As you know I have begun my internship position as the fundraising department of CameroonONE. CamONE is a 501c3 charity organization dedicated to ensuring that orphaned children of Cameroon (many of which lose one or both of their parents to diseases such as HIV/AIDS or lower respiratory infections) may start or continue to attend school. We also ensure that these children can do so while residing in the home of a surviving family member by placing them appropriately and subsidizing medical, food and tuition costs for their adoptive families. Each penny you donate will ensure that Cameroonian orphans and their families can pay for: food, uniforms, tuition, books/supplies, living costs, medical costs etc.
There are three places you can donate. You can donate on our gofundme page, on our indiegogo page or on our organization page. If you donate, you are assured that your costs go directly to helping the children and their families and if you donate through the indiegogo or the gofundme pages, you are eligible for incentives that range from e-cards (whose revenue from adverts benefit other charity/environmental organizations) with interesting and little known facts about Cameroon, to CameroonONE t-shirts, to gift cards to 10,000 villages (also a nonprofit, if you wanted to check it out) and hopefully more things to come!
I understand that not everyone feels compelled to or able to donate and that is completely understandable, I just ask that you please spread the word and reblog <3 Something else that is very important to me is that Cameroon and other African countries not be viewed with the distortedly patronizing view that has often been used by other organizations (i.e. the hackneyed photographs of ‘starving’ African children or videos with slideshows of gaunt, cadaverous children holding an empty bowl up to the camera while ‘In the arms of an angel’ plays). It is really important to me that people not only feel mobilized to help others improve the lives of those in their country but also, be able to appreciate the essence of Cameroon’s rich cultures, religions, practices etc. in such a way that they are not diminished in a caricatured representation of who people think Cameroonians (or Africans in general) are. These kinds of images are offensive to me as a West African, (international aid) volunteer and humanitarian, unfortunately, these contentions are very easy to absorb and accept as true and normal.
Anywho, (rant over) please check out our pages and definitely be sure to read the background story in order to get a good general overview of Cameroon and my inspiration behind donating my time to this organization. We are also in the works with making partnership with Haitian Bead Project in order of sale beads and/or offer them as incentives and we’re hoping to compile a local team (Pittsburgh) representing CameroonONE for the polar bear plunge to raise awareness for our organization and also raise money for the special olympics! Stay tuned for more great stuff!