Health
 Cameroon
Project #12710

HIV/Sex-ED Day Camp for At Risk Youth in Cameroon

by Better Family Foundation

HIV/AIDS remains an issue in our community here in Fundong. It continues to be a taboo subject and is often not spoken of in many Kom households. Better Family Foundation (BFF) is always trying to think of new ways to change these realities. 

We're very excited for the arrival of a new Peace Corps Volunteer who is working often with BFF. Together with this Volunteer BFF is exploring ways to better collaborate with the Fundong Health Center (hospital) to conduct more genuine and meaningful outreach and education through this well established medical institution. As we continue to plan and explore we will certainly keep you updated with our developments. 

Another avenue of outreach that we are planning is targeting our local churches. Fundong has many churches and we are developing a systemized plan to engage these churches to see about sharing important information-- maybe even from the pulpit. Promoting HIV testing and prevention messaging through churches could be a very powerful way to allow more room for conversations related to HIV/AIDS. We equally excited to keep you posted with these developments as our planning continues. 

Lastly, on our recent trips to Bamenda, our nearby regional capital city, we have been struggling to secure both male and female condoms to distribute from our office and during our workshops. We have been able to purchase a good amount but are eager to purchase more so we will be better stocked and well suited to provide these to the community.

We thank you again, deeply, for your continued support to HIV/AIDS work here in Fundong, Cameroon.

During the last period Better Family Foundation  (BFF) applied to have its staff train on Grassroot Soccer skillz in order to acquire more techniques to fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst the youths in Fundong and its environes. This training is in preparation for the next summer HIV/Sex-ED camp for at risk youth in Cameroon.

This training was organized by Peace Corps Cameroon and Grassroot Soccer in USA in Bamenda. In order to benefit from the training, Better Family Foundation management delegated its staff to be trained. After the Bamenda workshop, BFF is buying the necessary materials for the upcoming training and working on plans to train more of its staff on the Grassroot soccer skillz in order to prepare for the forthcoming summer camp.

Better Family Foundation Management thank all those who are contributing in anyway to fight the spread of HIV in our community.

Since the last report Better Family Foundation has being planing to hold a summer holiday camp for youth at risk of HIV/AIDS. Durng the planning phase, youths at Fundong and its neighbourhood were mobilized to apply for the camp.

In all 52 youths attended the camp which held for three days at the Fundong Municipal Council hall. During the three days youths were drilled on various ways of HIV/AIDS prevetion, positive living habits, family planning and hygiene and sanitation.

At the end of the three days, the youth were counnselled and tested of HIV. The counseling and testing session was done by nurses hired from the Fundong District hospital.

The success of this program was due to the financial support you donated to Better Family Foundation. We thank all our donors for their enormus support towrds this program. We shall be grateful if some of our donors will come to  the field to see for themselves what we do with their money. Thanks.

Better Family Foundation (BFF) had been working very hard on the field to educate the youth on the HIV/AIDS issues. During this time BFF has held a series of meetings with the chiefs of Mentang health centre and Urban health centre Fundong as well as the Mayor Fundong Council sought ways by which aggressive HIV/AIDS campaign can be carried out in Government Secondary School Mentang, Government High School Aduk and Government Secondary School Ilung.

Having reached a concensus on the issue, Better Family Foundation went ahead to contact the Prinicipals of these colleges and so far, arrangements have been made concerning sensitization of students on the spread of HIV/AIDS and carrying out counseling and testing of HIV. As of now, BFF and  the medical team in collaboration with the local council team is preparing to go down to the field by next week for the proper execution of project.

No money has been incurred for this purpose and BFF continues to seek support in order to get the required funds for the implementation of this envisaged project.

Since the last report Better Family Foundation (BFF) has been busy on the field doing monitoring and evaluation on HIV/AIDS activities in the four health facilities in Boyo division.

During this excercise BFF staff  visited the selected communities and worked with them without the representatives of the health units in the community. Through this interaction, BFF was able to gather information on how the health unit in the community is intervening in HIV/AIDS issues and the weaknesses realized.

After, the community meetings, BFF staff went ahead to organize interface meeting bringing together some selected members from the community meeting and health unit workers as well as community health workers. During this meeting the community members presented the decisions arrived at during the community meeting.

Through this, the health units become aware of the concerns of the community and what they need to do to improve on their interventions on HIV/AIDS programs. By this means the health facilities also let the community members to know what is expected of them to mitigate the spread of HIV in the communities.

Our appreciation towards the mobilization of all the stakeholders goes to all those who contributed in whatever way to assist BFF to carry out the program.

 

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Better Family Foundation

Location: Fundong, Boyo Division, NW - Cameroon
Website: http:/​/​bffoundation.webs.com
Project Leader:
Stephen Cormier
Fundong, Boyo Division Cameroon

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