Bridgers Association Cameroon

Our Projects

Upcoming Projects

 

  • CONSTRUCTION OF A PROTECTIVE STRUCTURE OVER A WATER RESOURCE COLLECTION POINT IN KAKE-CAMEROON.

Funder: Japan Water Forum

During the execution phase of the project we will be constructing the following:

– A stronger covered superstructure on the natural water spring source. 

-Channeling the water with pipes for collection. 

-A water Access pathway to the collection point. 

-A healthier standing platform for people waiting to fetch water around the superstructure.

We shall conduct three Sensitization Campaigns:

– Relating to proper hand washing procedures to combat COVID-19.

-Relating to the proper handling and use of the constructed water collection facilities.

-Finally, before the project Handover Reception, a training program for the water management committee will be conducted to equip and install local community members in maintaining and repairing the infrastructure for sustainability.

Bridgers Association Cameroon will kick start this implementation in the first week of October 2020.

Read here for details:http://www.waterforum.jp/all/grass_roots_projects/jwf/2020   

Ongoing Projects

  • Ensuring Sustainable Agriculture Through Organic Manure for Baka Indigenous Women in Cameroon.

Funder: Women Environmental Program (WEP) an implementing partner to the Women 2030 Project, an EU funded coalition of five global and regional women and gender networks working towards the realization of the sustainable development goals, SDGs in 52 countries of the world.

Bridgers Association through this project seeks to improve the livelihoods of very low income marginalized indigenous Baka Pygmy women in Kwoamb, East Region of Cameroon by training them on the cultivation of hybrid okra interspersed  with lemon trees using organic manure to ensure both financial and environmental sustainability.

This project implementation commenced on 17/09/2020.  

A contribution to Sustainable Food Systems and Agro-Ecology by Bridgers Association Cameroon.

Menstrual Cup Project

Bridgers Association Cameroon Finally Gets The Menstrual Cup To Cameroon. The menstrual cup project has seen the light of day in Cameroon and many young girls and women are now using the menstrual cup since December 2019 thanks to Bridgers Association Cameroon. The Bridgers received the first consignment of 100 menstrual cups and 160 reusable menstrual pads on 09 December 2019 and have since then been implementing this pilot phase of the project in Cameroon. Thanks to a fruitful partnership with our partner in Costa Rica (Iron Kids of the World, we are able to Carry out Proper menstrual hygiene education, introduce as well as distribute menstrual cups and reusable pads to young girls/women in some localities in Cameroon to fight menstrual poverty and also as a sustainable way of managing menstrual hygiene while conserving our environment. One menstrual cup can be used for 10 years.

What are the advantages of using a menstrual cup?

  • It is ecologically friendly: A menstrual cup can last for 10 years when properly taken care of. A woman during her life on earth generates about 60 kg of waste from sanitary pads, for this reason it is advisable to use a menstrual cup instead of using hundredths of sanitary pads that end up buried under ground and will last hundreds of years to decay in the soil.
  • Low cost: it is far more costly to buy sanitary pads each month than buying one menstrual cup that last ten years. Using one packet of sanitary pads each month for ten years cost at least 72000 FCFA but a good quality menstrual cup cost 15000 FCFA
  • Promotes gender equality: The menstrual cup is an easy way of managing menstruation. A girl that always has access to a safe alternative to manage her menses will make her to have a higher self-esteem since she will no more be afraid of getting embraced in public. Also, she will attend classes without any excuse of not having a good menstrual management, giving her equal chances with a boy of performing well at school.

Teaching Sustainable Development Skills in Schools

Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals is one of our major concerns. We strongly believe that if these goals must be attained by 2030, then, they must be made known and understood by everyone, even the young minds. Bridgers Association Cameroon is engaging the youths by educating them on what these global goals are all about, and by so doing, committing them to take action at their various communities in varied ways. 

We teach the Global Goals and link them up to the concept of Volunteerism. We encourage the youths to volunteer and take actions while building careers around any of the goals.

WA.S.H

WASH is an acronym that stands for “water, sanitation, and hygiene.” Universal, affordable, and sustainable access to WASH is a key public health issue within international development. We have identified the challenges that many communities face such as water scarcity, lack of access to toilets, and poor hand washing practices. We are using our volunteers to raise community awareness on the necessity for clean toilets and the economic implications in their lives of negligent attitudes of the ills the WASH program set out to fight.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, there is great for massive sensitization on the preventive measures in vulnerable and under-served communities in Cameroon, thus Bridgers has been bridging this gap.  

Waste management is also a huge challenge in every society today. The case of plastics poses rather a critical issue as plastic pollution is posing danger to not only sea/water ecosystem but to the environment. 

The Beat the Plastics campaign is a serious call for all to take action and safe our environment. Bridgers trained more than one thousand five hundred women in Fako Division of the South West Region on effective waste management techniques and why they should be consistent in these practices. This training was carried out thanks to funding from The Pollination Project.

Our Water Purification Project seeks to look at means to provide portable water in those communities. We shall be sensitizing the population on three simple methods which are boiling, using a filter and chlorine drops.

