Cameroon, which is home to more than 200 different linguistic groups, is known as "Africa in miniature" due to its diversity.
The Central African country has one of the highest literacy rates on the continent. Its progress, however, is hampered by persistent problems with corruption.
Created in 1961 by the unification of two former colonies, one British and one French, the modern state of Cameroon has also struggled to find peace and unity.
Internally, there are tensions over the two mainly English-speaking southern provinces. A secessionist movement, the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), emerged in the 1990s and has been banned.
More recently, the mainly-Muslim far north has been drawn into the regional Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram.
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In many countries the privilege of free schooling is a luxury that some only wish they had. Cameroon is one such country. With most students affected by poverty, going to school is no longer an economically viable option for most students, despite their desire to attend.
The violent presence of the terrorist group Boko Haram also has far-reaching negative effects on people’s well-being, children’s education and adults’ ability to work. Circumstances are especially difficult for those children who come from widowed households, making them especially vulnerable to poverty and exploitation.
This project seeks to provide and equip 13 students from widowed households with adequate uniform and school equipment to maintain a consistent education. Although the local Adventist church along with the government in Cameroon have assisted students, due to the great need, this project requires greater assistance. This is where you come in…
How can you help? Through a donation of just £500 you could help 13 widowed Adventist households to send their children to school with the adequate resources to succeed. Through your donation, you will be joining forces with ADRA Cameroon and the local SDA church leadership who will assist in distributing goods to those who have the greatest needs.
Help us today by pledging to donate a minimum of £500 to help these children in need. Remember it’s easy to make a difference, visit adra.org.uk/get-involved/ for fundraising tips and ideas.
1705 - Provide food aid to Adventist Widows
Meet Madeleine. Just one of the many widows in the Northern region of Cameroon who can barely feed her family. Due to the recent drought, all of the plantation was destroyed not only making finding food a major challenge, but taking away Madeleine’s work as a vendor in the local marketplace as she no longer has food to sell. Madeleine says: “In our region, we are living a painful situation, because, for several months, the drought destroyed all plantations in our zone. We are currently in extreme poverty. As a widow, I fight alone to see how to feed my children.”
Life in Northern Cameroon is difficult not only because it has been extremely affected by the national economic deficit, but also due to violent invasions by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Food insecurity is also a major problem, with the average family living on only 1 meal per day. The local Garoua Centre Adventist church and the government have recognised these widowed households as the most vulnerable and have assisted them with food. However, as Madeleine says: “The number of vulnerable people is very big- the church could not satisfy everybody. Its grants remain insufficient, because the members are also touched by the food insecurity.”
So how can you help? Together with ADRA Cameroon you could contribute to the lives of widows like Madeleine and their families by helping to raise £3000 which will provide 50 families (approximately 300 people) with a month’s supply of food. Each family will receive 18kg rice, 10kg millet, 5kg sugar, 12kg beans, 3 litres vegetable oil and 0.5kg salt, which will go a long way in providing them with their basic food needs.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”James 1:27
1706 - Provide food aid to100 families fleeing Boko Haram
For many, the fear of being tormented by terrorists is a very real one and if you have been watching the news, you would have seen one too many examples of this. Boko Haram, the radical Islamist movement founded in 2002 in Nigeria has made this fear a reality for thousands of people. In 2013, in particular, Boko Haram grew in strength and began attacking and killing many people within Nigeria which has caused an exodus of thousands of Nigerians to flee to their neighboring countries for refuge; Cameroon is one of these countries. Although the Minawao camp in Cameroon has not turned away the many refugees it receives everyday, the camp no longer has the capacity to meet the needs of the 43,490 refugees that are there.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), "In the absence of increased and targeted humanitarian assistance...400,000 others in neighboring areas of Niger, Chad and Cameroon will face acute or worse food insecurity.”
Due to the thousands of refugees who have fled their jobs and homes, this has put a further strain on food supplies. Despite help from the local Adventist church and the World Food Programme, the need still far outweighs the resources available.
We need you! This is exactly why ADRA Cameroon needs your help to try to control this crisis and ease the suffering of these refugees. So, through the food aid programme ‘ Samaria’ , which means ‘ good Samaritan’ , we need £5,000 in order to supply 100 families (approximately 600 people) out of the 50,000 families who need assistance, with 18kg rice, 10kg millet, 5kg sugar, 12kg beans, 3 litres vegetable oil and 0.5kg salt, which will go a long way in providing them with their basic food needs.
If you would like to be a ‘ good Samaritan’ and help this project, then rally your church, family and friends together to raise £5,000 to begin to end this crisis. It may feel like a drop in the ocean to you, but it will make a world of difference to the recipients.
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