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Need: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS (deadline September 15th, 2013)

The Rural Women Center for Education and Development (RuWCED)-Cameroon invites applications for two On-site and 4 virtual Volunteers

“Offering your time and service for the poor”

Do you want to take a gap year and travel to Africa?
Are you retired but wish to volunteer your time and service?
Do you want to fund-raise for the course of abused female orphans in Cameroon?
Do you run an organization which sends volunteers to Africa?
Are you a Cameroonian with reproductive health skills wishing to serve rural women and girls in Ngoketunjia?

RuWCED has volunteer vacancies as well as accommodation for you!!!!! Come and make a difference, help an orphan to wear a smile, to feel loved and above all, to stay in school!

About RUWCED

RuWCED is a grass roots organization based in Ndop-Cameroon. It seeks to assist rural women and children to survive the challenges of HIV and stigma, cultural discrimination, lack of access to education, poor health and sanitation, violence and discrimination.

Programs which need Volunteers:

i) The Menstrual Hygiene and rural reproductive health education Program
(Both on-site and virtual volunteers needed)

In rural Ngoketunjia, there is a culture of silence around menstrual hygiene and reproductive health education in general. Intriguingly, the primary and secondary school curricular do not offer much in this domain except for girls who opt to study the sciences during their 4th and 5th years in secondary school (that is for those who attain this level). Coupled with this lack of education is the challenge of having a sustained access to clean sanitary napkins. Faced with these difficulties, rural girls in school tend to resort to unhygienic methods of menstrual management which has resulted in a series of infections. More so, some girls in primary school have embraced multiple embarrassments (when they stained their uniforms and their peers used it to mock at them or attribute it to mischievous deeds, thereby making them to shy away from school for weeks). In the same vein, the lack of basic reproductive health education has resulted in HIV infection, STIs, a series of unwanted pregnancies, crude abortions and maternal deaths.
To this effect, the Menstrual Hygiene and rural reproductive health education program of RuWCED aims to offer reproductive health education, menstrual kits (pads, pants, bra etc), counseling services as well as transfer pad making skills to matured girls in rural primary and secondary schools in Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region or Cameroon.

We solicit interested and committed volunteer(s) to assist in the following;-

 Organize and run community and school reproductive health lectures for rural girls and women,
 Encourage girls and women living with HIV/AIDS to overcome stigma,
 Fund-raise to buy teaching materials as well as reusable menstrual pads for the program. (N.B, in case you chose to fund-raise for the program, you can request a video clip of the program you fund-raised for. Alternatively, you could at your convenience visit us to join in the project implementation)

ii) Orphan educational sponsorship program
(Fundraising volunteers needed)

The program context is matrilineal succession in which the widow and her orphans are dispossessed of their property and belongings upon the death of their husband/father. Girl orphans are most vulnerable and are forced into early child marriages, child trafficking to work as house mates in urban cities, sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS (they ranked the most infected in a 2011 survey).By sending these orphans to school, the project will enable them to take informed decisions as well as escape the traps.

How will your service help?

By volunteering in our program, you will be helping to keep many more girls in school!!!

What we offer

For On-site volunteers, we will offer accommodation.

Eligibility

- Be at least 18 years,
-Have working experience in community and reproductive health OR, fundraising/grant writing.
-Have no history of criminal records

Application

To apply, please send us your CV and a short motivation letter (between 300- 500 words).
All applications should be e-mailed both to ruralwomenced@yahoo.com and womenforwomen2007@yahoo.com

Applications will be considered on a rolling Basis.

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