Cameroon

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Projects in Cameroon

Agriculture

Agriculture Trainees practice compost and manure tea making during pre-service training

Peace Corps Volunteers working in the Agriculture Sector supports the government’s efforts to build and strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers and in-school youth in the practice of sustainable integrated farming. The project goal is to ensure the food, nutrition, and income security of rural households. Volunteers work alongside farmers and youth to improve agricultural production, income and nutrition of rural agricultural families. They are assigned to farmers’ organizations located in villages or small towns ranging from 500 to 3,000 inhabitants. They also work with nearby schools promoting school gardening.


Education

An Education Trainees practice science teaching during model school.

Peace Cops Volunteers working in the Education Sector teach English, Math and Science in secondary schools, promoting an environment where students excel in an inclusive and gender equitable learning culture As Math and Science teachers, Volunteers support students to attain math and science skills that will enable them to access opportunities in science and technology. As English teachers, Volunteers support students to attain communication skills in English that will enable them to access academic and professional opportunities. All Education Volunteers work collaboratively with teachers in communities of practice to improve teaching skills by promoting classroom management and engagement methods, student-centered techniques, gender equitable classroom practices, communitive English teaching, or STEM teaching. Finally, Volunteers work with communities to improve their involvement in student learning and school improvement.


Health

A Community Health Volunteer and health facility staff talk to women during antenatal visits.

Community Health Volunteers support rural communities improve health outcomes, particularly for women of childbearing age and children under five through behavior change communication. The goal of the Community Health Project is to end preventable child and maternal deaths and attain an AIDS-free generation. In their capacity as Community Health Educators, Health Volunteers support the following program objectives: 1. Increase the knowledge and skills of women of childbearing age to adopt practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery and a healthy newborn; 2. Increase the knowledge and skills of caregivers to keep children under five healthy; 3. Prevent new HIV infections among 10-24 year old, utilizing gender-specific approaches and engaging their families; 4. Increase access, knowledge and skills of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, including orphans and vulnerable children and their families, to improve their well-being and resilience within their communities.


President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

A Volunteer facilitates a session during a GRS training.

Peace Corps Cameroon’s PEPFAR program seeks to keep adolescent HIV free by educating and empowering them to adopt positive behaviors that reduce risk for new infections. Education and Health Volunteers alongside their counterparts carryout HIV primary prevention interventions at community level, targeting adolescents and youth 10-24 years, particularly adolescent girls. The primary prevention program components include age/sex appropriate education on HIV, life skills, youth sexual and reproductive health; positive gender norms promotion and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. Interventions are curriculum based and used participatory methodologies that foster youth leadership, and target in-school and out-of-school adolescents and youth.


Small Project Assistance Program

A Volunteer and her counterparts conduct a bed net hanging demo

Through the Small Project Assistance Program, Volunteers can apply for funding to implement activities to prevent malaria. SPA funding in Cameroon aims to support the Government of Cameroon in its efforts to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality rates. Volunteers across all sectors develop and implement creative evidence-based interventions that promote behavior change among community members. Some of these interventions include bed net hang up campaigns, malaria club activities, Grassroots Soccer games, malaria murals, wall of fame projects, training of community health workers and translation of malaria prevention resources into local languages.