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The Centre for Advocacy In Gender
Equality and Action for Development, CAGEAD Cameroon has celebrated new year
(January 1) with over 500 orphans in Bamenda. The annual event held in Bamenda
January one bringing together orphans from about five orphanage homes across
Bamenda and its environs. Organised by CAGEAD and the Fultangs family, the aim
of the annual event was to instill hope in the orphans, share a common meal,
celebrate the New Year like a family thereby introducing values of fraternity
amongst them and in effect creating a link between the orphans and the external
world. In song, play backs, recitations, choral music and cultural displays,
the orphans had the opportunity to show case their own talents and measure up
to other kids who have the opportunity to enjoy such privileges daily.
According to Fultang Bernadette, board chair
of CAGEAD and host of the event was a very satisfactory event.”i am
satisfiedwith this event today.when i
built this house,i invited the orphans to come join me in the celebrations as
we were opening the house. later on when i visited them in their various homes
they expressed the desire to visit me again.we decided that every January 1st we come together,sing,dance and the children collect their gift and go
EVENT ORGANIZERS ADDRESS THE KIDS
According to Waah Clotilda Andiensa,
Coordinator for the Centre for Advocacy Gender Equality and for Action Development -CAGEAD, it was just an opportunity given the orphans to share and
enjoy the life that they would have had if they were not orphan " this event is
so important to us at CAGEAD because it falls in line with our vision and
mission which is to bring hope to the less privileged in anyway we can.. It was so special today
because apart from sharing just a common meal like in the past and exchange of
gifts, we brought in the component on sexual reproductive health education for the adolescent girls because of their vulnerability to abuse and sexual exploitation" she said.
On the sideline of the event, CAGEAD volunteers, Njumanuh Constance ,Njang Seraphine and Efeti Kareen all took turns to school
the orphans on how to shun peer pressure, identify warning signs of sexual
harassment, maintain menstrual hygiene,and develop skills to build self esteem and assertiveness.
At the close of the event, the organizers dished out gifts of bedspreads, buckets, sanitary pads, toiletries,
sugar, and milk.