Greetings from the Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Initiative (CHRI). We hope our message finds you and your family well. We are excited to share our quarterly update with you:
Small Grant Project
Through the financial support of our donors, we are excited to have provided six small grants to partner organizations in Cameroon since the start of last year. In partnership with CHRI, these organizations carry out projects throughout Southern Cameroons and Nigeria to provide humanitarian support to the region’s most vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing conflict.
The most recent grant recipients are Royalty World and Authentique Memorial Empowerment Foundation (AMEF).
“Royalty World was founded in 2015 and is based in Bolifamba, Buea. They strive to engage, envision, empower, and equip women, youth, and vulnerable communities for transformative action. Their framework for development is community-based transformation programming (CBTP) and they carry out development and humanitarian actions, with the end goal being transformation and sustainability.
To address the growing humanitarian crisis, Royalty World has partnered with CHRI to carry out a project titled, the Bolifamba Economic Empowerment Project (BEEP). This project aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable women, especially IPDs and female heads of household in the Bolifamba, South West region of Cameroon. The project will provide entrepreneurship seed capital to 4 selected female heads of families.
When conflicts occur, women face tremendous risks. As the armed conflict and humanitarian crisis within Cameroon continues, women are also the most vulnerable and are exposed to economic precarity. By creating a business managed by themselves, the goal is to be able to reintegrate them socially and economically into the community.” We also hope this maximizes benefits to others affected pending a definitive resolution of the conflict.
“AMEF is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization created in 2006 and legalized in 2008 with its vision of transforming children and youth into responsible citizens in the local communities and empowering and integrating women in the area of socio-economic development in the localities of Kake 1 & 2.
The intensification of the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon has led to the displacement of thousands of people (IDPs). Kake 1 & 2 are one of the communities where most women and girls have fled to. The area has experienced a massive influx of population (IDPs) who have come from nearby and far-off villages where the confrontations have been more severe. These IDPs are faced with issues including difficulties in obtaining a sustainable livelihood, hunger, and health-related issues. IDP women and girls are using all forms of coping mechanisms for survival.
In partnership with CHRI, AMEF will carry out a project titled, Integrated Aid to IDP Women And Girls In Conflict-Affected Areas of Meme Division SWR Cameroon (Kake 1& 2), to improve hygiene, sanitation, and living standards for 25 women and girls through activities of, hygiene promotion through sensitization messages, provision of dignity kits, and sustainable livelihood start-up capital.
Training women on activities of hygiene will improve safe practices in communities. Additionally, the sustainable livelihood program will support women and girls in developing small businesses to increase their income – putting them in a much stronger position to meet their various basic needs and improving their sense of dignity and independence.”
Both Royalty World and AMEF are in the initial phase of project implementation. Follow CHRI on Twitter (@chri_relief), Facebook (@chrelief), or Instagram (chri_cameroon) for updates on this project. Other CHRI small projects awardees include the Cameroon Association of Media Professionals (CAMP), NSO Cultural and Development Association, the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis (TSSF), and African Girls.
We have just completed our 100th prison outreach. On a bi-weekly basis, we provide essential food items, and basic medical and sanitary supplies to Southern Cameroons detainees at the Kondengui Central Prison, Yaounde. Through your generous support, we hope to continue to serve those individuals detained, without trial, due to the crisis in Southern Cameroons.
CHRI continues to advocate for a sustainable resolution, genuine dialogue by all parties seems the way out, and provides humanitarian support to all those affected by the crisis in Southern Cameroons. As an organization that is reliant on donations, we cannot do this without your generous support.
We kindly and sincerely request your financial support to continue to provide advocacy and humanitarian aid. How to Donate:
You can donate either as a lump sum or on a recurring basis. All funds donated are used to support all victims affected by the humanitarian crisis and conflict in Cameroon.
Thanks to our donors, we have been able to reach out to Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria, Internally Displaced Persons in Cameroon, and those incarcerated due to the ongoing violence, providing them with food, shelter, clean water, medical support, and skills-based training programs.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.
The Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Initiative team