We’re here to build a foundation of support and stability for the children of Cameroon, to make a positive difference that will influence the generations to follow. To do this, we must start from the ground up.
We believe soccer can serve as the bridge to a brighter future. It’s a way to break the cycle of poverty, provide opportunity, and improve overall health. We will achieve our vision while developing solutions to the bigger issues, such as access to education and healthcare.
The mortality rate of children with diabetes is high in developing countries and Cameroon is no exception. Children in the region with type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset) are often not identified. Even if diagnosed, few have sufficient access to insulin, syringes and monitoring equipment and die as a result. Life expectancy is often less than a year.
According to UNAIDS, 67.35% of the 490,000 adults living with HIV in Cameroon are women. Most worrisome in our eyes is that new HIV infections among young women aged 15–24 years were more than double those among their male counterparts. Only 34.76% of young women and young men 15–24 years old correctly identified ways of preventing the sexual transmission of HIV.
Not only will we will be providing nutrition counseling to our players, but we will also be having health seminars/classes on a monthly basis which will include healthcare workers teaching safe sex practices as well as a focus on female reproductive health.
Another major health issue for Cameroonians is access to safe and potable water. In urban areas only 58% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities, and the rate in rural areas is 42%. Women and girls shoulder the largest burden in collecting water, 15% of urban and 18% rural populations use improved drinking water sources over 30 minutes away, according Ako et al.
Unsafe water is often contaminated with fecal material, domestic and industrial wastes. Such polluted water results in an increased risk of transmission of disease to individuals. In Cameroon, diarrhoeal diseases are the most prevalent waterborne diseases among children aged less than five years according to Blaise Nguendo Yongsi.
We won’t stop until all of our players will have access to clean water and a solid health education.