BSFA Special Appeal
i) improving the living conditions of Internally Displaced People who have lost everything because of the Anglophone Crisis.
ii) getting children back into school following 4 years of exclusion due to war
iii) helping prevent the spread of COVID-19
We have achieved a great deal already in 2020 – and we would like to thank everyone who has supported our appeal so far. However, we need to do more.
The arrival of COVID-19 in Cameroon is threatening the already perilous state of health and welfare of IDPs. After years of living in squalid conditions, the majority of the IDPs are malnourished and suffer regular bouts of severe water-borne diseases. Their access to soap and water is scant, they live in crowded conditions in makeshift shacks and they have little access to reliable information about how to prevent the spread of this virus. Their ability to resist infection is very poor. We have been able to help our partner, SHUMAS, to help thousands of IDPs in these vulnerable communities, providing:
- Shelter kits, mattresses and mosquito nets
- Water purification kits, water containers, Water and Sanitation (WASH) kits
- First Aid kits, birthing kits, baby kits and re-usable sanitary pads
- Training in first aid, traditional birthing techniques, the production of re-useable sanitary pads, water purification.
- Training in chick-rearing and vegetable growing in order to restore livelihoods and businesses.
- Training in avoidance of Gender Based Violence
- Counselling and psycho-social support
- Social cohesion and peace building groups.
- Safe places for education to start again (pop-up schools)
But there are almost ONE MILLION IDPs from the Anglophone NW and SW regions alone.
We need to do more to improve the health status of the IDPs and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to these vulnerable communities
SHUMAS is working to
- Deliver additional 50 litre buckets for handwashing
- Deliver additional soap, hand sanitiser, thermometers and information leaflets on social distancing, hand washing and the importance of wearing of masks in crowded conditions.
- Train local focal persons in each community to act as a town-crier to reinforce the measures to prevent the spread of the virus and to be able to assist those with symptoms to get to a hospital.
- Provide additional health checks for malnutrition, malaria and other water-borne diseases.
The anglophone crisis continues to devastate the lives and livelihoods of almost a million people in the NW and SW regions – and COVID-19 has the potential to severely affect the lives of all those who are living in such abject poverty because of war.
However much you are able to give, we guarantee that entire donation will go directly to the help these devastated communities. We fund all our expenses ourselves.
Ian, Judith, Marianne, Nick and Stuart
Building Schools for Africa