Problem

In Cameroon, Persons living with disabilities still face several challenges which have remained unattended for quite sometimes with no proper mechanism to curb them. These challenges include: living under extreme poverty, the high unemployment rate and poor provisions of education and health services. The poverty rate of persons with disabilities is quite startling and has turned some of them into beggars on the streets. This is accelerated by lack of opportunities for this group of persons. Nonetheless, if people with special needs are given equal opportunity, they can support themselves and make valuable contributions to society and to the economy.  Therefore, H4BF provides rehabilitation and training to people with special needs to enable them to reach their full potentials.

 

Objective:

To improve the lives of at least 30 people with special needs annually through life skills training and other rehabilitation activities so as to enable them to become economically independent.

How it works:

  1. H4BF has established a Vocational Rehabilitation Center where people with Special Needs are trained in 8 life skills that are adaptable to their disabilities at the H4BF vocational rehabilitation center. Some of which include but not limited to: Tailoring, Computer training, Shoe making and mending etc.
  2. Provision of start-up materials for graduates of the Vocational Rehabilitation Center to set up their own workshops.

Challenges:

  1. It is difficult to find adequate funding to provide all the necessary start-up materials.
  2. Transportation to off-site activities is not always available, forcing trainees and teachers to use public transportation.
  3. The equipment at the center is becoming obsolete, and often requires costly maintenance and repairs which is becoming a serious problem as the training is free.

Future Plans:

In order to widen the accessibility of the project to disabled people, H4BF perceives the following for the near future:

 

  1. Set up a micro-credit unit to assist poor disabled persons to set up business.
  2. The provision of a minibus for the transportation of disabled persons whenever engaged in carrying out the organization’s activities.
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