The Republic of Cameroon is nestled on the eastern coast of Africa and is home to over 23 million people. Cameroon gained its independence in 1960, and is now governed by a unitary dominant-party presidential republic. Since 1982, the People’s Democratic Movement party’s leader Paul Biya has been the country’s president. The country is replete with fertile land and natural resources including oil, coffee, and cocoa. The country’s population is also one of the most diverse on the continent; its people practice Islam, Christianity, and the Traditional religion. Also, Cameroon has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa.
CAMAAY works primarily in the North-West region of Cameroon, where there are distinct challenges. The region’s economy is primarily based on agriculture, though water and food security have threatened this. With high unemployment rates, children of farmers often choose to help their parents with subsistence farming instead of going to school creating larger educational gaps between the wealthy and the poor. Many people in the Northwest do not have year-round access to clean drinking water. Water systems are in need of maintenance and people often resort to drinking contaminated water from polluted streams. CAMAAY works tirelessly in partnership with local communities to help rehabilitate these water systems. Additionally, CAMAAY are working to address the problem of malnutrition and unsustainable farming practice in Northwest Cameroon, where many families are deficient in sufficient nutrient and farmers overuse or misuse pesticides.