DMF Project Coordinator, Eli-Anne participated as a Mentor at the maiden edition of the YALI West Africa Alumni Association Cameroon My YALI Family Camp. The median edition of My YALI alumni holiday Camp held at Nkolbisson, Yaounde. The 5 days camp with theme ‘STRENGTHENING YOUTH RESILIENCE THROUGH POSITIVE MIND DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP’ was organized by the US embassy Cameroon which saw 50 YALI Alumni’s throughout all the regions of Cameroon ( known as mentors) and 50 orphans taking from 10 orphanages from the 10 regions of Cameroon ( known as mentees ).
During this one week program the mentees and mentors had lessons on civic participation; they were introduced to entrepreneurship and public management. We also had life skills lesson on the production of paper bags which will help combat the use of plastic bags which is currently causing havoc to our environment. Later that day, the mentees were taken on the menstrual cycle lesson which at the end of the BEADING OF A BRACELRT EACH TO RE[PRESENT THEIR VARIOUS MENSTURAL day which are from 3 to 5 days.
The mentees were later assigned to a mentor each according to their various different regions . The camp was graced with the visit of the USA Ambassador to Cameroon H.E Peter Henry Barlerin where he viewed some artistic works from the mentees and had lunch with the campers. The day ended with handing over of school needs to the kids by the ambassador.
The camp ended with mentees planning sessions with their mentors and ten clean up and an alumni meeting then departure.