Water, Sanitation & Hygiene:
Most areas in Cameroon has a very low sanitation coverage, and roughly 70% of the population has little or no access to an improved sanitation source. In many rural areas, open defecation is still common and water-related illnesses cause incalculable suffering, often undermining many development efforts. Preventable water-related diseases claim the lives of thousands daily, but SLAEFOUNDATION knows that Camerooninas can close the sanitation gap. SLAEFOUNDATION is collaborating with its partners to increase basic hygiene awareness, employ behavior change campaigns, rehabilitate water points and safeguard natural water reserves so that Cameroon people can thrive and lead healthier lives both now and in the future.
Community Engagement is crucial to the success of any development project, and it has been a SLAEFOUNDATION hallmark since our founding. Ninety-eight percent of SLAEFOUNDATION field staff are Cameroonians. Ultimately, we excel at partnering with communities because we are the local community.
Nearly 40% of Cameroonian children under 5 are malnourished, but surprisingly, not all of those children are going hungry. Even if you have enough food to fill your belly, that food still needs to be nutritious enough to strengthen your body. This is especially important in the first 1,000 days of a baby’s development, from the mother’s pregnancy through the child’s second birthday, when growing bodies and growing minds need the proper nutrients to develop and give the child their best start possible in life.