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Cameroon 2019

Cameroon has a population of the 23 million people of which more than 40% are living in poverty, mostly in rural areas. The factors holding Cameroon back are complex, though budget austerity and general governmental inefficiency are at the heart of many of the country’s development headaches.

This lack of infrastructure, which limits transportation, has cut off many of those who live in rural areas. People living outside urban cities & towns do not have access to fundamental resources and are typically marooned from any real labor opportunities.

Less than 40% of the population have access to piped drinking water. And fewer than half of Cameroonians have proper sanitation facilities. Illnesses linked to unsafe water and poor hygiene, such as cholera and diarrhoea, are a regular threat.

With a severe shortage of medical professionals – there are fewer than two doctors for every 10,000 people – the Cameroonian health system struggles to offer even basic services to sustain life.

With a severe shortage of doctors, health services in Cameroon are often provided by nurses.  Based on 2009 data, 5% of the adult population (440,000 people) were living with HIV/AIDS.

Adequate funding is lacking. To improve the availability of services and drugs, a fee-based system was introduced. This allows medical facilities to charge fees for services and treatments.

It is widely recognized that the charging of fees in Cameroon’s hospitals has resulted in patients dying because they are unable to pay for treatment.

43 percent of the Cameroon population has little or no primary education. What’s more, 67 percent of the population that is of working-age has received no post-school training, leading to a significantly higher level of unemployment among the youth, especially those living in rural areas.

In November 2018, RippleZoo went to Cameroon with 12 volunteers. Thanks to all of YOU and the generous donations through out  the year we managed to achieve the following:

1. 90 young primary school students will be taught today in clean and  beautifully painted classrooms and for the first time in their life will have a set of school books that will help to improve their ability to learn. 3 more classrooms are considerably enhanced. 

2. The community of Batoufan (12,000+ people) have an advanced learning computer room, complete with internet access that will provide them both education and business opportunities.

3. Hundreds of orphans have new clothes, and many a small present to open on Christmas day.

4. A hospital has running water, toilets, showers and considerably improved sanitation conditions. Less people will die and/or need to endure inhumane conditions. I believe a baby lives today because we were there.     

5. 2 hospitals received medical supplies, medicine, new beds.

6. And most importantly, many hundreds if not thousands of Cameroonian people who suffer terribly and have little hope of escaping extreme poverty now know that there are people outside of their little world who love and care for them. That in itself is a wonderful gift we have given. 

THERE IS STILL MUCH TO BE DONE! RippleZoo will go back to Cameroon and the village of Batoufam in November 2019. This year our aim is to:

1. Renovation of the second part of the school.

2. Construction of the toilet block in the school.

3. Providing books and educational aids to the school.

4. Water purification system for the village of Batoufam

4. Enhancing the hospital by painting and bringing in new supplies.

5. Staff training in a computer room in the community centre to support education for the entire village.

6. Collection of medical supplies, bedding, clothing and other much needed equipment which will be shipped to Cameroon and distributed to those most in need.  





Well done guys. A&N






Michael O'Shea


Irial Farrell


Simon Fawsitt

Well done lads!!!!