In the pass 3 and half years and counting, there has been a serious socio-political crisis in Cameroon’s 2 English speaking Regions with far-reaching devastating effects. A crisis that started in 2016 till date has left 530,000 people internally displaced and homeless, helpless and frustrated with majority of them now living in the forest and over 35,000 crossing into Nigeria as refugees. Majority of the internally displaced persons are mostly vulnerable young women, girls and children who now survive at the mercy of relieve materials from humanitarian organizations. This only helps solve their immediate food needs and is not sustainable.
Our organisation Meg Wah (My Earth) whose vision is to ensure that humans live in harmony with nature has been training internally displaced women and young girls in Buea, South West Region of Cameroon into producing fashion items such as fasinators, hats, shoe covering with African materials so they can exploit the readily available market, sell and enhance their livelihoods. We have been able to impact over 200 young women and girls who are earning their own income now and taking care of themselves however, there are many more young girls and women who urgently need help especially with the outbreak of the corona virus which has further worsen their situation. Everyone has turned their money to buying food, protective face mask, hand sanitizers, liquid soap, and utensils like buckets. These already vulnerable women who can no longer go back to their homes are struggling to meet to this new demand but they are limited.
This project is aimed at teaching and assisting 100 vulnerable young women and girls in Bomaka-Buea, South West Region of Cameroon in the production of hand sanitizers, locally made face masks, and transforming buckets into washing hand taps. We anticipate producing over 1000 of each of these items and the items will be distributed to other internally displaced and vulnerable young women and girls in Bomaka. At the end of the production and distribution, these women will be able to produce these materials on their own, sell and make profit and in this regard, each of them will receive a stipend to enable them begin this process. Our estimated starting capital is $3000. So for this out break period, the women will be able to render their services to the community, learn and keep skills which will be their business ideas in the future.
To implement this project while respecting the policy of social distancing and less than 50 people in a gathering as preventive measures currently observe by our country, we intern to use 4days in the month of May , two days to teach the first 50 women and young girls and the second two days to teach the others . We intern to start as soon as possible as long as we get the funds.