Women of the Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS were at the center of attraction at the march pass to commemorate the International Women’s Day at the Bamenda Commercial Avenue Grand Stand on March 8, 2016 under the theme “Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, meeting the challenges and overcoming the obstacles”.
With contextual, educative and insightful messages engraved in placards coupled with well coordinated steps, the women received thunderous applauses from the onlookers, especially those who know and understand the the mission, vision and impact of Shumas activities more precisely in the domain of women empowerment and capacity building.
SHUMAS, over the years has been striving to address the problems of women by empowering them through sustainable economic and capacity-building programs.
To achieve this, SHUMAS works with their FIOH (Future in Our Hands) network, a network of 60 women’s groups of approximately 30 members each. FIOH groups have access to micro-credit loans ranging from 100,000CFA to 450,000CFA once every 6 months, allowing their members to undertake various productive initiatives and building their financial literacy.
Dobogo, Djafga and Ouro Boubi communities in Maga Sub Division, Mayo-Danay Division of the North Region of Cameroon have received boreholes from Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS.
The communities received the boreholes recently in a ceremony at Dobogo, Djafga and Ouro Boubi communities that saw the population come out in their numbers to thank SHUMAS and her partners for blessing them with what many classified as the best Youth Day gift, water.
The success of this project is thanks to SHUMAS’ partnership with the government of Cameroon, Gompels Health Care and the communities.
The need for the project according to SHUMAS officials was identified in a feasibility study carried out in 2015 by the organization wherein they identified that the communities were in dire need of portable water. The projects were launched in September 2015 and came to fruition in December 2015.
At the reception ceremony, Feb. 2016 In Dobogo, Djafga just like in Ouro Boubi the mobilization was total and the joy complete with the community singing and dancing in recognition of what SHUMAS timely intervention of SHUMAS which many described as a timely intervention to a possible outbreak of cholera.
In a welcome address, the Deputy Mayor of the Maga Council heartily thanked SHUMAS Cameroon and her partners for coming to their community at a time when the water crisis was at its peak.
He recounted that the communities had for some time been notorious for water borne diseases because of lack of portable water.
“Since when the bore hole was completed and we started using it even when it had not been handed over to us, the rate of these diseases have drastically reduced” revealed the mayor.
The mayor promised that they were going to take good care of the bore hole so that it will be long lasting.
This was reiterated by one of the teachers in the school where the bore hole was located who could not hide her feelings as she burst into tears while addressing the SHUMAS staff. He was so happy and one could even saw tears of joy coming out of his eyes. Just like the Mayor, she promised that they were going to take care of the bore.
“I am proud to be part and parcel of this ceremony today. I want to thank SHUMAS Cameroon for this wonderful gesture which I must confess is very timely as it will avert the constant water related diseases that have bedeviled our communities” said one of the inhabitants of Djafga.
At all the stops to officially hand over the boreholes, the representative of the Director General of SHUMAS cautioned the community to take good care of the project so that it can satisfy their needs and those of posterity.
SHUMAS participated at the Civil Society Forum, 1st-2nd February 2016, and at the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54), 3rd-12th February 2016.
The priority theme for this session was “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”, with the objective to move from commitment to results, leaving no one behind.
During this time Dr. Kelen Fonyuy at the fish bowl panel presented the integrated, inclusive, and sustainable development works of SHUMAS from an African perspective with emphasis on the eight axes of SHUMAS intervention, each which reflects an SDG.
At the side event the Director General of SHUMAS, Mformi Stephen Ndzerem Njodzeka presented SHUMAS in its entity, while Kelen presented SHUMAS’ intervention procedure.
The Manager of Islamic Nursery and Primary Schools in Bui Division, Tar Husseine Wirkom has appreciated Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS for giving a majority of Cameroonian “the right to education irrespective of their political, cultural and religious differences”.
He made the appreciation during the handing over of four classrooms, an office, tables and chairs likewise school garden equipments to Islamic Primary School, Rifem, Mbiami, Mbven sub division of the North West region on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 by SHUMAS.
The project saw the light of day thanks to SHUMAS’ partnership with Building Schools for Africa, UK, Aid Camp International and the Mbiami Council and community.
“Good educational facilities appear to be an important prerequisite for the teaching and learning process in a school” observed Tar Husseine Wirkom acknowledging that “a good physical condition of a school has a positive impact on the teaching learning process.
He added that when educational facilities are “punctuated by despair and frustration, it gives a backdrop to the teaching and learning process in that school”.
Tar Husseine Wirkom revealed that it was not the first time that SHUMAS was coming to their aid as regards school infrastructure acknowledging that the teaching learning process has been greatly ameliorated in these schools judging from their FSLC and GCE results.
He advised the Muslim Community in Rifem to take care of the school and to show appreciation by sending their children to the school.
Tar Husseine Wirkom used the occasion to condemn all acts of terrorism by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups revealing that it is a misnomer for anyone to baptize it [Boko Haram] as an Islamic sect.
Taking the queue the DO for Mbven sub division, the representative of the Mayor of Mbiami, the Head Teacher of Islamic Primary School Rifem and many other speakers who took turns to speak at the handing over ceremony were unanimous that the timely intervention of SHUMAS and her partners was a stitch in time to salvage the school from its sorry state.
Worthy of note is the fact that before SHUMAS’s intervention, the school was in a dilapidating building which made the teaching learning process difficult.
In a succinct presentation of SHUMAS, its Director Nformi Ndzerem Stephen Njodzeka revealed that 60% of their activities focus on education.
“This is because we have the vision of working towards the achievement of Cameroon’s Growth and Employment Strategy which entails education for all as well as international goals such as the sustainable development of the UN which propagates universal basic education” he added.
While officially handing over the classrooms, Nformi Ndzerem Stephen Njodzeka particularly thanked the team from Aid Camps International for spending two weeks in Mbiami, working on the project site to ensure that the classrooms were completed.
He also singled out the contribution of Building Schools for Africa, UK, describing them as friends in deed as they have helped SHUMAS to hand over projects and do impact assessments.
Motivated by the efforts of team from Aid Camps International that braved all odds to see the classrooms completed, the Fon of Mbiami did not hesitate to decorate them.
Created in 1993 and legalized in 1997, SHUMAS is a Development Non Governmental Organization with vision to of improving lives, reducing poverty and empowering the poor so that they can realize their potentials and work towards their needs without jeopardizing the future.
It has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and has tabled another application to the President of the Republic of Cameroon with the support of the Governor of the North West Region seeking the status of a Public Utility.