The Oroko Househelp Phenomenon

WELISANE MOKWE NKENG
Posted August 12, 2018 from Cameroon

 

Over and over, my friends and even acquaintances when in need of a house help (house girl) will say to me “Please look for me a house help from your area, I hear that’s where most people go to get house helps”.   At a point in time I had to stop and ask myself; why do people have this notion of my tribe’s girls? Are they only fit to make an exodus to urban areas as house girls? Do people really know the potentials of Oroko girls? So I decided two things need to be addressed:

1- The Mindset of Girls in our Communities  Girls from our communities need a change of mindset and mentality through formal and informal    education. Those of us who have seen “The Light” need to light up the minds of girls from  every  other community where girls are living in ignorance and still being blocked from reaching their utmost potential by societal ills such gender discrimination, child marriages, female genital mutilation, sexual assault, violence on women,  amongst others. Our Slogan at Welisane Foundation is “A New Light for the Girls and Women”. It all begins in the mind…..we want to shine a new light in the minds, hearts and lives of girls and women so that they live a purposeful life and have a positive impact in their communities. 

2- Valorizing the Potentials and Achievements of Girls from our Communities I am sick and tired of people telling me you don’t look like an Oroko girl, of course I do look like an Oroko girl. Infact! I am an Oroko girl 100% and where I come from there are plenty like me. We need to be proud of who we are, where we are coming from and make every other person feel  proud of who they are .  Welisane Foundation has come to bring to limelight those girls and women from our communities who are doing amazing things, yet unearthed.  Girls and women are looking for role models, they are looking for you to mentor them, come on board and make a girl dream and work towards being just like you when they grow up. #Iamoroko 

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Jill Langhus
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Hi Mokwe,

Thanks for sharing your post and letting us know more about your organization. It sounds like you have a great mission and purpose there.

What are you looking for in a mentor? Do you want mentors from your area, or worldwide?

Hope you're having a great day!

WELISANE MOKWE NKENG
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Thanks a lot for your encouragement. We are looking for mentors all over.
Someone to mentor a girl morally and academically.

Jill Langhus
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

You're welcome:)

Okay. Let me know if I can help in some way. You can private message me, or you can also post on the "Resources" page about what your requirements are, too:
https://www.worldpulse.com/en/my-pulse/resources.

Good luck, and please keep us posted.

Stephanie Mah
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Hi sis,
Thanks for sharing about your work, you are amazing, you did not only think but you take action, that light will shine in your country ,God bless you.

WELISANE MOKWE NKENG
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Great to connect with you my Cameroonian sister. Will like to know you more and your works. We can partner in many ways

Stephanie Mah
Aug 18, 2018
Aug 18, 2018

Yes sis we are already in partnerships, I will contact you.

Tarke Edith
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Hi Mokwe
thank you for sharing on our platform you are a lite to that part of the village keep up sister

WELISANE MOKWE NKENG
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Thanks very much Judith...we r all in this together

Phionah Musumba
Feb 19
Feb 19

Respecting and being proud of yourself rubs off on those around you.

Tumanjong Miranda
Mar 09
Mar 09

Dear Mokwe,
This is such a great story. It's a pity people, instead of bringing out the best in others rather tag them to certain aspects of life.
Courage on your endeavors in fighting all these social ills.
Wish you all the best as you go on this mission.
Much love!

Kika Katchunga
Apr 08
Apr 08

thank you for sharing this article, and courage for the struggle of change to these girls. You have all my support