Malaria is the leading killer of pregnant women and children below 5 in Cameroon. One of the main objectives of Hope Foundation is to fight against malaria!
Malaria is particularly devastating in Cameroon, where it remains the leading killer of pregnant women and children below 5. One of the main objectives of Hope Foundation is to fight against malaria, particularly among the most vulnerable groups in Cameroon. We have therefore initiated the “Malaria-Free Cameroon (MFC) Project,” a multi-year effort to fight and eradicate malaria in malaria-threatened zones of Cameroon through the provision of protective nets, malaria drugs, enhancing diagnostic tests, and educating local communities.
Volunteers will take part in training programs where they shall educate and create awareness about the life-threatening risks of malaria in the local communities and schools. Volunteers will particularly spread awareness on prevention strategies, such as removing dirty water ponds and bushes around the home where mosquitoes breed, using insecticide treated mosquito nets while sleeping, etc.
The main responsibilities of a volunteer include training other trainers so that several small groups of trainers can be formed. Since our target groups are children and women, volunteers will be required to visit schools as well as demonstrate malaria campaigns in local market places, bus stops, and households. Furthermore, volunteers and the Hope Foundation team shall approach local health centres where they could work together to reach more women, kids and inmates. Professional workshops shall be held in order to create awareness among some doctors and nurses. A number of events and activities related to malaria eradication shall be planned.
Additionally, volunteer might contribute in the Shoe Aid Project; spreading awareness on health hazards caused by not using shoes, and possibly distributing shoes to local people.
Needs / Requirements:
Volunteer should be highly motivated, open minded, flexible, out-spoken, and able to adapt to changes. No previous training is required. However, we expect you to have knowledge on malaria, keen to learn and interested in health education. You should be competent in English or French language skills.You can apply for a month or more.
Work will always depend on the project phase activities in place and all volunteers are expected to commit and work as a team. Activities such as picking up and organizing donations to be distributed can be expected as well as attending the actual events and coordinating the educational activities while distributing the nets. Additionally, volunteers may be spreading awareness on health hazards caused by not using shoes, and possibly distributing shoes to local people.
Weekends and free time can be spent exploring, sightseeing, relaxing, and hanging out with other volunteers or newly made friends! The kids always like to engage volunteers in sports and games after work and on weekends, too!
Hope Foundation is an organization with limited financial resources; therefore, we require that each volunteer covers the cost of living during their stay in Cameroon, which we can arrange for both safety and comfort.
In addition to arranging accommodation, Hope Foundation picks up and drops off volunteers from the airport, and provides three healthy meals a day for volunteers. All volunteers receive a free T-Shirt. In the past ten years of receiving volunteers, this has proven to be both the easiest and most affordable way for volunteers to join us in Cameroon!
To enable us to easily prepare for the arrival of our volunteers, Hope
Foundation asks for a deposit of 50% of the total amount prior to arrival of
A Hope Foundation staff member will pick the volunteers up directly from the airport, from there it is about 6 hours.
The types of accommodation vary from one project to the next and from one location to another. A high amount of flexibility is expected from volunteers at this juncture where living conditions are not always the same as from their home countries. Volunteers coming in groups usually live together in shared accommodations while individuals stay with host families, a culturally immersive experience which allows volunteers to integrate into the local Cameroonian community through food, dance, music, dressing, and general lifestyle!
Detailed information about the project including map (s) / photos, helpful links, will be available and sent to applicants by email.
Three healthy meals are provided per day to volunteers! In a host family stay, all meals are prepared for the volunteer. In the dorm building, volunteers have access to a full-stocked kitchen and a cook comes once a day to prepare lunch. Breakfast and dinner are made by the volunteers, though all groceries are provided by Hope Foundation.