Grant awarded to MUAFCIG, through Divine Foundation
The Foundation is pleased to again support MUAFCIG during these difficult times. MUAFCIG was created in 2012 by a group of dynamic young men and women with the goal of empowering the poor and needy in rural and semi urban communities in the South West Region of Cameroon, Africa. MUAFCIG belief is rooted in teaching people on how to catch a fish and not just giving them a fish.
The Grant will be used for their relief and emergency aid project that is aimed at empowering over 1,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), primarily made up of vulnerable and poverty stricken women and children who are mostly widows and orphans. The COVID-19 pandemic is a threat that is spreading in the South West Region of Cameroon and claiming lives. This project is intended to relieve extreme human suffering through provision of humanitarian assistance to many families that are victims and who have already been affected by the current crisis in Southern Cameroon. They are living in Buea and Bangem sub divisions without any reliable source of income. The project objectives include ways to sensitize IDPs and the general population alike on the dangers of COVID-19. It takes measures to reduce the spread of the virus in the Buea and Bangem sub divisions. It provides hand washing facilities, face masks and hand sanitizers to over 1,000 vulnerable people. They will also distribute essential food and other items to homes hosting many displaced families. Additionally, they work to provide displaced children (many of whom are orphans and girls) with educational support, so that they can return to school. This emergency aid project is necessary as many are faced with severe hunger and have been dying of starvation for many years, even before the pandemic hit. Children, in addition to being out of school are already suffering from malnutrition and limited access to health care facilities. Host families, who are mostly peasant farmers, are unable to cope with the increased number of people in need. Consequently, MUAFCIG expresses fear that these vulnerable women and children may die from the COVID-19 infection itself, but also from hunger and psychological trauma. The project will help provide relief for many individuals who have been suffering. It will provide educational assistance and food for children who have been internally displaced as well as help host families, widows, homeless, and disabled persons. It will also improve personal hygiene of vulnerable populations, especially girls, and help curb the spread of the COVID-19 threat that is diminishing the region’s population. Above all, the project will help prevent the local populations, who otherwise do not have access to reliable support from an NGO or government, from dying of hunger, starvation, and trauma.