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By Agnes Aineah
Nairobi, 12 January, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Rome-based Catholic development agency, is rallying for funds to support projects in select African countries.
The countries in which the development agency will be implementing various projects to support vulnerable families are Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In a Tuesday, January 10 report, HAI has announced that the six projects selected by the development agency’s committee for 2023 are all promoted by experienced African entities working in the field of education and training to facilitate access to work for the most fragile and thus better living conditions in particularly difficult contexts.
“Starting today, anyone who wishes to donate will be able to contribute, together with Harambee, to ensuring better opportunities for many young people and families in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, and DR Congo,” HAI says in the report.
In Cameroon, the development agency plans to support three projects. In Mogong, in the far northern region of Cameroon, Action Monde Pour Tous is proposing a training course for 100 young women.
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The plan is to strengthen entrepreneurial skills and support the women and youth in starting income-generating activities.
HAI is also planning to support vocational training in agriculture in the villages of Kolara, Moulvoudaye, and Guissia in Cameroon.
Women and youth will be taught to read and write so they can then be trained for work in agriculture in the villages where the literacy rate is at 60 percent.
Also in Cameroon, but in the northwest, in the Bamenda area, the Ndichia Foundation wants to ensure access to school for at least 100 orphaned children through personalized mentoring to take them off the street, HAI reports, and adds, “Ensuring the integration of street children is also the goal of Boystown-Ruai, in Nairobi, Kenya, through health care and training for 7- to 17-year-olds.”
South-Kivu East, in DRC, HAI plans to support the setting up of a computer lab for 300 pupils in three Don Bosco schools.
The agency reports that though the Congolese government has put in place a program of computer courses in elementary schools, it has never been able to provide the necessary computers. The teachers, therefore, are limited to theoretical teaching only.
The Rome-based development agency also wishes to continue its support for the Niger Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria, “enabling its doctors to address the problems of low vision and blindness that especially plague rural and marginalized areas, where prevention and treatment are most difficult.”
In the health project in Nigeria, HAI foresees providing care for 650 women and 550 men.
The agency has announced that it will be responsible for monitoring the progress of the planned activities, “to ensure that every contribution is used according to its objectives.”
In an appeal for donations, the charity foundation says, “This is not charity, but an act of trust towards a young and dynamic population that looks to the future with the desire to transform their dreams into aspirations and achievable goals: help us!”
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Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya’s Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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