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 even though it went operational on January 2015. 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.
GivHOPE was founded to accompany the Government in its fight against social exclusion in general and street children phenomenon in Cameroon and the Central Africa sub Region in particular, including families at risk.
Social context and justification
Although a concise study has not been carried out to determine the number of children 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 to send these children as beggars to fend for the family. 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 is a straight answer to this rampant and shameful phenomenon and believes “street live” issue must be addressed because these youths are already entangled with the judiciary system. We respond to the pitiful plight of street children with a multi-faceted approach: Mentoring/tutoring on one-on-one basis or group programs, support and care for their rehabilitation and reinsertion into their families and assist them to overcome their vulnerability through capacity building, formal education, health care and funds for income generating activities or vocational training for those 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.
Beyond this phenomenon, GivHOPE also deals with the reduction of extreme poverty among families at risk (Widows and orphans), school dropouts, and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
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 vulnerable family’s lives in general and street children (This term is generic, meaning teens and youths that live on the street) in particular;
- Fight against stigmatization and ill-treatment of street children;
- Encourage their return in family or their reinsertion in the society;
- Reinforce ties and partnership among the different key actors on the social protection of children rights;
- Make sure families 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.
GivHOPE target groups, especially women and girls empowerment training and personal development through income generating activities.