Monday, December 31, 2012

CASD's Numfor Alenwi nominated for Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work

 Numfor Alenwi, Director of Programmes at CASD was shortlisted among the 10 finalist for the Commonwealth Youth Award for Execelelnce in Development WorkThe CYPRCA Selection panel which was composed of representatives from the Zambia Ministry of Youth and Sport, the International Award Foundation and the Commonwealth Youth Programme met on 4th and 5th December 2012 and reviewed a total of 78 nomination received from 19 countries.
Nominations were reviewed on the basis of quality of impact, level of innovation/fresh approaches to problem solving, quality of achievement, quality of the evidence provided and sustainability in building the capacity of future generation to meet their own needs. The scores were then tallied and the best 10 listed ;
Laureate at Commonwealth Regional Consultation, Tanzania
1. Mr. Evans Muchika Wadongo-Kenya
2. Ms.Agwenjang Patience Ngonwei-Cameroon
3. Ms.Foglabenchi Lily Haritu-Cameroon
4. Mr.Kisirisa Muhammed- Uganda
5. Mr.Ngasa Wise Nzikie-Cameroon
6. Mr.Numfor Alenwi Munteh-Cameroon (founder and E.D of CASD)

7. Mr.Isaiah Owolabi- Nigeria
8. Ms. Ellen Daphine Chilemba-Malawi
9. Mr.Salu Oluwamayowa Adepeju-Nigeria
10. Mr. Derreck Charway-Ghana

The Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work is designed to help celebrate the role of young people as nation builders and partners in development. The Awards offer young people aged between 15 and 29 an opportunity to share their contribution and inspire others to get involved.
Nominees win international recognition and support for their development project. Four awards will be presented regionally, with the top entrant from each region receiving a pan-Commonwealth award. The regional award winners will receive a £1,000 grant, a trophy and a certificate. A Regional Award will be presented to the best of the four awardees in each region. A Pan-Commonwealth Award will be best of the 4 Regional Award Winners.
The Awards are run by the Commonwealth Youth Programme at the Commonwealth Secretariat and are given to outstanding young people working to:
1. promote youth participation in decision-making;
2. promote the economic empowerment of young people;
3. take action for equality between young men and women;
4. promote peaceful and democratic environments in which human rights flourish;
5. provide quality education for all
6. improve access to information and communication technology;
7. promote health, development and values through sports and culture; and
8. Engage young people to protect the environment.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Maternal Health Support Programme

Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5  is the most lacking among the 8 MDGs in Cameroon like the entire sub-Saharan Africa. 

 141/1000 girls aged 15-19 have conceived babies though only 4% of the pregnant adolescents (married or not) desired a pregnancy. (Unicef 2009). 
Generally, unintended pregnancies in Cameroon stand at 22.7% with only 37% of family planning demands satisfied (Countdown 2015). Maternal death is as high as 490/100000 live births. 
Young women in Bamenda advocate for the use of female condom

Most of the teenage mother have prematurely ended their beautiful dreams of becoming lawyers, doctors, teacher, etc and resolved to hand-to-mouth activities just to survive self and baby. In the struggle, some of these teenage mothers get pregnant again. This exposes the mother and child to possible death. 1 in every 34 women dies in child birth nationally. Infant mortality has returned to 136/1000 live births as it were in 1990.
To empower this community of women and girls, access to family planning services and child daycare assistance is needed.
  • Our Intervention.
The Maternal Health Programme operates two projects: The Bouncing Babied Daycare Project and the Family Planning for All Project.

The Bouncing Babies Daycare Project provides a child daycare facility where mothers (especially adolescent mothers) can keep their babies and pursue their dreams. Our caring staff provides childcare that promotes healthy infant and early child development. We also give career guidance to the school drop-out adolescent mothers to ensure they are reconnected to their dreams.

The Family planning for all Project offers family planning counseling and referral for subsidized modern contraception in one of our partner clinics in Bamenda.  

  • beneficiaries' kids enjoy life with their nanny at daycare

    A general assembly of beneficiaries held at the CASD office in Bamenda, Dec 2011