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Support needed for Disable Persons, Ophans and Widows

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Dear Friends,
I have been working in Ekona Village, South West Province in Cameroon. We have started work with persons with disabilities, Orphans and widows. We are calling for your support in any way to help this group of persons.
Your visit to Cameroon during the 10 Anniversary of Cameroon Vision Trust would give you a chance to meet up with these groups.

We would like to hear from you.

I am sharing photos of my last visit. Photo 1 and 2 shows me with the widows working in their community farm. Photo 3,4 and 5 shows me and the members with disability in the Organic Garden.

Photo 6 shows me and all the members of the disable persons group with their Patron Mrs Mary Folefack, Director of the Community Action and Education Centre (CAEC) Ekona, Cameroon.

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Corine Milano's picture

Rosemary, what wonderful

Rosemary, what wonderful photos. I am so glad you shared them with us.

How wonderful it would be to travel to Cameroon! When is the 10th Anniversary of Cameroon Vision Trust?

mboneenie's picture

You are Welcome Corine

Hi Corine,
I shall be happy to receive you in Cameroon and many others of the community who are willing to make this journey. I promise you all that you shall enjoy your time time in Cameroon. Cameroon is call Africa in Miniature so you shall have the chance to spend some wonderful 10 days and more of you wish.

I shall be making updates about the event and sahre more photos and stories.
regards,
Rosemary

Compassionist's picture

Hello! I am not able to

Hello!

I am not able to travel but would be willing to write letters of support for your group, if that would be helpful. Are there governmental agencies or other entities whose attention you'd like to draw to your organization?

Thank you for all you do!

mboneenie's picture

Nice to hear from you

Thank you for your concern. Yes I shall like to be in touch with the US Embassy in Cameroon and other US agencies like the USAID if you can get support. We really need this support. This is a farming community and a rural area and we wish to build a computer centre to train the young people and set up an organic farmers union to stop them form using fertilizers.

Your support would be very appreciated. I am sorry you can not come but I shall be happy to get your support in any way.

regards,
Rosemary

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Rosemary, I just found a

Rosemary,

I just found a site that may be useful for you:
http://www.friendsofcameroon.org/

I found it from this blog entry:
http://www.friendsofcameroon.org/2007/01/03/new-peace-corps-director-for...

I definitely suggest you reach out to Peace Corps if your organization hasn't already. http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.wherepc.africa.Cameroon

All my best,
Jennifer

mboneenie's picture

Thanks a Million Jennifer

Hello Jennifer,
Thanks a million for the information. It is very useful. Please if you do know some people within those organisations could you contact them for me. I shall also do my best to contact them.
regards,
Rosemary

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Funding possibility?

Make sure you check out this page!
http://www.friendsofcameroon.org/projects/

mboneenie's picture

Thanks

I am checking the website now. I shall get back to you if I have any problems.
regards,
Rosemary

colorss's picture

Hello

Hello Rosemary,

It is very nice to see the work that you are doing. Can you please tell me what are the activities that are being carried out for the rehabilitation of these disabled persons. It would be nice to come up with a project that can help empower them and hence forth will help raise funds too.

Looking ahead to hear soon.

All the best,

Take care and stay healthy,

Anand

mboneenie's picture

Thanks you for your Comments

Hello Anand,
Thank you for your comments. Yes it is very timely. We are seeking funding to construct a Disability Empowerment Centre (DEC) under the African Community Resource and Education (ACRE) Centre. Within the English speaking area of Cameroon and the is only an under funded centre for the Blind called the Bulu Centre for the Blind. We are therefore carry out a Baseline Survey of Disable Persons within the South West Province and replicate it all across the country. Many persons with disability especially the children are usually abandoned by their parents and families. In cases where the parents were helpful on their death the children are abandoned by the extended family. Hence within this project we have the persons with disability, Widows and Orphans/Street children. These are the target groups of our project. Our aim is to give them Decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods. We also provide them with training such as basket making, making of foot mats, furniture and other household accessories which they can sell. Most of the children with disability can not attend mainstream education because there are not facilities to enable them cope, so they are mainly drop outs. Hence many of the illiterate person in Cameroon are people with disability and women even suffer the more. We also want to provide computer training to make sure they can gain better skills for the job market. The Family of the President of the Disable Persons group has offer a building for us to use but the place needs some repairs, so that the DEC and the office can start by September 2008 when schools resume in Cameroon.

I shall be happy to send more about this project and happy to answer questions.
regards,
Rosemary

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