Reaching Out From the United States to Cameroon

June 4th, 2006 by admin

Friends of Cameroon To Fund Four Community Projects

On June 4, 2006, the United States-based organization, the Friends of Cameroon, announced approval of four community-based development projects in Cameroon. The projects, worth 1.589.670 CFA ($3,117) funding, are located in the Center, South, East, and Extreme North Provinces, and focus on HIV/AIDS education and outreach

The projects were selected for the various methods proposed to reach out to local communities and educate the populations about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and how to protect against the deadly disease. The proposals were submitted by local organizations working in concert with Peace Corps Volunteers assigned to the areas. The projects are:

1. Healthcare Worker HIV/AIDS Workshops

Provincial Hospital, Yagoua, Extreme North Province

2. Association for the Development of Youth (ASDA)

Batouri, East Province

3. Youth Development Foundation

Makak, Center Province

4. Volunteer Counsling and Testing Center

District Hospital, Mvangan, South Province

In previous years, the Friends of Cameroon has funded more than two dozen projects, valued at more than 11 million FCFA. Projects have been located in most provinces of Cameroon and have included a footbridge in Kumba in the South West, a safe for Maga Health Clinic in the Extreme North, a beekeeping project in Njinikom in the North West, and a school for the deaf in Yaounde. Projects typically are in the health, education, and community development sectors.

“The Friends of Cameroon allows its members to stay in touch with Cameroon and the many friends that we made during our time in Cameroon,” said FOC President Bill Strassberger. “We are excited to be able to continue to support development activities in Cameroon by supporting community-based projects such as the four we recently selected.”

The Friends of Cameroon was established in the United States in 1987, and members of the group include persons who worked and lived in Cameroon as Peace Corps Volunteers, staff of the U.S. Embassy, USAID, and missionaries. The primary function of the organization is to keep members informed about Cameroon, continue to link those who served there, and to support small, community development projects in the country. Additional information about the organization and how to apply for project funding can be found on this site.

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Friends of Cameroon president Bill Strassberger presents FOC funds to PCV Justin Fugo in Yaounde for an HIV/AIDS education project organized by the Youth Development Foundation in the village of Makak in the Centre Province as acting Peace Corps/Cameroon director Kim Ahanda looks on.