A Mental Health Center for MAG's 40th birthday

€170 of €4,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 16 days
Marie A Abanga  1200, CM

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.

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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Update 3
Posted by Marie Abanga
11 days ago
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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Update 2
Posted by Marie Abanga
14 days ago
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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Update 1
Posted by Marie Abanga
15 days ago
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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€170 of €4,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 16 days
Created January 2, 2019
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Irene N
6 days ago

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

11 days ago
Goretti Etchu-Egbe
12 days ago

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

Phoebe Wagner
16 days ago

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

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