Big Steps Outreach Network’s VISION IS FOR A CAMEROON WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE
- Play an integral part in the development and sustainability of their communities
- Aquire and exchange knowledge and skills essential for growth into productive adults
- Develop a healthy lifestyle in line with civil ethics
- Have equal opportunity to apply and develop their potential to a great capacity.
Instill in every young person the motivation to be actively involved in advocating for inclusive policies to carter for the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, those physically challenged, socially excluded, and those living with HIV/AIDS and to enable their voices to be heard in all relevant platforms at the National, Regional, Continental and global platform
Big Steps Outreach Network (BONET) was founded in 2010 as a youth led association for young people and has worked relentlessly to fight marginalization, inequality, HIV/AIDS and other social ills especially partening to young people with disabilities, orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC’s), socially excluded(Juvenille Delinquents) and those living with HIV/AIDS and other young people especially out of school and Out of work youths..BONET has reached out to over 2000 equipping them with the righ skills needed to make informed decisions, staying healthy and contributing to the development of their respective communities. Being a non profit making organization, it depends on sponsors, and well wisher’s support to promote its mission and vision.
some of our activities
BORSTAL – OUTREACH ACTIVITIES AT BORSTAL INSTITUTE
A reformatory Centre for adolescents socially classified as “delinquents”, “street children”, and “socially maladjusted” – is one of the beneficiary of BONET’s activities and programs.BONET’s initial visit to BORSTAL Institute was
marked by a grand launching which made headline news given the innovativeness of BONET’s program and activities. Information on issues around SRHR, life skills (communication, decision making, self esteem, goal setting, assertiveness, etc.) and responsible citizenship from the subsequent bi-weekly outreach activities were transmitted. Youth were presented with an opportunity to exhibit their talents in various areas such as: acting, reporting, dancing and sports.
THE “KICK AND LEARN”PROGRAM
“Kick and Learn”, BONET’ innovative approach to a sports program, serves as an avenue and creates an entertaining environment for networking and knowledge sharing through sports. With the awareness that sports cultivates friendships, evokes a sense of inclusion and pools together resources from people of varied backgrounds; BONET applies it a mechanism for fostering development.BONET believes that with strategic application, sports – an arena which epitomizes gender roles and highlights gender inequalities-can facilitate self expression in an environment free of gender and cultural biases common in individual households and communities. Kick and Learn offers a productive alternative to exterminatory and unsafe sexual practices -which result in STDs and early pregnancyfor youth during summer vacation. The program educates youth on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, which enables them to make decisions conducive to establishing healthy sexual habits and delay of first sexual intercourse.