The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Project of the CBC Health Services has donated a consignment of 6 sewing machines to some 2 persons each from the Mboro community, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) respectively. The donations took place in Bamenda on November 3, 2020.
The donation of these machines is in part, the project’s means of causing the community to be part of the implementation of the various preventive measures against the COVID-19 Pandemic. The criteria for choosing these beneficiaries was based on their level of vulnerability and upon their signature of the condition that they are going to actively within a period of one month, produce three fold face masks to distribute free of charge to members of their community in vulnerable state. They’re also expected to produce and distribute reusable hygienic pads to their fellow women in the community free of charge. After the month of November, all the beneficiaries will own the machines and are free to use it for the improvement of their livelihood. Each of the beneficiaries also benefited from startup materials of good quality and other accessories of their sewing machines. They were each already trained seamstresses with very little or no means of standing on their own. It is important to note that, the beneficiaries of the sewing machines shall be well trained on the production of a threefold face mask and reusable pad.
Meanwhile, the project also donated 20 dignity kits to some 20 selected vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were either vulnerable Mboro women/girls, or female PWDs living in at least one of the target health districts of project implementation in the North West Region. Each Dignity Kit contained at least one reusable pad, loin cloth, 3 pants, 4 toilet tissues, 2 bathing soap, 4 cubes of savon, 1 toothpaste, 1 toothbrush, 1rechargable torch, and 1 litter detergent.
Representing Prof. Tih Pius Muffih the Director of CBC Health Services, the Chief of Administration and Finance – Mr. Warri Denis – caused the beneficiaries to understand that the CBC Health Services is active in the fight against and the prevention of COVID-19. Hence, it is of paramount importance that they produce face masks and reusable pads within the next one month and share to the vulnerable in their communities.
The various beneficiaries of both sewing machines and dignity kits left extended their sincere appreciation to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Project for the kind gesture towards them.