A major challenge faced by NGO leaders in Cameroon is
identifying a problem and being able to get funds to solve the problem
identified. Despite the number of funders willing to fund project proposals
being able to convince a funder that a problem exists and you have identified a
suitable solution to the problem becomes another challenge.
The capacity building workshop for NGO leaders in Cameroon has as objective to :
Train leaders to be
capable of developing a proposal idea.
Know the main outlines
of a project proposal.
Establish and maintain
a relationship with funders.
successfully implement a funding project.
Train leaders to be
able to train others on grant writing skills.
This training is to run across three Cities in Cameroon for three days in each City, training 20 NGO leaders per City beginning with Bafoussam. The Bafoussam session ran from Monday 17th of May 2021 to Wednesday 19th of May 2021. The three- day workshop brought to light multiple tactics and methodologies to apply while writing a solid grant proposal, the training was covered by Prof. Jesse Lutabingwa from the Appalachian State University who covered end to end process using workbooks, activities and assignments making every trainee worthy of their workshop completion certificate.
The trainees where well equipped with all the materials
needed to effectively carry out a training to train others on the skills they
got from the grant writing workshop.
The workshop was wrapped up with an award ceremony, a
testimonial and tip sharing session by a Mandela Washington fellow Manka’a
Yvonne sharing her experience on project and grant writing. In a typical
Cameroonian way, the cohort and team presented a gift of appreciation to our
trainer Prof. Jesse Lutabingwa for the wealth of knowledge imparted.
We remain grateful to our sponsors the US Embassy and
partner Green farmlands on delivering a great session for NGO leaders in
Imagine the most beautiful gift in the world is snatched away from you because you were unable to cater properly for. Yes, imagine a mother losing a child just because the basic survival items were considered a luxury for her.Many mothers like Eli (physically challenged person) here have been affected by the ongoing unrest and survival is already hard hence catering to a new born is even more difficult. With barely a plate of food to eat every day, she has skipped antenatal and so have many mothers like her who are internally displaced and can’t afford it.
Our Mama’s Safe Natal Kit is in response to the plight of many mothers and our goal to reduce infant mortality deaths especially with items such as an anti mosquito bed and health tracking card with an emergency contact number. (Hospi Mobile)By purchasing a simple pack of cupcakes – you indirectly are donating towards helping more mothers like her find joy and safety in motherhood.
2nd Sunday of May is celebrated as international Mother’s Day, a day dedicated to thanking mothers for their tireless efforts, contributions, unconditional love, and sometimes completely unnecessary sacrifices. Mother’s Day 2020, A Mother’s Day like no other! 💕💕
What would Mother’s Day be without a little sweetness and love ? But then again, what would Mother’s Day mean if only a select few get to celebrate and others don’t ?
In moments like these where everyone’s strength and resilience are tested, and especially mothers who have to play 1million and 1 roles; we want to say we see their struggles and appreciate their care. 💕💕
At HMHC this Mother’s Day ,10/05/20; we set out to spread some kindness to all mothers regardless of what social strata they belong to, through our I❤️MAMA cupcake giveaway and nose masks distribution. In Makepe Douala Cameroon, we took the streets to distribute over 100 cupcakes and 50 nose masks to local roadside sellers and petit trader mothers, encouraging everyone to stay safe, protect themselves, all while making them feel special and appreciated. 💕💕
Happy Mother’s Day to all mamas! 🙏🏾
Cognizant of the fact that our maternal and infant mortality rates are still not at optimum, and with our goal to promote infant and maternal welfare in Cameroon, Happy Mother Happy Child in collaboration with Young Mothers Initiative set out to celebrate international women’s day 2020 in a special way. This collaboration worked to ensure the over 216 mothers, women and children at the Mboppi Baptist Hospital in Douala Cameroon benefited of our unwavering support through donation of gifts such as basic hospital sanitary needs, baby diapers and encouraging pep talks to our patients. We believe that to successfully celebrate women’s month, we must equally take action to remove/reduce the barriers that threaten and limit women, girls and children from thriving and attaining their full potentials such as health and safety. We appreciate the effort and support of our volunteers and the hospital management in making this happen.
