Because we care
PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITES
- Education and Community Support Programs
- Micro-enterprising for small businesses
- Youth programme
- Health Programmes
Education and Community Support Programs
Upgrading and improving the environment, health, educational, social, and cultural and infrastructure aspects. Education on women and girls sexual and reproductive health through seminars, workshops & conferences and capacity building for women. Prvention of voilence among women and support to women to exit prostitution
CAWOGIDO has developed opportunities for orphans and disabled women to continue with their education through scholarships and social support. By promoting the continued education of young girls and women in Cameroon. Providing business mentoring to women in Douala to become self-sufficient and valuable contributors to their communities while addressing poverty among women.
Training in London
We conduct specialized training programs such as training for refugees and asylum seeking women, women’s participation in community development, health sensitisation and promotion, Training of Trainers (TOT), Attitude and Behaviors change, Participatory and specialized workshops for NGO leaders and capacity building for organisations and members. Workshops for experience sharing, advocacy and policy influencing on cross cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS and prostitution.
Women and Poverty
Skill Building for Farm women in Cameroon - Through our work with various local women's groups in Limbe and Bui, we offer a number of capacity building trainings to farm women. For example, through the use of volunteers and members women have been train to cultivate vegetables and food.
Micro-Enterprising for small businesses
The main goal of this program is to provide technical help, training, business mentoring and other types of support to micro-enterprise business owners and farm women on how to grow and market their crops. To date, only a few projects have been financed. With the generous support of individuals and businesses, we are hoping to increase the number of projects we support in Cameroon and assist women to market their produce their produces in the UK.
We aim to reduce poverty and to bring together a variety of young people from disadvantaged communities, Black and Minority Ethnic groups, develop their potential and mobilise them to engage effectively in community development and regeneration activities and build their capacities through education and trainings.
We aim to strengthen access to education for women and girls infected or affected by breast cancer and to strengthen the capacity of local organisations and communities to respond to the impact of HIV/AIDS among women and girls Training and education to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues among women and girls.
Breast Ironing and Its Impact
Breast ironing is a traditional practice that many Cameroonians do not talk about and nobody wants to work on it but it is secretly taking place. According to a recent study conducted in Cameroon it involves massaging or pressing the breasts of adolescent girls in order to suppress and reverse their development. The rationale is to prevent girls from developing breasts between 11 and 15 years old in the belief that a flat childlike chest will discourage unwanted male attention, rape and teenage pregnancy. Breast ironing is a well-kept secret between the young girl and her mother. Often the father remains completely unaware. The girl believes that what her mother is doing is for her own good and she keeps silent. This silence perpetuates the phenomenon and all of its consequences. Breast ‘ironing’ involves massaging the growing breasts of young girls in order to disappear the breasts, usually by using a stone, a hammer or a spatula that has been heated over coals. Breast ironing is terribly painful and violates a young girl’s physical integrity. Breast ironing exposes girls to numerous health problems such as cancer, abscesses, itching, and discharge of milk, infection, dissymmetry of the breasts, cysts, breast infections, severe fever, tissue damage and even the complete disappearance of one or both breasts. This painful form of mutilation could not only have negative health consequences for the girls, but often proves futile when it comes to deterring teenage sexual activity. Saying that breasts are destroyed is an understatement. Adolescents are traumatised, mutilated. This is a serious damage not only on their physical integrity, but also on their social and psychological well-being. And we must stop it.