OPEN PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP LETTER

We have the pleasure to introduce to you our nonprofit Organization: Bridgers Association Cameroon is a national Non -Profit Organization that was founded in 2013 and got registered in 2016. Operating from our head office in Yaounde Cameroon, we have as mission to empower women through advocacy so as to attain gender equality and minimize gender based violence. We therefore have the vision for a level ground where all women/girls would have equal access to resources to enable them live healthier and happier lives; their sex, age, colour/race, country and financial backgrounds notwithstanding.

We are a youth led Organization, having been cofounded by youths; we give the pride of place to the youths (both male and female) ranging from the ages of 20 – 40 to be at the helm of leadership positions in the Organization through a simple and fair majority voting system conducted once every two years by members of the Organization’s General Assembly. The voted youths head the different focused programs of the Organization under the Coordination of a general Coordinator who is herself a youth and Co-founder of the Organization.

Our projects fall largely under the following programs: environmental education, Gender Based Violence Prevention, Climate smart agriculture, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Menstrual Hygiene Education, promotion of the concept of volunteerism, water Sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and which is requiring great social, economic and psycho-social support, we launched a COVID-19 response program in which we aim at reaching out to vulnerable and under-served communities with sensitization on the preventive measures as well as providing the beneficiaries with WASH and hygiene kits to prevent/stop the spread of COVID-19. We count on your support to continue providing more education on the preventive measures, more face masks, wash hand stations, hydro-alcoholic gels for hand and surface sanitization, soap for hand washing and to reach out to many more vulnerable communities all over Cameroon. 

Also within the context of the ongoing Anglophone crisis which has degenerated into an armed conflict in Cameroon, Bridgers Association Cameroon based on its principles of solidarity and compassion have been seeking and providing basic material and psycho-social support to the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have escaped from their original places and are seeking refuge in other parts of the country under deplorable conditions. With your support, we are able to train and donate seed capital for them to start small but profitable ventures to sustain them and their families, provide them with hygiene kits for a healthy life style, and provide them material and food stuff.

As one of our advocacy programs, we are concerned with promoting the bodily autonomy of women/girls and adolescents’ sexual reproductive health and rights. Our strategy has been through the Organization of capacity building workshops to train trainers to harness and amplify our continuous awareness raising/sensitization campaigns efforts carried out in schools and communities to impact vulnerable and marginalized groups of women and girls. Through this program we are therefore giving women and girls the opportunity to be aware of their fundamental human rights relating to a sound mental and physical health as enshrined in the UN Universal Declarations of Human Rights. 

Through the promotion of Sustainable Organic Agriculture, we are impacting the lives of marginalized Indigenous Baka Pygmy women in the East Region of Cameroon by training them on vegetable cultivation for both commercial and home consumption as practical solutions to reduce poverty and malnutrition in their communities. We train them on effective land use and sustainable land management as well as the planting of fruit trees to mitigate the effects of climate change. There is urgent request to scale up this project and reach more vulnerable communities in Cameroon for a wider impact. 

We are equally very concerned with WASH Projects, as at October 2020, Bridgers Association with funding from the Japan Water Forum (JWF) shall be rehabilitating a Water Resource Collection Point in Kake Village, Center Region of Cameroon. This project shall benefit more than 1000 persons in this enclaved community. This community and many more need boreholes for sufficient and portable water supply. 

Just like water, in the Baka Pygmy communities, toilets are near absent and so community dwellers practice open defecation which is negative for their health. Consequently, there is great need for the provision of pit latrines and capacity building on WASH in these communities. 

Beside other projects, we recently introduced a five years pilot phase project on promoting the concept of volunteerism by training and building the capacities of young girls and youths to engage into volunteering so as to gain practical skills that increases their chances of gaining a job in the labour market. We make them to build leadership and career talents within the ambit of the SDGs. As such, we teach the goals in line with the program. We equally run many programs in secondary schools benefiting thousands of students. Through our volunteerism program we have been able to host and train three German Citizens here in Cameroon, namely Dana Elena Harms; David Altrath Jesse; and Vagt Luca who had the honourable opportunity not only to learn what we do but had an inside on the different cultures of Cameroon having over 250 languages making it Africa miniature.

