Children who live in our communities face hurdles of poverty and corruption everyday. Unemployment, idleness, HIV and malaria, gender inequality, inadequate education opportunities, and poor recreational facilities and programs plague the youth living in the South West, Cameroon. The only escape from institutional misery is football (soccer). We leverage this passion for the game, integrating health & social education and capacity-building into fun practices, to provide skills to future leaders.
Our target youth population, boys and girls age 12-16, 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 effective recreational and health education programs. Many young people lack critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The educational sports programs create an environment for underprivileged boys and girls which is most conducive to learning. CFDP-trained coaches/leaders become mentors who facilitate guided discussions on a number on issues pertinent to health, social, and professional development. Participants gain access to consistent, organized recreational activities which keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Additionally, they are empowered to take an active role in their own development.
We are striving to reduce incidence of HIV transmission, teenage pregnancy, and delinquency. Additionally, youth are more aware of career options and opportunities for growth. This will create an empowering environment for all members of our community, most specifically the younger generation. WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SALABLE MODEL WHICH WE HOPE TO EXPAND ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST REGION AND DOUBLE OUR IMPACT IN 2014 - FROM 500 PARTICIPANTS TO IMACT 1,000 IN KUMBA, BUEA, MAMFE, AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,205
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,795
Total Funding Goal: $16,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).