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...
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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Sep 19, 2013

It's That Time of Year... Back to School!

Thanks to your support of our after-school programs last year, we are moving full steam ahead into our fourth year of educational programming in secondary schools in Kumba!! This time around, we have the endorsement of the Divisional Delegate of Secondary Education for Meme Division and official support from administrators at many of our long-time partners and a few new private, parochial, and public institutions of learning. Students in partner schools in Kumba are surely excited for what is to come! And here is a preview for you:

  • Volunteer teachers and coaches have already participated in several of our Leadership Training seminars and workshops and others will continue to do so this month.
  • Weekly after-school programs, with a new curriculum and new soccer drills thanks to this summer’s capacity-building efforts, will be underway in the next two weeks.
  • October will include a massive two-day event, sponsored by the Peace Corps Cameroon, to officially kick-off another year of activities!
  • Message boards will go up in all of the schools with monthly values, student spotlights, and activities to engage everyone in the school in the lifelong learning objectives of CameroonFDP.
  • Upcoming inter-scholastic games, competitions and workshops including our annual Conference on Sport for Youth Empowerment and Community Development in partnership with Go Ahead Africa!, scheduled for December 2013.

To show you the impact you have helped us to make over the last year, we want to highlight one bright young gentleman by the name of Enow David. David has been involved with CameroonFDP since we started at G.S.S. Nkamlikum in 2010. At first he was very shy and soft-spoken, but after some time he began to gain confidence and display his ability to lead his peers. After his second year in the program, David was elected President of the Nkamlikum Club and helped build it to one of the most populous and involved clubs. He helped to build a culture within the club last school year – so much so that other students who were not affiliated with our programs would often come to the field just to watch. They will sign up to play this year!

Now David has left Nkamlikum for the lower sixth of college, the equivalent of our 11th grade, at Cameroon College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in Kumba. Rather than joining the CameroonFDP club at CCAS, David will return to Nkamlikum to volunteer as a Junior Leader and help out leaders, Wallace and Ivo, both of whose dedication to their youth has undoubtedly had a tremendous influence on David.

Thank you for investing in the lives of young people in Kumba!

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Jun 4, 2013

2nd Semester - After School Programs Great Success

So excited to participate in end of year games!
So excited to participate in end of year games!

School’s our for summer…

But what our kids learned in CFDP programs during the last few months will stay with them forever. Thanks to your donation to our project on Global Giving, we successfully completed our third year programs for boys and girls in Kumba. With your support, CFDP clubs operated effectively in 11 schools, 2 sporting academies, 1 neighborhood, and 1 village. In each of these communities, 20 to 30 students gathered each week to learn and play with volunteer leaders who served as educators, role models, mentors, and most of all: FRIENDS.

The CFDP Session

Every CFDP session includes ice breakers, warm ups, soccer drills, a small group discussion, an activity or game, and a small scrimmage. CFDP has seized this opportunity to transform the unique atmosphere which encompasses soccer fields in Meme Division, South West, Cameroon into a safe learning environment by infusing soccer drills and games with educational discussions and activities. Every week from January through April, boys and girls gathered in their respective areas with a volunteer leader, be it a teacher or a coach, to learn and play in the CFDP session.

This past semester we focused on topics such as adolescence, reproductive health, HIV prevention, and gender equity. Before students go home from every session, they collectively agree on a “take home message” and how they might apply whatever was discussed in the session in their everyday lives.

CFDP Partners

CFDP partnered with 15 institutions to successfully reach nearly 400 kids each week. Girls made up more than 30 percent of registered participants. Sessions were held with each club on various days of the week.

Director of our upcoming Youth Enrichment Football League (YEFL), Wallace ran two programs on Wednesday: first at Cameroon College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) and then he joined Ngong Ivo at Government Secondary School Nkamlikum.

Kumba City College hosted CFDP sessions on Wednesday afternoons after school, too.

Government Bilingual High School, a site with some of the most girls involved, ran on Friday afternoons and was led by CFDP staff Caroline, who has been working with the organization since Day 1.

CFDP team member, Martin, led sessions with boys from Olympic Fruiting Sporting Academy Friday afternoons and Presbyterian High School on Saturday mornings.

Other leaders who participated in training sessions in the summer of 2012 continued to run educational programs in their respective communities thanks to your encouragement via GlobalGiving.

End of Year Celebrations!

On May 15th, more than 100 youth – 26 girls and 79 boys, precisely – came together representing 11 of our 15 partner institutions in a friendly competition to see who would come out on top for the 2012-2013 school year. The teams, most of which had 10 representatives from their CFDP clubs, moved around 13 stations which combined an activity or game of skill with an educational topic previously covered in a session this semester.*See links below* The groups were scored on their ability to successfully complete the activities and respond to questions.

The Winners

College of Cameroon Arts and Sciences (CCAS) won First Place in the Educational/Enrichment Component

Mile One Community won First Place in the Sporting Component

All members of first place teams were awarded jerseys and soccer shoes (WOW!) donated by friends in the USA. Teams who placed in second, third, and fourth were also awarded prizes in the form of soccer equipment. 

Looking Ahead

NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER BEEN DONE IN KUMBA! WITH YOUR HELP, WE ACHIEVED SOMETHING GREAT THIS YEAR!

A whole new bunch of institutions have already submited requests for partnership next year. We look forward to building upon the great success of this year and expanding in our fourth year of after school programs. Until then, please check our website to see what other exciting activities we have planned for the summer! Thank you!

Successful Day for Collins!! New Soccer gear!
Successful Day for Collins!! New Soccer gear!
Martin stands with his team from Presby HS
Martin stands with his team from Presby HS

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