Initiative Update

Refreshal courses on using digital tools to enhance economic empowerment of deaf persons in their communities and provision of start up capital for five deaf girls..

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted August 5, 2020 from Cameroon

In March I organised a workshop to train 20 girls with hearing impairment on using digital tools such as Facebook, WhatsApp status and labels to sell products as a way of enhancing their economic empowerment. 20 girls were trained. This was a training of trainers workshop as they were given the responsible to train their deaf peers in the community.

This July I organised follow -up workshops at various community as refreshal courses to these same girls although they have been doing relatively well as can be seen in their monthly contributions during their meetings and the frequency of posting on these platforms  unlike before. 

Certain aspects were improved upon as compared to the first workshop in March.

Firstly more gadgets were available. I had to borrow my son's computer to add to mine. But it was so amazing that some of these girls had bought android phones from proceeds from their sales and so the class was more practical, interesting and concepts easy to understand.

Secondly it was organised in 4 different groups in the community mostly at their houses. This i did to avoid bringing a crowd of them together. At the long run it was to our advantage especially as the small number ensured one to one interactions.

Thirdly before the workshop I had learnt how to tweet and so also thought them. These varied digital platforms will in the long run increase visibility to their work and so increase in their sales of products.

There were some challenges like keeping social distances especially as I had to go round teaching some practical concepts most of them requiring some sort of unavoidable closeness. As a matter of fact before each training we talked a lot about Covid19 prevention and so they  were conscious of using sanitizers frequently and also putting on face mask.

Five girls with hearing impairment received some material start up capital to do hair dressing and traditional embroidery. We will be planning a workshop for them in the nearest future. We are also hoping on developing some  strategies to monitor the performance of  beneficiaries of this workshops online.

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

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Nini Mappo
Aug 06
Aug 06

Hi Regina,
That is amazing, life giving work you are doing! It is wonderful that in 4 short months since your training the girls they had made enough proceeds to purchase phones that could utilise the very skills you were teaching them and increase their product visibility.
Good on you. Congratulations on your growing impact in transforming your community!

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello sister Nini, thanks so much for your kind words. How are you doing? Keep safe my dear

Hello, sis Regina,

Congratulations on your impact to the people with disabilities! Wow, you change the life of around 200 people. Keep it up, dear! I believe in you and your work.

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello beloved Karen. How are you my dear? Thank you so much for always encouraging me. Thanks also for believing in my work. Stay safe dear

All is well, dear. Thanks for asking. You're welcome, dear. You, too.

Jill Langhus
Aug 07
Aug 07

Keep up the great, work, Love! XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

My darling Jill, you are such a great source of inspiration. Thank you so so much for always being there. You have a good heart. Please keep being you. God bless you and stay safe

Jill Langhus
Aug 24
Aug 24

Aw, thank you, dear! So are you!! :-)

You bet, and you're welcome:-)

So do you have a beautiful heart, and soul!

Thank you! You, too!

XX

Beth Lacey
Aug 07
Aug 07

This is so nice to read. You must feel very good about your work

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello Beth dear, thanks so much for appreciating my write up. Yes I feel so fulfilled that u can give hope and put a smile on someone's face. That is the source of my motivation. Thanks for your kind words dear. God bless you

Chi8629
Aug 08
Aug 08

Thank you for sharing Sister.

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello Chi8629. Thanks dear

Thelma obani 2020
Aug 08
Aug 08

Thanks for all that you do. You are a
Powerful force to reckon with . Keep winning

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Thelma dear, Thank you so much for appreciating me . That makes me even want to do more dear.

Carol Sunborn
Aug 08
Aug 08

I know how marginalized women with disabilities can be. Your project is income giving to the hearing impaired women! I imagine that it gives more hope to your trainers and trainees.
What are the product they are selling ? Who buys the products?

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello dear Carol, Yes these women with disabilities are truly marginalised especially in our African context. Economic empowerment is one of the main solution.
Some sell beaded sandals, bed sheets, hair wigs, packaged snacks. For now the products are sold locally but with this training they can even sell to neighboring towns which was not the case before the training

Vanora.Lee
Aug 14
Aug 14

Awesome! Because of your passion driving these good initiatives and train the trainers, they are so blessed and life are transformed. Salute to you! Keep going and stay well.

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello Vanora, Thanks so much for your kind words. I am even motivated to do more. You too stay well and keep safe my dear

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Aug 16
Aug 16

Dear Regina
Thank you for making efforts to empower deaf women in communities.As a woman with disabilities coupled with bother barriers, I can fill the pain of difficulties in communication for these deaf sisters.Congratulations for I can attest to your works.
In Sisterhood
Veronica Ngum
CEO/Founder CAVP
Bamenda,Cameroon

Honorine Ngenwi
Aug 16
Aug 16

Hi Regi what a wonderful job you are doing dispite the difficulties. I love that so much because you are a brave woman. U make me envy u so much.
May the good Lord continue to guide and protect u in what ever u do. Love u sis.

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello Veronica dear, thank you so much for introducing me yo World Pulse. And thank you for your availability. May God and protect you too my dear.

Jayne Cravens
Aug 20
Aug 20

What an inspirational story! Talk of digital inclusion so often does not include talking about people with disabilities / tech accessibility. What a great program!