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Training program for widow farmers

A two day training program (8-9th October 2012) carried by Nest of Hope Cameroon for widow farmers in pig rearing in the Fako District.  The main aim of this training program is to train some wVocational training centreomen on pig farming, marketing, business and farm record keeping and group dynamics. The beneficiaries are widows living in Ikata or came to settle in Ikata after losing their while in another part of the South West with the intention of carrying out farming and petty trading to take care of their orphans.

Cameroon, in the hope to fight against extreme poverty and hunger has put the agro pastoral sector in the first place in its priority list and in its development strategies.  At farmBut despite this, Cameroon is unable to encourage agricultural activities since Agriculture is considered a sentimental and cultural activity solely for rural people or a secondary activity. Those involved in practicing agriculture face many difficulties like lack of capital, land to cultivate and most especially lack of trainings. Due to these setbacks, farmers and women especially often yield less from their produce. In the agro pastoral sector, pig rearing is one of the most profitable and accessible sectors and adapted more to a local reality.

Small-scale pig farming plays an important role in the livelihood of many families in the developing world. In Cameroon and the Fako District in particular, most pigs are of exotic breeds and their crosses, and are concentrated mainly around Fako District and its environs. These areas have the advantage of favourable cliTraining with pigsmate perhaps conducive for intensive pig farming and farmers have easy access to markets. Local pig farming is a form of pig production system quite popular in southwestern region of Cameroon. In these settings, families keep an average of 1 to 2 indigenous pigs, these pigs are usually tethered or allowed to scavenge on their own. One of the animals that you are likely going to see when you enter these homesteads is a tethered or a roaming pig plus a few scavenging chicken. Pigs require minimal inputs in terms of family labour and feeding, perhaps an important motivation for farmers to raise pigs. Allowing pigs to roam freely is illegal and against the laws of Cameroon, however, farmers in study villages have continued to engage in local pig farming despite the governments call to confine pigs.

 

Orphans scolarship program

With A 40ft container shipped to Cameroon from Japan from the Crossroads Foundation worth  US$3524/ TOTAL GROSS WEIGHT of contents: 7646 Kg, Nest o Hope was able to support some few Orphanages, children's homes,  handicap centers etc...Nest of Hope giftsNest of Hope Container

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In Nest of Hopes’ endeavor to improve the lives of orphans infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the community, we have continued to partner with local schools to secure scholarships that enable orphans to obtain an education. An additional 20 orphans have been enrolled in this implementation year, bringing the total number of orphans under Nest of Hope’s  orphan sponsorship project to 50.

We have also provided school uniforms and scholastic materials to each of the orphans under this project.

While Nest of Hope is unable to fund the education of all the orphans in our community, we have recently started a small program where individuals (from the community and internationally) can help us sponsor orphans. Under this arrangement, 8 orphans have been fully sponsored: 6 are in nursery and primary, while two have just started their first year at secondary level of education.Nest of Hope games

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  • HIV/AIDS Awareness program in rural communities
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Prevention and Elimination of Child Labour and forced child marriage
  • Community Sports and development program:
  • Empower youths through training and ensure self sustainability by building vocational centres.
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Through HIV-SIDA activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Nalova Tonga   
Friday, 07 August 2009 13:17

LogoHIVfightNest of Hope’s core Health programs includes HIV/AIDS counseling, Medical care and Social support, Training and Capacity Building, AIDS Education and Community Mobilization, and Advocacy and Networking.

 

  • HIV/AIDS COUNSELING

Counseling will be accessed by individuals, couples, children and family members of index clients.

a/ Counseling is one of Nest of Hope most accurate tool  to contribute to the fight against the rampant transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STIs (Sexually transmissible Diseases) through education and development of self-reliant projects for jobless adults, and vulnerable youths.

b/ Nest of Hope provides psychosocial support in pretest, post test, prevention, and supportive aspects of HIV/AIDS counseling. This service is effective in providing accurate information about HIV/AIDS, STDs, treatment, Family Planning, human rights, appropriate referral Services centers as well as enhancing living positively with HIV/ AIDS. Counseling also promotes the prevention of further spread of HIV.

c/ HIV positive patients will be attached to a counselor and there is going to be a lot of mutual trust between the two where principles of different levels of confidentiality are observed. Counseling is always extended to the members of the patient’s family in order to promote acceptance of care of people with HIV/AIDS and encouragement to those who may still be in fear of finding out their HIV Sero-status. This aspect also becomes very helpful during bereavement.

