This April 2019, Afro Real Initiative (AFREIN) spotlights Caryn DASAH from Cameroon: a seasoned peace advocate and founder, who is very passionate about the welfare of women and girls. Leadership seems to be an innate trait in Caryn. Her leadership trajectory portrays in her a lady who is ever combat-ready to brave all odds to ensure a fair and inclusive balance between the male and female genders in any society. Besides, Caryn’s cheerful and kind heart, have made philanthropy one of her mainstays.
Be inspired to aspire, as you go through this phenomenal profile.
Who is Caryn Dasah?
Caryn Dasah is an activist, peace ambassador, development worker, A World Pulse Change Maker and Humanitarian. She is executive director and founder of Hope Advocates Africa, a leading social justice advocacy organization in the South West Region created in 2014. With focus on women and girls, Caryn advocates for the welfare and respect of the rights of vulnerable people and ensuring that defaulters face the law: thus, countering Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other forms of violence perpetrated against women and girls. She achieves these milestones by organizing awareness-raising campaigns, radio talks in communities, trainings and workshop, school talks with students and teachers, mentorship/coaching, and providing safe referral services to competent service providers.
Caryn, the gender equality enthusiast, joins her voice to say a categorical NO to Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Through her flagship programme HerPlace, Caryn Dasah has touched the lives of over 500 young women and teenage girls. Through this initiative, she has helped bring the roles, works and engagements of her target group to the lime light, thus building a generation of resilient women and young girls with sufficient knowledge in the development of their respective communities and country. Caryn Dasah has facilitated, several conferences and workshops in and around South West Region.
The media woman, Caryn, on International Day of the girl to talk about her works for women and girls during the live broadcast, Feelings (on national station, CRTV)
Caryn is bent on bringing a solution to the ongoing crisis plaguing the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon. A such, she has been encouraging women to stand up for peace….
Caryn believes the backbone of every functional society are women. But because women are still regarded under-valued in Cameroon (in Africa) where she grew up, her yearning desire is to raise a new generation of women and girls, who will walk above every limitation, to become better and useful in the society. She believes that positive change is possible only if women are given equal opportunities as their male peers.
‘Power is not a reserve of men only: women are far better leaders and managers than men’, Caryn asserted.
Caryn spearheading a project to amplify the voices of women in matters of community and national development
Caryn believes in the power and abilities of women. ‘With women, [Cameroon and] Africa will emerge, if women are given their rightful place….’, Caryn emphasized.
Caryn enjoys travelling, dancing, reading, watching movies, and cooking.
Challenges and way forward.
The major challenge that Caryn has been facing in piloting the affairs of Hope Advocates Africa is that of mobilizing enough resources for to run different projects.
Besides, with the ongoing crisis in the 2 Anglophone Regions of Cameroon, insecurity has halted the implementation of some project activities, especially those meant for interior villages.
Finally, building the right team towards collectively attaining the goal of the organization has been a tough challenge.
In partnership with Operation Total Impact, Caryn cleans the cells of female inmates at the Central Prison of Buea, South West Region, Cameroon
Caryn envisions a united community void of violence: whereby all citizens live in love, peace and harmony and are all treated fairly, irrespective of their social status….
Word of wisdom to the youths
‘Believe in yourself, stand up for what you believe in, even if it means [standing] alone….’, Caryn admonishes.
‘Always stay positive: a positive attitude will drive you slowly but surely to your destination. As youths, the youthful energy we have today is to build and not to destroy. Someday, that energy will belong to someone else. So, make each day count’, Caryn concluded.
In April 2018, Caryn (the humanitarian) distributed aid materials donated by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to indigenes of Kwakwa, Bole, Kombe, Small and Big Nganjo (villages razed by flames due to the Anglophone Crisis).
- Caryn Dasah is a seasoned volunteer. She volunteered for 2 years at the Social Centre in Buea. During which she served as case manager for several women, provided psychosocial support to women and men survivors of Gender Based Violence, conducted social enquiry reports for the disabled and other socially-vulnerable persons.
- Caryn Dasah is a Board member of Caring Hands Africa, a US-based charity organization, whose objective is to reach out to under-served populations in Africa with medicare, with love.
- Caryn Dasah has been environmental education officer, and nutritionist, and was part of the communication department of Food and Rural Development Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Buea, South West Region, Cameroon.
- From 2008 to 2010, Caryn volunteered as peer educator for the Home Solace Programme, at Reach Out Cameroon (a non-governmental organization in Buea, South West Region). The Programme intervened in the post-conflict Bakassi Peninsular — teaching children about HIV/AIDS….
- In secondary school, Caryn was the female reporter and president of the Journalism Club of Government High School, Buea. During her presidential tenure, the club won two prizes from the Mount Cameroon FM as best Journalism Club in Buea in 2010.
Caryn, on a Free Sick Call outreach at Toube Fishing Port in August 2017, organized by the US-based Caring Hands Africa
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