I'm Kuja. I'm the Founder/CEO of this Foundation registered in New York, France and Cameroon but carries out all its activities in rural communities in Cameroon especially among the undeserved population. I am also the chief instigating officer and Innovator of Cameroon's first 💯 biodegradable sanitary napkins made from locally sourced banana stem fibers.
I studied and worked in the US for tmore than 17 years in the healthcare system but am currently in Cameroon now to serve my community in the area of women's health and wellness and women and girls empowerment.
I currently live at home with 3 adorable children, 2 boys and a girl. We are a fun,loving and very welcoming brunch.We have running water, electricity and internet service at home. We eat Cameroon stable foods and continental dishes as well. But we also respect any dietary restrictions our guest might have.
The organization's mission is to empower women and girls in Cameroon through the manufacture and distribution of Eco-friendly and affordable sanitary napkins, education on menstrual hygiene and job creation for low income women.The women working in the manufacture of this life-changing product . We currently have 8 full/paid staff and 11 volunteers who come to assist from universities around the region. We have a driver and two gentlemen who work in the extraction department.
We are looking for volunteers who will stay at home with us and assist in fundraising ( grant research and writing) which will help scale up the production of our product to reach more women and girls in all rural communities across the ten regions of Cameroon and beyond.
We also need someone who will be helping in operations.
And another volunteer to help in marketing management.
Volunteers will stay at home with us in Baffousam which is in the Western region of Cameroon with breathtaking cultures,foods,warm people, landscapes and a whole lot to learn from especially the French language.
Am on a journey to change the world by changing the narrative and misconceptions that people especially in Cameroon and Africa as a whole have about menstration and menstruating women. Join my 🚆 Train and let's make the world a better place.
Help with Eco Projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Cameroon is called Africa in miniature because of its beautiful landscapes, beaches, mountains and very rich cultures. Baffousam is located in the Western region of Cameroon and is one of the biggest tribes of Cameroon so many rich cultures to learn from. French language is the official language of the Baffousam people which is something to take advantage of and learn. They also have a lot of touristic bringing tourists from all over the world.
We also provide local food for volunteers, like traditional fufu
corn and rice. We are happy to cater to vegans and vegetarians so please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
We have hot tea and Cameroon made coffee all along the day :)
This positions will begin in June 2021.
FOCUS OF AND GOALS OF THE PROGRAM:
To establish an international network
Fundraising activities to grow the company
Create and educate school girls on menstrual hygiene management through games and other fun activities
Exposures through all media channels .We need someone experienced in vlogging/creating videos, who will create a professional YouTube channel for us to upload videos about our work. We have one but not quite the best. We plan to document all our activities through videos and pictures.
We work with all kinds of people with lots of different levels of experience. Professionals are welcome, but you don’t have to be a professional to help us make a difference. All you need is the passion.
Bafoussam weather is changeable but generally hot in the day and cooler at night. We advise you to bring suitable clothing accordingly.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring whatever you feel is necessary but our visitors often have things like:
Malaria tablets (please consult your doctor before departure)
A sun hat
Pocket allowance for them
Comfortable shoes you can work in like boots because it’s quite dusty when it’s dry and muddy when it rains.
***Just be ready to have so much fun.
CHECK SOME THINGS TO BE DONE BELOW:
1) Grant writer: Volunteers will assist in fundraising. We need someone who can research and writing grants which will help us to scale up the production capacity of our products.
2) Operations: Another volunteer will assist in the day to day operations of the extraction center where banana stem is extracted to get fibers.
3) Marketing : We need a volunteer who will join the team here in Cameroon to draft a marketing plan for our products within Cameroon and internationally.
4) Video editing/ website design/ This person will assist in taking pictures and videos of our team while on the field in different communities ,edit and upload online. Our website greatly needs to be updated to a more professional one.
5) Teacher: we need someone who's passionate about teaching menstrual hygiene and sexual reproduction health lessons to our girls in college and universities. We already have a manual but also very flexible in accepting other materials.
This host offers a language exchange
I'm interested in learning French and Spanish.
We have a beautiful compound with a living room ,3 bedrooms,a kitchen and two inner toilets. This is located in a country site with no noise but much fresh air and loving villagers. We encourage room sharing . For instance if we have two girls at a time,they share and room. That applies to boys/men as well. We do share the inner bathroom. But no worries because we keep it very clean at all times.
I am an American so at home we enjoy western/continental dishes and our different local dishes which are also very delicious. However, we will plan mills based on what our workawayers will desire to eat during their stay with us.
Helpers can visit local sights with the help of our driver using our own car.
He is very versed with the area and all touristic sites in Baffousam and Bamenda where our headquarter is located.
We are not planning to charge any fees however, while we will provide room/board plus ground transportation to and from touristic sites, we expect our workawayers will be able to provide for their personal needs.
We DON'T ask any money from the volunteers but we do need your help. Then if you are able to help us by bringing and / or buying some stuff of course is the most welcome.
Why? Because we also help vulnerable people in our communities. Additionally running a new business is quite difficult.
What we need is probably easier for you than us :) (for the most of this list) :
T-shirts for our workers
Face masks (disposables or washable ones)
Uniforms for our workers (Lap coats or jumpsuits)
Work boats for our banana stem extractors.
Well anything you want in adequacy with a group of women working together :)
The journey from the airport to our home by bus is good but more than nine hours. So we prefer to pick up our volunteers from the airport.
DURING THE TIME OFF
During the time of volunteer will have chance to visit some places like;
One of the biggest holiday village in Africa –
• Women and girls in communities
• The miracle of Bangou
• The famous Bamum Fon’s palace and much more
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have good Wi-Fi network at home because I use the internet alot for meetings and trainings. Our guest will be free to use it as well.
We can accept workawayers with pets but not cats because my son is just super scared of cats.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week