UN Women distributes economic kits to 400 young girls’ beneficiaries of the Second Chance Education Flagship Program

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Beneficiaries receiving economic kits in the Ngam refugee camp.
Beneficiaries receiving economic kits in the Ngam refugee camp. Photo credit: Emmanuel NLEND, UN Women.

400 young girls, beneficiaries of UN women’s Second Chance Education flagship program have received over 1230 economic kits for the establishment of economic activities in four sectors; petty trading, tailoring, agriculture and livestock. The distribution which took place from the 3 to 12 of September 2019 in all five project locations (Ngam, Bertoua, Mokolo, Mora and Minawao) in the Adamawa, East and Far North Regions was in view of providing economic empowerment to the girls. A total of 1700 vulnerable young women and girls’ who are refugees, IDPs and members of the host communities were identified during the needs assessments conducted by UN Women and project implementation partners; the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) and the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training (MINEFOP), in February 2019 to benefit from professional trainings and startup kits.

The economic kits were distributed to the first set of 400 young women and girls who already received professional trainings by MINEFOP in the different sectors to facilitate entrepreneurship, employment and improved livelihood of the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries used this forum to thank the project donors and implementing partners for this live changing opportunity. They expressed their expectations and exposed the main barriers impeding their economic empowerment.

Young girls receiving training in dress making at the Minawao Women Social Cohesion space.
Young girls receiving training in dress making at the Minawao Women Social Cohesion space. Photo credit: UN Women.

According to Aminatou YAOUBA, a beneficiary from the Far-North Region, the project is an opportunity for women to support their families with the profits from the petty trades. “We thank UN Women for showing us the right way”. "The poultry will enable me earn some money to help my family, since I am a widow. I pray that the project’s staff continue to train and support us” Moussa ZOULEYA, a refugee resident in the Ngam refugee camp stated.

The SCE programme funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and implemented in the Adamawa, East and Far-North regions seek to improve access to education and employment opportunities for marginalized young women and girls’ refugees, IDPs and host population in target areas affected by humanitarian crisis by facilitating access to quality professional training and employment opportunities, psycho social support, sexual reproductive health and family planning trainings.