Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth

by Education Fights AIDS Cameroon
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Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Discussions of Selection 30 OVCs for Assistance
Discussions of Selection 30 OVCs for Assistance

Introduction

Following the assistance of GlobalGiving in school needs to some vulnerable children of people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS for the 2021-2022 academic year, EFA Cameroon, concerned about the future of these children set up a school monitoring committee and results recorded from this follow up were as follows:

Out of the 20 OVC assisted, 09 have passed to higher classes ( see repartition in attachement)

Testimonials

“My parents had declared me physically and mentally unfit and written me off as far as schooling was concerned. EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving believed in me and gave me a chance through school fees and academic material assistance and today I am proudly going from form one to form two. Thank you EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving” Moktar a beneficiary of school assistance testified

Impact

OVCs received the chance to be educated given the relatively low level of education the Far North region of Cameroon. Meanwhile, successful children were encouraged and promised to do better in the 2022-2023 school year if the means allow them to continue their studies and thank GlobalGiving through EFA Cameroon for its permanent support to the needy.

 

Challenges

The teachers' strike negatively affected results of all students including assisted OVCs this school year, nonetheless, we dare to believe that the coming year will be the best.

Future Activity

Following the seating of the school follow-up committee, there shall be a selection of thirty most needy OVCs from EFA Cameroon’s network associations of people living with HIV/AIDS across communities of the Far North Region, Cameroon and if means permit, they shall be assisted in school needs. The Distribution has been programmed for the second week of September given that the 2022/2023 academic year is set to begin.

 Our sincere gratitude to GlobalGiving for trusting us to reach out to the vulnerable in our communities.


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Sensitizations in camps
Sensitizations in camps

Brief Summary

As always and thanks to the continuous support of GlobalGiving, EFA Cameroon has never been indifferent in the face of communities plagued by diverse crises.  This is why following the Logone Birnie armed conflict in Logone et Chari; EFA Cameroon went to the assistance of children of displaced persons from the crises in terms of school to enable them continue their academic activities in host localities ( Bogo and Maroua Sport Complex, Domayo in Diamare Division) Between March 13 – 17, 2022.

Activities Realized in the Three Camps of Bogo and Domayo Sports Complex Maroua

Evaluations: Following the influx of IDPs from Logone Birnie, EFA Cameroon proceeded to an evaluation and need assessment during which academic and health needs in terms of HIV infected people and WASH were established.

Sensitizations: Parents were sensitized on the importance of registering their children in school with orientations on the schools that were closest to camps for protection purposes. Populations were sensitized on HIV and COVID-19 prevention given the vulnerable context. WASH educative talks were also part of the package.

School Kits distribution: EFA Cameroon identified 41 children of IDPs who benefited from school kits and the distribution took place on the 14th and 15th of March 2022 in the 03 IDP Camps of Bogo and the Domayo Sports Complex. The table below gives us the number of children assisted per site.

 

N                       Site                                   Girls    Boys    Total

1                         Bogo (03 site)                     14        7          21

2                         Domayo Sports Complex      7        13        20

                          Total                                     21    20         41

Testimonies: The parents and children (beneficiaries) were overwhelmed with the support and thanked the EFA Cameroon staff and asked EFA Cameroon to convey to GlobalGiving their deepest thanks and pray to the Almighty to give long life to GlobalGiving so that it continues to help the needy of the world like them.

10 year old Hadidja testified; “… I am very happy for your support. I thought I would not be able to go to school again but the bags, books and pens I have received will help me go back to school. That you EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving for helping us”.

 

Impact

The Impact of the activities on the communities was that, many children who were out of school were encouraged to return to school in time to catch up with studies. Meanwhile sensitized populations continued to observe COVID-19 prevention measures; HIV infected people had orientations on humanitarian health workers to meet and WASH educative talks would go a long way to limit the spread of waterborne diseases and prevention of open air defecation.

Happy Recipients of School Kits
Happy Recipients of School Kits
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preparation of packages for distribution
preparation of packages for distribution

 

Brief Summary

 

With the continual support of GlobalGiving, EFA Cameroon has always prioritized school kits aid to vulnerable children of members partner associations and identified vulnerable children in the community. The aim of this assistance is to maintain the children in school as long as possible to ensure a better future for them.

Activity

For the 2021-2022 school year, EFA Cameroon as usual assisted 20 vulnerable children of 04 associations in Maroua and Mokolo. To promote gender equality, EFA Cameroon accentuated the assistance of the girl child who accounted for 13 out of the 20 beneficiaries (see partition below):

ASSYSGOD - Godola: 3 girls; ABEPSA – Maroua 3 (2 girls and 1 boy); AJEPSMA – Maroua 3 (1 girl and 2 boys); AJEPSMO-Mokolo: 3 (2 girls and 1 boy); and community: 8 (5 girls and 3 boys).

The distribution took place from September 10, 2021 at the EFA Cameroon Head Office in Maroua and September 15, 2021 in Mokolo.

