Despite the socio political tensions (we have some strikes, tensions and civil unrest in the anglophone regions of Cameroon) that started in our region since October last year, which increased and caused a climate of uncertainty this month; we worked with all our groups and had some fruitful and beautiful moments our groups of girls and women.
SPARK GRANT activities
After about 06 months of work with the groups on this grant, we did an evaluation of our various activities with all our groups. They now have regular meetings among themselves, at least once a week, to discuss their rights, to share the various issues and challenges affecting them in their communities. Almost all the groups produce and market powder soap and body lotion on a regular basis. We are strengthening their capacities on basic bookkeeping and accounting. We are very happy, with the various testimonies of the women/girls to see them Gaining access to economic empowerment through learning new skills will. They say that it is greatly helping them to achieve a social, economic and structural transformation leading to the reduction of poverty among them through authentic self-sustaining human development initiatives.
An amazing unexpected development from this initiative is the creation of a football team by one group in Aboh Village. They decided to form a football team, earlier this year, to help promote women and girls rights in their community. The African Youth Alliance donated a dozen of football jerseys to their team. The bought their ball with the proceeds from the sales of powder soap in their group, amazing isn’t it!
They registered for the village football tournament and raised a lot of awareness on the challenges women and girls face in their village through the gatherings during football matches.
LUSH CHARITY POTS Activities
The groups were all busy establishing their various gardens and farms. They were all trained on how to establish a compost heap to produce organic manure; the four groups on this project have a compost heap in their garden.
They learned how to establish a garden nursery and how to transplant the cabbages seedlings from the nursery to the garden. They also learned how to apply manure on the garden beds and the modern techniques of sowing carrots. They finally completed with the tilling of soil and how to plant beans, Irish potatoes, and maize and soya beans in the farms.