LUKMEF principal theory of change is that when individuals, institutions, and whole communities are empowered and supported to take leadership in addressing their own social, economic, political, and environmental challenges, they can drive themselves out of poverty in a dignified and sustainable manner. While our programs target primarily women and youths, and persons with disabilities, we do understand that using a community-based approach that addresses the larger needs of whole communities will greatly impact positively on the lives of our primary beneficiaries in a sustainable way. In response to the socio-political crisis in the two English regions, our work has now focused on humanitarian response in the areas of Food Security, livelihood, WASH, Health, Gender-Based Violence(prevention/Response), Education, and Child Protection.
Total Beneficiaries reached per sector in the Month of April 2022
Within this sector, a total number of 140 GBV cases were received this month and offered PFA and PSS which helped to reduce the stress they were going through and facilitated their healing process. 35 of these cases were received in Buea (28 IDPs and 7 host persons), In Douala 4 new GBV cases (1 host and 3 IDPs), At the Idenau safe space, 22 new cases (20 IDPs and 2 Host) 8 pregnant women, 2 lactating were received and out of this number 4 cases were referred to the hospital for medical services Also, 40 women and girls (38 women and 2 girls of which 31IDPs and 9(Host) were supported with livelihood start-up kits. In Douala 9 women,(6 IDPs and 3 hosts.) and in Idenau 10 women benefited from a talk therapy session
Still, within this sector, a total number of 50 women and girls benefitted from ergo therapy activities at the Douala, Buea, and Idenau safe spaces. In Douala, 09 women were trained on fish pie production while in Buea 20 per session (40) were trained in two different sessions on the production of plantain chips, fish pie, and chin-chin. The department equally had working sessions with the Interns and they gained knowledge on principles of case management (the “do” and “don’t”), filling out case management forms, and how to consolidate weekly reports. They were also trained on how to develop TORs and fiche technique
Cash voucher assistance was provided to 16 women(15 IDPs and 1host) within the UNFPA/PBF project in the Littoral
7 women Led organizations benefitted from the Distribution of office equipment in Idenau. These equipment were to strengthen their capacities in providing services in their various communities
Also, 76 children were provided with mental health and psycho-social support through CFS activities at LUKMEF safe spaces (41 males, 35 females) on the occasion of the visit of the head of OCHA
In the child protection sector, 12 cases were received needing support based on health, education, food assistance, and livelihood support. Out of these 11 cases, 6 were provided with health assistance and 5 are still being assessed but basic PFA has been provided.. (4 males, 8 females) while in Bamenda the case manager Attended to a vulnerable case (malnourished and neglected)
Through sensitization carried out by the department, 159 persons are now aware of the availability of the toll-free line, CP issues, and reporting mechanisms. (38 males, 121 females)
Again, 9 professional Interns in Buea through working sessions now understand the differences between Rights and Need-based approaches to a child, the various 4 approaches to working in communities as well as the Do’s and Don’t of PFA. (1 male and 8 females). While in Bamenda, Interns and volunteers gained Knowledge on international laws backing up Child Protection (7M and 6F)
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ENVIRONMENT AND WASH (Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation)
Proper hygiene and sanitation prevent the spread of diseases and infections. If every individual on the planet maintains good hygiene for himself and the things around him, diseases will eradicate to a great level. LUKMEF within this spere during the month Carried out community sensitization on symptoms of cholera, its causes, and prevention in Kosse and Barombi Kang. Through this sensitization, the communities were trained on case management of cholera at the community level, local preparation of ORS and water treatment method, and disinfection using aqua tab (336 females and 156 males)
Also, 1443 aqua tabs were distributed to 92 households (910 females and 533 males). WASH interventions under the DRC project were (sensitization, distribution of aqua tabs, training of household water treatment)
LUKMEF equally provided cholera prevention measures in communities affected by the cholera outbreak. This was done by providing WASH kits in these communities as a means to improve the hygiene and sanitation of inhabitants. Again, a total number of 55 IEC materials were distributed to facilitate sensitization on cholera and combat its spread.
Health is important to live life to the fullest. When a person leads a healthy lifestyle, the body remains healthy and the mind is active and fresh. Living a healthy life would extend longevity and also regenerate the body and mind. LUKMEF donated 250 reusable and 95 disposable sanitary pads to CIDA. This was aimed at supporting vulnerable women and girls Also, a reassessment of the cholera situation and the impact of LUKMEF’s proposed response was done an analysis was made to evaluate how this response will be carried out.
LUKMEF equally provided health care through direct service provision and referrals for survivors in Buea (1 male, 10 females) Again, Cholera Risk Communication and community engagements were carried out with the distribution of IEC materials during mobile clinic visits in the communities of Ikata, Mabeta, Owe Kosse, and Kossala . A total of number of 246 persons were reached (63 Female hosts and 59 female IDPs) during mobile clinics with (40 Male hosts and 21 male IDPs )
There was also a facilitated session with professional interns and staff on Edema in children and adults, the symptoms, and various ways to manage it. (11 Male and 8 female)
GENERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Food was distributed to 44,788 beneficiaries in 19 distribution sites in the Mezam division. 235.137MT of rice,100.773MT of YSP, and 23.514MT of vegetables were distributed.