Pupils and parents joyfully went back with school packages with gratitude to EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving who never spare any efforts concerning the constant aid and prayed the Almighty to bless their efforts so they could impact more needy people.

Testimony

A young secondary school girl and member of ASSYSGOD Godola testified; “Unlike my peers school year has never been interrupted and this is because EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving never fail to reach out to me and other people in my condition. Thanks to this assistance in school materials, I have been able to go through school normally especially as a girl whose condition is exasperated by the gender gap that exists in this part of Cameroon. Thank you EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving, I pray your sources are replenished so that you can be able to touch many more people like myself”

Conclusion

GlobalGiving’s aid impacts the lives of vulnerable pupils (children and young adults) to continue school thereby reducing the level of illiteracy among vulnerable people in the Far North region of Cameroon. Our gratitude at EFA Cameroon goes to GlobalGiving for the incessant support to reach out to the less privilege in the Far North Region of Cameroon and we hope that we will continue to be trusted in doing more given that more people still need to be touched.  

glad she was counted among the beneficiaries again
glad she was counted among the beneficiaries again
Parents received kits on behalf of their children
Parents received kits on behalf of their children
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Mouktar excited about going to secondary school
Mouktar excited about going to secondary school

Introduction

As concluded during the handing over ceremony of the school kits in September 2020, the 20 OVCs (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) who were supported last year approached EFA Cameroon and each presented the result of their performance throughout the school year.  The following results emerged: 

 Results

We registered a success rate of 45% of the total number of 20 recipients, that is, 09 (04 girls and 05 boys) of the total number of beneficiaries who gained promotion to the next classes.( see figure in picture section)

Testimony/Expectations

Mami (member of ABEPSA and parent of an assisted child)

“I thank EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving who have been helping us for years with medical support by paying our exams charges. This alleviated our suffering and gave us hope for longer life with our children. Another overwhelming support has been academic, helping us with children's school supplies and fees. Thank goodness my child is going to fifth grade this year. I pray to the Almighty God to give long life to EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving to help many others.”

Challenges

COVID-19 played a significantly negative role in performance of students and pupils in Cameroon's education system generally and we are confident that performance will improve this academic year given the significantly reduced rate of infections in Cameroon.

Future Activities

For the 2021-2022 academic year, EFA Cameroon is grateful for the continuous assistance of GlobalGiving and with the support of GlobalGiving, 20 more OVCs amongst whom are those who gained promotion to the next level shall be registered and assisted with school supplies to encourage education among vulnerable populations of the Far North Region of Cameroon.

EFA Cameroon shall further, follow up and compile documents for the registration of a beneficiary who is physically challenged with the Far North Regional Delegation of Social Affairs.

Table of Results
Table of Results
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She is ready for a new beginning
She is ready for a new beginning

Introduction

 

EFA Cameroon once again reached out to a member of one of the associations among its network of partner associations of people living with HIV/AIDS created with the financial assistance of GlobalGiving to alleviate the suffering of young people infected or affected by HIV or AIDS.

 

Activity

The activity was to select and assist a member of ABEPSA “Association pour le Bien-Etre et la Promotion de la Sante” by helping her with a token to help her relaunch a restaurant business at the Maroua food market.  

Justification

Among the many vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS, EFA Cameroon reached out to this particular case because apart from being a widow, she recently lost her father and was left alone with the burden of 03 children to feed and sponsor in school and at the same time ensure her own medical care to withstand opportunistic diseases. EFA Cameroon therefore supported her with a sum of money to restart her income generating activity to make self-sufficient.

                                                        

Her Story

I had been doing the restaurant business for close to 5 years at " Loumo dolé " in the Maroua general food market which was created with funds from the income generating activities of ABEPSA established by EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving. Thanks to this activity, I was able to meet the needs of my family though I am a widow. I lost my husband 6 years ago and I was left alone to take care of our 03 children (01 and 02 girl) aged 22, 18 and 7 respectively.

 

But 6 months, I was a victim of armed robbery by robbers who invaded my restaurant and made away with everything (mats, benches, dishes, plates, pots… and even food items). I was forced out of business by the incident and have suffered a lot since then because I can no longer afford basic and medical needs for myself and my family.  

 

Tragedy struck again as I lost my father 3 months back. I was touched by the concern EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving and the members of ABEPSA towards me during the mourning period. I appreciate the efforts of EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving to help me bounce back. The assistance I have received will help me relaunch my business and cater for my needs and that of my children " Hadjidja

 

Expected Result

 

The income generating activity would empower her to be able to cater for her medical care against opportunistic diseases and that of her children. Income generated from the business would equally go a long way to help her train her children through school and cater for their basic needs.

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Education Fights AIDS Cameroon

Location: Maroua - Cameroon
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Project Leader:
Alim Ousmanou
Maroua, Extreme North Province Cameroon
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