My Journey

Veronica Ndi Ngum
Posted November 26, 2016 from Cameroon
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I come from Baba II village, North West region (NWR) Cameroon, live and work in the city of Bamenda. Born in a low income family, in a local rural community on the out sketch of the city of Bamenda, my mother has been a widow for 34 years struggling to support us single handedly since the day she became a widow. The big challenge I face now stems from the fact that with a disability, am living in a country whose labor policies are disability unfriendly and opportunities for self employment are very difficult though possible.

Just like me, Cameroonian women with disabilities face three-fold discrimination as a result of their disability, perceived inability and Low socio-economic status. They equally faced both physical and attitudinal barriers. Live in poverty and lack opportunities for gaining an education, finding employment and forming meaningful social ties. This situation is further aggravated by cultural barriers that relegate these women with disabilities to the background with limited implementation of policies in Cameroon. As a woman with, am challenged because less than 1% of women with disabilities have been educated, I have the opportunity to be empowered, I like to contribute my expatriate and the knowledge I will gain from this World Pulse to improve on the lives of more sisters with disabilities.

I am a volunteer Program Officer at the coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD), Bamenda Cameroon, and founder of Community Association for Vulnerable Persons (CAVP) Baba II, Santa Subdivision North West region Cameroon. Run a small income generating activity as an alternative source of funding for daily up keep. I will do more needs assessment exercises, empowerment workshops, continues sensitization, educative talks and awareness raising on the media and in communities, groups and families of persons with disabilities. I will carry out community outreach activities to contribute for the improvement of livelihood for women/girl with disabilities, victims of sexual abuse and gender based violence.

I gain support from CUAPWD, grassroots self-help groups of my target population and Empower Women through frequent online discussions and empowerment webinars. I will need technical support, improved knowledge on project management, monitoring and evaluation, networking, partnering with international organizations and sourcing for funding. I commit myself to spend at least 21 hours on the internet weekly and being available to fully participate in the training. A woman with a disability, highly motivated, committed and a strong advocate for the rights of WWD.

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Veronica Ndi Ngum
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 08, 2016

My disability does not describe me !!

jlanghus
Nov 27, 2016
Nov 27, 2016

Welcome to the World Pulse community. It's great to have you in this group of wonderful, transformative and powerful women. I love your story, your passion and your determination:-)

Veronica Ndi Ngum
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 08, 2016

jIanghus

Thanks for your comments.Very glad to meet you on WP community

Dhara Patel
Nov 28, 2016
Nov 28, 2016

praise worthy initiative. Keep it up.

Veronica Ndi Ngum
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 08, 2016

Thanks dear sister

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 28, 2016
Nov 28, 2016

Hello Veronica,

Welcome to World Pulse. It is so good to meet you here and know that you have found and joined us here within this global network. You have laid out clear and important information about the lack of support, opportunity and respect for women and girls with disabilities in your area. The right to education is a basic human right and together we are working on this. Your commitment to time on line will benefit all of us, and I look forward to your ongoing participation here.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Veronica Ndi Ngum
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 08, 2016

Dear Tam

Thank you for your inspirational words. Am very happy to be on the WP community and meet great professionals like you.Looking forward to working with you

Veronica

ngumvero29@gmail.com

Lisa Anderson
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

Dear Veronica,

Thank you so much for sharing your story! I can tell that you are such a committed champion of women and girls with disabilities in Cameroon. Your voice is powerful and so important. Welcome to the World Pulse community!

Warm regards,

Lisa

Veronica Ndi Ngum
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 08, 2016

Dear Lisa

Am glad to be on World Pulse and meet high professionals like you.With people like you I know women with disabilities will go miles in Cameroon

Feka
Dec 03, 2016
Dec 03, 2016

Dear Vero,

Welcome sis. You are an inspiration, with your powerful voice, people with disability will go places in Cameroon.

Veronica Ndi Ngum
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 08, 2016

Dear Feka

Thanks for the comment