We provide a daytime refuge center for 20+ underprivileged kids in Douala. This is a safe space for children to relax, play, and study after school. We also offer counselling, extra tuition, basic medical care, funding for school fees and provide one hot meal a day. These children would otherwise be begging on the streets or selling worthless items in order to eat and support their families. When on the streets they are left vulnerable - exposed to drugs, alcohol abuse and sexual exploitation.
The 20+ children we help are facing family desertion and educational challenges. They are forced to support their families, who can't often afford to feed them, by begging on the streets or selling worthless items when they should be at school or studying. This leaves them incredibly vulnerable, disenfranchised and with little hope for the future. They often don't receive the medical care they need and some require counselling to help them deal with traumatic personal experiences.
We have established a daytime refuge center (open 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday) to get these children off the streets and enable them to continue with their education. We provide a safe place for them to relax, play, socialize and study. In addition we offer counseling, extra tuition, funding for basic medical care and school fees and provide one hot meal and nutritional snack a day. Some of these children often have no food provided for them at home and it is their only opportunity to eat.
Enabling these children to complete their education - giving them an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and positively contribute to the society in which they live. Through counselling and extra curricular sessions we teach the importance of basic hygiene and safe sex, which in turn will see a decline in sexually transmitted and other diseases - creating healthier children and families.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).