This year we, the welfare team of Warwick Africa Summit, are undertaking the Project Amani (“peace” in Swahili). This is because, this year in particular, there have been outbursts of conflict across Africa.
Therefore, in line with our summit’s theme for this year Igihe Ni Iki (meaning “The Time is Now”), our objective is to help restore peace to individuals and communities whose lives have been adversely impacted by conflict.
Our primary objective this year is to raise enough funds to support one of those who have been most affected by conflict in Africa, Cameroon. Cameroon is currently in the midst of an Anglophone crisis, in which the Anglophone parts of the country (mainly the Northwest and Southwest regions), are demanding for more representation in the government and better integration with the Francophone parts of Cameroon. This crisis has been ongoing for over 4 years, and it began to escalate even further when in September 2019 at least 40 people were killed during demonstrations.
The effect of this conflict has been widespread, affecting education and health across Cameroon. 85% of schools have been shut down as a result of the conflict, resulting in over 620,000 children being forced out of school. The children who can go to school, are in increasing danger, as schools are also attacked amidst the conflict. In October 2020, for example, there was an attack on a school in Kumba, where gunmen stormed a private school and killed at least 6 children, with dozens of others wounded. Also, over 40% of the health centres in Cameroon have been closed, leaving currently 13 hospital beds per 10,000 people in the Cameroon population, which is a risk as people affected by the conflict may need quick medical care.
As a result of this, we aim to support the Ayah foundation, a humanitarian organisation providing internally displaced people and victims of this conflict with relief items such as clothing, food and stationary material.
Additionally, we will be supporting “The Book Club Community” by donating 200 books which are going to be distributed to children across African countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia in Southern Africa. As of September 2019, about 65% of people aged 15 and above could read and write in Sub-Saharan Africa, so through this partnership, we hope to help improve the literacy skills of the young population, encouraging a culture of reading, and knowledge seeking.
We believe that knowledge is powerful for the youth’s future and one way to achieve this is through providing them with books. Today’s future starts now.
- Sameera Rahman-Pedro
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