The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has resulted in a high number of refugees. These refugees are mainly women, children, and the eldery; with a high portion being young, pregnant girls impacted by wartime sexual violence. They have fled their homes and are struggling to survive with extremely limited access to basic needs. This project provides complete kits of cloth diapers: a long-term solution from birth through potty-training, truly changing the lives of these children.
Children are the most vulnerable of all populations. Refugee families struggle to meet the basic diapering needs of their children due to extreme poverty and challenging life situations. With incomes of less than $1/day, unhygenic, makeshift diapers or even no diapers at all are used. Mothers have been forced to make devastatingly difficult decisions to access diapers, including selling themselves in exchange for money for diapers.
Each kit of cloth diapers contains 12 adjustable sized cloth diapers, a complete supply to last from birth to potty training. Basic sanitation, hygiene and quality of life are improved; and mortality rates are decreased because of this adequate diaper supply. With diaper need solved, mothers can focus on other basic needs including food and shelter, as well as planning for the future.
As our partner organizations continue to have their diaper needs solved, they are able to save funds and plan for future improvements in their care. This can mean adding educational programs, offering better healthcare, improved quality of food (more protein!) - all steps that set these babies up for long term survival and productive members of society.