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Empower Internally Displaced persons in Cameroon with focus on women and youth

We encourage IDPs families to produce their food and support youth and women through sport and catch up classes

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Cameroon consist of ten region. Since 2016 an armed conflicts affected two english speaking region. These regions represent about 20 percent of the Cameroon total population. Violence in this areas caused a massive fled of civilian to escarpe. Today source said about 500 000 persons have abandoned their village and settle in other towns and some refugees in Nigeria. With this crisis school are regularly burn down a pupils and teachers are target by bullets. The arrival of the IDPs was not prepared. Therefore not infrastructures and resources were prepared to help manage their trauma and adapt in the new life. Most of the IDPS are coming from village where the main occupation is farming. Youth and women constitute the main part of this IDPS. These families, women and youth are here without occupation, with limited resources to feed their family. Some youth have not attended school for two to three years. Others can't enroll to school even in their host town because they have to choose between survival and education. In 2018 Breaking Ground and Fountain of Justice designed a project to support IDPs. We started by carrying a survey to identify IDPs and then hold discussion to assess need and orient our intervention. Then we provided seed and fertilizers to 100 familes that help them to grow their food. With youth our aim was to create a space here they can meet and how to contribute to their education issues. When we start there was a need of youth leaders among IDPs. We work with Coaches Across Continents to apply for a grant and one IDP was selected. Later we realize that our local intervention has limited impact and we join a network working for peace and reconcilation where we advocate alongside REDHEAC (Reseau des Droits de l'hommes en Afrique Centrale). We are launching intercommunity dialogue. Where youth and women will play main role in tehri community by spreading the message and supporting their commu

Geography of focus (500 characters)

This idea target Cameroon because our idea come when we witness the crisis in Cameroon. As Cameroon based organization, we have developped important relationship with communities affected by the crisis in north and south west of Cameroon. It is important to know that before the crisis start our organization was presented in one of the two regions affected by the conflit with a branch and our head quater is in Dschang an important host cities for IDPs

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Our idea create confidence among IDPs and a space for them to speak out. Since dialogue is presented by many stakeholders and International Organization as way to solve the conflict, our idea will gather IDPs and neighbors community during sport for peace activities and intercommunity dialogue. By bringing communities together htrough vehicle of sport we expect to lower stereotyps and hat speeches that are fueling the current social crisis and support emergence of young leaders

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Idea target food , education, peace and dialogue process and psycho and emotional support to IDPS. The project targets families and communities and aims to support both. The support of family is food production and youth educatio. While the community support is provided through organization of intercommunity dialogue and training of community leader on dialogue and peace building process. Beyong the immediat need of food and education the project contribute to set a new intercommunity post conflict relationship.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

This project will reduce IDPs trauma as it allow them to be occupied and create space for youth to share their aspiration an fears. It will allow the emergence of new leaders that and mobilize IDPs community and host community on the negative effect of conflict and the benefits of peace. The change will be assess through number participant in the activities,the positive attitude adopt in the communitie targeted. These impact will be evaluated by reports and attendant list, pictures and short moving. We will also encourage research to carry independant works on the impact of the project

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

This idea is the result of our regular contact and conversation with the communities affected by the crisis daily committment to seek solution to the ongoing crisis. As the crisis start IDPs used to come to our office asking for different kind of advice and assistance. At begining we did not know how to response because humanitarian is not our area on intervention. But when these request became regular we discuss on how to intervene and whatto do. On the path to seek appropriate strategy we network with others NGO and members of civile society. This process inspires us ideas among which our current project. By increasing IDPs families capacities to produce their own food and providing alternative solution to youth IDPs educations issue this project propose immediate and long term solution for this crisis. Further more aspect on intercommunities dialogue integrate nationwide approach to solve the crisis.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The community we intent to serve is the victim of crisis in South and north west of Cameroon. With the war starting in these region in 2016, about 500 000 people are displaced in Cameroon and 40 000 refugees in Nigeria. Our project targets IDPS living in Cameroon around west and littoral regions : Dschang, Mbouda and Santchou, Melong, Kompina Mbanga. The project focuses on women and youth because they are the more vulnerable during this crisis period.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

This project was designed through a process of consultation and discussion. This participative approach adopt to design the project will enable beneficiary and others organization involve in the project to own the project. The project focuses on women and youth. The project will tape on the dynamism of this population for a successful implementation. Education and food production target by the project are among the priority for most families here. Therefore committment for the project will be a consequence of family effort to enroll their children in school and prepare their future.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Fontain of Justice, REDHAC, Coaches Across Continents, Researchers, Cameroon Debate Association, INTERNAP, village associations, local leaders

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Leaving a community of origin

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Beaking Ground

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Breaking Ground is an NGO operating in Cameroon since 2006. Our focus areas are: Community partnership: we provides seed funding to projects of mobilizing communities to further their developement Women's Empowerment : Ours women's entrepreneurial program provides women with critical business skills and confidence to put them to use. Breaking GroundFootball helps girls and young women build confidence, independence and respect for their peers of different ethnicities Agriculture: We provide training and resources to increase the ability of individuals and families to earn moneu through their primary income generating activities

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Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

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Photo of Sadam Matsawili

Hi Paul Francois Zangue . Nice to have your contribution on this Challenge. Women and Youths are integral to any community development. Empowering them economically is even more than important especially when they are internally displaced. Looking forward to learning more about your idea.