“To achieve an equal world, we have to ensure that the significant gaps caused by maternal and infant mortality are reduced, and push for better survival rates for women and children who are potential leaders. #EachForEqual welfare!”
Did you know that CHILDREN IN AFRICA are still at high risk with HIV and AIDS? Over 80% of infected children live in Africa. At Happy Mother Happy Child, it is imperative that our education focuses on the role they play in our communities to fight this virus/disease. So we set out this year, to talk to children of ” THE EDGE BILINGUAL NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL ” Bonaberi, Douala who believe in the ability of their children to change the world.
Over 50 pupils participated in a POETRY COMPETITION Organized by Happy Mother Happy Child on the theme “End HIV and AIDS” and 3 of the kids emerged as winners.
The children discussed their fears, their knowledge on how HIV/AIDS can be contracted and we closed off by debunking the myths and stigma around it as well as how it can be prevented.
With over 200+ children sensitized, we believe they know they have a role to play in ending HIV.
It all began sometime in October 2018, in the city of Douala, we had a phone call from one of our mothers, she was screaming, yelling and panting heavily. We could barely get a word from what she was trying to say all we kept hearing was “Mon fils, mon fils”, suddenly the phone went silent. After investigations we discovered her son suffered a seizure, she was confused and knew nothing to do, she panicked and further endangered the child’s life by putting items in the child’s mouth and did other wrong practices which unfortunately cost the child’s life.This left us devastated and pushed us to think of how we can work to prevent such catastrophic incident from ever occurring again. This let to the birth of the “EVERY SECOND COUNTS” program on the 13/10/2018, aimed at equipping Parents, youths and children with basic First Aid and CPR skills. Its been 1 year we pioneered our program, from home visits, to awareness campaigns across different cities in Cameroon, to hands on practical training sessions, to going digital through online trainings. In a country like Cameroon where access to health care and emergency response is a struggle, it is important for civilians to be armed with life saving skills which they can use to provide timely and useful assistance as need be. One became two, then three and here we are on thousands and counting. We are grateful for the results we are achieving one step at a time.Together we will be a brother’s keeper and stamp out preventable deaths in Cameroon. #firstaid #who #EverySecondCounts #CPR #HMHC #ILoveMama
International Day of The Girl Child 2019
Just like MAMA, It is the DAUGHTER who makes the HOUSE a HOME . On “International Day of the Girl Child”, we call on all parents to Empower their GIRLS for a better world.
She should be raised to have the mind of a champion!
She should be taught never to settle for mediocrity! Nurture her! Love her!
And you’ll see the positive ripple effect on humanity!
I AM A GIRL, I HAVE MY STORY WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
— GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable
Happy Mother Happy Child is changing the narrative one mother at a time, one child at a time and of course… one network at a time ! We were thrilled to pioneer on the first ever CSO CONNECT in Douala CAMEROON, bringing together people from various milieus to share ideas on how to build sustainable partnerships. Our goal on September 1st 2019, together with our partners to this event ; Green farmlands , Manda Foundation, IBAfrica, and Brokers; represented by Atim Mbah, Tabit Sandra , Primos M Kenah @Achobom Kenyu and ourselves Ngweka Queen , Velveeta Viban was to create a platform where organizations (Non profit and profit ) can develop strategies that are mutually inclusive and beneficial for community development.
The CSO Connect hence opens up a platform for all organizations to network, partner, share best practices and opportunities that respond to the challenges we all face. The participants came from different fields such as Social Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, volunteers, students and civil servants. It was a great turn out and everyone left enriched and ready to foster change.
We are motivated to ensure that this CSO network grows beyond boarders and create a collaborative force to be reckoned with in Cameroon. To be able to join this network we urge you to follow our page CSO Connect
Are you a young Entrepreneur , Do you run an NGO, FOUNDATION or any form of CSO? CSO Connect is an opportunity for you to meet like minded change makers, connect to build Networks that Work. Join us on the 1st September 2019 at the Top Rank Plaza Bonaberi, Douala. Lets come together and know who does what. Together we will Build Sustainable Partnerships, #SDG17. Register here