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.