Local Partnerships: First Meeting with Hands Together for Youth Cameroon
The Kumba team welcomed members from Hands Together for Youth – Cameroon (HaTY), an NGO based in Mutenguene (Southwest Region) to the office last week to open talks for collaboration and exchange methods and ideas for youth development in the region. HaTY seeks to empower at-risk youth to become self-sufficient and responsible citizens through counseling, education, capacity building, and recreation. As an organization, they have a number of core areas of intervention which include: human rights education in school and communities as provided within the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, entrepreneurial development; career orientation and guidance; health education with a focus on HIV/AIDS; environmental protection and restoration; and community development.
So far this year, HaYT has initiated a number of programs which include, but are not limited to: environmental education programs with two local primary schools; logistical support and capacity building for three local orphanages; and holiday camps which include football tournaments, talent shows, educational videos, forums for engaging discussions and debates, and community service opportunities like neighborhood clean ups.
As you can see, this small organization maintains a vital role in promoting youth and community development in Mutenguene. We are very much looking forward to collaborating with such an organization. We hope to share with them our knowledge of sport for education and development and gain a better understanding to organize similar community-building activities which can attract youth who are not so comfortable on the pitch.
Looks like we have an exciting summer ahead of us!