Making a difference in the lives of vulnerable girls and women in a challenging conflict and COVID-19

Fanka
Posted March 10, 2021 from Cameroon
Reusable Pad

In celebrating the 2021 International Women's Day, CEFLife is determined to touch the lives of vulnerable girls and women in the North West Region of Cameroon by promoting proper and sustainable menstrual hygiene. We have realized that, due to the ongoing Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West, women and girls  are forced to displace from their homes. A good number of women have moved to the bushes and others to urban areas for safety. Consequently they have completely lost their source of livelihood and have become more vulnerable. They have limited access to clean sanitary pad to take care of their period.  They  depend on humanitarian assistance and host communities for survival.

In response to this disheartening situation, we distributed dignity kits and COVID-19 packs to 25 internally displaced women. This year 2021, we plan to train, sew,and  distribute at least 500 reusable pad to these women including indigenous women, women and girls with disabilities. So far, we have produced 200 reusable pad. Our first training and distribution for this year will begin next week with the 20  indigenous girls and women of Old Town,Bamenda.

Our goal is to improve knowledge and access to proper menstrual hygiene products needed by women/girls to safely manage their period. This will also help in creating a definite change in attitude towards safer menstrual hygiene management, reproductive health rights, sexual behaviour, and more awareness of gender issues. We will train these women on live skill income generating activities like; production of detergent ( powder soap, liquid soap, medicated soap and bleach). 

Being aware of the prevalence of COVID- 19 pandemic, we continue  to sensitize women on the preventive measured put in place by the competent authorities. 

At this point, we would like to appreciate those who support us financially and materially. We continue to lobby for more donations, so that together we can make a difference and change. 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/reusable-pads-for-menstrual-hygiene-in-camero...

Fanka Maurine SC

Founder/ Coordinator

 CEFLife, Bamenda.

Email: [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/ceflife1

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to #HerStoryMakesHistory.

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Veronica Ngum Ndi
Mar 11
Mar 11

Dear Maurine
Thank you for all the impact you are creating in the lives of vulnerable women in Cameroon and must especially in the war torn North West Region. I can attest of your works for we have come a long way in work life. Wishing you courage sisters. God bless you
Love
Veronica Ngum
Bamenda,Cameroon

Fanka
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you sister Vero

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Fanka,

Hope you are well. Thank you so much for sharing your post. You are doing an amazing job by reaching out to the girls and the women in your community. May the Almighty continue to bless you as you reach out to bless others as well.

Have a lovely day and all the best with your campaign.

Fanka
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you dear

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

You are most welcome.

Susu Mohamed
Mar 11
Mar 11

Dear veronica,
Mashaa allah amazin work the sanitation kit is very important thing to especially poorest girl and women in world wide they can't buy it the kit I made distribution 250 girls in last February.

Thanks sister.keep up suporting girls.
Love suu

Fanka
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thanks for your encouragement.

Paulina Nayra
Mar 11
Mar 11

Dear Fanka,
It is so sad that conflicts are still happening at the expense of defenseless members of the community. It is doubly difficult for displaced women and girls who have their monthly periods and have no access to water, sanitation and hygiene. May you be blessed with more resources so you can continue to serve those who need them.
Huggs.

Fanka
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thank you dear Paulina

sylvia.feijen
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hello Franka,
I think that this is absolutely wonderful and the amount of time and effort that you put into making these pads for women is so valuable and pure. Women should always support women and stay strong together and you are making such a big impact on the world by doing this. Keep up the amazing work and I wish you all the best for you and your campaign.

Fanka
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hello Sylvia, thank you for the encouragement. We as women needs to stay strong together to experience the change we want to see.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear Fanka,
this is a great project you have started.
Keep pushing and keep up the hard work you are doing to benefit girls whom desperately need it.
Also feel welcome to send me a link on social media (tag me) and I will share it also. I also posted a resource to WP offer section. Keep your eyes there as often as you can to to see if your organization, association, etc can benefit from any offer listed.
Blessed weekend ahead,
Mama Queen

Fanka
Mar 15
Mar 15

Thank you Mama Queen for being supporting us always in our endeavours to reach out to vulnerable women. God bless you.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Mar 15
Mar 15

It's a obligation of work we enjoy to partake in at the village, likewise all good things to you as well, stay safe and may GOD keep you, amin,
Mama Queen

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear Fanka,
How are you doing? Hope you are doing well. As this is my first post of yours I can remember reading, I would love to first say,; Welcome to the Pulse!
This is a beautiful initiative. While so many are doing all they can to help the vulnerable and needy in these times of a double challenge of war and pandemic, only very few think about these basic needs and the challenges faced especially in the distribution of sanitary pads.
Thank you for all you are doing and for the imapct you are creating.
Wish you the very best in your activities.
Arrey

Fanka
Mar 15
Mar 15

Hello Arrey,
You are most welcome.

Honorine Ngenwi
Mar 12
Mar 12

Waoh, waoh, waoh that my sister. Great initiation and more grace sister. Proud of you thinking the same as I use to think. Move on sister love the job.
Hugs

Fanka
Mar 15
Mar 15

Thank you my dear sister Honorine

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear Fanka,
These are beautifully designed and made. I imagine what a difference it makes for the women and girls able to meet you, to have this essential package, and how important it is that we pay attention to the news we are able to know from each other, about how and where women and girls are most being affected, how this global pandemic is affecting women and girls in particular, and especially in areas that have war. May you all stay safe as we work for peace.

Fanka
Mar 15
Mar 15

Thank you Mama Tam

Sushmita Das
Mar 13
Mar 13

I will definitely try to find some resources to help.

Fanka
Mar 15
Mar 15

Hello Sushmita, thank you in advance.

Rahel Randy
Mar 15
Mar 15

Amazing and impactful work my dear Maurine. Thank you sooo much sister.

Fanka
Mar 15
Mar 15

Hello,
You are welcome

charlenegailtaruwona

Dear Fanka,
Thank you for the great job that you are doing. It pains my heart that there are women and girls living in such circumstances.Keep on keeping on my sister.