To help 20 kids return to the safety of the classrooms, we are aiming to raise a total of 500EUR. This small sum would cover both the tuition and the cost of supplies.
Cameroon has been witnessing recent crises. Thousands of civilians have been internally displaced amid violence in the context of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s far North, and separatist-related violence in the North-West and South-West regions. Since 2017, armed separatist groups have enforced a boycott of education in the country’s two English-speaking regions. Attacks on schools, students, and teachers in the Anglophone regions have had a devastating impact on education. According to United Nations agencies, nearly 600,000 children have been prevented from going to school since late 2016, and only 19% of primary and secondary schools are open across the North-West and South-West regions.
School buildings have been burned, teachers and students have been kidnapped for not complying with their demands to keep schools shut. They have used schools as bases, torturing and holding people hostage in and near them.
It was in 2018, at the height of the boycotting strategy imposed by the separatists, that David (not his real name) was killed while accompanying his two children to school. Ever since then, the children’s mother, Joyce (not her real name), has been taking care of them by herself and is the sole person responsible for their wellbeing. The kids have not been able to return to school ever since the killing of their father, as Joyce alone can’t afford even the minimum resources to send her kids back to school. This is not an isolated case, but similar situations are widely spread in the conflict-affected regions in Cameroon.
CAMAAY is launching this crowdfunding to raise funds as a part of an advocacy campaign for the right to education and “return to school” initiative. Schools have recently reopened and children are able to return, however many families do not have the required funds. The campaign will serve to finance vulnerable families and families directly affected by the conflict. It will provide basic school material and support such as books, pens, notebooks and shoes to allow vulnerable children to have the necessary resources to exercise their right to education.