Welcome to United Action for Children!
UAC is dedicated to help children, families and groups awaken to their needs and ability to change and put this change to practical use through a participatory, partnership approach and multiplier effect.
UAC has its head office in Buea and a field office in Mamfe. During the past ten years, UAC has implemented community development activities in Buea and Mamfe and has through these activities developed new thinking and practice in participatory community action and community mobilization. All activities have strong links to alleviate the suffering of individuals and families in the poorest communities through grassroots sustainable initiatives aimed at particularly local empowerment, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability at a community-level. All our activities are action-based and have strong focus on achieving leading local participation, sustained learning benefits and replication of local success stories.
UAC is governed by a General Assembly through a Board of Directors, Head Office in Buea and Field office in Mamfe. The General Assembly meets once a year while the Board meets twice a year but could meet in emergency sessions. The Head office and Field office staff meet quarterly for planning meetings. Our office is team managed and the management team consists of a Manager, a Field Office Manager, a finance officer and office assistants among other staff.
The Organization’s growth and activities are shaped by the following objectives:
- To offer a secured and stable environment for children and young people.
- To enable/motivate parents and teachers take an active role in child development.
- To help rectify problems existing in the local educational system.
- To address the issue of school dropout and failure.
- Contribute to the eradication of poverty through quality and functional education.
- To introduce an alternative approach to education in Cameroon.
- To offer quality and affordable nursery and primary education to orphans and vulnerable children.
- To prevent rural exodus by building a strong community.
- Use Sports to mobilize children and young people channel their energy towards productive initiatives.
Secondly, the economic crises and structural adjustment programs that hit Cameroon in the late 1980s and early 1990s affected the livelihoods of a large number of individuals. Many families found themselves in difficult circumstances and, as Mr. Orock argues, “When families are in problems, the first casualties/victims are the children.”
Thirdly, Mr. Orock felt that nursery education in Cameroon was elitist because it was only available to those who could afford it- the rich, a situation he considered fundamentally unfair.
Mr. Orock and the other founding members of UAC have a profound interest in protecting the rights of children because they are the most unrepresented and vulnerable members of society.
To respond to this concern, Mr. Orock and his colleagues decided to create an organization that insists on providing a caring society for children and young people, thus equipping them with the skills necessary to flourish into responsible, considerate, and mature adults.
In an effort to address the aforementioned problems, UAC’s first project was the founding of Jamadianle nursery/primary school. When it first opened in May 2002 with the help of international volunteers Diane van Nistelrooy and Leslie Fox, Jamadianle was a one-room schoolhouse with 11 students. Since its establishment, the school has grown considerably. In the school year 2014-2015, an impressive total of 687 students was registered.
Alongside Jamadianle’s expansion, UAC’s other project areas experienced similar growth. As part of its development, the organization has taken on a broader community approach, because, as Mr. Orock states, “You can’t get to the child without helping the parents especially the mother.” UAC therefore strives to build a strong community so that children may grow up in a positive, stable environment.
Today, UAC boasts many unique and innovative child and youth-centred programs that range from school construction projects to long term livelihood projects and from computer classes to vocational training for underprivileged youth. The Star Centre Project that began in July 2006 is already complete with over 20 classrooms including the library, sewing room, computer room, teaching aids room, an office, a hall and sick bay.
As UAC looks to the future, with the aid of volunteers, staff, and other partners and organizations, UAC will continue to improve on its current programs, while staying innovative and flexible in its drive for the holistic development of the child.