Campaign Update

But still, we meet girls in their communities!

Nakinti
Posted January 11, 2017 from Cameroon

I am on a mission to educate and empower girls in rural communities. This, I do through offering scholarships to underprivileged girls and most importantly, creating what we call Girls' Lead Clubs in rural secondary school to educate girls on their rights, impact them with knowledge on sexual and reproductive health, arm them with leadership skills, and encourage them to take up public speaking responsibilities without fear. This strategy, is to help cut down on teenage pregnancies, early marriages, contracting HIV and other STIs while at the same time, encouraging education and leadership for girls, and securing financial independence for girls who will grow into women in the long run. Poised to achieve this goal of moving from school to school, a major set back has hit my country, which is standing in the way of me achieving my goal -- but I am not scared, because I always device a plan B when plan A fails. The teachers of my country have been on a sit-in strike for five weeks, and so there has been no school going on for the last five weeks in the anglophone regions of my country. How then am I going to achieve my goal of setting up Girls' Lead Clubs in rural secondary schools, I asked myself. The big answer came to mind.

This Christmas holidays, I set out to gather school girls in the village in my father's house and create the club there. While gathering them everyday for a number of days, I used our manual to teach them all the modules of our manual and also keep them busy by teaching them how to make different products out of beads. This was the most exciting part for the girls as they would arrive earlier than scheduled time, and leave later than closing time. They produced different types of necklaces, with free materials I provided them, and they even sold some to their mothers, sisters, and community members. This was intended to occupy the girls during this holidays and strike period so that they wouldn't make unnecessary visits that may end up with them getting pregnant, infected and even prematurely married.

Setting up the club, and impacting the girls with skills for income generation was very satisfying, knowing that they can use the knowledge to grow and the skills to raise funds to support their education in one way or the other during their spare time. Their parents, on hearing and seeing what their children brought home as beads product, flooded my father's house to thank me, and to encourage me to do more things for the girls.

As the strike action continues in Cameroon, the mission of empowering girls in their local communities and creating the Girls' Lead Club will continue, because this is a critical time in the lives of the girls as they are out of school. If we can do this, then we will be sure to cut the number of pregnancies, early marriage, infections, and even deaths during this long break in our village communities.

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  • danadabbous
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    This is such an amazing mission you are on. I truly believe Education has the power to empower our lives. It is great to see you are using it as a tool to teach young girls of the different opportunities that can come about in their lives. I wish you luck with this in the future! 

    Take Care

    Dana 

  • Nakinti
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    Thank you so much Dana! I promise to do more for the girls so that together we can push local and international development forward. Sending you love from Cameroon.

  • Bim Adegbite
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    Awesome work!  I believe our girls need this kind of intervention and safe space to connect, share ideas, make decisions that affect their personal lives and their communities. In essence being leaders in their own right. Thank you for standing for our girls and I wish you the very best as you progress in this hard but highly fulfilling and productive work.

  • Nakinti
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    Yes, dear Bim, the girls need all these to connect, share ideas and make decisions for their today and tomorrow, decisions that is going to affect their lives and communities today and tomorrow. I am bubbling to see these girls become leaders tomorrow. Thank you so much, Bim, for your sweet comments.

    With Love

    Nakinti

  • Eastina Taylor Massaquoi
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    I admire your courage my dear sister, what you have done for these girl is superb. I hope you will get the necessary funding required to expand your work

  • Nakinti
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    Eastina, thank you somuch. I am hoping that I get the opportunity to do more. Our girls of today should grow to become living examples of tomorrow.

    Love

    Nakinti

  • Rahmana Karuna
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    Dearest Nakinti, wonderful for thee girls you are helping them come together. most important work! coming together to learn how to be strong courageous wise learned women, to learn that they can be and do anything they can dream of. bless you

  • Nakinti
    Jan 11, 2017
    Jan 11, 2017

    Yes Rahmana, I want a world where girls will grow to become responsible leaders and command their financial independence for a better living. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

  • erincor
    Jan 13, 2017
    Jan 13, 2017

    What an energizing and inspiring update, Nakinti -- full of all the passion, positivity and love that is you! 

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Dear Erin,

    Ooohhh, you powered me with all the energy you brought into the Impact Leader team. You were such an inspiration. Thank you for all the support you gave me.

    Love, love, and love

    Nakinti

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Jan 16, 2017
    Jan 16, 2017

    We have to keep on working despite the situation in Cameroon. We pray it shall come to pass soon.

    Stay in that spirit and remain positive in your ideas.We are behind you.

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Dear Sophie,

    We sure have to keep on working. This is a trying period for us in Cameroon, but we should keep pushing, it shall come to pass.

    Love

    Nakinti

  • Immaculate
    Jan 17, 2017
    Jan 17, 2017

    Keep keeping on Nakinti...great job you are doing by helpïng the girls secure not just their future but that of the whole community.

    Sending love your way

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Thank you so much Immah.Amoit. I will keep keeping on for sure. Sending you love from  Cameroon.

