Pygmy children living in remote, impoverished villages in Cameroon do not have the chance to go to school. Leeiyen is working to bring basic education to 200 poor pygmy children in the eastern region of Cameroon. With this project, we will expand outreach to enroll children in a primary school, provide basic school supplies, school uniforms, school fees and basic health care. We will help build simple schoolhouses located near the villages so that transportation will not be a barrier.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Imagine that in the 21st century there still are primitive societies in which more than 98% of children are unable to go to school. It is a sad fact that often accompanies high birth rates, poverty and infant mortality. Among pygmy people of the forest regions of the Eastern part of Cameroon, illiteracy is very high. Many children have never seen the walls of a classroom and some who are eager to learn do not have the opportunity to go to school.
How will this project solve this problem?
Leeiyen will conduct an outreach campaign to connect with various communities in the eastern region of Cameroon, promoting education for children. We will target parents for the community education exercises, and recruit children from the poorest families to be the prime beneficiaries for the academic year. We will then identify appropriate schools/school locations and link the children to these schools with respect to distance from their home communities.
Potential Long Term Impact
Providing education for impoverished pygmy children will help these children and their families rise out of poverty and have brighter and more productive futures.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.