December 2018

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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.

 

  1. 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) 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

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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.