Cameroon Football Development Program

Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) provides critical health and social education programs to at-risk youth in underdeveloped areas of the Southwest Region, Cameroon. Our target youth population live in communities which face obstacles that compromise their economic, health, and personal security. Unemployment, pervasive teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and high crime rates resulting from poverty and corruption are some examples of these obstacles which are exacerbated by a lack of healthy recreational activities and effective health education programs. CFDP aims to fill this void in a sport-centric context, which has been proven to retain high youth participation and effect meaningful...
Jan 7, 2014

Updates on an EPIC Year of After-school Programs!

CFDP Youth and their Leaders at the Launching
CFDP Youth and their Leaders at the Launching

Happy New Year from Cameroon! It’s a great pleasure to update you, our supporters, on our after-school programs in K-town. I am excited to write to you after returning from two weeks in-country, engaged with our team in a strategic planning sessions and discussing potential expansion to two cities in the SouthWest Region via two partner organizations – more on that in our next update! Out first semester of the 2013-2014 school year was one which involved new schools, new leaders, and several new students in our innovative approach to youth empowerment, health and social education.

We kicked things off in late September with the official launching of our programs with a 2-day event sponsored by a grant from our partners, the U.S. Peace Corps. Our own Peace Corps volunteer posted in the office, Ryan, helped coordinate things so that more than 200 students from 13 schools participated in soccer activities, quizzes, debates, and other friendly competitions. The weekend was completed with voluntary HIV screening for older youths in our program.  More than 70 young men and women were tested and all of the CFDP youth tested results were NEGATIVE! The event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the good decisions our youth are making to ensure a healthy, long life.

Weekly sessions continued in each of the 14 participating schools in the months following until early December when the students went on Christmas Holidays. With creation of CFDP clubs in half of the schools (we are working on the other half now!), we are working towards sustainability to ensure student-driven programs continue for a long time.

To complement our after-school programs, our community-based youth enrichment football (soccer) league combines friendly competitions with health and social education. Every match that teams play has a theme. I was at the field to watch some games last week and the scene was nothing short of amazing. Team captains were engaging their players in discussions about the theme “self-respect” during their warm ups. Motivational statements were read via loud speaker right before the game to let everyone in attendance know that the game being played was about more than just soccer. I tell you, I was inspired! We are truly changing the way youth soccer is being played here in Kumba!

We look forward to a great second semester of activities in our schools. The focus for 2014 will be a shift to training more peer educators. Empowering this group is another step toward sustainability; plus, who else better to invest our training resources than the youth? They are our future. I invite you to stay connected with CFDP on our blog and via newsletters (sign up here) for more updates.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

CFDP Player Cards for the Youth League
CFDP Player Cards for the Youth League
This is one CFDP family! 3 current participants
This is one CFDP family! 3 current participants
Playing Games to Make Learning Fun!
Playing Games to Make Learning Fun!
Jan 7, 2014

Thank you for FULLY FUNDING our GIRLS Project!!

One very active participant!
One very active participant!

Happy New Year from Kumba, Cameroon! It is an honor to write and THANK YOU for fully funding our project!! We are very excited to be able to offer these crucial trainings to girls and young women, many of whom are some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. We got things started with our first training earlier this year and have successfully carried out a second one Thanksgiving weekend. I will use this opportunity to update you on those two activities and share with you the exciting outlook for 2014.

Here is a play-by-play, as provided by the CFDP staff, Nenne, in her report on the day’s activities:

The workshop opened at 9 am, with an introduction by Nenne (CFDP) who gave a brief history of CFDP and its activities and reiterate for the girls to take these workshop serious and be committed to all the activities that were to be taught. We shall do a follow up of all the girls after four month and evaluate what they have been doing which explains why we asked for their contacts on the registration book.

Immediately after the introduction we started with an ice breaker, so that the girls should be relaxed, interact and feel free with all the Peace Corps volunteers. The ice breaker, led by Caroline, was called Rapid Fire.

After breaking the ice, the girls were taught how to make soya milk, which took us 2hours. After, the girls drank the milk and were very happy. Nenne (CFDP) concluded with the nutritive values of soya milk.

After soya milk we continued with the tofu led by Jamexis (Peace Corps) and Nenne, this took about 3 hours and 30 minutes because we had to fry the tofu and within this process we gave the youths opportunity to express some of the challenges they face as girls in their community and which we proposed solutions for them.

Tofu meat was served with rice as lunch to all the participants and volunteers with a bottle of drink, immediately after that we commenced with bead-making and with 52 girls, it was not easy because we had to monitor each and every one but all the same we were proud of all the participants and they were willing to work.

We concluded with a business plan presentation done by Ashley (Peace Corps) who impacts the girls with the 5P’s of marketing which is product, price, place, promotion and personnel. This was followed by our newly-posted Peace Corps Volunteer, Adrian, who gave a presentation on HIV transmission and prevention.

This workshop was conducted in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Kumba, called Kossala. There are currently four sections of Kossala, and this training targeted women and girls (ages 18-40) in two of them. In 2014, we hope to reach out to populations in the other two areas and monitor the success of this first batch. With your support, we will be able to continue these training and provide support to these ladies when they need us. I invite you to stay connected with CFDP on our blog and via newsletters (sign up here) for more updates.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Some of the women and girls hard at work!
Some of the women and girls hard at work!
Bead Making! Who wants some jewelry?!
Bead Making! Who wants some jewelry?!
Nenne is a strong woman and great role model!
Nenne is a strong woman and great role model!
Sep 19, 2013

National Girls Forum and Soccer Camp for Girls

Caroline Smiles!
Caroline Smiles!

We had a very exciting summer! Thank you for being a part of it! We made huge strides in setting up our Youth Enrichment Football League and dedicated a great deal of time to further empowering “the Ladies of CameroonFDP”, specifically Nenne and Caroline, our management team members. From presenting at a national conference in Kribi, Cameroon to continuing our research and development for a girls program in Kumba, we were busy on both continents engaging in dialogue to elevate the status and improve the condition of girls and young women in Cameroon.

In June, Nenne and Caroline traveled to participate in the US Peace Corps National Girls Forum where they found several potential collaborators and received accolades for their persentation and the Q&A session which followed. CameroonFDP was highlighted as one of the most progressive and innovative nongovernment organizations (NGOs) operating in the region. Several other contributors came together to discuss one of the most pressing questions: how can we promote economic development amongst our women in Cameroon?

In July, the CameroonFDP ladies were back in action, again with Peace Corps Cameroon, in a village outside of Kumba called Ekombe. The long weekend was spent with teenage mothers providing training on all sorts of issues, the most important being cultivation, marketing, and management of the Moringa plant, a very nutritious vegetable.

Now... for the Girls Soccer Camp.  Unfortunately, we had to postpone the event due to our extremely packed summer! As you can see, we were busy! We look forward to engaging all of the girls in our after-school programs in a series of events which will provide them the opportunity to work with mentors like Nenne and Caroline and play the game they love. Please stay tuned to our website and blog as the coming months will provide plenty of opportunities for girls in Kumba to learn and play!

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