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.
Amputee Rehabilitation Project 2017-2019
Through successfully working with partners in the UK and Cameroon, a small number of individuals who have had a lower limb amputation are now fully mobile using a prosthetic leg.
Prior to the project commencing, it was virtually impossible for people with an amputation to obtain a prosthetic leg due to the limited number of service providers in the area. This, coupled with the very high cost of a prosthetic leg, has meant individuals have been restricted to moving at best with crutches. This restriction has meant that reaching the workplace and participating in active work and family life has been difficult if not impossible for some and subsequently, the knock on effect has been not being able to adequately provide for themselves and their families.
Casting often has to be done with very limited equipement.
Understanding that supplying a prosthetic leg is only part of the process, Nicky’s Foundation is working in partnership with local technicians as well as a UK based prosthetics company to ensure the fabrication and fitting of the prosthetic leg is completed to the satisfaction of the client.
Local technicians can make the necessary adjustments to the prosthetic leg fabricated in the UK.
This often means a number of follow up visits to ensure fitting is as good as it can be. Alongside and following on from the fitting the individual will be involved in a program of rehabilitation and adjustment to moving without crutches, which, for some, will be the first time they’ve been free to move without crutches for over a decade!
Here is one of the beneficiaries trying out his prosthesis for the first time.
The project is still in its infancy but is going well.
Some more of the beneficiaries are pictured below
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