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Help homeless adolescent parents toward a life of independent living, Cameroon

Requested by

Teen Foundation

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Our target group are homeless teens, pregnant & parenting teens and their babies.

Teen Foundation wishes to provide a safe, supportive, transitional home enabling homeless teens, pregnant & parenting teens and their babies to reach their full potential.

What is your project and how will it help?

Teen Foundation runs the following programs:
1. Teen Orphans Home
2. Center for Pregnant & Parenting
3. Teen Literacy Center

Teen Foundation in Mamfe is the only facility of its kind in Cameroon whose focus is to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for homeless teens, pregnant and parenting young women and their children. The goal is to provide foster care, training and integration of homeless adolescent parents toward a life of independent living and effective parenting.

It is a transition home, not in the manner of other transition homes in where length of stay is relatively short and where the target groups are not necessarily homeless. Instead, it is an establishment where homeless pregnant and parenting teens live for a period of time while receiving life-skills training, parenting experience and formal education until they are confident to live with their child(ren) on their own. The home offers elements that are otherwise missing in the lives of these homeless, adolescent mothers: socialization in a healthy environment, nurturing and support, and structure and discipline.

As shown in the data presented in the attached document, Teen Foundation deals with the reality of young mothers, fathers and children lives. Most of the teens who come to its doors have been poorly nurtured and subjected to violence in their family homes, in trusting relationships and on the streets. Teen Foundation provides a safe haven for these unprotected young men, women and children.

The financial sustainability of Teen Foundation is a concern for those involved in providing for this vulnerable population, and it is particularly a concern for children born to homeless mothers who, through birth circumstances, are potentially at risk to fail in life. With these concerns in mind and based on empirical evidence, the Board of Teen Foundation is requesting partnership with the designation that Teen Foundation is a specialized transition home serving two highly vulnerable populations in Cameroon homeless teens and homeless teens children.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

1. Funding for the construction of a permanent residence for this target group
2. Provision of goods for this target group

Please detail the resources that you need.

1. Household goods
2. Electrical goods
3. US$ 50.000 for funding of construction of a permanent site for homeless teens, pregnant and parenting teens and their babies
4. Computers for Teen Literacy Center
5. Duvets, pillows, clothes for both teens and children

Further information

Contact details

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Cameroon

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Education and training; Shelter, housing, all (3)


Cameroon: Cholera Outbreak - Jan 2011


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