This project shall be implemented in the local communities that face the problem of contaminated water. We shall start with the sensitization of the people on the purification methods we shall be using in this project in those remote areas that have no good source of drinking water. We shall put in place the bioSand water filters to serve many households at a time. Thereby providing on a large scale, good and pure drinking water to the community.

Completed Projects

Economic Empowerment of Internally Displaced Women & Girls in Bamenda

Funded by The High Commission of Canada to Cameroon, and implemented by Bridgers Association Cameroon, this project was aimed at economically empowering internally displaced women/girls in Bamenda. The project consisted of organizing training workshops on income generating activities, donation of tools and equipment (material items) relating to these income generating activities, provision of seed capital (financial donation), psycho-social support workshops on trauma healing. This project fell within the 2019 project and financial year of the Government of Canada. The Bridgers team implemented the project in Bamenda chief town of the North West Region of Cameroon. Our project sort to counter gender based violence against women and girls amidst the ongoing Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon which has seen many persons displaced from their villages in both North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. If you wish to get involved in similar projects, please contact us

Empowering Indigenous Baka Pygmy women of Cameroon

Bridgers Association Cameroon implemented a climate smart agriculture project in the Baka Pigmy zone, East Region of Cameroon. This Project was funded by World Connect USAWith this World Connect grant, indigenous women from the Missoume and Kwoamb villages were trained on the cultivation of vegetables and the planting of fruit trees with organic manure. Bridgers Association Cameroon created a community farm on a piece of land that was been provided by the community.

They engaged community women in a process of nursing, transplanting, and growing vegetables such as huckleberry; eggplant all on the same ridges. This garden was interspersed with improved seedlings of fruit trees: Guavas, Pears, Sour Salt, lime and Lemon. The vegetable cultivated on this garden was evenly distributed to families to be consumed or sold by participants. 

To facilitate the cultivation of this farm and future farming activities in this community, we created a farm tool library made up of hoes and cutlasses. At the end of a training phase, we shared out improved seedlings to those who benefited from the training to help them establish similar farms individually. This project initially benefit 30 very low income indigenous Baka Pygmy women who greatly depend on their husbands who are mostly small scale hunters and so have no stable financial security.

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Promoting the Effective Use of Contraceptives Among Youths in Yaounde, Cameroon

Funded by a German foundation Becker/Cordes Stiftung, this project was implemented by Bridgers Association Cameroon in five Secondary and High Schools in Yaounde Cameroon which aimed at giving educational talks on the effective use of all contraceptive measures and prevention of HIV/AIDS in 5 high schools from the 15 January 2020 – 15 March 2020 with a goal of reaching out to at least 300 young girls/women in the town of Yaoundé. 

This project aligned with the goals set in the Cameroon operational plan for family planning 2015-2020; increase contraceptive prevalence among women of childbearing age from 16.1% to 30%, reduce the unmet need rate from 17% to 10%, to reduce the prevalence of teenage pregnancies aged 15 to 19 from 25.2% to 12.5%, increase contraceptive prevalence among adolescents aged 15 to 19 from 12.1% to 29%. 

This project worked towards making young girls capable of asserting their reproductive rights; able to realize they have total control over their bodies to choose when and how many children they are willing to have thereby empowering them. This project aimed at serving as an eye opener for first-timers or an encouragement for those already aware, that the possibility for women to control their body means they have a greater opportunity to be ambitious; go to school, build a career and attain financial stability as they will no longer see their roles as mothers but also as contributors to the development of the society. 

They will no longer be forced to be ‘stay at home wives’ if they don’t want to because of an unintended pregnancy while the fathers of these babies are free to attend school, thus, reducing gender-based inequalities. This project drives towards impacting on the topic of sexual reproductive health in our society less taboo as youths will have access to the right information and will be able to ask questions as well as learn about the facilities put in place both by the government and the civil society so as to have continuous access to contraceptives as well as medical advice. 

By sensitizing sexually active youths (both boys and girls) on the risks of unsafe sex, we intended to help produce future responsible adults.

For details on this project and how to get involved please contact us. 

GOAL

The main goal of this project is to empower at least 300 young girls/women in 5 high schools in Yaoundé and advocate for their sexual reproductive health rights by raising awareness on the effective use of contraceptive measures, thereby fostering the attainment of UN Agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Developments Goals 1, 3, 4 and 5.

OBJECTIVES

  • To raise awareness on the effective use of contraceptive methods among a minimum of 300 girls/women in 5 schools in Yaoundé.
  • Prevent unintended pregnancies.
  • Avoid child-birth related complications which may lead to death.
  • Secure continuous education.
  • Reduce poverty and provide a better future for them.

Read the project PowerPoint Material: PPT Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Campaign 

Updates:

Wednesday 5 February 2020, Bridgers Association Cameroon continues with our project on educating youth on their sexual reproductive health care and rights. This time around our beneficiaries were the High School students of New Century Institute of Learning Nkolfoulou Yaounde, Cameroon. We reached out to close to 100 students directly this time around. 

So far, on January 15, 2020 we were at Christian Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) Nkolmbong Etoudi Yaounde Cameroon where we organised a talk with over 200 High School Girls and Boys on this project.