As we start another new year, #TeamGirlsExcel will like to give you a summary of our activities in 2016. We had great success as well as challenges in implementing our activities.
The year 2016 began with the continuation of our crowd funding campaign to produce affordable, reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads #ExcelPads in partnership with Women’s Worldwide Web (W4). The ongoing fundraising campaign which has raised $1,100 is going to be used to train rural women in the production of #ExcelPads as a source of income generating activity.
In celebration of the 31st edition of the International women’s day commemorated under the theme ‘Pledge for Parity’, Girls Excel organized a one day educational activity with 45 girls from two schools in Limbe, South West region of Cameroon. Thanks to the support of the principals and teachers of the Cameroon Baptist Main and Classical schools, New Town Limbe, we had fruitful discussions with the girls (8-11 years old) on the importance of education for girls, how to develop self-esteem and menstrual and body hygiene management. We also participated at the Women’s Day event organized on the 10th of March 2016 by the US Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
In view of the World Menstruation Day on the 28th of May 2016, Girls Excel launched a new project called ‘Donate a Pad and Keep a Girl in School’ to create access to sanitary towels for girls in rural communities in Cameroon. The first phase of the project was implemented in Mabeta Fishing Station-Limbe, and the second phase took place on the 19th of August 2016 in Tole village, South West Region of Cameroon. So far, 100 girls have been supported through project and in 2017, we hope to support more girls access sanitary kits. This project will not have been possible without the support of organizations like W4, FEMPads, Reach Out Cameroon, and individuals both in Cameroon and beyond. For more information about the wonderful people who supported us, please visit our Facebook page .
Throughout the year, we made use of different opportunities to empower our members through seminars, conferences and training courses. In July 2016, Ms Taku Ronaldine, one of our volunteers represented Girls Excel at the Digital Participation Camp (DPC) in Munster, Germany. The Digital Participation camp is a global conference that connects young digital change makers from Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia in order to identify the trends, strategies, and challenges involved in youth participation via social media.
In August 2016, our Managing Director Konda Delphine was invited to speak on #MenstrualHygieneManagement during the 2016 #D’Girls Initiative empowerment program organised by RUWDEC in Buea. Two of our members Magha Diana and Taku Ronadine represented Girls Excel at the Women in Leadership Summit which took place at Pullman hotel, Douala on the 8th of December 2016. The event was organized by Adeline Sede K, CEO of FABAfrique Magazine. All of these events created opportunities for us to network while also empowering our members.
Our work equally received some media attention and different articles were published online about us which you can read via the following links:
We also had wonderful partnership opportunities with ORGANIZATIONS and INDIVIDUALS whose incredible support made it possible for us to do our work in 2016. While thanking you all again, we continue to reassure you of our commitment to this cause.
Thanks for supporting us and we look forward to more collaboration in 2017.