 

  • MEDICAL CARE AND SOCIAL SUPPORT

Primary health care services will be provided to improve on the health conditions of the underprivileged poor by offering medical care and suppliers through our Community Health Centres.

Provide Social welfare services and material assistance to the infected by collecting medicines, equipment and fund for the local training of health personnel encouraging and receiving volunteer doctors, technicians and nurses.

Nest of Hope Social Support Program therefore comprises of services that seek to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on clients in the areas of child support, Sustainable Livelihoods, Nutritional support and some other discrete projects.

We will provide home-based care to rural families infected and affected by HIV, provide orphans with economic and educational options to enable them increase their life options and

We will empower grandmothers with agribusiness skills, provide them with training in modern agric skills thus make them self-sustainable to enable them take care their orphaned grandchildren and have access to nutritional foods, better shelter, education and a secure environment.

 

  • TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING

This program uses personal contacts and grassroots networks to spread information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as promoting family health and women's empowerment (especially AIDS widows and children). Working with women, we develop stronger families and healthier children who stay in school. Our goal is to reach as many people as we can and organize as many workshops as possible to train those who in their own little capacity will carry on counseling. Health training is provided by health workers, who then provide training for village families.

 

  • AIDS EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION

There is going to be the formation of an AIDS Free Youth Club. The main aim is to support each other and also gain understanding of issues concerning HIV/AIDS, STDs and youth reproductive Health in order to avoid catching HIV.

 

  • AIDS CHILDREN AND ORPHANS

Nest of Hope provides free education and other services to orphans and vulnerable children. Some of these children have already lost one parent. Most children after assessment turnout to be vulnerable and in need of support and basic needs such as: healthcare, education, food, clothing, and shelter. Nest of Hope provides free education and life skills training that enable them to live meaningful lives.

  • MOTHER AND CHILD PROGRAM

Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) is when an HIV positive woman passes the virus to her baby. This can occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or  breastfeeding. Without treatment, around 15-30% of babies born to HIV positive women will become infected with HIV during pregnancy and delivery. A further 5-20% will become infected through breastfeeding.

Effective prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) requires a three-fold strategy.

- Preventing HIV infection among prospective parents

- Avoiding unwanted pregnancies among HIV positive women

- Preventing the transmission of HIV from HIV positive mothers to their infants during pregnancy, labor, delivery and breastfeeding.

MTCT can be virtually eliminated thanks to effective voluntary testing and counseling, access to antiretroviral therapy, safe delivery practices, and the widespread availability and safe use of breast-milk substitutes. Nest of Hope intends to use these interventions to save the lives of thousands of children each year.

  • ADVOCACY AND NETWORKING

Nest of Hope views HIV/AIDS as a multi-pronged problem that calls for concerted effort from all sectors of life. Through advocacy at local, national and international levels, Nest of Hope increases awareness on various HIV/AIDS issues and influences the attitudes of all those in high positions in society.

As a result they contribute positively towards the well being of the infected and affected, and they keep the negative effects of the epidemic, such as stigmatization to a minimum.

Nest of Hope advocacy aims at sensitizing people with AIDS and society as a whole to understand the rights and responsibilities of the infected. This is done through:

- Lobbying.

- Collaboration with especially government structures, developmental and AIDS service NGOs, as well as Community Based Organizations that have similar interests.

- Meetings, seminars, conferences at national and international level.

- Workshops, program exchanges, consultations and provision of technical support.

- Commemoration of Candle light, World AIDS Day and other Important Days.

- Periodic Publications and Media Releases.

- Public relations with policy makers and influential national and community leaders.

- Support to community response and mobilization.


One of our aims also is to make people for stigma free and come out and talk about HIV freely.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 November 2012 18:37
 
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