Challenges faced by girls/women in my community

Charity Birla
Posted September 10, 2019 from Cameroon

My community has been striken by the ongoing crisis in my country for three years now. The agricultural activities of girls/women have been disrupted as they are mostly in hiding coupled with limited access to land this has led to hardship and poverty on this girls/women  as they can't afford  basic necessities electrictricity and access to health facilities due to the disruption of their means of survival.

Girls are faced with Insecurity as they are victims of Physical molestation  by  those armed with weapons that gang raped girls, beaten up and disgrace publicly.  

Lack of capital to set up small businesses to support themselves and families due to the no flow of activities as a result of the crisis.

 The Fomo project is sensitising and encouraging girls through interactive  workshops on how to deal with trauma by bringing in medical personals as some have lost hope of living. 

And organising agricultural training with the help of veterinary and agricultural techinicians. To set our agricultural shop to supply improved seeds and tools as well as feed since farming has been a means of survival so that rural girls and women can have access easily to it.

Promoting and teaching respect of human rights making them to know we girls are equal as men.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Wusufor
Sep 10, 2019
Sep 10, 2019

Dear Charity,
Please how are you dear? I hope you are doing very well? It's sad to hear about your country crises. So is the crises currently ongoing?
Oh that is not good! Conflict always destroys the future of it youths, which girls are made up with.
I pray for your country and pls take care of yourself.
Regards

Charity Birla
Sep 10, 2019
Sep 10, 2019

Yes it is still going on. Mature girls from 16 upwards are victims of these molestation.

Jill Langhus
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 21, 2019

Hi Charity,

Sorry to hear all of this:-( And especially about gang rapes and other GBV. I'm glad that you're keeping up with your mission and activities, as best as you can. I hope that you're staying safe, and well?!

Take care, dear.

XX

Charity Birla
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Thank you for encouragement

Jill Langhus
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

You're welcome:-)

Tarke Edith
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Hello Charity
Thank you dear for crying out loud about what we are going through sis indeed we are short of words to expressed our situation but let keep on praying .
Let us also wait and see the outcome of the dialogue said by the president . Thanks for sharing.

Charity Birla
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 12, 2019

Yeah let's wait if the dialogue will materialise

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 12, 2019

Hello, Charity,

The Fomo project is a life-saver for the girls living in conflict areas. Is there a meaning of Fomo? Is that an acronym? I hope you check our Resources page from time to time to avail funding/grant opportunities posted there. This is really an important project. Thank you for sharing it with us.

You are all brave women for being able to endure the challenges in Cameroon. Stay strong and resilient!

Charity Birla
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 12, 2019

Fomo is in my mother tongue and means 'Give'

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Wow, I love that name.:) Thanks for sharing. :)

ANJ ANA
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Dear Birla,
Thank you for sharing the experience and its so sad to know about the girls/women are suffering from conflict and they are going through various types of violations. I wish you success and for your best efforts for Fomo project.
May peace prevails soon.
best regards,
anjana

Charity Birla
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Hopefully thanks for the encouragement

Juliet Acom
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Hello Charity,

Thank you for sharing this inspirational work that you are doing restoring hope to women and girls.
You are a true phenomenal woman and i do wish your project the very best.

Please share how you are managing to raise resources so that ladies in similar activities can get an idea.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend

Julie

Charity Birla
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

It's something we girls/women are trying to gather ourselves to see how to conquer our fears by contacting specialised to conceal traumatised girls and see how we can raise financies by applying for grants.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Dear Charity

Thank you for sharing.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Dear Charity,
What important work you are doing, and in the midst of this long period of crisis, crisis which involves so much danger and disruption in your country. All who have the chance to meet you and benefit from the Fomo Project are fortunate. Please know that many of us are aware and sending love to all caught up in this dangerous time.