Action Foundation

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Action Foundation

Bamenda, CameroonBamenda, Cameroon
Year Founded:
2007
Organization type: 
hybrid
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.

Cameroon is in dire need of new leadership. We want the youth to be ready to lead at the highest level and reverse the failures of poor governance and corruption. We shall help create new role models and teach youth how to fish. And we want to do it without leaving behind the least privileged.

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

What if youth in Cameroon could stop corruption, poor governance and HIV/AIDS?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We have grown fast in 3 years, gaining recognition from donors including the World Bank. This success has stimulated more demand for our services and poaching of our staff. Our approach is tested and proven. We know how to make youths grow and lead; we know how to find funds for our youth projects, but we do not have resources for staff. Now more than ever we are in dire need of resources to recruit and keep employees to continue this fight...

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

At Action Foundation we have developed award winning programmes to combat corruption, HIV/AIDS etc. But it takes competent, devoted staff to reach beneficiaries in need and create any meaningful impact on the ground. However, donors more than ever focus on providing support for beneficiaries and leaving out the operations costs that are required to ensure the effectiveness of programmes. Competent and happy staff can deliver more; they can raise funds for projects; they can reach out to millions more of underprivileged youths. What we need is financial support to recruit and retain competent employees so that we can expand our operations in line with targets set by donors and partners for the youths who so badly need our services.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Action Foundation's award winning good governance initiative entitled 'Your Health, Your Say', makes use of whistleblowers and client satisfaction evaluation surveys to combat malpractices in the public health sector in Cameroon. The Chairman of Atuakom Integrated Health Centre, Mr. Monifor Lawrence wrote a letter to AFCIG on 3rd April 2013, lauding the initiative. In his words, ‘things like hygiene and punctuality is improved and as a result more customers now know our hospital through the advert over the radio by your programs and are using it’. The World Bank has given us a recognition award for this work; the Post Newspaper has called the project 'an exemplary model of social accountability'.

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

Your Health, Your Say is being implemented in 5 major hospitals in Cameroon. Whistleblowers provide information about malpractices in hospitals as they occur. We investigate reports and publish cases proven to be true using many media including Facebook, the radio and press conferences. Of the over 700 cases reported over a one year period, the project gathered enough evidence to show that 670 of them were true. We also conduct evaluation of client satisfaction with services of public hospitals every month, rank the hospitals evaluated and publish results. Over 2000 surveys are filled each month. After 1 year, malpractices have fallen markedly; patient satisfaction with services in hospitals has improved. Hospitals that performed well in client satisfaction evaluations have reported an increase in the number of clients vising them due to the good rating.
Sustainability

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

We believe that ultimately, sustainability will only exist when financial resources are guaranteed. As the demand for our services soars, Action Foundation is gradually integrating in its programs user fees for HIV/AIDS prevention services and its leadership and entrepreneurship capacity building events. These target only youths who can afford them. Action Foundation is also developing an agric. business to generate funds for social projects.

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

A few youth-led NGOs in Cameroon are involved in youth development. However, the Action Foundation model is novel in its boldness and willingness to confront issues head-on. This is evident in the design of our social accountability initiatives where 'old' and new media, including the radio, text messages and Facebook are used to reach youths directly. We place youths at the center. We work with youths who show a desire for change and we support them to fish, not give them fish. We adhere unflinchingly to professionalism including transparency, accountability and engagement with stakeholders.
Team

Founding Story

By the time I turned 20 I had already lost an aunt, uncle and cousin to AIDS. My cousin was only 9 years old when she died. When my Aunt and Uncle died of HIV, my cousin was alone in the world. She could have lived with family in the city and access HIV treatment and stand a chance, but because of the stigma surrounding her disease nobody would take her in. She had to move to the village, where, instead of receiving the drugs she needed, she was treated with traditional medicine, a form of medicine that is totally useless against HIV. My cousin died because of stigma and ignorance. I had to do something to change it. So I launched Action Foundation to combat HIV and get youths talking about safe sex and other pertinent issues facing them.

Comments

Wise Nzikie Ngasa's picture

When I started Action Foundation I knew it was going to be a life changing undertaking because it was born out of a conviction that we can all make a contribution to improving lives. And yes, after 3 years since we went fully operational, that conviction is stronger than ever. It has been solidified and reinforced by our successes and failures, by the complexities of development work.

We have been able to demonstrate that we can put youths at the forefront of development, that we can harness their creativity in a constructive way. And now more than ever, at this very moment, when we have a wealth of experience about moving forward and expanding and reaching out to many more youths to achieve that critical mass; now more than ever, when Cameroon is in dire need of new leadership, we want to be able to contribute in ensuring that they will be ready...and we can not get there without your support. I believe in change through youth leaders. Do you?

el mundo nesesita personas como tu Wise and entre todos lo lograremos.Soy feliz