Some internally displaced persons who have been affected by the armed conflict plaguing the North West and South West regions of Cameroon and resident in Yaoundé have received some start up kits for tailoring, motor mechanics and hair dressing from the Network for the Fight Against Hunger, RELUFA.
With financial support from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) of the Presbyterian Church USA, RELUFA initiated this Emergency Humanitarian Assistance project to facilitate skills training and food assistance for internally displaced persons.This is to enable the IDPs to carry out revenue generating activities so as to provide for their basic needs.
The kits consisting of tailoring machines, motor mechanics working tools and hair dressing equipment and products were handed to the internally displaced persons on November 27, 2020 during a brief ceremony.
The 19 beneficiaries had before receiving the kits been trained for 10 months by selected professional trainers in Yaoundé to acquire basic skills in tailoring, motor mechanics and hair dressing.
This initiative has been highly appreciated by the beneficiaries who are unanimous that the intervention by RELUFA is sustainable as they have not only been empowered economically but now have the opportunity to employ other IDPs who need jobs.
It is worth noting that it is not the first time RELUFA with support the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) of the Presbyterian Church USA is assisting internally displaced persons. Other donations had been made in Yaounde and even in other towns of Cameroon that harbor IDPs.
Apart from providing humanitarian assistance, RELUFA is also advocating for an end to the conflict through dialogue to address the root causes that generated the current conflict in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.