Over the weekend CFDP-Kumba had the opportunity to work with Go Ahead Africa, this organization worked to understand and support our mission then offered leadership training to strengthen our team’s efficiency.Go Ahead Africa’s training with our CFDP-Kumba team focused on time management skills and youth professional leadership training.Our team was motivated to be inspired by our facilitators and above all work hard to realize their dream as future leaders in hopes of carrying Cameroon to its dream land. We’re so proud of our team in Kumba for all their hard work at the conference and we look forward to working with Go Ahead Africa again!
Asangi Francis shows us that even if you are not enrolled in one our partner schools- or any school for that matter – youth in Kumba benefit from CFDP. Francis recently dropped out of school due to his poor grades and lack of support from his parents. He was fortunate to find work as a carpenter, but he was not making enough money to support himself. However, things began looking up for Francis when CFDP launched the Rotary International – sponsored Youth Enrichment Football League last summer. The coach of Arsenal quickly registered his team – not fully knowing what impact the competition could have on his players. After eight months of programs, we are seeing some results. At the camp we hosted this past weekend, Francis gave us some insight into his experience:
“The competition has enabled me to build my personal skills and improve my football talents. Thank you for training my coach, too. Thank you for training my coach, too. His skills have improved to allow him to pass on more knowledge to me. My favorite part is the icebreakers. I was a timid person and have speaking with others I don’t know so well. Now, I can communicate better. Also, because of CFDP, I will go back to school next year.”
You better believe we will be here to support Francis!
Our partnership with Peace Corps Cameroon has greatly benefited our programs in Kumba, with our last volunteer, Ryan Arnold, playing an instrumental role in the launch of our 2013-2014 After-School Programs. Now that Ryan has returned to his home in Virginia, a new Peace Corps volunteer has been assigned to work with us for the next two years. While we definitely miss Ryan, Adrian R. King is just as qualified! Adrian is originally from a small town in Central Georgia. He is a proud alum of Georgia Southern University, holding a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. His primarily interests are in global development and public health; which makes him a perfect fit for CameroonFDP! Adrian is excited for the next two years saying he, “Can’t wait to see the impact that we will make in Kumba and in the greater Southwest area!”
The numbers for the 2014 Spring semester are in, and they are better than ever! Out of the nineteen teams, twelve are co-ed. The female football players are fiercely running CFDP. Teams GSS Fiango, Diligent, GHS Fiango, BHS, GHS Kumba Mbeng, and Kumba City College all have more girls than boys on their roster. Many of the girls and boys are friends from school or their community. This leads to better competition on the field and more productive group discussions during workshops! While, these numbers are very encouraging we’d like to see more girls represented on teams CCAS Kumba, PHS, GHS Nkamlikum, and Youth Empowerment Center. We’re so proud of the 170 CFDP girls enrolled this semester and we look forward to seeing these numbers grow!