Parent Support Group
Never has there been a greater need to provide support to parents of children with disabilities in South West Region of Cameroon. The on-going political conflict and civil unrest continues to leave the general population fearing for their safety. Communities have fled villages and sought refuge in towns such as Mamfe. There are now thousands of internally displaced people in the region and among them are families of children with disabilities.
During 2020, Nicky’s Foundation has identified a number of families requiring support on a practical, financial, educational and emotional level and have invited these families to attend a weekly support group to provide a forum and a safe environment to work through their individual circumstances and come up with an action plan for each family.
Input from a social worker and a community rehabilitation worker is provided along with the skills that the parents can contribute.
This short video shows a parent providing a livelihood skills training session to other parents during one of the support group sessions.
December 2018 - News Update
Over the last six months, the progress of many of our projects has been severely affected by the current political situation in south west Cameroon. It has not been possible for volunteers from Europe to go out to assist with the work in Cameroon since March this year. Our Cameroonian colleagues are continuing to support our work but they themselves are surrounded by the conflict and their safety is of paramount importance to us.
The political crisis is affecting so many people living in the southwest region and neighbouring north west region of Cameroon with lives being lost and leaving many homeless. To find out more about the crisis please this link
As soon as it is safe for our volunteers to return to the area we aim to resume our activities there.
Promoting Nicky’s Foundation in the Rural Communities
Many people in the rural communities in southwest Cameroon rarely leave the village in which they live and therefore will not be aware of the range of services that are available to assist them should they need help. This means that those who fall into the category of socially vulnerable persons may not be aware that assistance is available in times of need. In order to inform these people, 2015 has seen Nicky’s Foundation team up with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MINAS) in Meme, Manyu and Kupe Muanenguba divisions to deliver a series of educative talks to a variety of audiences. Some of the talks have been delivered ‘on the spot’ as the team have moved from village to village and some have been delivered after an initial contact visit has been made or via notification by a letter sent ahead of time. Also by working with existing networks such as schools, traditional councils and church groups the team has been able to inform teachers, students, community group leaders and members who have themselves reached their own communities and identified clients who can be assisted by Nicky’s Foundation. This promotional phase is still underway. Here are pictures of some of the events
Thomson, in his dual role of Regional Coordinator for Nicky’s Foundation and representative from the Regional Delegation of Social Affairs, Buea and Nicky giving an educative talk to villagers gathering for an occasion in Mfuni Village, Eyumojock Sub Division
Nicky giving a presentation at a Seminar led by the Divisional Delegate of Secondary Education for all Principals in Manyu Division
The Chief of Kake Village introducing Nicky’s Foundation to ALPHA, (Association of Persons Living with Disabilities), before Nicky and Thomson delivered a session on how to set up a Micro Project