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No to child sexual abuse: Georgi's case needs us

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Hello World, I turn 40 years on the 18th of January 2019 and my wish is to open a mental health care support center, and a shelter for victims and survivors of Domestic Violence and Gender based violence in my city of Douala, Cameroon by June 2019.

My names are Marie Angele Abanga  (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG and I like to describe myself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. I am an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. I am an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist and an etc! I just loves to sum it up by saying I am a person of passions and a tale of talents. My life’s journey has filled 6 books already and my three musketeers keep me busy at home.

https://web.facebook.com/Hope4theabusedandbattered/35870738_1546684546539870_r.jpeg35870738_1546684642442386_r.jpegI am the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing.




Ahead of my 40th birthday, I am soliciting for funds to start implementing projects of my association which are very close to my heart.

Donate to/for me while I am still alive. My association Hope for the Abused and Battered is a precious baby who was born ( in December 2018) pursuant to a 39 year tough pregnancy with various traumatic twists and turn leaving me with different physical and mental health challenges.

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2008 and PTSD in 2014. In 2013 I was almost all deaf and had to start wearing hearing aids immediately. In the midst of it all, Hope kept me going.

I lost my only brother in 2014 to epilepsy and mental illness and I wrote a book to immortalize his journey.

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In the city of Douala Cameroon which is the economic capital of Cameroon, for a population of over 2.5 millions, there is onle one psychiatric ward in the main public reference hospital. There are a few other private neuro-psychiatric centers, but no mental health care support centre. Having worked for 2 months at the psychiatric ward mentioned, and witnessed 1st hand the challenges on the ground with only one resident psychiatrist and no psychologist, MAG who holds both a diploma in psychology and in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, wishes to open such a centre in her community.

The centre will equally serve as a shelter for victims and survivors of DV  $ GBV especially with the current crisis bringing the country to the brink of a civil way, causing thousands of internally displaced, abuse and gross marginalization.
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Sexual abuse of our children and young girls in Cameroon is becoming a call for concern. It was barely a month ago that we learned of the case of 10 years old Marie Fortune who had been viciously and consistently raped by her aunt's husband, leading to her death barely 10 days after being admitted in the hospital.
Last Friday 15th, we saw a picture on Facebook of a heavily pregnant 11 years old, and before we could reach out to the source to investigate and do some further advocacy, we received the following distress whatsapp chat from another victim

[15/03, 12:25] Georgi: Bonjour Madame
[15/03, 12:26] Georgi: J'aimerais que vous prenez le temps de lire ce document
[15/03, 12:26] Georgi: J'ai besoin d'aide et je pense que vous pouvez m'aider à avancer dans ma vie
[15/03, 12:27] Georgi: Mais je vous supplie de le lire jusqu'à la fin
[15/03, 12:27] Georgi: C'est long je sais. Mais j'ai essayer d'être brève du mieux que je pouvais
[15/03, 12:28] Georgi: J'ai eu votre contact via un site internet après une longue recherche sur le net
[15/03, 12:28] Georgi: SVP ne me rejeter pas
[15/03, 12:54] .Marie A. Abanga: Salut Georgina, je vais la lire et revenir vers vous ok? Non je ne vous rejete pas.

She reached out in French and anyone who doesn't understand French can kindly google translate same. She was pleading with me to read the 4 page story she sent me, and not to reject her. She concluded by saying she desperately needed all the help she could get because she wasn't working/earning any income.

I actually received her at my home(which serves as the temporal offices and center of the association Hope for the Abused and the Battered) that same evening at 5 pm, and we had a soulful hour and a half together.

We need to help Georgi find safer accommodation because where she moved to is still just as taxing although no more sexual abuse. The stigma, insults and control is taking a toll on the now 23 years old Goergi.

We also wish to help her to do a thorough medical check up because she still has pelvic pains and can't afford to go to the hospital.

Our Founder (a certified CBT Therapist and Psychologist), is offering free psycho-therapeutic sessions to Georgi for as long as she needs these.

No donation is insignificant.

By Grace, the H4AB mental health care support center and safe halfway haven for victims like Georgi will be opened. Visit our website to know more about us, and to contact us directly to join or support our work: http://www.hope4abusedbattered.com

God bless us all. Thank you in advance as you donate and or share our campaign

Georgi's story in full and in French: could be read on our facebook page right here: http://bit.ly/2Co7O8K
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The mental health situation in Cameroon may be best explained by this official write up from Commonwealth Health Online: http://www.commonwealthhealth.org/africa/cameroon/mental_health_in_cameroon/

I may be just one, but I know the Impact of One. I will press on and do my mite before my time here below is up
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Dear all,

I am very excited, honoured and humbled to share with you all our budget and list of tasks we are looking forward to undertaking at our center. It is my hope that it is launched in June 2019. In a city with over 2.5 million people and no mental health care support center, ours is a first of its kind and a huge project to see through. But I have stubborn but passionate fate and I believe I am an instrument in the hands of the lord. Help me out if you are moved to join make this a reality. Thank you very much
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I had the vision to create an association for victims and survivors of abuse and trauma in 2015, but the plan materialized in my mind and deeds in October/November 2018. Once I drew up the constitution and submitted all the paperwork, being very mindful as a lawyer to get everything right head on, it took barely a month for the registration to go through. For me, that was a very big sign I was on the right track. I sincerely wish to open a center no matter how small, while intensifying my/our online+offline campaigns of awareness and advocacy.

I am also super excited; honoured and humbled to do this in my capacity as the Global Mental Health Peer Network Executive member representing Cameroon. It will be a platform too for me to raise awareness and offer support group services to other peer users and advocates in my country.

Thank you once more
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Raised by 5 people in 4 months
Created January 2, 2019
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Irene N
4 months ago

I donoted because of the many that will benefit from this priceless work. A single soul elevated matters so much!

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4 months ago
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Goretti Etchu-Egbe
4 months ago

What a truly amazing cause sis. Thank you for all you do for the mental health of the community.

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Phoebe Wagner
4 months ago

I want to encourage people to contribute to this wonderful woman, a dear friend, whose project is so worthwhile !

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