Key Challenges for children in Cameroon
- Cameroon has the 19th highest under-five mortality rate in the world, with more than eight percent of children dying before they reach the age of 5.
- Leading causes of death in the country are HIV, lower respiratory infections, malaria, and waterborne diseases, like diarrhea and cholera, due to contaminated water sources.
- 31 percent of girls are married before their 18th birthday and 10% are married before the age of 15.
- More than 65% of the rural population is living below the poverty line.
- Violence has escalated between protesters in two English-speaking regions and the Cameroon government. Hundreds have died and over 400,000 were forced to flee their homes and move to safer areas.
How your support is helping children like Michelle
Michelle, 12, was one of the students who received textbooks and school supplies as part of the Rights, Resilience, and Sustainable Future project, which encourages strong academic performance during the school year and works to improve access to quality primary education services for children ages 6 to 15.
“After my studies, I will be a medical doctor,” Michelle declared proudly.