CameroonONE is a Boston-based NGO that sponsors the educations, health needs and caretaker support of orphaned children in Central Africa. Through our new global project, ONETrack International, we are transplanting our Transition to Home orphan-care approach to other regions of the world. ONETrack already sponsors orphans affected by ebola in Liberia, orphans affected by Mugabe-era economics in Zimbabwe and our Greek chapter is working with Yazidi refugee families separated by conflict in Iraq.
According to international laws and standards, orphaned children are supposed to be reunited with extended family members at a local level. In cases where no capable family members can be found, then homes should be made available within their community of birth. If all these options are exhausted, then (and only then) should international adoption become an option. However, these principles are routinely ignored. CameroonONE's mission is to promote these expectations of international law.
CameroonONE has developed a program to confront the current orphan crisis within Cameroon. We have established the first In-Home Child Sponsorship program to support both an orphaned child as well as his or her surviving relatives with the goal of keeping families together while relieving the orphan communes of unnecessary cases. Host families that accept this responsibility do so with the understanding that it will be conditional, as long as certain requirements of the child's rearing are met.
This project can both reduce short-term poverty by directly providing a partial income to the impoverished and those most in need and ultimately fight long-term poverty by creating a more productive and competent future human capital among parentless children who may have otherwise received little or no education.