We reached out to about 230 women and girls during the month of December. Our objectives were to:
- Train a group of girls on the production of body lotion
- Train rural women on proper hygiene and common infections due to poor hygiene during menstruation
- Evaluate some of our project activities with our groups in Bamenda.
- Production of body lotion
About 20 girls from one of our group in Bamenda were trained in the production of body lotion. They were very excited to know that they can now produce body lotion at an affordable cost.
« I am very happy that I was able to benefit from this training because not every girl has this opportunity. And I am very happy because I am going to save my money, instead of buying body lotion, I will make it myself and I am going to put this training into practice by making the lotion for my whole family” Grateful (16 years)
- Train rural women on proper hygiene and common infections due to poor hygiene during menstruation
Over 200 rural women and girls were trained in 5 groups on how to maintain a proper body hygiene during menstruation.
They also learned the common infections that can affect them during menstruation in case of poor hygiene.
- Evaluating the impact of project activities with our groups in Bamenda.
The evaluation was carried out on the two groups that benefited from programs in Bamenda since January 2018. The various projects carried out with them involved:
- Detergent production: it has had a great impact on the beneficiaries and many now produce it for use at home and for income generation. We have had about 150 direct and indirect beneficiaries from this activity.
- Arts/craft: This was the most excited activity and most attended activity by women and girls. This was probably because they knew they were going to generate a good amount of money from the sales of the product as is the case now. Every member has successfully trained at least three family members or friends. The beneficiaries of this activity can be estimated to 80 persons.
- Body lotion: The 2 groups were trained and most interesting the younger girls in group I appreciated the lotion more than the older women. At least we had 60 direct beneficiaries and about 20 indirect beneficiaries.
- Computer training: A total of sixteen (16) women/girls have been trained on computer. Some trainees took more time to complete the training due to the socio political instability in the area, others. We are proud to say that all our girls braved all the odds to complete their training.
- Baking of Cakes/peanuts: This was a complimentary activity to motivate members of the groups. Group (I) received this with so much enthusiasm and their parents have benefited from the services during the festive period. A total of thirty three women/girls were beneficiaries of this activity.
The AYA team has impacted about one hundred thirty (130) lives through this socioeconomic empowerment programme.
Our biggest surprise during the month was a Christmas Party organized by one of our group of girls in Bamenda. 20 girls exchanged gifts. Most gifts, food and drinks were bought with money earned by them. A beautiful testimony of how they now generate some income though all the activities they learned in their group during the year!
To all our Donors, we wish you a happy new year 2019, thanking you for your incredible support in 2018. We have been working in a difficult context due to the sociopolitical crisis we face in our region. With the generous support of people like you, we were able to unceasingly continue to reach out to women and girls by providing safe spaces, resources, training and education that improves their lives.
Thank you again as we look forward to your continued support.
The month of November started up with a lot of enthusiasm from all the members of the African Youth Alliance following a suspension of activities at the end of October due to the uncertain socio political atmosphere around the election period in our region. We have mobilized about 35 girls who will join our group of girls in Bamenda next year. They are anxiously waiting for the highly motivated activities of the African Youth Alliance. A part from their regular meetings which hold twice a month and which are safe discussion spaces where the girls can interact and discuss various subjects, the groups in Bamenda had two practical training sessions.
Our groups of rural women and girls are engaged in a project that will enable them gain basic knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
Our objectives for the month were:
- Organize workshops with the nurse in all the groups of rural women/girls with lesson by nurse to the groups on, puberty, the menstruation cycle and changes that occur in the body during menstruation
- organize a training session on female leadership and thinking towards success for one group of girls in Bamenda
- organize a training on the production of a snack highly consumed and commercialized in Bamenda for our 2nd group of women/girls in Bamenda
Workshops with 5 groups of rural women
In September, We started 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. This month, With the support of a community nurse, we discussed puberty and the biological changes that occur for girls and boys during that period with 197 rural women and girls.
95% of the women/girls engaged on the project recognize this is the first time they have the opportunity to discuss such subjects which are considered taboo in the village. They are very active during the workshops and are extremely grateful for all the lessons and all what they learn so far.
Activities with the groups in Bamenda
The lessons on female leadership and positive thinking towards success for girls were a huge success. Twelve girls benefited from this lesson. They were encouraged to be positive, confident and to take up leadership roles in school or in various groups they belong to.
They were also encouraged be creative in order to upgrade the skills learned at the African Youth Alliance. As a response to this lesson 18years old Fanuella a student, vowed to change her way of reasoning i.e. to overcome fear and learn to sacrifice for her goals.
Our second group in Bamenda learned how to produce peanuts a snack highly consumed in Bamenda.
Most women who benefited from the training said they are going to produce it for income generation during the festive season in December.
We remain grateful to all our sponsors, supporters and community based volunteers for the support and all the hard work despite the difficult conditions we live in North West Cameroon.
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
We successfully completed the computer training with our last batch of trainees.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in partnering with us.
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/
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.
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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting our activities.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com if you are interested in supporting our activities.
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.
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.
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!