We Are Making a Difference
RuWCED's youths during National Youth Day 2015
Reproductive Health Talk
Sensitizing secondary school students on HIV/AIDS
Trained peer educators ready for HIV/AIDS Sensitization and prevention
We are determined to make the zero new infection target a reality. If it happens, please know that being HIV+ is not a dead sentence. Call our help line for counselling.
Celebrating 2016 National youth day in Ndop-Cameroon
Youths are the strength of our rural communities. RuWCED's team made the difference
Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
Reaching out to secondary school students during an HIV/AID-sexual and reproductive health education outreach
Mama Rural
A task she carries, a responsibility she bears a wife to a husband, and a mother to children, the hidden treasure from despised eyes!
Getting the community involved
Community leaders, parents, teachers and primary school pupils during our Education talks campaign
Sport, a healthy lifestyle!
Doing sports helps our women stay in shape!
Girl Child Education
Presenting school materials to some of our rural girls
Engaging Communities
Thriving against Violence
Rural Community Engagement
Connecting Youths
Women's Day 2015
Reaching Out to the Youths
RuWCED's Sport for Health Session
Staff and pupils exercising after health talks
RuWCED's 2014/2015 IT graduating students
We are happy to have young dynamic girls graduating with computer diplomas from our training center
Our Youths performing for the community
Craft-work, drama, singing , as well as dancing is part of our recreational activities
Serving our Communities through Creative Sewing
RuWCED's Community Computer Training Center
Encouraging girls to get involved in Information Tecnology

Matrilineal succession

In this pattern of succession, the wife and children of a man do not have the right to inherit his property upon his death. Rather, it is his nephew, brothers or uncles who have the right to inherit his property and asset. Most often, women try to be very kind and submissive to the person (nephew, brother or uncle in-law) who will presumably succeed their husband in a bid to create a cordial relationship and secure assistance/care when their husbands finally die. However, in most cases, this subordination often proves futile once the man is death.

Upon the death of the man, these nephews claim everything and sometimes, they even request to have sexual relations with the widows. During our recent field interviews, one woman reported that a child (nephew-in-law) whom she stayed with in the house when her husband was alive requested for sex after she lost her husband and when she refused, he chased her out of her compound. This widow and her children became beggars while he lived in the luxuries of her late husband. This practice is commonly called searching your “Uncle’s bag”. In most of such cases, the female orphans are given to work as house mates in bigger cities or go into vagabond sexual relations to help sustain their widowed mothers and siblings.
These processes have left most rural widows and orphans from these communities terribly tangled in the web of poverty, school drop outs, urban child trafficking, forced child marriages, unwanted teenage pregnancies, HIV/AIDS just to name a few.

Also, during our community outreach with some widows, they reported that, their late husband’s brothers who inherited their property sometimes went as far as using their orphaned daughters for money making (force them into child marriages against their wish) so as to get money and sponsor their own children. Other widows reported the sale of family land and other properties. Sadly, since most of the women were never in school and went into marriage following customary law which is not recognized by the statutory law, they were unable to recourse to the state justice system. Even in cases where the marriages were legally recognized, it was extremely difficult for widows (who have not attained a significant level of education) to legally benefit from their late husband’s property unless the succeeding nephew was kind.

Considering that most of these widows and youths are school drop-outs with some not even able to spell their names, it becomes difficult for them to negotiate access to basic social and health services without a third party (who may not even protect the privacy of their health status). In this light, most of the widows and youths die in silence rather than get their privacy exposed. More so, being ignorant about basic reproductive health education, these women are unable to detect basic symptoms of STIs, ways of engaging into safe sex, as well as avoiding unwanted pregnancies.
Nonetheless, widows who had graduated from secondary schools and had solarised jobs and or could always do part time jobs did not suffer as much as rural women who depended only on agriculture because, when the land was seized and sold, they could earn income from other sources.