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Support Vocational Training Centre and Youth Enterprise Development Program, Cameroon

Requested by

Partners For Productivity Foundation ( PFPF)

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

Kupe-Muanenguba Division is 5,000 Sq.Km with a population of 10 557, one of the underdeveloped Divisions in Cameroon. About 80% of the people are engaged in agriculture & the area is beset by high rate of poverty, HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, child neglect, unemployment, & juvenile delinquency. Limited involvement of young people in the informal sector & absence of industries, leave families to live on less than a dollar a day. Coffee & cocoa farming is now witnessing low production & productivity due to soil depletion. Obviously too, the effects of globalization have left these farmers poor resulting to high level of school drop-out rate and early motherhood.

Issues:
•Lack of adequate & relevant educational opportunities,
•HIV/AIDS, STI’s & TB,
•Drug & alcohol abuse,
•Lack of economic development opportunities,
•Youth in conflict with the law,
•A seemingly inaccessible health system,
•A non-youth friendly community environment,
•Dependent on Rain fed agriculture,
•Climatic change phenomenon,
•Job creation,
•Skilled workers further training,
•Community involvement and local Volunteer work education,
•Favorable setting for tourism promotion,

What is your project and how will it help?

The Partners for Productivity Foundation – PFPF through its objective one of the 2010 – 2015 development plan is to develop a Training and Resource Development Center (TRED) within the Kupe-Muanenguba Division. The aim is to provide training to young under-privileged Youths in the area. The training is addressing the currently unsustainable poor/historical farming methods and poor income generation by introducing the local young and potential farmers to modern techniques, providing insights into further farming production techniques, and build management capacity. The centre is envisaged to become a sustainable venture, but requires up-front investment to realize the potential of the program.

The scope of this project is to reach youths and women in over 120 rural communities with skills development to food security and poverty reduction in three council areas of Kupe-Muanenguba Division of the South West Region of Cameroon. Currently, as many as 2,000 young people enter the labour market each year in the area, while real wages have fallen. As a result there is need to develop skills of men and women between the ages of 16 – 30 years, to be able to establish and operate viable farms or other agricultural and rural based enterprises, at a universally acceptable standard of living. Moreover, in the Region, a majority of farmers are small & marginal; having less than one hectare of arable land. As a result rain fed agriculture is very volatile and risky for the farmers belonging to the marginal and small landholdings.

The focus of the program is to empower trainees to become agents of their own development by producing a new breed of farmers and leaders capable not only of conceiving and carrying out entrepreneurial activities, but for equally blend individual and communal interests. The program is creating the desire in youth, underprivileged groups, and women to participate in entrepreneurial activities and in so doing empower themselves by teaching them values and initiate a change of attitude. Both, on campus and off campus participants are gaining knowledge and practical experience in areas, such as: poultry production, pig production, sheep and goats, fisheries and vegetable gardening

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other people can partner in the project through donations, gifts, grants, volunteering in the various activities
•Training
•Co–Operative Training
•Entrepreneurial/Small Businesses Development trainings
•On job training (as part of exit strategy)

Please detail the resources that you need.

Please contact us for detailed budgets.

1. Construction of a Youth center – 52,000 USD
The project plans to construct a youth center for the youth and the poor families of people living in and around Kupe-Muanenguba Division on a land owned by the organization PFPF, at Muakwe 3.5 Km from Bangem Town. This will enable PFPF to expand and improve on the educational programs already existing. The place would be organized into a resource and recreational centre where the youth can meet and recreate in a constructive and guided way and where they have access to resources and information that enables them to be connected to wider society and to the world. They will equally have awareness and sensitization programs that can be run on HIV/ AIDS, male/female relationships, drug abuse, etc. The center will constitute a meeting point for the young people and a center of new activities and new opportunities. Two structures are envisaged, the main building and the food processing unit.

2. Reference Library 6,000 USD
One of the rooms will be fitted with shelves and stocked with reference books for infants, youth of primary and secondary school level plus general reference books and magazines. Other related assets attached would be:
•A public address & music system,
•A video and television system
•An overhead projector

3. ICT training 10,000 USD
The course on computer directed by PFPF animators will involve the young people of the communities in Bangem council area and the women who cannot be admitted to similar courses because of the age, of the cost and the level of education. This program of computer science is the only one not existing in Bangem council area. The number of beneficiaries will target a particular part of the population, on average 40 youngsters and 30 women.

4. Vocational skills training 300 USD per trainee
In the aim of improving the life quality of disadvantaged persons and to give a professional qualification to the young people, PFPF will improve the quality of the existing vocational skills training, and increase the number of beneficiaries through acquisition of more training materials, putting in place animal sheds and instructors. Because of the problems of insuring a constant supply of electricity (sometimes the distribution is limited to 3-12 hours per day) PFPF will purchase and install solar panels. At the end of the professional training the graduates will elaborate business plans for financing by local micro finance institutions that will put them in the position to start quickly working on their own. The number of beneficiaries is at least 10 young people annually.

4. Awareness meetings 100USD per resource person for one day
Once every month the main room will host sensitization and awareness meetings under the facilitation of professional and experienced trainers. The meetings will be followed by a discussion among the participants. The main topics will be: gender based violence, AIDS prevention, children rights, general health, life saving strategies. The planned number of beneficiaries is at least 30 per session.

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Categorisations

Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Cameroon

Global issues

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry; Education and training

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