SHUMAS - CAMEROON
SHUMAS believes in an approach to development that is integrated, holistic, and
When evaluating the feasibility of a project, SHUMAS takes into consideration not only
the need, but also the commitment of the community to participate and help themselves.
For example, when carrying out a construction project in a community, SHUMAS
provides industrial construction materials and skilled oversight, while the community
provides locally-available materials and labour. When selecting nursing candidates,
SHUMAS relies on the community to nominate students. In this way, communities
participate in their own development and gain the capacity to undertake future
initiatives without SHUMAS’ support.
SHUMAS believes strongly that isolated actions cannot lead to any meaningful
development in a community. In consequence, she adopts an integrated rural
development approach, involving eight different programs. These programs address
different sides of the same coin, allowing development actions to be more sustainable
and have greater impact. For example, creating a conducive learning environment will
not necessarily improve attendance rates if students are still falling ill from
contaminated water and missing classes. Each program is supported by the other
programs, and each intervention achieves multiple objectives.
SHUMAS programming is also holistic; it takes many different elements into
consideration. Women’s empowerment is not just a standalone program; it is also
mainstreamed throughout the other program areas. This is the only way to effectively
achieve its objectives. Similarly, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention is mainstreamed
throughout our projects, instead of being limited to the scope of the health program.
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