  • echo demitrez
    Jan 17, 2017
    Jan 17, 2017

    Heights achieved by great men and women were not by sudden flights  but they while their companions slept were toiling upwards in the night....... Ciao

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    True talk, echo demitrez! Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Carol Sunborn
    Jan 18, 2017
    Jan 18, 2017

    I have noticed that the school curriculum can be just a little bit of the information a girl needs to navigate her world and make it better for her, and her future. It sounds to me that you are providing the basics of social information too often absolutely missing at the school. We know reading writing and math etc are all necessary but rights, responsibilities, how to find and nurture strengths, how to speak one's mind clearly and effectively, how to be with other people in relationships that are fulfilling, how to take care of one's financial health and one's bodily health are so very important if not more so . Thank you for helping do this with your girls.  

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Thank you so dearly, Carol! You have spoken my  mind. I will continue to do my utmost best!

    Love,

    Nakinti

  • Colleen Abdoulah
    Jan 20, 2017
    Jan 20, 2017

    girls schools everywhere are so critical to the future of our world. I support a school right here in Denver for teenage mothers, many of whom are that way due to sexual abuse. The school is their refuge and light. So I honor what you are doing and am here to support you however I can. I pray for many blessings to you

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Dear Collenab4,

    Thank you so much for supporting girls who find themselves in such difficult situations. How I wish teenage mothers in Cameroon can have such support. Thank you for encouraging me. I count on the support of experienced people like you.

    Sending you love from Cameroon

    Nakinti

  • LillianVB
    Jan 21, 2017
    Jan 21, 2017

    You are truly phenomenal in the work that you do to unrelentingly keep girls safe and learning. The impact of your work is testimony to the hope and vision that the girls experience when they engage in productive activities that boost their self esteem and worth. There is no greater achievement than feeling valued, useful and confident in ones own abilities especially for girls that age.

    Keep doing well & I hope that the teachers have resumed work. How sad it is that there are girls yearning to learn when teachers are not available to teach!

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Dear Lilian,

    We are trying our best to keep girls safe. It may surprise you to know that schools have not yet resumed in Cameroon. Really really sad. 

    Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Love

    Nakinti

  • iyamail
    Jan 23, 2017
    Jan 23, 2017

    I love the way you are going about this nakinti!

    This same cause is very close to my heart. I hope I can reach out to you for advice and possibly collaboration.

    God bless you

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Dear Iyamail,

    Why not? I am open to any collaboration. Feel free to reach me for any advise. I will advise you to pursue your passion. YOu have to start now

    Sending you love

    Nakinti

  • Melvin
    Jan 24, 2017
    Jan 24, 2017

    ..I am so impress the fight for female folks as far as empowerment is concern is yielding fruits and this can only be done by level headed and vicious people like Nakintin, Congratulations once more. You have me to move along with in this fight.

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Thank you so very much, Melvin.

    I will always benefit from the experience of people like you who have been in this work for long.

    Remain blessed

    Nakinti

  • Queenie
    Feb 07, 2017
    Feb 07, 2017

    Good work Nakinti , thank you so much for working with these girls. I am also involved in working with girls in communities.

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Thank you Queenie! Really? What kind of work are you doing with girls? Can you share with me? You know I can learn one, two, three ... and a thousand things from what you are doing. Waiting to hear from you.

    With love

    Nakinti

  • Gwei Mainsah
    Feb 14, 2017
    Feb 14, 2017

    Certainky your teachings and information has been very important to the youths this time as there has been no schools with girls facing certain challenges in their communities

  • Nakinti
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017

    Dear Gwei,

    It gives me satisfaction when I lend a supporting hand to girls in need. The challenges facing girls in this trying moment of no school in anglophone Cameroon are many. How I wish I could reach all the girls in  all the corners of Cameroon. If wishes were horses [they say] beggars would ride.

    Thank you for the uplifting comments

    One love

    Nakinti

  • Mariam N.
    Aug 28, 2017
    Aug 28, 2017

    Hello Nankiti, it's great reading about your work. Empowering girls is all I have ever wanted to do, but haven't gotten around to starting, Hoping to learn a lot from you.

    Good work.

  • Hena Gul
    Aug 28, 2017
    Aug 28, 2017

    Dear sister

    Thank you for doing great work for girls empowerment as we all are stand on same plat form for women's empowerment. I hope that you will keep working more and more as woman empower woman no doubt.

    Best of luck for everything

  • Rakhshinda Shakir
    Aug 28, 2017
    Aug 28, 2017

    Empowering girls means empowering society. I am in love with your work and the person behind the work! 

    Thanks for this inspiration.

  • tamaraweaver
    Sep 12, 2017
    Sep 12, 2017

    This is wonderful, keep up the good work! I am an illustrator and would love to help provide any illustrated educational materials you think the girls could use! lmk!

  • echo demitrez
    Mar 02
    Mar 02

    Wow you have done great work for the empowerment of women ayn are still doing your best! wishing you ayn your group all the very best in all your endeavors  !