Since the last report BFF has been very actively searching for fundsnationally and internationally in order to organize the HIV/SEXEducation camp for youth next summer. In doing this a series ofplanning meetings have been held by BFF members to plan for the nextcamp in order to ensure its success.
We have equally been involved in sensitizing the population towardsthis camp. This sensitization is done through the the organization ofother HIV/AIDS workshops in which we involved community andinstitutional leaders from across our division (Boyo). These leadershave been trained on Men As Partner (MAP) to fight the HIV/AIDSpandemic in our community. This workshop has been organize with fundsfrom PEPFAR through the Peace Corps Volunteer grant called VAST.Thosetrained have to act as trainers in their institutions and communitiesin order to raise the awareness of the pandemic in their communitiesand rally youth to become involve in the fight. These activities willact as a prelude to our forth-coming camp next summer.
In addition to this many other preparatory workshops are due to beorganised in the days ahead in order to mobilize the youth from allthe communities of Boyo division. We keep trusting that more fundswill be received in order to facilitate the organization of this camp,which we think will a very grand event. We thank all those who havebeen supporting us in this venture by contributing in whatever way tosupport these vulnerable population in our community.
Accept my best and warmest regards.
Better Family Foundation organised a nine day HIV/Sex-ED Day camp for youth at risk in Fundong during the last summer break. This was done in partnership with Peace Corps Cameroon program and Nourish students International from the United States of America. Part of the funds were from the above mentioned organizations with a little portion from the funds raised through Global Giving.
The camp was very successful and seventy participants were in attendance. During the workshop participants had lunch, workshop materials and handouts. Also cultural views on issues of sexuality were exchanged between the Cameroonian youth and the American students.
The results of the nine day workshop were very positive as the silence that surround sex issues among the Cameroonian youth were broken and the youth could discussed these issues with their peers and parents very freely as opposed to the past. We believe that the results of the workshop will have both present and far-reaching effects on the Fundong community and beyond.
We look forward to organise another workshop in another community during the next summer if we will get some funds. We heartedly thanks all the actors who contributed finacially and morally to make this workshop a sucess.
Better Family Foundation has been on searching for avenues to have funds for the organization of workshop on HIV/AIDS, STIs and early pregnancies. Fortunately, we were able to have some funds for this purpose from Peace Corp Cameroon program.
Better Family Foundation has been very busy on the field raising resources for the organization of a workshop on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, STIs and early pregnancies among adolescents population. This workshop will be organized in Fundong in The North West Region of Cameroon. It should be noted that North West Region is ranked second in Cameroon in HIV/AIDS prevalence rate which as of now stands at 5.4%. The acquired funds shall be used to purchase material for the workshop and ensure efficient organization of the workshop. BFF therefore is making preparation to organize the workshop in two phases. First preparations are going on to organize one phase for the married couples as from the 17th-20th June 2013 for 25 couples and 10 teachers. It is believed that if parents are able to identify the ills of these deadly diseases, they can help to sensitize the youth…..they themselves being role models. So far handouts have been developed for this workshop. The next phase of the workshop will be on the 4th-12th July 2013 for 40 youth. Manuals and other resources are being put in place for this forthcoming phase of the workshop.
BFF will partner with Peace Corp Volunteers and Nourish International to facilitate the both phases of the workshop. A team of 5 students from Nourish Intl shall be travelling from USA to Cameroon to address this concern amongst others. This workshop will just be first workshop in a series as we intend to organize many of similar workshops in other communities in Cameroon as long as keep receiving funds for this purpose.
HIV/Sex-ED Day Camp for Risk Youth in Cameroon is very necessary because of the growing negative effects of HIV/AIDS on the lives of Cameroonians. The supposed camp intends to address the HIV/Sex concerns of the inhabitants of Boyo Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. Since when this project was advertised, we have only been able to raise $100 through GlobalGiving. However, Better Family Foundation Management is doing all within our means to raise local resources and sensitize the communities towards the forthcoming HIV/Sex-Education Day Camp. In addition we have done a lot of planning on how we intend to carry out the camp. In doing this we have got manuals from other NGOs and are improving on them to meet the needs of these youth. As of now everything in respect to planning is almost done and we are only waiting for funds for the execution of the project.
The rapid spreading of HIV/AIDS in Cameroon is a cause for concern and needs special intervention by Better Family Foundation and other humanitarian organizations to sensitize risk youth from falling victim to this health hazard. We thank all those who have contributed towards this camp and are still inviting other people of good will to join hands with Better Family Foundation by contributing financially in order to realize the objective of this camp. On behalf of BFF Management, I wish to thank everyone who is contributing in whatever way to make the realization of the camp.
Accept my warmest regards,
Mbeng Simon Nsah
The Director BFF.
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