GOTHSBESA teaches Internally Displaced women how to fish

Ex students with IDPs

The Ex Students Association of Government Technical College and Government Technical High school (GTC and GTHS Nkwen) have trained some internally displaced women from the Bamenda I,II and III subdivisions on life sustainable activities like making of pastries and baking products of all kinds. This was during a one day workshop at the Saint Paul's Catholic mission hall Nkwen, Bamenda.

Organized on the theme "skills acquisition on baking and pastries, responding to and preventing gender based violence among women and young girls in crisis and conflicts zones", the women also had premarital counseling which was coordinated by Wanki Stella Ghong, national president of GOTHSBESA.

She used her personal and marital life for the past 24years in marriage, 18 of which she had no child, to counsel the internally displaced women.

"I just felt that I should give my experience of marriage to them, I have been in marriage for 24 years and for 18years without a child. I am just happy sharing with them and relieving some of their pain",  Madam Wanki said.

To the project director of Life Changing Humanitarian Association, Mr Funwi Numfor, the women and girls are the most affected during crisis and conflicts like that in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. He said educating them on life sustainable activities is educating their families and to a greater extend the society.

"The idea behind this initiative is to help women and girls have income generating activities with focus on internally displaced persons. We have gone through the city of Bamenda to collect data of IDP's to this effect and we are calling on other associations to join us during our upcoming workshops", Mr Funwi added.

From the Saint Paul's hall,   the GOTHSBESA family moved to an IDP centre at Ghana street where they offered mattresses, rice, cooking oil and many other items to the IDPs. Some sick kids in the centre were also taken to the hospital by GOTHSBESA for medical care.

At the end, participants where thankful to GOTHSBESA for the opportunity given them to learn new ways of putting food on their tables.

"We want to thank the association for helping IDPs like us. We were train on how to make pastries and also baking. With this, our lives will not be the same again", one of the participants Evelyn Mbeh told The Observer.

By Thomas Mokum

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