Cameroon

ASAFE

ASAFE – Association for the Support of Women Entrepreneurs: Knowledge Academy for Development – is a registered NGO providing education and financial support for socially excluded women from rural areas, including microfinancing. They began their street football development programme in 2004 and worked only with male players until 2007, when they switched their focus to bringing the benefits of football to women. One of their main goals is to encourage women’s leadership with the help of football.

Organisation Details

Participants

Socially excluded women from rural areas

Locations

Douala and Bafang

Homelessness Statistics

39.9%
Of the population live below the poverty line
3.7%
Of the population is HIV possitive
32%
of children under 5 suffer stunting due to malnutrition

Since late 2017, long-running tensions in Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions have escalated, and the crisis has increasingly shifted into armed conflict.

The humanitarian situation has fast deteriorated, and 1.3 million people are now in need of assistance.

Over 430,000 people have had to flee their homes. More than 380,000 people need shelter, and some 418,000 people Non-Food Item assistance.

An estimated 3,000 children suffering from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition (SAM) require urgent treatment. (Relief Web/UNOCHA, 2019)

32 percent of children under 5 are suffering from stunting due to chronic malnutrition. (World Food Programme, 2018)

60% of the population are under the age of 25. Fertility is falling but remains at a high level among poor, rural, and uneducated women, in part because of inadequate access to contraception. Life expectancy remains low at about 55 years due to the prevalence of HIV and AIDs and an elevated maternal mortality rate. (CIA, 2018)