Gender Based Violence: Nkumu Fed Fed, EU empowers over 50 survivors

By Bakah Derick 

The women based not-for-profit nongovernmental organisation Nkumu Fed Fed has handed over different forms of start-up kits to adult survivors of Gender Based Violence in the North West Region of Cameroon. The 50 survivors received thier kits and certificates of completion in Bamenda on Wednesday 3 August 2022. 
Nkumu Fed Fed officials and graduating beneficiaries displaying certificates 

The beneficiaries who received a six-week training in their different areas of interest are expected to start and improve businesses in the sectors of production and commercialisation of table birds (poultry farming), tailoring and dress business,  catering, shoe making, beauty and makeup, hair dressing, provision stores, documentation services, pastries and embroidery.  The beneficiaries have received complete kits and supporting material like the table birds for poultry farmers, food items for caterers, tissue for tailors and designers amongst others
"The objective is to stop violence against women and girls as a result of the ongoing armed conflict in the North West Region that is why our organisation and the European Union came into partnership.. our hope is that after this training and handing of start-up kits they will be messengers and campaigners against gender based violence." Nkumu Fed Fed Public Relations officer tells 

The project which falls within the Livelihood and Social Cohesion as well as recovery program of the Bali Nyongha based charity for 2022 is financed by the European Union to empower survivors of violence to aquire skills which permits them to effectively insert themselves into the society. 
Partial view of the graduation event with the start-up kits 

"Nkumu Fed Fed has given me a
grinding machine, an umbrella and other things because I wish to do fruit business. I have a child of two years and I could not get a job because of that. I can't say how happy I am. It is not easy for someone to give you things like this without me giving even a franc. We are many and I can't really explain how I feel than say I am very happy." Amua Celine a beneficiary said.

Shabou Phalone, physchosocial assistant at Nkumu Fed Fed tells that many of the adult beneficiaries have suffered different forms of gender based violence including rape, physical assault, denial of resources for child up bringing or refusal for them to work and sexual assault. During the internship period, the beneficiaries received coaching that allowed them to build their self-esteem. 
Nkumu Fed Fed national President Eunice Tita Tata has used the graduation event to disclose that the project will run for two  years with an expected target of 250 youths starting with the first set of 50 and another batch of 75 expected in September. The selection of beneficiaries according to Eunice Tita, has been inclusive and transparent, with trainers providing the right coaching skills to enable them face their business with competence and the right frame of mind. She has challenge the 50 adults to use the start-up material well so as to aquire practical skills and train others when need arises. 
Nkumu Fed Fed National President Eunice Tita Tata addressing the graduation event 

Created in 1982, Nkumu Fed Fed authorities say they have "been investing efforts into empowering the less privileged in the rural communities in Cameroon with focus on women and the girl-child." With women and girls constituting the most vulnerable in the face of a raging armed conflict, poverty and discriminatory traditional practices, the move by the charity certainly provides relief. 

Representatives of the Ministry of Womens Empowerment and the family, National Empowerment Fund present at the graduation event have praised Nkumu Fed Fed for standing the gap between the survivors of Gender Based Violence in the restive North West Region and their challenges thus giving them hope in living. 

A few pictures from the event 

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