This latest POHOFI project update stems as a continuum of the collaborative efforts between POHOFCAM-PRUDHWERA and their local partners to provide;education, capacity building,skills training workshops, outreach/sensitization and start-up funds for the CCAPCAP. In addition, the project coordinators are pleased to extending their work to the underprivileged communities in both the Eastern and Southwestern regions to start-upcapacity-building initiatives around the water and sanitation facilities. These communitiestargeted are those greatly in need where more than thirteen out of twenty people live without access to healthcare, safe nutrition, food, water and toilets.
“People in these parts of Cameroon are largely cut off from the rest of the country by rivers, soft-arid/dense forests and extremely bad farm-to-market road conditions where roads exist,” said the new chairman of our affiliated partner POHOFCAM, Justin E. Fomanka. “Educating the local village communities how to farm, prepared, construct and maintain their nutrition, clean water and sanitation facilities is crucial to assisting people take proprietorship of their health and welfare in an innovative way” he adds.
The remote village communities identified in the Eastern region and South western region ranging along the Kumba area through Ekondo road to Mbonge district of Cameroon are home to largely indigenous populations and are amongst the most deprived communities of the country. Access to nutrition and food security, toilets or latrines and safe drinking water in these areas remain among the poorest within the nation: limited access to healthcare, extreme poverty levels and rare job opportunities which encourages urban exodus where the work force populations of females do prostitution while males become armed bandits.
POHOFI is now awakening to continue its actions by extending POHOFCAM’s skills training program within the thirty (30) villages identified in the eastern region and currently in some villages in southwest on the Kumba-Mbonge district line, giving young women and men especially child bearing age the following:
a)Clean water and sanitation:
a.1. technical expertise to dig, construct and disinfect wells for sustenance
a.2. drill boreholes, construct rainwater catchment schemes and install siphon pumps and biodegradable toilets
b) CCAPCAP Nutrition, Food Security and Public Health:
b.1. extend the provision of education and skill training program initiated in 2013
b.2. finance the provision of good cassava seedling (cultivar) from research units to women from these village
b.3.provide nutritional education on balanced diets and encourage mixed farming of crops such as yam, cocoyam tubers, plantain and banana as well as rice and legumes with more micronutrient etc to help dilute the effect of cassava being the staple food.
b.4. to create a multipurpose education center such that during the day it serves as a bilingual primary school and during the evening it will serve as adult vocational training institution to provide the much needed education and skills (ICT etc..) for these indigenous community folks.
Participants in these projects will be equipped with the skills, tools,jump-start funding and mentoring requiredin developing their own family sustainable small business initiatives.
The POHOFI Network is deeply committed to improving people’s livelihoods through education and support access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition and food security, public healthcare, agro-farm development and our strategy does not only aids current generation, but should set a milestone that will benefit future generations to come.”
Supplementary to capacity building, awareness campaigns and jobs skills training, POHOFCAM and PRUDHWERA will expand their work with schools to raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition, balance diet, safe water, toilets and hygiene practices while empowering teacher education, student hygiene/health clubs and structural improvements including drinking water and hand sanitation services.
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The job-related skill training programs creates a pool of self-sufficient professionals capable of maintaining, nutrition and food security, good health, water and sanitation facilities, while also stimulating the local economy, creating employments and empowering women as professional good leads towards business folks.