Vision In Action Cameroon(VIAC)

Vision In Action Cameroon(VIAC)

Buea, CameroonBuea, Cameroon
Year Founded:
2007
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project seeks to empower young people through awareness and training to make healthy decisions concerning their SRH, women rights and climate change thereby reducing the rate of early age pregnancy, risk of contracting STIs including HIV and unsafe abortion and promoting climate awareness.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the sexual rights of every youth and women was equal and the community is aware of climate change
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The S.W Region is known to have relatively conservative cultural practices. Climate and sex related issues are still taboo subjects and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is still considerably high. Youths who are found discussing climate change and sexual issues with their peers for example are often regarded as bad. These reasons contribute to why the SW region has the second highest HIV/AIDS adult rate and climatic condition here.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

There is a dire need to stimulate dialogue between youths and adults, to promote cli SRH services as a right and to normalize the use of condoms as a means to address some of the issues highlighted above in the SW. We trained community volunteers as change agents who will conduct in-school activities such as educative talks in 50 secondary schools which have been identified and informed. The targeted students are young people between the ages 11 to 35 that are exposed to early sexual debut due to different contexts (pressure for sexual exchange for economic benefits, sexual assault or due to disability). Early and unwanted sex increases risk of HIV. At each outreach session, awareness will be raised on HIV/AIDS prevention and human rights

Awards

 Youth Service America- certificate of recognition for organizing the Global Youth Service Day in Cameroon
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1. Organize 50 capacity building training on community volunteers as peer education, STI including HIV prevention and climatic change with at least 20 participants in each session . 2. Organize at least 2 educative talks weekly between peer educators and students on STI prevention and climate change in school targeting 05 young person in each session, each peer educator reaching out to at least 10 young person. 3. Train 60 barbers as Adolescent peer educators to carry out HIV prevention education during their job in their saloons and distribute 6000 condoms (male and female) to sexual active young persons for STI including HIV prevention by the end of the project 4. To create at least 50 Gents Clubs in secondary and high schools

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

1. 10 organization staff (volunteers) and project Officers trained on human rights and Sexuality 2. 1500 community volunteers trained as peer educators on STI and HIV, sexual reproductive health and peer education and comprehensive sexual education topics. 3. 5,000 students reached through weekly Educative talk on STI including HIV prevention by trained peer educators 4. 60 barbers trained on SRH and HIV and have reached out to 1,000 people through educative talks for adolescents during their work in the saloons 5. 25 clubs on sexual violence and HIV prevention created with at least 20 persons active in each club 6. Created a whatapp group with 1000 active members where tips on climate, rights and HIV are posted. These members share the information to other forums where they are members. 7. Held 10 sessions in prisons with 100 inmates

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Sustainability will be ensured by the participation of key stakeholders in all stages of project implementation (teachers, principals, community leaders, parents and other government officials like the mayors and counselors). They will participate in monitoring and evaluation of project activities and outputs. The hand on approach on training peer educators and learning offers great opportunity of empowering beneficiaries to undertake work on their own. Some resources like manuals, bill boards and posters will continue to be used after even the project..
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Sustainability will be ensured by the participation of key stakeholders in all stages of project implementation (teachers, principals, community leaders, parents and other government officials like the mayors and counselors). The hand on approach on training community volunteers peer educators and learning offers great opportunity of empowering beneficiaries to undertake work on rights and SRH education.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Other NGO such as the global Fund, DOVIC Relief are also involved in this fight
Team

Founding Story

There was a dire need to stimulate SRH dialogue between youths and adults, to promote SRH services as a right and to normalize the use of condoms as a means to address some of the sexuality and rights issues in the South West Region. More so many areas are often left out during nation or regional interventions because of the following reasons;  Poor road network which makes them inaccessible,  No power supply which causes limited access to information like the use of internet and cell phones Flowing from the above, I saw a need to train community volunteers as peer educators to create awareness in their communities

Team

FORKOM KEHBILA, Project Officer- MSc Project Management with 5 years professional experience NGWALEM BERLYNE NGWENTAH, Communication and Gender Director- LLB law Peter NGUAFAC TEMATE FONGEH, volunteer coordinator-MSC Social Science BANYE Ethel, Finance Officer-ACCA All staff are on full time. The board is made up of 7 members NNOKO Charles MBIBI Board chair Administration +50937458184mbibi@un.org. NJIBEH Gillian Member Teacher +237 677911208 GANSEH SAMA ERIC Finance Chartered Accountant +237 679502952 eric.ganseh@gmail.com Takang Peter Fonge Member Community Health +237 677269461 peetersfonge@gmail.com
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Ashoka Website

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Co-Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Gender Equality, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Campaign; carried out training in 20 schools clubs In line with our Value to ensure children are treated as citizens worthy of dignity and respect, with their needs met and rights upheld,
IN-SCHOOL OUTREACHES Vision in Action Cameroon reached over 8,560 students (4,847 girls, 3,713boys) students (Adolescents) from November 2014 to June 2015 through its In-School outreach activities with support from The Pollination Project
Drug Abuse Prevention; a one day workshop July 11, 2013training 25 youth aged 19-24 as peer educators on drug Abuse Prevention in Buea

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Advisor-Dr Egbe Sandrine Bessem-