Empower and Educate underprivileged girls in rural communities, Cameroon

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H4BF works with girls to transcend poverty, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. We do this by creating environments that produce exceptional young women who drive change in their communities. We build self-esteem, provide access to health education and knowledge, and produce academic high achievers. This project will provide education, food, housing, clothing, psychosocial support, access to university-quality labs, computers, and hands-on learning opportunities to 100 girls.

In the region where H4BF is based, only 7% of all girls finish school due to early pregnancy, arranged marriages, illness, poverty, and gender-based violence. Girls who do complete school often do so with low grades and cannot go to college. Over 50% of sexually-active girls are involved in transnational sex just to afford to stay in school, elevating their HIV risk. Girls are risking their lives to stay in school. They need a safe and healthy environment to thrive.H4BF

H4BF educates 100 secondary school girls and thousands of local youth through community outreach each year. By keeping girls in school we have reduced child pregnancy, marriage, and HIV risk. As educated women H4BF alumni will have healthier children and better reproductive health. H4BF girls are community leaders, and are currently building sustainable light sources for local health clinics. H4BF girls become change makers

H4BF educates 32 secondary school girls and thousands of local youth through community outreach each year. By keeping girls in school we have reduced child pregnancy, marriage, and HIV risk. As educated women H4BF alumni will have healthier children and better reproductive health. WISER girls are community leaders, and are currently building sustainable light sources for local health clinics. H4BF girls become change makers

Provide portable water to over 3000 rural communities in Cameroon

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This project seeks to provide potable water for 3000 villages in Cameroon. Approximately 44%% of rural Cameroonians lack piped potable water. Unhealthy drinking water causes frighteningly high infant mortality (many families lose half their children to water-borne diseases), shorter life spans and reduced energy for livelihoods. Further, time spent to procure non-potable water adds to the already substantial burden of women and girls and prevents their participation in education.

Water is one of the most valuable and influential natural resources because of its domestic and industrial importance. Access to safe water is essential to sustain life and indispensable for a healthy and dignified life. Unfortunately, according to UNICEF, only 44% of people in rural areas of Cameroon have access to safe drinking water. Many communities rely on doubtful water sources which at times are shared with animals. Moreover, women and children trek long distances to get drinking water; wasting valuable time which could be used for economic and academic pursuits.

H4BF provides education, psychosocial support, healthcare, and clean water. We provides a free boarding school to hundreds of secondary school girls, 40% of whom are orphans. We provide the best resources that a school can offer to girls who thought they would never make it to high school and, as a result, they transform into academic stars who avoid HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy while leading incredible initiatives for change in their community.

H4BF educates 32 secondary school girls and thousands of local youth through community outreach each year. By keeping girls in school we have reduced child pregnancy, marriage, and HIV risk. As educated women H4BF alumni will have healthier children and better reproductive health. H4BF girls are community leaders, and are currently building sustainable light sources for local health clinics. H4BF girls become change makers

Plant a tree: save earth & lives in Cameroon

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H4BF aims to plant 100,000 plants in three years. Preserving the tree is an obligation for everyone without exception, one tree will absorb approximately a ton of carbon dioxide during the course of its life cycle. Tree planting can restore global warming. Bring awareness to children. Protect the planet for our children and grandchildren.

Today Forests have undergone decline and shrinkage. Many forest in cameroon have been neglected and destroyed by modernization, Industrialization and legislation. Also, threatened because of increasing pressure from population and livestock. Most are sufferers of poverty and vulnerability due to critical climatic change today. Without wind and fresh air, the body is more vulnerable to attacks by disease. Mission is "To plant 100,000 plants "

Plant 100,000 trees, 50 awareness campaigns and training to 50 volunteers to guide and plant in undeveloped lands. Besides tree planting, H4BF will create awareness to general public, Local councils and undeveloped land owners. Training of more teachers to educate the future generation.

Planting of trees to give shade and moisture conservation and reduce carbon pollution to restore global warming. Use of CFL lights will reduce production of heat. Recharge underground water will increase water level. Awareness will create responsibility to plant trees and use CFL by general public.

Provide skills to Crisis affected Youths in Cameroon

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The project seeks to train and support vulnerable and underprivileged internally displaced youths in Cameroon including single teenage mothers, young widows, school dropouts, ex-convicts and Orphans in simple, low cost business start-ups (computer studies, tailoring, hair dressing, beads (jewelry production) to increase their chances of gaining employment and also provide alternative income generating activities. These vulnerable youths will be trained and supported in activities of their choice

 

The Current anglophone crisis plaguing the two English speaking regions of Cameroon have posed tremendous negative impact on the civilian. In the mist of these crises, youths between 15-30 in conflict zones are most vulnerable to challenges such as recruitment into armed violent groups, rape, unwanted pregnancies, contraction of STDs especially HIV/AIDS. This have made thousands flee their homes for safety in towns with limited access to employment or no capital basic livelihood.

The Project seeks to provide life-skill training and support displaced youths in computer studies, beads jewelry production, tailoring, hair dressing as alternative income generating activities. These youths will be trained and supported with start-up capital in form of equipment and finances. This will help empower them and reduce their risk of being associated with illegal activities.

these young people will be able to secure employment and most importantly, create jobs for themselves and for more youths in the region. While they will be able to make a decent living for themselves and their families, they will also able to create huge opportunity for others. Our economic livelihood support program (ELSP) created within our sustainability scheme hopefully will be able to sustain the project activities to assist more and more vulnerable youths and the rest of communities

H4 Power and Light

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H4 Power and Light is an innovative, self-sustaining development model that empowers rural women through social businesses to distribute affordable solar power, water filters and fuel-saving stoves past "the last mile." 40 women train in 1 year of empowerment and business training; 12 women's micro-businesses distribute solar and filters and educate people in rural areas about the health and economic benefits of these technologies. Every year they bring solar lights to 10,000 rural people.

Cameroon is among the developing countries in Africa . Malnutrition is endemic with 50% of children chronically malnourished. Lack of quality education, training and income generation opportunities keeps people trapped in poverty. Women and girls face additional gender and geographical barriers to participating in the workforce and marketplace. With few economic opportunities, women struggle to feed and educate their children, continuing the cycle of poverty.

We train women and girls in basic technological and business skills to create income generation opportunities in rural areas. Growing an inclusive, green economy, our development model delivers solar power, filters & stoves into the hands of low-income, rural families who invest in clean air, light, and water for their family's health and economic development. With an accessible personal investment, children can read and women can weave at night, they have less parasites and a smokeless kitchen.

Solar Power, Water Filters, and Fuel-saving Smokeless stoves improve the long term health of 10,000 low-income families every year: enabling them to spend less time out of work and less money on health care associated with respiratory disease and parasites. Nighttime efficiency and savings from affordable solar power solutions also helps advance the economic development of a community. Empowered women distributors of these products are positive role models to girls and change gender norms.

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