The Douala Women’s International Group or from hereon, DWIG, is composed of some 50 members as of September 2011. It is managed by a working group of 9 members, with two team coordinators to lead the group. The 9 members volunteer their time, effort and resources to ensure that the English speaking group in Douala is sustained. Why such a big group?, one might ask. Reality is that most of the members of DWIG are expat wives who regularly travel in and out of the country. Hence the working committee was conceived to ensure the continuity of activities even if some committee members are not around. Within the working committee is a buddy system such that two people are responsible for a task, a group or an activity. If one is out of town, another can still make sure that what has been agreed upon will push through. So far, this arrangement has worked out nicely. Since its inception, the working committee has always had one or two persons out of the country during its meetings or activities.
Members of DWIG come from France, UK, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Cameroon, Philippines, Madagascar, Israel, Poland, Russia, Germany, Italy, Zambia, India, Tanzania, Singapore and USA. They meet at least once a month, usually, the third Wednesday for coffee or tea that is hosted by a member in her house. This meeting is known as the coffee morning. Aside from coffee mornings, members also meet for lunch and happy hour at designated restaurants or bars on certain days, as determined by the working group. While everybody is invited to join these activities, no one is forced to do so.
Moreover, several activities have been lined up for the year and some of them have already started: sewing and crafts, cooking demonstrations, power/speed walking, pilates, mums & tots playdates, outings (visits to places of interest in Douala and its vicinity), and book club. A member, usually coming from the working committee, takes care of an activity group.
To make sure that members are informed of what’s happening within the group, DWIG has launched a newsletter and this blog. Everyone is contacted through the group’s own email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first newsletter came out on Sept. 21, 2011. This blog is open to the public, but the newsletter is exclusive to the members!
So… if you’re interested in joining, contact us and we’ll sign you up, get you updated and connect you to the wonderful women of the group!