The Guardian Post 19th Award Edition: Esther Omam Awarded Activist of the Year

Award certificate

Esther Njomo Omam, Executive Director of Reach Out Cameroon has been in the spotlight in recent times, given her activities involving Young women and girls, affected by the ongoing conflict in the Northwest and South West regions , with the organization spreading it's branches in all ten regions of Cameroon and currently working in Northern Nigeria.

Reach Out Cameroon is a women and youth centred not-for-profit making organisation headquartered in Buea. Reach Out operates in Cameroon, with a mission to support underprivileged groups within the communities on Health, Human Rights, Governance and Wealth Creation issues using a community-centred approach and advocacy.

Their vission is to ensure that underprivileged groups are socio – economically and politically empowered in a supportive policy environment.

Esther Omam was voted this year as Civil society of the year for her sustained efforts in mobilizing women across the board in search of Peace in the Northwest and Southwest region.

Laureate at The Guardian Post Awards, 19th Edition.

Reach Out Cameroon started in 1996, the organisation became legalized in 200, founded by a group of medical doctors, gender specialists, social workers,nurses, community relay agents who were concerned with the plight of the rural people, especially those in the hard-to-reach-areas and those rendered vulnerable. 

Omam Esther and her team have been working with widows, displaced women and their families, school drop-outs, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) as well as HIV and AIDS infected and affected persons who are all main beneficiaries of Reach Out’s programs.

Her organization is also focused with economic development, health and medicine, human rights, civil liberties, reproductive and health rights. With health: Reach Out provides primary healthcare, awareness-raising, Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation (WASH) and health stakeholder strengthening. REO’s main core focus issues are HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health, Malaria, Diarrhea, tuberculosis, respiratory infections and COVID.

In Human Rights and Governance: Institutional Strengthening, Human Rights monitoring and promotion, case management for children and survivors of violence, peace-building and conflict prevention, gender equality and women empowerment using advocacy and capacity building. 

In Wealth Creation: Poverty graduation programs, entrepreneurship promotion, microfinance and provides capacity building for improved agricultural outputs.

The focus of the organization’s activities are underprivileged people, minority groups, and the extreme poor, with a special focus on women and youth. Most activities focus on hard-to-reach areas.

In their quest to reach out to different groups, age groups of persons, Omam Esther has impacted lives through her mission and vision and has been singled out by The Guardian Post Award 19th Edition for 2022 as the Winner of the 2021 Civil Society Activist of the year.

By Ndefru Melanie


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