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Cameroun: Progressive Social Justice Report

The Social Justice Coordination Team in Cameroon

The period March – October 2021 has been marked by many events in the Congregation, namely the celebration of first and final vows, the General Chapter and new missions, to name but a few. These events have not prevented us from making progress in the implementation of the Social Justice Action Plan, albeit timidly.

The CND sisters of Notre-Dame-des-Apôtres Region have provided over 150 scholarships this year. Through this initiative, we hope to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable persons and help in the fight against human exploitation and trafficking.

In Kumbo, the Holy Spirit guided us to a woman with three children who had been abandoned by her husband. A few months later, the house she was living in was burned down by one of the warring factions. She was forced to move to another neighborhood that had become a battle ground. In addition to financial difficulties, she had to cope with the trauma of her marital life and the fact that she was living in the middle of a battle ground. The CND sisters accompanied her and helped her move to a safer area in Kumbo. They offered a scholarship to one of her daughters to ease the burden of her difficulties. There are other women in this situation but we are glad that we were able to put a smile on the face of one of them.

We are happy to have contributed to the rehabilitation of two victims of human trafficking through psychosocial support (helping rebuild self-esteem and providing a scholarship).

In collaboration with OK Clean Water Cameroon, which has provided space at its head office, we are opening a small hairdressing and sewing workshop with a maximum capacity of 15 people. The aim of this initiative is to:

  • Look after young girls who can no longer go to school, either because they are already mothers or because they are too old for their level of education;
  • Focus on the category of young boys who join the rebels because of the lack of alternatives;
  • Help vulnerable persons take themselves in hand;
  • Start a chain of mutual aid in which the CND sisters will no longer need to intervene. The long-term objective is for this multidisciplinary workshop to be financially self-sufficient within 2 or 3 years.

We will be sure to provide you with pictures of the workshop once it is up and running towards the end of December. Until then, here is a little sneak peek!

 

 

 

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