Child Sponsor Cameroon
Cameroon, with its population of some nineteen million, is a
relatively stable state, albeit one with limited scope for
personal freedom, with power remaining vested in its president.
Life expectancy for a child in Cameroon is just over 54 years, not
helped by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Of the 9,142,000 child
population in Cameroon, a staggering 300,000 have been orphaned by
AIDS and a further 45,000 are infected themselves.
of these orphaned children, along with others who escape poverty
or family breakdown, end up on the streets living through vending,
begging or stealing. Over 50% of children in Cameroon live below
the poverty line and child mortality rates for the under fives are
on the increase. 52,000 children in Cameroon die each year from
Sanitation is also a major area of concern with 75% of schools in some areas
having no toilets or washing facilities; overall in Cameroon 86% of urban
dwellers have access to safe water dropping to 44% in rural communities. This lack of water is cited as a primary reason why
many girls in Cameroon fail to attend education ~ in general
attitudes towards girls in Cameroon are that they are better
suited to domestic chores in any event. Even water supplies in
cities such as the capital Yaounde pump out dirty, often
contaminated water. As such, water related sicknesses amongst children
in Cameroon are high.
Despite an overall decline in poverty over the last ten years, in
many areas of the country poverty has worsened with over half of
these households being home to children under fifteen years of
age. There are also tens of thousands of child refugees in the
Like many other countries in Africa, there are child sponsor
programs in Cameroon, given the serious issues with children
living in poverty without clean water, decent sanitation or
Child sponsor programs in Cameroon focus on working with AIDS orphans, access
to health care and education and working with communities to develop a
You can help when you sponsor a
child in Cameroon.