A project of Nourish International
We will work with Better Family Foundation to host a HIV/safe-sex education camp in Cameroon. We will also expand a water system in Meli.
HIV is a very serious problem in Cameroon, prevalent in about 6% of the population. Among the Kom (the major ethnic group in Fundong), it is taboo for parents to talk to their children about sex—let alone safe sex practices. By hosting an HIV/safe-sex education camp, Better Family Foundation (BFF) will give children and adults a safe place to discuss sex, ask important questions, dispel myths, and promote healthier lifestyle choices regarding sex, marriage, and relationships. Nourish International-Claremont, along with BFF, will develop a curriculum for the HIV/safe-sex education camp, so the community of Fundong can continue to hold the camps for years to come.
The residents of Meli lack a protected safe source of drinking water, which increases their susceptibility to diarrheal diseases and decreases the community’s productivity as the community resorts to long treks to find contaminated water sources.
The water project will expand their existing water supply system to reach more residents, providing them with potable, safe water. It will improve not only the health standards of Meli but also the productivity of the village. This project will further build their capacity as a village and empower them to tackle other community improvement projects.
Once the water project is completed, the project is handed over to the community. Although BFF provides continued support, the community will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep.