Development and Education for the village Mballam, Cameroon

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Development and education for the village Mballam in Cameroon. The pygmies or forest people is the oldest population group of the equatorial and tropical forests of Africa. The families of the village Mballan were forced 50 years ago to move close to the street. The village has 277 inhabitants and they live from hunting, fishing and agriculture (cassava, maize, maize, peanut, plantain). In order to allow some students a higher education the project aims to provide scholarships for five years to young talented pygmies.

This 5 year project was extended by adding agricultural support for generating income and securing food supply. In June 2020 more than 20 men and women joined a group and created a cacao plantation. They raised the plants themselves in a tree nursery in 2019.

One student has successfully passed the intermediate test in August 2020 but has left the school now. One girl dropped out due to pregnancy, another girl who gave birth to a daughter resumed her studies in Abong-Mbang in 2022. 9 students were supported with a stipendium, and 10 parents are supported with school fees for the village school.

Project Overview

Project Year
Aid type
Agriculture, Education
5 years
BASAID contribution
5600 CHF
Local contribution
Infrastruktur, Lehrer, Projektleitung
Local partners
Verein Baka