Seeds Of Change (SOC) programs was deem necessary after a survey, to work with youths in rural communities
in Cameroon who were vulnerable as a result of poverty and lack of information on HIV/AIDS. Also, it was
our top priority to fight for the empowerment of women, Female Genital Mutilation early marriage and school dropout.
The Organization was established in 2008 by a group of committed individuals headed by Loh Hyginus, Melvin Gaunt, and
Deborah Meyer in South Africa, and later, extended the Association to Cameroon with the aim of building youths
capacity in socio-economic domain. Youths in the third world country like Cameroon are poor, uneducated and focus
more on farm work and the government is willing but unable to single handle the situation. Awareness creation carries
50% of our objectives since more communities are affected with HIV/AIDS pandemic and more youths involves in
negative sexual behaviours.
By the time of its establishment, Statistic in Cameroon shows that in a population of 18 million people, more than a million
where HIV positive and 65% were youths. Most organisations in Cameroon focus their activities to make a difference in urban
areas since communication facilities into rural areas were difficult. There was therefore a need for an alternative
party to bring a positive solution, which will open effective awareness to stop social, cultural and economic injustice in
the society. There is no doubt that the youths in Peasants communities seriously needed our assistance and support for them
to understand the whole “taboo” around HIV/AIDS, Gender Equality, Human Trafficking and unemployment.
Besides Since the creation of the organisation, we have benefited through a financial and moral support from Donors in South Africa ,
UK, Canada and America. The year 2009 started with an introduction of the "HIV In The City" newsletters which provided
information on Seed Of Change services, up-to-date news and information on HIV related issues to young people. A forum for youths
was created. This forum is still very active on Gender issues.
We are proud today in terms of our contribution in developing youths programs, organisation of workshops on Gender Equality,
Life Skills, Life Coaching and safety precautions in our communities. And the big news today is an after school computer
programs which helps to capacitate youths on computer science, and at the same time keep them out from crime.