Peace Corps Cameroon

Peace Corps has existed in Cameroon since 1962 and has seen more than 3,000 volunteers over the past 50-some years.

While I am a Community Health volunteer, there are currently volunteers teaching English as a second language and science, and agricultural volunteers. To read more about the Peace Corps Cameroon experience, you can find articles and program descriptions at the website.

Where I Live

At present, there are PCVs in eight of the ten regions of Cameroon. I am one of approximately twenty volunteers currently posted in the vast Adamawa region, which separates the southern forests from the northern savannas. My post was founded by the Muslim Fulbe ethnic group but has Gbaya, Mbororo, and Hausa populations as well. Much of the surrounding area is devoted to raising cattle, and most families have some farmland for cultivating cassava, corn, groundnuts, and local greens.

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Danfili is centered on the main highway that connects western Cameroon to the Central African Republic. Because of road conditions, most prefer to travel north from Yaounde by passenger train.

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While the actual distance from Tibati (left) to Ngaoundal (right) is only roughly 100 km, it is usually a three-hour drive.

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Aerial view of Danfili. My house (red) and the health center (purple) are both identified.

 

My work

As a community health volunteer, my current projects focus mostly on maternal and child nutritional needs, but I also work with counterparts on family planning, vaccinations, prenatal consultations, youth development,  and student empowerment.

My main project currently is co-presenting on nutrition with a health worker counterpart in nearby communities. We have presentations on nutritional needs of mothers, the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, proper complementary feeding for children 6-24 months, and nutritional needs during and after an illness.

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