" A Second Chance"

" A Second Chance"

From BELINDA NANGAH

I am raising moneys to assist 50 abused pregnant teens deliver, return to school, and support them in finding dignity in motherhood through Community-Based Recovery (CBR) approach in conflict-affected communities

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A Second Chance” is a community project that empowers abused pregnant teens in armed conflict situations with skills and provides them with needed tools to make informed decision about their lives and the future of their babies as an early recovery mechanism. We feel; that no woman or young girl should be judged by the worst moment in their lives, and we encourage them to find ways to gain life skill trainings and self-employment.

Sexual and gender-based violence occurs at every stage of a conflict, from before the fight to the return home. The victims are most often women and adolescent girls and boys. Such violence is common now in the Southwest and Northwest region of Cameroon. In Muyuka, armed conflicts especially where combatants (Non state armed groups) mix up with civilian populations. Rape is used as a weapon of the crisis intended to humiliate, torture, dominate, stigmatize and disrupt social ties, and as other forms of violent assault; Women and girls may be forced to offer sex in exchange for food, shelter or protection; other abuses include sexual threats, exploitation, humiliation, molestation, incest, torture and domestic violence. The impact of violence, especially rape, can be disastrous. Injuries, unwanted pregnancies, sexual  dysfunction ,STDs and HIV/AIDS are among the physical consequences. Damage to mental health includes anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicide.

Knowing their economic hardships, family rejection, feelings of guilt, poor attention of their births, little respect and trouble finding their role as teenage moms.  The project “A Second Chance” wants to dignify their process as they learn to get to know themselves differently, ease their transition from girls into mothers, and support their body awareness and knowledge of their human rights as pregnant women and mothers.  A series of  workshop will  be organised to contribute to social transformation through information, livelihood, arts, a playful methodology, yoga and enable girls to live a transformative pregnancy, birth and an empowered motherhood.

Between, now - December 2019, “A Second Chance” will meet early recovery needs of over 100 young girls (abused pregnant and teen mothers) living in conflict affected areas across Muyuka (Owe,  Yoke, Muyuka Balong , Ekata, Mawuoto, Muyenge,Bafia, and Malende )  administrative area. The activities includes; workshops, provision of cash-base assistance to support essential sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and emergency needs for pregnant teens in labour and host families are met.

The project will be implemented by Belinda Babila Foundation , PEP Africa staff and Restless Peace Coalition members greatly contributed to the design of this project. BBF will work with PEP Africa and INGO partners to coordinate early relief efforts across sectors with staff involved in protection, security, community and health services. Implementation will also be based on their extensive network and relationship with the wider community and local humanitarian actors operational in the target area.

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