Africa Foundation Stone (AFS), an innovative UK-based charity, are hosting an exclusive event to promote and publicise their Diaspora Volunteering Initiative programme. It enables Black British professionals to take as little as two weeks out of their lives to transfer their valuable professional skills to small non-governmental organisations in Cameroon. Gareth Thomas, Minister, Department for International Development, the Mayor of Waltham Forest and the Cameroon High Commissioner will be three of the special guests attending.
The free event will be held on 22nd September 2009 between 11:00 – 14:00 (followed by a networking reception) at the charity’s head office at the Paradox Centre, 3 Ching Way, Chingford, E4 8YE.
The event aims to encourage more people to become part of this global partnership for development, by providing an insight into the actions they can take to support and improve the conditions of deprived women and young people in the Cameroon.
“Since my childhood, I have had a dream for my continent. My dream was to see Africans supporting Africa. AFS’ challenge is to engage Diaspora professionals living in the UK and Europe to use their skills in volunteering to tackle social and economic disadvantage in Africa,” said Valentin Yombo-Djema, CEO, AFS.
Africa Foundation Stone was created in 2000. It’s Diaspora Volunteering Initiative has enabled scores of talented professionals to travel to the Cameroon for as long as six weeks to support local NGOs to build their organisational and management skills, fundraising capability, lobbying and advocacy skills.
The programme has proved so successful that volunteers return time and again.
Closer to home, the charity has initiated many projects in East London to support the local community and help those on the verge of social exclusion. It has formed a local football team for young people (Blackstone FC); runs a youth programme called Vizion. AFS is also a recognised Edexcel centre with an 80% pass rate for GSCE and A- levels.
Cameroon is a stable country. However women and children are facing serious difficulties that prevent their development. Disadvantage women face not only domestic violence and sexual abuse, but also harmful traditional practices such as being denied their right to inherit land and other property after the death of their partner