A PROJECT SUBMITTED BY ROTARY CLUB KUMBO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CAMEROON EDUCATION FOUNDATION
ENHANCING LEARNING AND IMPROVING SCHOOL HYGIENE AND SANITATION THROUGH THE PROVISION OF TEXT BOOKS AND CONSTRUCTION OF TOILETS IN SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND PREVENT THE SPREAD AND MITIGATE THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 IN VULNERABLE AND CONFLICT AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTH WEST AND WEST REGIONS OF CAMEROON.
P.O. Box 134, Kumbo, North West Region, Cameroon
Tel: (+237) 670611988
The Anglophone crisis that started since 2016 in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon escalated into an armed conflict and insecurity in 2017 and has rendered many people displaced from their localities till present date. While humanitarian needs, school dropouts, joblessness, widowhood, crime and scarcity of food are on the increase, most people including school children have fled from the villages into bushes, forest and a large number to nearby cities especially Bamenda and the parts of the West region vulnerable in need of humanitarian assistance. With the outbreak of the corona virus, IDPs and families who are already vulnerable in the NW and West region due to on-going political crises in are particularly at risk. Mezam Division is a densely populated and conflict-prone area and a host to more than 5000 IDPs, and pre-existing vulnerabilities that are likely to be exacerbated by the pandemic. According to need assessment carried in the area, and information from our focal persons in the community, priority needs in relation to COVID-19 are food items and sanitation supplies including installation of hand washing stations in public places and community halls, provision of hand sanitizers to households.
PRESENTATION OF APPLYING ORGANISATION
The Kumbo Rotary club in Bui Division, North West region of Cameroon is one of the members of Rotary International, a worldwide humanitarian outfit. Since her admission as a member of Rotary international, the club has been carrying out projects in various areas of the region and country in general, such as improvement in hygiene and sanitation facilities, agricultural and livelihood projects. The club has successfully completed more than two dozen global grants in various fields. In partnership with Cameroon Education Foundation (CEF), a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organization based in Cameroon with the main objective of promoting and improving education in the country, the organisation has many years of experience and expertise in implementing educational, WASH and livelihood projects especially in the targeted project areas and many other communities in the country.
Within this context, Kumbo Rotary Club and CEF are therefore proposing to improve on the hygiene and sanitation in six (6) primary schools, through the construction of toilets and hand washing facilities, improve on their educational levels through the provision of government prescribed text books, prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic impact for vulnerable and conflict affected communities in Mezam, Mifi and Bamboutous divisions in the North west and west regions respectively in densely populated communities like Bamenda, Bafoussam, Babadjou and Mbouda. The Kumbo Rotary Club together with CEF as an educational oriented organization will jointly implement the project. CEF will donate over 3000 educational books to these targeted schools to improve their literacy rate as well as carry out monitoring and reporting of the project as its contribution towards its realization.
TARGETED FOCAL AREAS, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND JUSTIFICATION
The causes of poor educational performances in most communities in the North West region is due to the absence of text books as parents cannot afford the price of the books. Poor sanitary conditions in some schools both at the primary and secondary levels have also culminated to the poor
performances. Basically, in the North West region, the socio-political crises have caused enormous displacements with limited access to income generating activities to afford for educational facilities for their children. As an agricultural community, only 20% of the population has access to their farms in the past two years.
With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, IDPs and families who are already vulnerable in the North West and West regions due to on-going political crises in are particularly at risk. based on this that we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its socio-economic impact for vulnerable and conflict affected communities in aforementioned 3 Divisions in the North west and west regions.
These schools for intervention are;
Ø Government Bilingual primary school Up station Bamenda (Mezam-North West Region-750 children-315 boys and 435 girls);
Ø Islamic Primary School Old Town Bamenda (Mezam North west Region- 525 children-153 boys and 372 girls ),
Ø Presbyterian Primary School Ntaghem (Mezam-North west Region-602 children 220 boys and 382 girls),
Ø Government Bilingual Primary School Banock-Mbouda (Bamboutous-West Region- 986 children-430 boys and 556),
Ø Presbyterian Primary school Bafoussam (Mifi-West Region733 children 299 boys and 434 girls) and
Ø Government Bilingual Primary School Babadjou (Bamboutous-West Region570 children-370 girls and 200 boys).
The project main objective is to enhance learning, promote school hygiene and sanitation, prevent the spread and mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities in the North West and West regions through provision of text books, construction of toilets, capacity building, provision of hand washing stations and sanitizers and provision of food items.
The specific objectives include:
1. To identify and register vulnerable households in the North west and west regions affected by the Anglophone crises and COVID-19 pandemic
2. To set up 150 hand washing stations for improved sanitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19
3. To support 600 vulnerable households (100 in each community) of conflict affected communities with food (10kg of rice, 5ltrs of oil, 1kg of salt) and NFIs (soap for hand washing, and protective face masks)
4. To improve on the hygiene and sanitation of the schools through the construction of four compartment toilet block and hand washing facilities in each school.
5. To promote literacy in the aforementioned schools and communities through the provision of text books and improve capacity of the teachers.
PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY AND MONITORING & EVALUATION PLAN
The project strategy to ensure sustainability includes capacity building and training of trainers; effective participation of project beneficiaries in the planning, design and implementation and monitoring of the project.
Monitoring will be done continually throughout the project by the project staffs and beneficiaries, and monitoring report will be submitted at periodic interval (weekly updates, and end of project report) for activities and progress made toward the achievement of goals and objectives. This will measure the project overall success in meeting objectives, long-term impact and sustainability. The project monitoring and evaluation indicators will include: the number of toilets constructed, the number of hand washing station set-up, the number of book provided to the schools, the number of vulnerable beneficiaries supported with basic needs, the number of people sensitized and the number of community platform for information sharing created..
Self-evaluation will be done at the end of the project by project team. This will measure the project overall success in meeting objectives, long-term impact and sustainability, achievement of purpose, goal and unplanned changes. Also, we will gather information on basic hygiene and sanitation practices in the schools and communities as well as the impact of the books provided.
EXPECTED RESULTS AND CORRESPONDING INDICATORS (We can show detailed TABLE 1)
ACTIVITIES CALENDAR SPREAD ON 11 MONTHS ((We can show detailed TABLE 2)
PRESENTATION OF BUDGET FOR ACTIVITIES ((We can show detailed TABLE 3,
Results/Activities Budgetary lines
Sources of funding:
FUNDER ROTARY CLUB KUMBO BENEFICIARIES'CONTRIBUTION CEF CONTRIBUTION TOTAL IN XAF TOTAL IN USD 109,762.55
49,386,466 587,500 300,000 8,449,000 58,722,966 )
STAKEHOLDERS AMOUNT (CFA Francs) Cash IN XAF IN USD In kind IN USD PERCENTAGE (%)
FUNDER 49,386,466 92,311.15$ 84.1%
Community (ies) 300,000 560.74$ 0.5%
Rotary Club Kumbo 587,500 1,098.13$ 1.0%
Other co-financiers(CEF) 8,449,000 15,792.52$ 14.4%
SUB TOTAL 49,973,966 93,409.28$ 8,749,000 16,353.26$ 100%
GRAND TOTAL 58,722,966FRS 109,672.55$
- Total Requested in words: Forty-Nine million nine hundred and seventy three thousand nine hundred and sixty-six frs
- Total Community and CEF contribution in words: Eight million, seven hundred and forty nine thousand frs
- Grand Total in words: Fifty eight million, seven hundred and twenty two thousand, nine hundred and sixty six frs