Local Youth Corner Cameroon is pleased to launch this year’s Back to School Donation Campaign to kick start the new school year for our free residential safe learning space program; The Salaam School Initiative. This initiative is facilitating the protection and education of vulnerable children who have been deprived of schooling, forcefully displaced, traumatised, and have become victims of exploitation, abuse, and radicalisation due to violent conflict in the Far North Region of Cameroon. They are in critical need of school and safe housing material to resume their learning process this year.
News Report by Africa News about the Salaam Initiative
In 2018, our youth-led organization developed the Salaam Initiative to respond to this alarming challenge. We took the bold step to set up a free residential schooling initiative for these children. The initiative is providing free residential safe space for learning/re-education; psycho-social/mental health and well-being support; food, shelter, and basic amenities; building life skills for socio-economic empowerment and personality development; as well as reintegrating successful children into formal education systems for children who are victims of the violent extremist conflict in the Far North Region of Cameroon. For this year, we are expecting an increase in the number of children from 150 to 200.
The initiative is currently supporting 150 children who have been victims of this conflict, who are at great risk and exposed to child abuse, exploitation, and radicalization by violent groups. For the past two years, we have recorded great success as 120 of these children have experienced an improvement in reading, writing, speaking and have acquired new skills. 40% of them, can now read and write;100% have now denounced violence and revenge. 20% have found passion in recreational activities. Last year, thanks to the generous support of some well-wishers we provided learning materials to the children and we successfully reintegrated 20 of the children into formal school.
“I remember the first day I saw these children. Their sad stories and war experiences brought me to tears. The stories of how they are been exploited hit me so hard. From morning till night they have nothing to do other than going out as beggars on the street. Worst was the fact that young girls and boys like them are often used as suicide bombers. After I went home I could not sleep. I told myself rather than talking back to school we will rather create one for them. With contributions from friends colleagues and wellwisher, we started the Salaam Inititiative and today, we are proud to see the impact.” Said our Executive Director
“I was very pleased to see that the children I have been teaching for the past 2 years in the Salaam school became among the best pupil with 18 average and the other had scores of 17, 16 and 16 averages in the new school which they were reintegrated into. They need more support.” Said the Head Teacher of the Salaam School
The initiative is providing free schooling and safe space for learning/re-education (Elementary, Primary and Secondary); Psycho-social/Mental Health and Well-being (Through recreational activities and Counselling); Food, shelter, and basic amenities; Building life skills for socio-economic empowerment and personality development; and Reintegrating successful children into formal education systems
For this academic year, we are humbly calling on well-wishers to support in any way they can for these children to start their transformative learning process. Some of the things they need include;
WHAT WE NEED FOR THEIR SCHOOLING
• Exercise Books
• Pens & Pencils
• Text Books
• School Bags
• Food Supplies
TO DONATE :
Donations could either be done in kind or cash.
Mobile Money: (+237) 651682647 OR 691876970
Bank Name: ECOBANK CAMEROUN SA.
Account Name: Local Youth Corner Cameroon
Bank Account: 30765028463
Swift code: ECOCCMCX
BAN: CM21 10029 26010 30765028463 30
FOR IN-KIND DONATION
For in-kind donations, drop-off is at our Field Office and Head Offices.
• Yaoundé: (+237) 650906256
• Buea: (+237) 65431310487
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So far our efforts have greatly saved and transformed the lives of these children but we cannot do it on our own!!! With your partnership and support, we will be able to protect and educate over 10,000 children who are out of school, vulnerable to abuse and exploitation as well as radicalization and recruitment to violent groups.
In Salaam School, I have learned how to write, dance, sing, and have food to eat. I am very happy. I want to become a medical doctor someday. Said one of the pupils
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND DONATION !!!!!
About the Salaam Initiative
The Salaam Initiative is a youth-led initiative that supports the protection, education, re-insertion, and wellbeing of children affected by violent conflicts in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Due to the Boko Haram insurgency, these kids have become the main victims of the conflict, with many out of school, forcefully displaced, and are suffering from trauma. Unfortunately, these children have been separated from their families, left homeless and orphans with many becoming more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, as well as radicalization and recruitment into arm groups.
It was as a result of the urgent need to respond to these degrading and dehumanizing circumstances that in 2018 the Salaam Initiative was put in place by Local Youth Corner Cameroon. Since then, the Salaam initiative is contributing to improving the lives of these vulnerable children through 4 main pillars, notably; providing free schooling and safe space for learning/re-education (Elementary, Primary and Secondary); Psycho-social/Mental Health, and Well-being (Through recreational activities and Counselling); Food, shelter and basic amenities; Building life skills for socio-economic empowerment and personality development; and Reintegrating successful children into formal education systems.
“My mother, my sister, and I ran and came to Malam Talba’s Qur’anic School after they attacked our village and killed my father. I thought I will never go back to school but thanks to the Salaam School, I have been able to learn the ABC and learn how to spell my name” said Aisha-5years old, a pupil of Salaam School.
Through the provision of non-formal educational activities, this initiative is currently supporting 150 children by providing them with a safe space for learning and healing from the trauma of violence. The Salaam Initiative has successfully reintegrated 20 children into formal schooling with full scholarships and mental health support
Video of Children learning