on beads; my parents are also very impressed with what I have learned so far, my mother is very proud to wear some jewellery I have produced so far. I am very happy and grateful to be part of the group. » Albright (16 years)

 

Body lotion production

Over 75 women and girls benefited from this training.

We started with one African Youth Alliance group of 15 women and girls in Bamenda city. The facilitator started by listing the importance of homemade body lotion. They were advised to also extend a hand of fellowship to the needy in their communities after acquiring the skills. About 30 litres of lotion was produced and shared to all the participants at the training. The women were so impressed with the product given that most of them have kids and relations who are also going to benefit from the lotion.

The training on body lotion production was also conducted with about 60 women and girls in a village of North West Cameroon. The particularity of this group of women and girls is that it comprises internally displaced women and girls who flee the conflict in their communities of origin.  We extend gratitude to WACRIA who sponsored this training .

 

Computer training

A first batch of 5 girls are currently sponsored by our association to do computer lessons (WORD, EXCEL, PUBLISHER and POWERPOINT) in a multimedia center in our city. The trainees have been attending classes for over a month now. One of the trainees 16 year old Sandra says she can now boost of the following programs learned: Mavis Beacon, Microsoft word, Photo grid pictures, Construction of time tables and price-list; Computer short cuts, painting and postcards among others.

 

Monitoring of powder soap businesses and basic accounting/bookkeeping lessons

We encourage our various groups to establish small business from what they produce through the various skills they learn from the African Youth Alliance. They have engaged in the sales of powder soap since they were trained and we continuously monitor their production and sales of powder soap. A part from monitoring the businesses they establish, we have continuously supporting them with training on basic bookkeeping and basic accounting.

 Activities were very successful this month. We extend our sincere appreciation to all our volunteers and partners for their support.

We have the pleasure welcome Laura Hanzel

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our new Fundraiser Volunteer from the USA to our team, thank you for your kindness and continuous support!

A special THANK YOU to WACRIA who continuously supports our activities.

Kindly reach out to us at africanyouthalliancegroup@gmail.com if you want to work with us.

June 2018 updates

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The month of June was rather calm. Many activities slowed down because of the conflict in the North West region of Cameroon .

During this month, we reached out to 36 women and girls in Bamenda with various training sessions on financial management, female leadership

 

and arts & crafts (production of flowers jars and sandals with plastic beads).

Our activities with our groups of rural women and girls are limited due to the sociopolitical tensions still ongoing in their communities. We are grateful to have our groups of women and girls strong together and keeping up with their group activities. The communities where we work are the most affected, we try to keep up with basic activities. They hold on to solidarity more than ever before, some groups are growing bigger because they host many internally displaced other families, mostly girls and women from the area whose houses were completely burned down and who had some of their family members killed or abducted.

Despite the challenges and difficulties of displacement and life in the forest for some, they are all in good health. They more than ever need each other for psychological and material support. They more than ever need us because it is hard to have basic supplies like soap, sanitary pads, etc.

We extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all those who supported our activities during the month.

Contact us at africanyouthalliancegroup@gmail.com if you want to work with us.