Bright Light Projects (BLP) Cameroon Douala team organized an exhibition for our beneficiaries on June 21, 2022. This exhibition was part of assessments for BLP beneficiaries undergoing vocational skills training in Tailoring and Fashion Design at Cathy Couture Bepelle Quarters in Bonaberi Douala – littoral region of Cameroon.
As one of the core values and mission statement under our Girls Shall Rise (GSR) Campaign, BLP beneficiaries undergo mid-training exhibitions to assess their personal development while making recommendations for improvement as part of their vocational Skills Training Program.
BLP’s Girls Shall Rise campaign in Cameroon provides support and skills training to internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially young girls who find themselves in very difficult living conditions in cities of Buea, Douala, Bamenda, Yaounde as a result of the ongoing Anglophone crisis in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon since 2016. Most of the girls were selected through a robust vulnerability assessments qualifying them as beneficiaries. Most of the girls left their villages under very difficult conditions, some had stayed in the bushes for about a year under deplorable conditions before fleeing to the cities.
The ongoing Anglophone crisis for about four years has brought lots of hardship and with an influx from remote villages to major cities of Buea, Bafoussam, Bamenda, Douala, and Yaounde mostly women and children. The Cameroon Government and the social service sector has a huge responsibility in helping these IDPs and Government cannot do it alone. BLPC is simply complementing government efforts in key areas especially when it comes to livelihood empowerment for rural women and girls
Girls Shall Rise is a flagship program by Bright Light Projects with focus on providing educational support, skills training and advocacy for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) specifically violence against women and children, Commercial Sex workers, and other vulnerable girls and women. In Cameroon it is focused on providing skills training to Internally Displaced Persons specifically young vulnerable girls since 2021