Focus: Community and Education.
ELENA started as an informal initiative in 1991 to train young girls, who have not been opportune to have a place in post primary educational institution, to design and make dresses.
In the year 2 000 in line with Law No 90/053 of 19th December 1990 the initiative was registered as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO). This brought ELENA into a legal existence.
ELENA aims at enlightening women throughout the community on issues facing women and children. ELENA provides the community with a resource on counselling and for finding out more information on issues such as HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs), teenage pregnancies, abortions, women’s rights, promotes exclusive feeding of children up till to 6 months amongst other activities.
Our work is also geared towards the socioeconomic upliftment of the women (life skills training for young girls), and promote respect for, observance of and protection of the dignity and economic security of women. We also combat life styles based on dependence, egoism and legalized discrimination against women.
Costs & Benefits
Elena-N.G.O. volunteers are expected to put in 6 hours per day, 5 days a week. Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays are free days for volunteers to carry out personal activities (visiting historical places, friends, marketing, travelling) etc.
AT Elena-N.G.O. we are always looking for volunteers in following fields.
Social and Political Science
Computer and information science
Tailors and Dressmakers for our sewing centre
Business Administration and Management
Elena is also in need of volunteers interested in the following areas:
Oversees and advertises ELENA’s activities over the Internet (Webpage building, Face book, Skype, LinkIn).
Volunteers are free to create their own projects, during their stay, search for funding and implement them (or come with projects/suggest projects for implementation)
To promote ELENA’s activities within the community and beyond
Carryout fund raising for the organization
Produce all promotional materials for ELENA
Network ELENA with other similar organisations regionally, nationally and internationally
Link and organize professional exchange visits between ELENA and other national and international organisations
Canvass for other volunteers
Seek for and create ELENA’s branches in their home countries on return
Work hand in glove with the Manager and other personnel of the project.
The activities of ELENA are divided into three main areas:
The sewing centre based in Banya Quarter in MAMFE TOWN.( Life skills building)
Counselling and support in remote villages of MANYU division on micro-projects.
Campaign against HIV&AIDS, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIS), teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation, widowhood both in Mamfe and the villages.
Rehabilitate disabled children, HIV&AIDS orphans, and other orphans; through the Government and other partner organisations of the North (Free medical/educational/professional assistance respectively).
ELENA wishes to expand the already existing centre by including a nursery and primary school and orphanage.
Donations are optional. No special donations are requested from volunteers but could donate items like (clothing, shoes, computers, laptop, funds for the construction of a Volunteer house project, stationery etc.
Volunteers/interns must be over 18 years.
P.O. BOX 38 MAMFE
SOUTH WEST REGION
REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON
Tel: +237 77 68 95 98
Location: MAMFE CAMEROON
Average cost per day: $14
Focus: Community and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old