Briefing On Project Mangamba

Hello just in case you may be wondering what H4AB has been up to lately, we want to update you on our recent activities and ongoing project in the village of Mangamba. Our founder was led to this village at the beginning of this year for a different project she had in mind and once she got in touch with the population, she took note of their multiple needs and from that moment decided to bring help and support so as to meet those various needs to a certain extent.

Mangamba is a village situated in Moungo which is a district found in the Littoral region of Cameroon, with a population of about 1500 people majorly constituted of IDPs from the North west and South west region of Cameroon because of the ongoing anglophone crisis.

Some of the challenges faced in this village are; no electricity, no running water,difficult accesibility due to poor roads, lack of basic education, children with no birth certificates etc. Based on this, on our previous visits to the village, H4AB has been offering supportive services like; providing basic necessities like food and clothing, solar lamps for widows and psychosocial support to IDPs.

It has been a great experience so far and lot of people have really been of help through their various contributions and currently we are working on establishing 100 birth certificates for children in the village and we will gratefully welcome your support or donations.

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Let’s talk about Depression and Stigma.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.Although depression may occur only once during your life, people typically have multiple episodes. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessnessAngry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small mattersloss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports, sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much,reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame. Many people with depression don’t seek help for it. In part, the unwillingness to seek help may have to do with the stigmas often attached to it. People with depression may try to hide their feelings, afraid that folks will:-Judge them differently-Treat them differently-Avoid them altogetherAll this is often caused by the stigma surrounding mental health issues. In some regions in Africa people say things like depression are only meant for ” white people” so an African cannot talk about depression because he normally has to be strong.The problem with stigma is, it can be a barrier to recovery, increase depression, reduce self-esteem, reduce recovery orientation, reduce empowerment and increase perceived devaluation and discrimination, among other consequences.Today we want you to undertand that depression is real and we encourage you to check on your loved ones who show such symptoms and if you need professional help, you can always reach out to us.

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Meeting Aminata: Our founder’s tale of resilience and sisterhood

#downmemorylane #gritandgrace #resilience #migrantlife #studentlife #foreigners #sisterhood

I met Aminata Ba in January 2015 when I moved into a students’ flat in Brussels shared by 3 of us. I can’t say exactly the mental space I was in, but I was back to taking antidepressants. when I even look at my Google photos, there is only one clear photo from January 2015 which is of me in school looking irritated someone took it to begin with. Ami and I took no picture together in the 4 months we lived together, life then was all about trying to stay alive and hustle to pay bills and eat even if once a day (I could care less tbt). Six years later, we meet, can sit down for hours over breakfast and update each other on our milestones after a walk  in the hood, and I returned home 4 hour later so happy for all. I listened to Ami with rapt attention, I could feel the joy in her too. I share this to inspire, motivate and encourage.

#dontgiveup #thereishope

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It Starts from Me campaign to end sexual violence: the 3rd edition is nigh

“It starts from Me”: Ending Sexual Violence/Rape Campaign

Each month, hundreds of cases of rape and sexual assaults are being talked about and we know these appalling crimes of sexual violence/rape is being committed against our sisters/brothers, daughters/sons and babies. These heinous acts have caused some fatalities as young as 3 months old and three quarters of survivors of this distressing involvement are under the age of 15.

Despite the trauma involved many cases of rape and sexual violence still go unreported as families and communities practice a culture of silence or indifference about sexual violence/rape leaving victims devastated.

In Cameroon there are hardly any safe homes/shelters for victims/survivors and medical treatment is unaffordable to many of them.

The N4SHE founded by Ms. Mirabelle Sonkey found that institutional practices and traditions can lead to a highly unsafe environment rarely challenged by our society. The society has miserably failed to educate and evolve to always pass the blame on the victims thereby communicating to victims that violence is a ‘normal’ feature of life. Schools, therefore, can be breeding grounds for potentially damaging rape culture which remain with pupils into adult life. Yet, with appropriate intervention, schools can provide an enabling environment for the prevention of sexual violence/rape.

The main objective of this campaign is to raise awareness and sensitize parents, teachers and communities at large to make use of the three Rs “RECOGNISE, RESPOND, REPORT” in children who are victims of sexual violence.

The target population is parents/teachers & community stakeholders across the nation.

So, do you want to join the third edition of the campaign starting soon to raise awareness, sensitize and normalize the conversation around rape? We are just a WhatsApp away

Join the Campaign train @ WhatsApp +237652956343

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P.S: As a volunteer, our founder visited the head office of the organization today for a working meeting ahead of the official launch of the campaign

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Let’s talk about Mental Health in our unequal world

Today our founder hosted Ms Yekpu Eleen of BeLA Association in Bamenda, a psychotherapist, school counselor, activist and GMHPN executive Cameroon as they had a conversation about Mental Health in our unequal world

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