FOWAD was registered on July 25th 2006, as an Association with registered No 737/G.37/D.14/1/Vol10/T/BAPP with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization. It is a non-profit; non-governmental community-based organization operating in the South West Region of Cameroon with Head office at Molyko, Buea. It aims at enhancing the economic and socio-political status of women through the promotion of gender equality and education for women and the girl child and women economic empowerment.
More on background – Helping Hands
In an attempt to meet its objective of women socio-economic empowerment HHCC was founded in 2019 against a background of school boycott and pressure on women as a result of the war which broke up in the North West and South West Regions in 2016 resulting to displacement and loss of livelihood and consequent pressure on women. At its very foundation the Center was known as the Sandpit Children Community Support Structure aimed at creating a Child Friendly Space for internally displaced children and other vulnerable children in the community. This was seen as a means to reduce workload on mothers while giving the children the opportunity to come together for learning purposes. Education as well known is the key to success; also that every child must be educated as a matter of RIGHT as such there was need for a community school to help those parents who cannot afford fees in a regular school. Other obstacles to these children’s education include transport fare for children to other cheaper schools out of the community. More so, exposure to vehicle accidents and other ills in the public places is reduced when children are given the opportunity to go to school in their immediate locality.
In October 2020, Helping Hands Community Center for Kids(HCK) came into being for the second year 2020/2021 on the request of parents and some community members for the following reasons
To help teach children whose parents cannot pay fees in a more established and regular school especially due to the on-going Anglophone crisis.
The school environment is like a home for the children since it is very close to the homesteads and in case of any problem children can be shielded in the neighborhood and their parents reached on little or no cost at short notice.
It also serves as a development strategy in the community since education contributes to community development.
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT IN THE CENTER
Between November 2019 and April 2020 the Center enrolled 97 children (41 boys and 56 girls) age ranging between 3 to 17 years. With these the Center engaged in the teaching of the following subjects:
- Alphabetization and numeracy
- Hand writing
- Hygiene and sanitation
- Arts and crafts