Cameroon has been witnessing recent crises in which thousands of civilians have been internally displaced amid violence in the context of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s far North and separatist related violence in the North-West and South-West regions.
As a result, the local communities and internal displaced persons (IDPs) in Cameroon are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Their deteriorating living conditions, including inability for children to attend schools, difficulties to access food, water, health and other basic needs and services coupled with reports of gender-based violence faced by women IDPs, and other abuses and human rights violations require robust action to address their situation.
CAMAAY aims to help those affected by the conflict and crises. Therefore, CAMAAY has identified several sectors and areas which suffer under the current violence in the country. Through the implementation of our projects and cooperation with stakeholders, CAMAAY aims to focus on support for these sectors and thereby supporting the local communities and internally displaced populations living in the affected regions. The ultimate aim is to ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind, while also supporting host communities that have been impacted.
In the words of CAMAAY Coordinator Patrick Chung Ndifon:
“We are looking forward to efficiently and
effectively achieve our strategic aspirations, and to better serve our
communities with the unstable global financial meltdown.
Vision: We hope for a society where all vulnerable, marginalized and deprived children and youths live to their greatest potential, and their rights and aspirations are fulfilled.
Mission: The mission of CAMAAY is to foster civic, social and intellectual development of children, youth and women and to promote community engagement and development. We help them to identify the positive aspects of their communities as well as to identify the problems that their communities face and collectively create innovative approaches and solutions to bring about change. We also see that children and young people- regardless of gender, sex, background, religion, colour, mental or physical disability- need to be accepted and live without fear of discrimination. These activities involve active participation from local community members with guidance and valuable assistance from CAMAAY and its volunteers.”