Jaden is all SMILES on Games Day. Need MLS shirt!
You are inspiring hope and creating change in Kumba as supporters of Cameroon Football Development Program. We understand change takes time and it’s not always easy to see. However, the impact you help create in the lives of boys and girls in K-town can be seen. The impact is the smiles on our youth’s faces after successfully completing that one soccer drill that seemed impossible. The impact is when the light bulb goes on during a discussion about protecting oneself from negative influence of peers. The impact is the number of youth who turn out on World AIDS Day, more than 500 students this past December 1st, to play soccer and learn strategies to prevent HIV infection. We collaborated with Global Conscience Initiative, a local human rights organization, and the US Peace Corps to engage youth in a full day of fun educational activities which they will never forget.
Later in December, we hosted our 2nd Annual Games Day to round up the first semester of after school programs. Youth representatives from 10 schools, 2 villages, and 2 neighborhood soccer clubs participated in activities which included fun soccer drills and a rigorous quiz to test what they had learned from the health and educational discussions from the previous months. Diligent Bilingual Academy (DLA) emerged victorious with a total of 89 points of a possible 100.
One participant, Gina, age 14, said of the day “I have never experience anything like this. The CFDP have come to town with something different. I learned so many things to help me in my future. And with my friends, we are stronger because we work together.”
As we look ahead to a bright year in 2013, we find our partnership with the US Peace Corps creating new opportunities already. In early February, CFDP was invited to appear on Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), the national broadcast network, to discuss how volunteerism can combat poverty and improve the situation for youth in Cameroon.
The second semester of after-school programs are in full swing thanks to your support within the GlobalGiving community. We are excited to have you on our team as this year is shaping up to be our best ever. Please continue to stay connected with us as we have some exciting months ahead!
Marie encourages girls to know they can play, too!