UNDP Cameroon: Scaling up the socio-economic integration of vulnerable street youths
April 6, 2023
UNDP Cameroon, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, distributed equipment, food, and hygiene kits to over 500 vulnerable street youths and children from ten localities across Yaounde to strengthen their socio-economic integration and well-being. This action is a follow-up to the activities of the National Youth Week celebration, launched by UNDP Cameroon within the YouthConnekt Programme in collaboration with the Government.
The distribution was launched in a symbolic handing over ceremony that brought together over 200 female and male street youths, government representatives, development actors, CSO, and the media, among others, not just to provide the youths with materials but also to motivate and encourage them to integrate responsible alternatives for a better life. The ceremony, chaired by the Minister of Social Affairs and co-chaired by the Minister of Youth Affairs and UNDP Cameroon’s Acting Resident Representative, was also an occasion for the leaders to advocate for the support of the actors present and the general public in promoting the social inclusion of this vulnerable group.
"UNDP Cameroon has committed to supporting the Government in providing multi-facet support to these young girls and boys living on the streets; just like other youths, they will excel and become better versions of themselves if they are given the guidance and support they need to integrate socially and economically. With the support of partners, the UNDP has mobilised resources to further support the reintegration activities of this vulnerable group of young people and children." Alassane Ba, Acting Resident Representative, UNDP Cameroon.
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou, encouraged the vulnerable young girls and boys to adopt civic and patriotic attitudes and become ambassadors to their peers, especially those in the street. He also encouraged them to approach the various public social structures to address their concerns. In her turn, the Minister of Social Affairs highlighted the importance of the activity, which falls in line with the implementation of social policy on the social protection of socially vulnerable people. While assuring the youths of the unceasing support of the government to ensure their welfare, the Minister presented the discouraging statistics of the number of street children across the globe and in Cameroon and emphasized the need to engage in more of these actions to curb the phenomenon and contribute to the wellbeing of the youths and the development of the country.
Both ministers applauded UNDP Cameroon for its remarkable initiative and expressed their wish to have more institutions to accompany these vulnerable girls and boys. The young people were pleased with the efforts made by the UNDP and the government to support their well-being, empowerment, and accountability
"I can’t stop thanking the UNDP, MINAS, and MINJEC for their unceasing support; their belief in us and unceasing support are encouraging and empowering us to take a responsible path." Yannick Ondoa, president of the Yaounde Street Youths
This activity was implemented in line with UNDP Cameroon’s thematic area of transformative, inclusive, and sustainable growth, as well as the SDG promise of "Leave No One Behind." As mentioned by the Acting Resident Representative, this action will be followed up through a new project fund titled “Integration and Socio-economic Inclusion of street youths » that will be officially launched in Douala, on 12 April 2023 (TRAC 2)”
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