Season’s greetings and best wishes from the African Youth Alliance.
Our last activities for the year 2017 were very exciting. We are rounding up with our SPARK sponsored project with discussions on sexual and reproductive health and rights. We were monitoring the first harvest in the gardens and farms for the Lush Charity Pots funding project. We finally did some women mobilizations and visited some sites in a new community with whom we are very excited to start another agriculture project early 2018.
SPARK GRANT activities
We are gradually rounding up the activities on this project. We had discussions and education sessions with women/girls in our various clubs on sexual and reproductive health and rights. We had the support of a trained nursed who moved round the groups in various communities to give lectures and advice on female/male reproductive organs, personal hygiene during menstruation, teenage and unwanted pregnancies, family planning methods.
It is challenging to engage discussions in rural communities on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The subject is taboo and many women do not know how to engage such conversations among themselves and with girls. The women were very interested in family planning discussed by the nurse. It was a learning curve for most women/girls; the nurse explained where they have family planning units in their communities, the type of services available in these units and why it is important for them to use these services. They suggested that we include men in such discussions in the future. Most men in rural communities do not like to hear women talk about family planning.
The discussions with the nurse and the sharing of experiences on this topic helped to break the stigma and taboo attached to sexual education.
LUSH CHARITY POTS Activities
Our objective during this month was to monitor the farms and gardens where some groups have started harvesting various crops.
The main crops harvested till date are potatoes, beans, and cabbages. However, we will have the statistics of crops harvested next month because some of the crops were not yet ready.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with RTE One World Fund Netherlands. They will fund another agriculture project with rural women in Afua Village of North West Cameroon. We visited the garden/farm sites and organized a series of planning meetings in the community.
Kindly receive once more our warm wishes for a beautiful year 2018. We extend, on behalf of all the women/girls we work with, our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our partners and supporters. We look forward to further collaborations and networking during the year.