My Journey to Empowerment

Caroline Bokwe
Posted July 25, 2020 from Cameroon

GIRLABILITY:

Founded in 2012 in Kumba-Cameroon, the inspiration behind this project came about through an encounter between a little girl and the founder of Girlability, Madam Caroline Bokuba nee Bokwe. Caroline was visiting her parents in her home country Cameroon in 2012 when she met this family with a little girl her son’s age. She fell in love with this little girl and in the course of interacting with the girl’s mother, she found out that the living condition of the little girl and her family was deplorable. Taking an interest in their story, Caroline decided to visit this family and to her greatest dismay, found out that a family of 8 shared a small space of something that looked like a studio (a room and a parlour). During the visit, the family was very receptive and offered Caroline some snacks. While sharing that time with the family, Caroline realized that 5 of the school-aged children in that family. 4 of whom were girls, were not actually in school due to lack of finances. Put her personal challenges faced as a child into play, Caroline instantly made the personal decision to informally adopt that little girl by taking over the sponsorship for her education moving forward. “I do not wish to see any girl go through similar challenges like I did” (Caroline states). Two days later, Caroline formed an empowerment association that caters to the needs of girls in that community. A week after that encounter, Caroline hosted a back-to-school jamboree with a goal to provide basic school supplies such as exercise books, pens, pencils, colours, as well as hygiene kits which included soap, toothbrush and toothpaste to 50 girls. However, she ended up supporting over 100 children in total, as both girls and boys alike showed up to the event. “I could not find the courage to send away the male children who showed up”, she said; “they too need help”, she concluded. However, with a mission to explore abilities, empower ideas and provide opportunities to young girls, the success of the 2012 jamboree has encouraged Caroline to return to Cameroon annually to give back to her community. “This journey just began, and there is no turning back because our girls need us”, she states. Since 2012 Caroline and some generous donors have sponsored a variety of projects and she hopes that more will be done in the years to come.

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Chi8629
Jul 25
Jul 25

Thank you for sharing .

Caroline Bokwe
Jul 25
Jul 25

You are welcome sis

Beth Lacey
Jul 27
Jul 27

Such a great success!

Caroline Bokwe
Jul 27
Jul 27

Appreciated Beth.

Millynairi
Jul 28
Jul 28

Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear of the success.

Caroline Bokwe
Jul 28
Jul 28

I am honoured Millynairi

Hello, Carolotin,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm happy that a new voice from Cameroon is rising up!

What an inspiring story this is about Caroline and how she helped around 100 children from Cameroon. That's amazing!

Please keep on writing. We would love to know more about you. I hope you can connect to our global sisters and access opportunities on the Resources Page.

I'm looking forward to reading more from you. Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Caroline Bokwe
Jul 28
Jul 28

Thanks for the warm welcome Karen. It is always a beautiful feeling to assist others, and I am glad that together we shall achieve higher heights.

Nini Mappo
Jul 29
Jul 29

Dear Caroline,
Your story is a wonderful example of how compassion can grow a small goal into a big achievement.
Good on you for caring, for giving back, and for carrying the dreams of the marginalised in your community.

Thank you for sharing your work with us.

Caroline Bokwe
Jul 29
Jul 29

I appreciate your kind words Nini. Thank you

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Caro
It's a pleasure to have you on World Pulse. Welcome my Cameroonian sister. Keep up the good work and may God continue to strengthen you ash you are serving humanity.
In Sisterhood
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon

Caroline Bokwe
Aug 02
Aug 02

The pleasure is mine, my dearest Veronica. Together we shall continue to impact lives a step at a time..