During the last three months Better Family Foundation has been blessed with a Peace Corps Volunteer who in his community need assessment carried out research in collaboration with BFF staff on the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS. The research results showed that the rate in Boyo Division is 4.6%. The result analysis showed that the youth are more affected than any other age group.
There after we have been holding meetings with health officials on how to redress the prevailing situation. Also sensitization campaigns have been organized in some secondary schools in order to teach the students prevention strategies. Also we have applied for grants from organizations like the PEPFAR grant with the hope that if granted aggressive campaign on HIV/AIDS will be launched in this community.
Also we have held meetings with some health officials soliciting for free HIV/AIDS screening amongs the youth in this area. All these meetings have been successful and we hope to continue lobbying for more opportunities to assist our youths.
The money we have received for this purpose has been put into use during our research and sensitization programs and we wish to thank our donors for such great gesture.
Since the last report Better Family Founndation has being busy on the field planning on how to organize the would be HIV/Sex-ED camp for at risk youth in Fundong subdivision and beyond. BFF management has been lobbying for partners such as Peace Corps Cameroon through its Volunteers and Nourish Student International in the United States on how to raise resources to add to what our donors will provide in order to make tthe organization of the workshop possible. In doing this we have been communicating with these partners signing memorandum of understanding and defining our variuos roles during the implementation of the project.
Counting on faith that we will raise the required resources for the camp, we have used the remaining youth at risk manuals to support a similar camp for the Fonfuka Youths. Fonfuka is a town some 60 km away from Fundong town. This is a camp organized by the Peace Corps volunteer resident in Fonfuka.
We are also busy working with our peer educators sensitizing youths in and around Fundong on how to prevent HIV/AIDS in our society.
We heartedly thank all our donors for helping us to reduce the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in our community.
HIV/AIDS is a really dangerous pandermic in Cameroon's society today. Considering its adverse effects to the socio-economic situation of our fatherland, Better Family Foundation has been busy on the field educating youth on sex education and sensitizing them on the effects of HIV/AIDS to the social and economic lives of our society.
Better Family Foundation has trained Peer educators who have been active on the field educationg the youths on sexuality and sensitizing them on the awareness of risky sexual behaviousr that expose them to HIV infection. These peer educators are moving from one community group to another and from one individual to another with same message and giving Better Family Foundation monthly feedback.
The succeess of this program hs depended on the moral and financial motivation given to the peer educators in order to facilitate their work. BFF management therefore wish to thank all those who have been contributing towards the smooth functioning of this program.
Better Family Foundation and Nourish International students from USA are currently holding an eight day camp for youth at risk on sex education. This camp started a week ago with the training of nine peer educators on the topic prevention of HIV/AIDS and early pregnancies amongst the youth in Fundong. These peer educators who have partnered with the Nourish students are today training seventy youth in Fundong on how to mitigate the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS and early pregnancies amongst the youth in this community.
The participants in this camp are drawn from various backgrounds. They fall within the age range of 13 to 20 years. The peer educators are devoted community members who are willing to sacrifice their time to build the capacities of the youth.
Featuring during the camp are lessons, games and HIV counseling and testing exercises for all the participants. The participants are provided with learning materials and lunch.
We thank all our donors for assisting us to realize this dream which has become an annual event for Better Family Foundation.
Better Family Foundation has been very active on the field alongside our partners in order to ensure effective and efficient organization of the upcoming workshop on HIV/Sex-ED Day Camp for Risk Youth in Fundong Subdivision of Cameroon. So far BFF has been working with Clarmount chapter of Nourish International based in USA on how to organize the workshop. Equally, we are also raising money through these partner organization as well as Global Giving in order to facilitate the organization of the HIV/Sex-ED Day Camp for Risk Youth in Cameroon during next summer break in Fundong. BFF has launched the recruitment of eight volunteer youth between the ages of 14 - 20 years to be trained as peer educator facilitators. These eight youth will have to partner with eight Nourish International students to facilitate a workshop organized for 70 youths during summer. The manual for the workshop is under review and we are currently seeking for funds through Peace Corps Volunteer program as well to add to what has been raised through Global giving and Nourish International . We`thank all those who have donated and are willing to donate towards this workshop and we hope to improve the life of someone here in Fundong. Kindly do us the favour of spreading the word to someone you know in order that we join hands to save lives.
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