For more about our programs and projects please visit our website: https: www.bridgersngo.org

Please join us and become our partner by supporting us financially so we can scale the impact of our work by funding other Grassroots Organizations which are committed in bringing social change in their varied various communities. 

As partners in development, your logo will feature in our website and in all our communication materials and from time to time we would promote your brand through our social media channels to increase your visibility by projecting your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) engagement in the world. 

We would equally provide you with necessary documents to enable you have Tax Reduction in your country for your charity donation for our work.

However, should you have any worries about establishing a partnership with us, please get in touch with us using the addresses on the letter head and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

Attached to this partnership letter is:

Our bank Account details:

Bank Account Details

Bank Name:                             National Financial Credit (NFC)

Bank Account Name:               Bridgers Association Cameroon

Bank Account Number:           10025 00043 36401066758 74

IBAN Number:                        CM2110025000433640106675874

Bank Swift Code:                    NAFCCMCY

Bank Address:                         P.O BOX 6578 Yaounde Cameroon

Please, Accept our Best Regards and with Gratitude.                        

     Sincerely Yours,                                           

            General Coordinator and Co-Founder  (Bridgers Association Cameroon)

                AZAH JACKLINE CHEY.

Fight Against FGM

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

The international Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation celebrated every year on the 6th of February is a day which was put in place by the UN to raise awareness and eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). The theme for this year 2020 is “Unleashing Youth Power”.

  • What is female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) refers to the cutting, removing, or sewing close all or part of a girl’s or a woman’s external genitals for no medical reason. This practice is common in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade/knife or other crude objects which are most often than not unsterilized. According to statistics from the World Health Organisation, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa; the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.These girls are cut between infancy that is before the age of 5 to about 15 years with procedures varying according to the country or ethnic group. Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures or methods that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and is a form of gender based violence against girls/women.

  • PROCEDURE

This practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. In some communities, health care providers perform FGM due to the erroneous belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized. The procedures differ according to the country or ethnic group. It includes the following types; removal of the clitoral hood and clitoral glands; removal of the inner labia; and removal of the inner and outer labia and the closure of the vulva. The WHO strongly urges health professionals not to perform such procedures.

It is a violation of the rights of children since it is mostly carried out on children.The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and sometimes the right to life when the procedure results in death.

  • CONSEQUENCES

FGM has no health benefits, but it harms girls and women in so many ways. As a matter of fact, risks increase with the different procedures and it has so many complications both in the long and short run.

Immediate complications/ consequences can include:

  • Severe pain
  • Excessive bleeding (haemorrhage)
  • Genital tissue swelling
  • Fever
  • Infections like tetanus
  • Urinary problems
  • Wound healing problems
  • Injury to surrounding genital tissue
  • Shock
  • Death in some cases.

Long-term consequences can include:

  • Psychological problems (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, low self-esteem, etc.)
  • Urinary problems (painful urination, urinary tract infections)
  • Vaginal problems (discharge, itching, bacterial vaginosis and other infections)
  • Menstrual problems (painful menstruations, difficulty in passing menstrual blood, etc.)
  • Sexual problems (pain during intercourse, decreased satisfaction due to no sexual feeling, etc.)
  • Increased risk of childbirth complications (difficult delivery, excessive bleeding, caesarean section, need to resuscitate the baby, etc.) and newborn deaths.
  • Need for later surgeries: for example, the FGM procedure that seals or narrows a vaginal opening (type 3) needs to be cut open later to allow for sexual intercourse and childbirth (deinfibulation). Sometimes the genital tissue is stitched again several times, including after childbirth, hence the woman goes through repeated opening and closing procedures, further increasing both immediate and long-term risks;

From all the above-mentioned complications and consequences, Bridgers Association calls upon us all (the public) to join us to fight this ill and stamp out this malpractice from our society. We strongly stand against this practice as it violates goals 3, 5, and 10 (good health and wellbeing, gender equality and reduced inequalities respectively) of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. We join our voices with the WHO, the UN and other organisations in the world to fight against this. We are out to sensitize the public and raise awareness on the complications involved with this practice and the need to end it as soon as possible.

CONTACT: Tel/WhatsApp/Skype: +237674662893 / +237677334678
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