Bamenda Programme Unit
North West Region
Area: 17,300 sq. km
Population: 1,804,695 (2010)
Sponsored children: Around 6,250
In the North West Region of Cameroon, Plan works with 8 councils in the Boyo, Mezam, Momo and Ngoketunjia divisions. Whilst unemployment rates are high, those that do have a job mainly work in agriculture, farming coco yams, beans, plantains and maize. The average monthly income is at 29,000 CFA (US$55).
Since 1996, Plan has been working in the North West region together with the children, their families and communities to reduce child poverty.
Through our childhood illness prevention projects, Plan Cameroon helps to improve the health of children aged under 5 and pregnant women by training community-based organisations and community health workers. This strategy is also implemented in partnership with USAID in 4 health districts.
Plan Cameroon is also supporting rural women to gain access to financial services, such as village savings and loan associations, so that they can better provide for their families’ needs.
Plan Cameroon is increasing children’s access to quality, basic education. Our school improvement programme helps to improve the school learning environment by:
- working with communities to build classrooms, latrines, water points
- providing equipment
- supplying teaching materials
- organising training courses for parent-teacher association committees.
Plan Cameroon is working to increase children’s participation in decisions that affect their lives by training children’s forums in communities, and children’s governments in schools.
Through ‘Kids Waves’, a radio programme run with 4 partner stations in Bamenda since 2007, children create and present broadcasts to raise community awareness about children’s rights and responsibilities.
In the North West region, Plan Cameroon is working to reduce the risk of child abuse by raising the awareness of partners on child protection issues and advocating for a violence-free school through Plan’s global Learn Without Fear campaign.
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