Working with children aged 0 - 12 years old, volunteers in Cameroon can really improve the lives of Cameroonian orphans. These children have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, or have been taken into care direct from the streets, or, lastly, have been abandoned in hospital after birth. They include permanently handicapped children. Volunteers contribute to giving them the prospect of a brighter future, by teaching the school-age children, providing counselling, lending a hand with feeding, cooking, and cleaning, devising and leading fun activities with the orphaned children and, in general, showing a caring attitude by devoting time to individuals. This also includes motivating the children to carry out their own chores and to do their homework.
The orphanage in Buea houses 17 children aged 4yrs – 18 yrs. The orphanage received no funding from the government so relies on community help, child sponsorship and the help of volunteers. The children all attend school and the orphanage is working to teach them all how to cook, clean, garden and raise pigs and chickens to ensure they are self-sufficient as they get older and move on to having their own families. It is great for the orphans to have volunteers from around the world come to visit to give them 1:1 attention and teach them about the world and different skills from what the local staff teach them.
NOTE: As this program involves working closely with orphaned and at risk children a three week minimum commitment is required to participate.