Universal access to education is widely recognized as one of the most important steps in giving youth access to better economic and social opportunities and breaking individuals, families, and communities out of the cycle of poverty. Unfortunately, in Cameroon, the minimal fees for primary and secondary school remain out of reach to many, and the burden of providing adequate learning infrastructure and sufficient teaching staff falls on parents and communities. As a result, education in Cameroon faces numerous challenges, such as: a lack of school infrastructure and ongoing use of dilapidated structures insufficient and/or unequipped classrooms insufficient trained teachers, lack of water and poor sanitation in schools, children are unable to complete the academic year or advance due to lack of fees. Our Education Program addresses these challenges through the provision of scholarships to underprivileged children and through the construction, rehabilitation, and equipping of dilapidated educational structures. We also construct toilets and water supplies for schools, and provide assistance to school environmental programs.
Volunteering will be of great importance to Abi Fall Livelihood. As a low-resource organisation we like to rely on the contributions made by national and international volunteers and students on internship throughout the year. Through this program, Abi Fall livelihood hopes to instill the importance of community development among youth while providing them with practical work experience. Interns and volunteers could come from all over Cameroon and abroad for periods ranging from 1 month to a year. Volunteers and interns are welcome in all programs of Abi Fall Livelihood depending on their field of interest and knowledge.
Our doors are always open to new applications from interested persons.
Volunteers are free to apply.
"Health is Wealth" is a common adage, but it is a far-fetched dream in the majority of health centers. Abi Fall Livelihood promotes routine vaccination as part of a network of civil society organizations, and serving as one of two interface organizations connecting the Ministry of Public Health to communities in the South West Region. Through our Water and Sanitation activities, we also provide potable water supplies to communities and health centers, and toilet blocks to schools and health centers.
As a result of declining soil fertility, poor seeds/breeds, improper management techniques, a decrease in farm household sizes, and an increase in population and land pressure, many rural poor farmers are facing low crop and livestock yields. To cope with this situation, they are resorting to farming methods that require costly inputs and improve yields at the expense of the environment and the sustainability of their land and income. These practices include slash and burn, the improper use of synthetic fertilizers/pesticides, and the extension of farmlands by felling forests. Long-term, these techniques are not sustainable, and will contribute to food insecurity while exacerbating climate change. To address these challenges, Abi Fall Livelihood works with farmers and community-based farming groups to promote production methods that are both environmentally-friendly and economically viable, in order to combat rural poverty and food insecurity while protecting the environment and improving farmers' self-sufficiency.
Environmental Protection and Management
Many people in Cameroon, particularly in rural areas, are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. This makes them very vulnerable to changes in the climate or the environment. Unfortunately, due to climate change, Cameroon has been experiencing changes in temperature and precipitation. This creates new, drastic challenges for farmers. There is a need for farmers, particularly the next generation of farmers, to learn techniques that are adapted to these changes and that are focused on sustainability and environmental protection, to ensure that generations to come can continue to meet their needs.
Abi Fall Livelihood promotes environmental sustainability by inculcating youth and farmers with the values and skills for environmental protection and management. We do this through training courses on integrated organic farming through Biofarming, the promotion of renewable energy sources, and with the assistance to school environmental programs. Abi Fall Livelihood will like to carry out eucalyptus replacement programs to replace heavy water-feeder eucalyptus trees with indigenous environmentally-friendly tree species.
Women form the majority of Cameroon's population, yet they are treated as second-class citizens. Many women suffer from discrimination, low education, gender inequality, and gender-based violence. As a result, few women have jobs or property, and cannot access credit or formal financial institutions. Nonetheless, most women in Cameroon are responsible for their family's well-being, as they provide food and sell surplus harvest to ensure children's school fees and hospital bills are paid. Women are systematically oppressed and socially disadvantaged. In addition to the impacts this has on women as individuals, it also detracts from the success of the country, as it misses out on the social and economic contributions women can make when given the opportunity to participate.
At Abi Fall Livelihood, we address these problems by empowering women through sustainable economic programs and enhance women's knowledge for self-development through capacity-building programs. Abi Fall Livelihood have these Cooperatives in Big Nganjo, Barombi Kang, Kossala 3 and Kake 2 whose women have access to micro-credit loans ranging from 100,000CFA to 450,000CFA once every one year, allowing their members to undertake various productive initiatives and building their financial literacy. In addition, we carry out capacity-building sessions to train representatives of each cooperative in various subjects, such as productive livestock farming, small sales initiatives, food processing, book keeping, small business management and banking. The Board of Directors of the various cooperatives then become trainers who share the knowledge with the other group members.
These Cooperatives started with each having 75 members (300 members’ total) and we are hoping to make the groups increase to 600 members.