It was a challenge. Would they, could they, take it on? Someone had suggested that the kids of our own staff consider travelling to Thailand to help a children’s home.

The proposal was a trip. But trips cost money. Could these kids raise it? Their parents, working full time with us here at Crossroads, have no salaries. All are full time volunteers. How, then, could these kids raise the money to cover the costs of their flights, accommodation and food?

They rose to their challenge, each in his or her own way. Some got sponsorship for long distance running. Some turned to art and made stationery. Some did bake sales. The methods varied, but the outcome was awesome. They got the money and off they went.

The kids ran a weekend camp for 80 orphans. They took school equipment, toys and other supplies from our warehouse as a gift.  They led songs, dances, crafts and sports, all reminding each other that, wherever in the world, what kids need most is friendship, play and love.

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Care and Capacity Building for Women, elderly and Children

Women in Cameroon from impoverished families often live in precarious situations. If they lose their husbands, they may be driven from the family home, and left to care for children with no income. If they weren’t taught skills or learnt to read and write, they can be forced into poorly paid work in vulnerable conditions, and even prostitution. Crossroads is sending a shipment to a project which has a number of programmes reaching out to vulnerable women and children. They offer care and support to widows, orphans, elderly people and children in difficult family situations. They have a micro-finance project, a library for youth and social and financial support for HIV-positive pregnant women and children.

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  • Clothing & household equipment for hundreds of widows and orphans
  • Equipment for youth programme for 1000 young people
  • Equipment for vocational training programmes for 500 families.

 
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Shipment includes:

  • Books, stationery and basic school supplies
  • Toys and sports equipment
  • Computers for vocational training and administration
  • Clothing and household goods for vulnerable families.

 

 


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Mama Elizabeth lost her husband in 2002, and was left with 8 children to raise and no job. Our partner organisation, gave her training – not only to make baskets, but also to establish a micro-enterprise to market and sell them. She has her dignity, and her children are fed and can attend school.

 

Our shipment will provide materials to help in vocational training to help more people like Mama Elizabeth.

 

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Cameroon Snapshot

Population: 22.25 million

Capital: Yaoundé

Cameroon is in the west Central Africa region, with natural features including beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas.

Although the country as a whole has improved standards of literacy and healthcare, there is still a long way to go. Less than half of children go on to secondary education, and over 40% are involved in some kind of child labour. In rural areas, less than half the population has access to clean water and sanitation.

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