House of Hope and Healing, despise not your humble beginnings

Marie Abanga
Posted December 8, 2019 from Cameroon
It isn't easy but it is worth it (1/5)

I am so so excited, tomorrow we officially move into our office at the House of Hope and healing or triple H as I call it. It's not a big or functional house per se, but's a big milestone and am not ignoring that milestone.

My association Hope for the Abused and Battered was registered exactly on the 10th of December 2018, isn't that a date I can't ever forget? The date marks the end of the #16days of activism against GBV - am planning a small celebration in our new office.

It is small, but has a safe space I wanted cut out for my sisters and other abused victims who will need just such a space when they come to us.

For a year, I ran our activities from my home, cheered on by my mentors like GS Sophie and Olutossin (by trasference hahahaha), all my sisters here on World Pulse rock too, I can't write down all the names.

So on December 5th I put up a post calling or help to equip our new office and wrote the following:

Hello all,

5 days to our 1st anniversary, we are getting ready to move into our own office. Previously we shared office space and consider it a huge milestone to be moving into ours as we turn 1.

Are you moved to help us in this? Do you have a office equipment you may want to donate to us? We need a safe space to receive and work with the many abused and battered we receive, especially the children victims of rape and incest.

Since the year started, our founder has been doing all this from her home, while administrative work was done in that shared office.

Our needs are few: A desktop A printer 6 office chairs (we appreciate any be it wooden, plastic or leather) 3 office tables A small therapeutic sofa 3 fans or an AC why not More carpeting for the entire office - not only the safe space.

The office as you can see has been partitioned so that we have a noise proof consultantion and counseling area. We are also hoping to taint the glasses so no one from the outside can see the emotions released inside.

As part of the project AAF with Idps' in Douala, it was part of the agreement with the funders that we have a functional office (and the items listed above are not budgeted items in the grant)

On behalf of the association, I (Barrister Marie Abanga - founder) personally want to thank each one who will reach out to give towards this office equipping project either in kind or cash.

Kindly email us at

hope@hope4abusedbattered.com

visit our website www.hope@hope4abusedbatteted.com

Give us a call # +237672576011 and support us by mobile money - account name is Hope for the Abused and Battered.

We are on WhatsApp too

The same day I received a printer first, a fan and plastic carpet. The next day, I received 4 plastic chairs. I add these to the filling cupboard, office desk and 4 others chairs I had received as a parting gift from the office space I shared as a lawyer. 

I am lucky, happy and emotional - the triple H is in my neigbourhood, maximum 3 minutes from my home and 1 minute from the clinic where I worked for a while as a psychotherapist.

I want to encourage us all to never give up on our dreams, to always be grateful, and to never despise our humble beginnings hurray.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

Hello, dear sister Marie,

Wow, congratulations on this big move on your first year anniversary. You truly make things happen! I just can imagine where this organization will be 5, 10 or 20 years from now. I'm so excited for you and for the abused who will be recused in the process. You are a changemaker, dear. You are awesome! I hope more funding and resources will come your way. Hugs!

Marie Abanga
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

Dear Karen,

Thank you so much. Indeed, I am so in awe myself and so so grateful. Let's see how it goes, am definitely not stopping anytime soon o.
Hugs all the way too

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Yes, you are amazing! Please don't stop, you have no idea how many you are inspiring. Hoping for the best!

Tarke Edith
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

Hello Marie
Thanks alot dear sister for sharing

Marie Abanga
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Dear Ma,

My pleasure always

Jill Langhus
Dec 09, 2019
Dec 09, 2019

Yay! Great update, Marie! I'm very happy for you! Your tenacity and drive paid off. It's great to hear and thanks for posting the photos, too, so we can follow along on your journey!

Let us know how the celebration goes... and share some photos, too:-)

XX

Marie Abanga
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Dear Jill,

Thank you so much. It went great and I will be sharing about that shortly.
Cheers all the way

Jill Langhus
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Yay!

XX

Lisbeth
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Dear Marie,
A big congrats on your new office. I am so very happy for you, :-).
I loved when you said we should never give up and there is hope.
Have a great week in your new office
Hugs :-)

Marie Abanga
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Dear Lizzy,

Thank you so much, indeed, there is hope. It's happened to me so many times to believe or think otherwise.
Hugs all the way

Lisbeth
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

You are welcome :-)

Anita Shrestha
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing

Marie Abanga
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Dear Sis,

Thank you so much