Initiative Update

What gives me joy

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted November 30, 2020 from Cameroon

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One of the objective of my organisation (Association for the Empowerment of the Deaf and Vulnerable Persons) is to improve on the livelihood of women and girls with disabilities and other Vulnerable persons. For a while now we have been focusing on girls with hearing impairment. We are doing this through providing them with income generating activities. Its such a great feeling  giving them hope through these activities. Sometimes I feel really delighted visiting these women and girls with disabilities in their homes and working with them on their income generating program. It also gives  joy and hope to care givers especially those who have given up on them ever being productive. We are also committed to increasing visibility to these income generating activities through the digital skills we are impacting on them. We have been training deaf girls on using Facebook and WhatsApp to sell their products. We are really encouraged by the impact of these trainings done some of which I have mentioned in other write ups. Sonita is a 16 years deaf girl I have just started working with. She is training on a skill on beaded sandals production. In fact I have dedicated time to go teach her in her home. I have also introduced digital training for her. I was so surprised that she has never used a phone before. Thank God her mum was at home so I got her involved in the digital training so she could help her out while I am away. Its going to be challenging making out time to train her alone but where there is a will there will always be a way. I am willing to do all to dedicate time so she can acquire this skill.  Sonita is so excited to find someone who understands her (Sign language), and also because she would become productive. She is even more excited for the digital skills she is acquiring and  at the fact that she will be using an android phone.

Sonita' s mother who is also a business Lady will indirectly benefit from this training as she will also be able to use these tools in increase visibility for her business.

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Nini Mappo
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 01, 2020

That is such a powerful photo Regina!! The girl who cannot hear your voice, holding a phone to learning from you. The phone, such a small device in her hands will shatter barriers and bring her closer to the world where we all should be connected, disabilities or not. Well done! Nay you find time and resources to enrich many more like her, transofrming their families at the same time!

Jill Langhus
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

Hello Regina,

You always have the best attitude ever, and you're always so driven. Sonita, and her family, are very fortunate to have you in their corner. You're such an inspiration to me, and I'm sure so many others. Keep up the great work, dear. XX

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 03, 2020
Dec 03, 2020

Hello, Regina,

Reading your stories bring me joy. You bring so much joy to your community and the women and girls with disabilities. You are a blessing to many, dear sister. You are an inspiration. Stay safe, and please protect your joy. Thank you for sharing!

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Dear Regina,
How inspiring it is to read about the work you are doing, the changes you are making in so many lives, and to see the immediate transformation you are making in Sonita's life. "I am willing to do all to dedicate time so she can acquire this skill". These are the words of a World Pulse sister who lives it the core, with a gigantic heart.
Love to you, dear sister,