Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, UN Volunteer with UN Women in Maroua-Cameroon

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

 “My greatest achievement occurred when I assisted in restoring the dignity of some 350 vulnerable women’s households”

Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, UN Volunteer with UN Women in Maroua-Cameroon. He is one of UN Women’s key aids who have braved the most dangerous region in Cameroon (due to attacks by the terrorist group-the Boko Haram) to provide live-saving assistance to close to 60000 Nigerian refugees in Maroua.Jimmy Henry N. assisting female refugees on rapid income generating activities at the Minawao refugee camp

Jimmy Henry N. assisting female refugees on rapid income generating activities at the Minawao refugee camp. Photo credits: J FAJONG/UN Women

Maroua-Cameroon April 2016: It is a Thursday afternoon at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua (hosting close to 60000 refugees from Nigeria) with an outside temperature of 45°C. Jimmy Henry N. 31 year old, married and a father of one is assisting refugee’s women in income generating activities. He is a United Nations national volunteer (UNV) with UN Women Cameroon as the Gender and women empowerment and social cohesion expert.

 “I joined the national UNV program in January 2014 to also assist in offering protection to the poor, defend human rights of others and save lives thereby promoting community development”, Jimmy explained.

I preferred to volunteer with UN Women because I would have loved to play an integral part in advocating for gender equality, fighting to end violence against women and promoting women’s empowerment….this to me is opening new doors for sustainable development”.

The volunteer adds that “I feel very comfortable to work with women because my life and career have been driven by a strong passion to alleviate the suffering of disadvantaged people around the world”.

Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, UNV at the service of female refugees at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua
Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, UNV at the service of female refugees at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua. Photo credits: J FAJONG/UN Women

Since January 2014, Mr Nyincho has provided integrated assistance for economic rehabilitation to vulnerable refugee women, reinforced the refugee women’s leadership capacities in conflict prevention and conflict resolution. On a daily basis, he also shuttles between the two Social Cohesion Spaces at the Minawoa refugee camp set up by UN Women and the refugees host communities to provide direct economic assistance to GBV survivors/ vulnerable women and how to start rapid income generating activities. “I have equally trained 1000 community leader on mediation and negotiation skills in preventing and resolving conflicts. Apart from refugees, I have equally provided the same assistance to 18000 Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) in the Far North Region of Cameroun”.

My dream is to end suffering in my community and the world and achieve gender equality…see a world where every human right is respected by all and for women to be seen as partners, not objects”, he added.