Project information

Outreach Program to reach rural communities

To ensure people with disabilities receive the assistance that is available to them. Often these people cannot reach or afford help in towns and cities and instead remain isolated and abandoned in villages. The outreach program identifies vulnerable people and directs them to the support available

January 2015 - December 2020

Charity information: Nicky's Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    Many people in the rural communities in southwest Cameroon rarely leave the village in which they live due to the cost of public transport and therefore will not be aware of the range of services that are available to assist them should they need help. For people who have a disability & living in this environment the problem is far worse as they do not even have the option of walking. This means that any help that's available is inaccessible to them. The outreach program seeks to overcome this.

    Solution

    The outreach program involves a representative from both the government and Nicky's Foundation visiting rural communities. After meeting with traditional councils and gaining their support we give educative talks to the people. Once the message has been passed about the help that is available, vulnerable members of the community can be identified & directed to the appropriate services. Those eligible for help from Nicky's Foundation will be encouraged to make an application for assistance

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure all communities in SW Cameroon are informed about the types of assistance available

    Activities

    » The Outreach Program will move from community to community and work with traditional councils to ensure the information reaches the population

    Numbers of people seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs from the areas who have received the outreach Program


    Aim 2

    To identify socially vulnerable individuals and to direct them to the most appropriate service

    Activities

    » To carry out a survey within the communities reached to attempt to identify persons living in particularly vulnerable circumstances.

    Numbers of completed surveys included in the database which is held centrally with the Ministry of Social Affairs.


    Aim 3

    To ensure those individuals identified as vulnerable are directed to the assistance available

    Activities

    » The data from the survey will be made available (with consent) to organisations supporting socially vulnerable people

    Number of persons receiving and benefitting from services


    Aim 4

    To identify people who are eligible for support from Nicky's Foundation

    Activities

    » The outreach program will involve 'follow up' assessment if required. This assessment will identify if a person will benefit from assistance

    Number of applications for assistance submitted and approved by Nicky's Foundation .


  • Impact

    Impact

    By informing the population of the causes of disability and the help that is available we will gradually begin to change the lives of individuals be it through a surgical intervention so a person can walk independently or see again. Members of the community will witness the impact and the message will spread and more people will come forward for help. Our long term aim is that persons with disabilities will no longer be marginalised and instead be involved in their community as fully as can be.

    Risk

    Cultural and traditional beliefs that disability is a curse from God will be a barrier to overcome in some areas, particularly the very remote villages. The risk that if people believe that a person is cursed and deserves their punishment then they will not be open to receiving assistance from the outreach program, is being managed by involving local people such as traditional councils in using the best approach to sharing information. Some communities may take longer to form a relationship

    Reporting

    We will report information in our Annual Reports; individualised reports at the donors request; website posts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Vehicle Replacement Vehicle
      £5,000 Fuel Fuelling vehicle
  • Background

    Location

    The project location is SW Cameroon which is largely rural. The area borders Nigeria and has an expanse of forest and some mountains making the road network poor.
    The area is english speaking with local people speaking a mixture of pidgin english and local dialects.
    Many people make a living through subsistence farming

    Beneficiaries

    People living with disabilities and other who are socially vulnerable will directly benefit. Indirectly the families and communities around the individuals receiving assistance will benefit in so much that if we can change the life a person with a disability so that they become independent they will no longer be seen or felt to be a burden on another person

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have volunteers living in the area and very used to the terrain and the culture. We have volunteers who are experts in the field of rehabilitation and social work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Nicola Smith

    Occupational Therapist and Director of Nicky's Foundation. Knowledge of rehabilitation services available in the area. Will Co- lead the program.

    Thomson Ntuba

    Social Worker, Chief of Social centre. Knowledge of services available. Will Co - lead the program

    Ndenghu Hansel

    Social Welfare Officer. Has local knowledge of services available and will support Person 1 when Person 2 is unavailable

The outreach program and spreading the word about Nicky’s Foundation is so important. We want to make sure that as many people as possible know about the support that is available to them. This includes getting to the smallest and most rural villages but just helping one person made this worthwhile

Rachel, Occupational Therapy student visiting the program from the UK