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...
May 27, 2014

GAMES DAY:CELEBRATE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

David receives an award, Most Outstanding Student
David receives an award, Most Outstanding Student

A total of 100 students from our partner schools came together to participate in our annual end-of-year Games Day. Ten student representatives - the best in each of the CFDP clubs - were selected to represent their schools. While a few schools were unable to participate due to exam schedules, those students who were in attendance will carry forth the great vibes from the day. As usual, our team of dedicated staff and volunteers in Kumba created a most memorable experience for the youth. 

The morning activities featured five competitive soccer games, including challenging ones like chipping the ball into the oil drum and a juggling competition, where some youths acutally 'tapped' the soccer ball over 200 times! The afternoon activities were the most interesting part of the day! In the classroom, student groups faced off in a quiz to test their knoelwedge of the educational topics we discussed over the past year. All of the CFDP clubs competing scored greater than 70% on the team quiz and the top two teams received over 90% scores. This is really encouraging because it demonstrates that students are learning from our programs. The schools that performed the best are those where the CFDP programs have been running the longest: GSS Nkamlikum (Champions, First Partner School - since 2010), BHS Barombi Kang (Most Dedicated Volunteer Leader, 2nd Place), and GBHS Kossala (First Partner School - since 2010). 

The number of lives that our after-school programs have touched over the past year is nothing short of amazing. From student leaders who are finding their hidden potential and working towards new goals to the  volunteer leaders who act as mentors and provide guidance through the challenging times of life as an adolescent in Kumba.

As we get ready to break for the summer holidays, we are excited to announce a new initiative we will launch in four schools: peer educators. Those students who have excelled (especially from the top performing CFDP school clubs mentioned above) will now be trained to run after school sessions on their own and gain invaluable leadership skills in these new positions. We are excited for next year and look forward to sharing more on our progress later this summer.

Thank you for supporting our after-school programs. Without you, none of this is possible. It's just that simple. Thank you for helping to change the lives of 500 boys and girls in Kumba, Cameroon. 

Girls Play and Compete with the Boys!
Girls Play and Compete with the Boys!
A Big Group of Students Stand Before the Start
A Big Group of Students Stand Before the Start
Competing in the Team Quiz Component of the Day
Competing in the Team Quiz Component of the Day
Prizes for All Participants; Awards for Top Youth
Prizes for All Participants; Awards for Top Youth
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

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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!
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