By Bonkung Handerson
The Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Development (EDID) program funded by the Liliane Foundation, has during a week-long workshop, sharpened the capacity of managers, field workers and finance officers of Partner Organizations (POs) in project cycle and financial management. Over 25 participants attended the workshop that held at the conference hall of the Director of Health Services (DHS) Office in Bamenda from Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23, 2018.
EDID Program Manager, Mrs. Agho Glory and the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Program Manager, Mr. Awa Jacques Chirac were main facilitators supported by the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Director of Finance, Mr. Ntam Ephraim and Coordinator of the Group for the Rehabilitation and Inclusive Development (GRID) project, Dr. Louis Mbibeh.
The Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih in his salutation, appreciated the partner organizations of EDID for working hard and happily during difficult times in serving and meeting the needs of children with disabilities. The DHS challenged participants to actively involve in the discussions and make suggestions that can improve their partnership with the EDID program and for children with disabilities in particular.
Mr. Awa Chirac and Mrs. Agho Glory schooled workshop participants on the project cycle with emphasis on context analysis, problem analysis, stakeholder analysis, strategy analysis, targeting, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Frameworks, data quality assurance and validation and data management and feedback. Mr. Ntam Ephraim, on his part, facilitated on financial management to improve knowledge and skills in expected financial practices while Dr. Louis Mbibeh handled the lesson on working in families and children with disabilities (CWDs) in a crisis situation. Group presentations accompanied each lesson to better elucidate the concepts.
Closing the five-day workshop, the CBCHS Chief of Administration and Finance (CAF), Mr. Warri Denis congratulated the partner organizations of the EDID program for taking interest in CWDs who are held back by diverse and multiple needs. The CAF also congratulated the facilitators for a job well. The CAF reassured the partner organizations of the CBCHS’ continuous support via the EDID program provided they remain faithful in their commitment to children with disabilities.
It should be noted that the Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Development (EDID) program funds partner organizations (POs) to cater for children with disabilities (CWDs) from ages 0-25. The EDID program believes that CWDs can be empowered when the medical, educational, social and livelihood components of their lives are taken care of by the partner organizations.