Our motto: One child, One Family, One Community.
GivHOPE is a Cameroonian Law nonprofit, lay and apolitical association that is regularly registered under the Declaration of Establishment no. 0000028 RDA/106/SAAJP/BAPP of January 12, 2017. The US IRS has also designated GivHOPE as a tax-exempt Private Non-Profit Organization under IRS Code Section 501 (c) which makes your donation to GivHOPE tax-deductible.
The Association “GivHOPE” partners with all goodwills, associations, international institutions, government and the private sector for the withdrawal, rehabilitation and socio economic reintegration of street children (Boys/girls), school dropout girls, internal displaced persons from the war zones, women at risk and helps improve their living conditions, its particular focus being to empowering, reinforcing and building their capacities in order for them to become income generators of small businesses, going into apprenticeship or vocational training and job placement for those who cannot go back to school so that they can stand on their own feet. The Association also assists vulnerable and underprivileged women living in extreme poverty.
This desire stems from the willingness to fight against social exclusion, sexual abuses and all kinds of violence and to help them dream again by creating a brighter future for themselves.
Social context and justification
Although a concise study has not been carried out to determine the number of children both boys and girls, including women roaming the streets of the Central African sub-region, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, the two Congos, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea, the past years have witnessed the rising of different conflicts that have devastated and displaced millions of persons within the region, most hit these days being Cameroon (Far North, North, Adamawa, East, South West, North West). Due to the porous nature of borders separating these countries, persons caught up between these conflicts often flee for safety, shelter and livelihood in major cities of Cameroon. Besides conflicts, the issue of extreme poverty affecting families is also very present leaving parents with little control over their offsprings and sometimes even pushes them as beggars to fend for the family or to early marriages. They often come to the street with diverse backgrounds and problems (psychological and physical traumas and sometimes with chronic diseases). On the street, they become exposed to other dangers (drugs, sexual exploitation, violence, rape, banditry, crime). They do not have access to basic hygiene, proper habitation, food, education, medical care and social protection as per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR of 1948). GivHOPE responds to the pitiful plight of street phenomenon and women vulnerability with a multi-faceted approach: Mentoring/tutoring on one-on-one basis or group programs, support and care for their rehabilitation and socioeconomic reinsertion and assist them to overcome their vulnerability through capacity building, empowerment techniques, job placement, formal education, health care and funds for income generating activities, apprenticeship or vocational training for those who do not want to carry out private activities. GivHOPE offers them a second chance and assists them to better transition to adulthood and transcend the past, hence also helps them to make positive changes in their lives through Bible teaching, preventive measures and urgent response mechanisms.
GivHOPE aims to fight against social exclusion and the phenomenon of “street live” in Cameroon and in the sub region, jointly with all goodwills, development partners and active key actors in order to stop the next generations from coming to the street.
- Reduce the negative impact of poverty on children’s lives in general and street children (Boys/girls), school dropouts, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the war zones and women at risk in particular;
- Fight against stigmatization and ill-treatment of street children;
- Encourage home returns in family or socioeconomic reinsertion;
- Reinforce ties and partnership among the different key actors on the social protection of children rights;
- Make sure women at risk are cared for through capacity building and income generating activities under our financing;
- Design strategic communication tools, mechanisms and channels to convey key messages and reach targeted audiences;
- Ensure target groups (On voluntary basis) receive the Word, Jesus;
- Carry out field visits and post evaluation study for impact sustainability.