The Centre for the Advancement of Women’s Initiatives (CAWI) has recently embarked on monitoring to assess the impact of its support to IDPs in Buea and in Dschang in the domain of economic recovery and education.
In the area of economic recovery some eleven women who had been trained by CAWI in soap making were given soap material support in 2019 to enable them produce soap (medicinal, powdered and tablet soap).Monitoring outcome in January revealed that the 11 women in five groups have all produced soap of various types. They testified to CAWI team that the material support helped them to get income from soap production. Though the sale is slow, their daily income is increased and they can easily meet up with daily needs. Some beneficiaries (Mary Lekelefac, Acha Pauline and Ndem Pauline) testified ”it has helped us to occupy our time. we appreciate the initiative and thank the donor for the good work in our lives…we promise to continue to work hard” Another beneficiary, Akiteh Ursula said “it has uplifted me economically, I no longer buy soap and omo and what I sell helps me to meet up with some family social needs. Other individuals and groups responded similarly.
In the domain of education some 19 beneficiaries of art kits ,certificates and money from the SALOME women Empowerment and Rain forest Arts Competition expressed gratitude to SALOME. Chin Claudia,1st winner of the award testified that she came first in class with an average of 15.52. She is a regular student with all text books and fees paid unlike before when she was constantly driven for fees. Margaret Namondo writes ”the award has helped my parents to pay my school fees, buy my school needs and register me for the GCE exam… the drawing kits have also helped to improve on my drawing skills and the certificate has made my parents so proud of me”. Eyong Patricia adds that may SALOME and CAWI live long so as to empower other girls. Mabele Abangma passed with an average of 16. She hopes that SALOME can change more lives. This sense of gratitude, upliftment and joy is echoed by Grace Bih,,Fotabong Manzock,, Fotabong Ngunyi,Che Mary,Okanye Blessing,Mbah Joy amongst others.
Still in education some 42 IDP students who received education support of fees, books, bags, uniforms have expressed the usefulness of the items to CAWI team. Nkematembe Rickings took the 10th position with an average of 10.8, Ngolefac Mariana is regular in school following fees payment. The support to Betang Ndemaze helped her to improve in spelling, mathematics and French speaking. Tendem Damiane says the fees paid helped reduce the load on his parents. Asong Amindeh acknowledges writing exams without any problem thanks to CAWI and the CRGP .Chabeja Noella says with the provision of the Biology and other texts which she did not have, she can do assignments very well. Lekeawung Grace Mary remarked that the uniform helps her to be clean in School. The parents of Tayor Siberus remarked that Siberus is a slow learner but the books provided by CAWI have facilitated learning and she can read, write and recognize letters from a-z, spell three letter words and recognize pictures as well as solve few and simple mathematics problems. More than twenty other students and pupils testified that the fees and school material received has made them more regular and steady in school and this has had a very positive impact on their performance.. They expressed the desire for CAWI and its partners to continue to impact not only their lives but the lives of other needy children and students.