Africa Climate and Environment Foundation (ACEF) is an International non-profit organisation that was founded on March 31st 2021 with headquarters in Limbe- Cameroon. It is the brainchild of Enow Tambe Honourine, a Cameroonian currently residing in Ghent-Belgium. E.T. Honourine founded ACEF in order to address issues relating to Poverty, Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, Inequality, Illiteracy, Environmental Degradation, healthcare, among others.
Water, hygiene & Sanitation
Water is a precious natural resource, vital for life, development and environment( UN WATER/ AFRICA). Access to clean water is also considered a basic human right. Depending on how it occurs and how it is managed, water can be a matter of life and death. When too much or too little, it can bring destruction, misery or death( UN WATER/AFRICA).
In sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls spend an estimated 40 billion hours a year collecting water. An estimated 400 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases, with 272 million lost to diarrhoea alone. A staggering 784 million people around the globe are without basic water access. 40% of this figure live in sub-Saharan Africa ( globalciticen.org). More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war. Diarrhoea disease, caused primarily by unsafe water and poor sanitation kill more children under 5 years old than malaria, AIDS and measles combined ( lifewater. org). Most people in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, lack access to clean water and improved sanitation than anywhere in the world. Research has even proven that poorer people pay more for clean water ( global citizen.org).
Likewise, more than 70% of the population in Eastern and Southern Africa ( 340 million people) have no access to basic sanitation services. Amongst these, 98 million people ( 19 per cent) practise open defecation, 179 million use unimproved facilities and 63 million share sanitation facilities ( UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa). Poor sanitation and high-risk hygiene behaviours confine the poor in a vicious cycle of poor health, environmental degradation, malnutrition, reduced productivity and loss of incomes( UNICEF/ for every child).
In schools, for example, over 50 million school- aged children in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, have no access to sanitation services while 117 million have no access to handwashing facilities. The need to move populations along the service ladder- not just away from open defecation is Paramount. ACEF is committed to provide a lasting solution to the water and sanitation crises in Africa through advocacy to rural communities across Africa on the need for use of good hygiene and sanitation facilities. We are also to provide water purification tablets, water filters, provision of taps, development of point-of-use water and sanitation technologies, construction of public latrines, as well as modernisation and or construction of latrines in schools across Africa. Join and support ACEF today to fix Africa's water, hygiene and sanitation challenges to prevent diseases and consequent deaths.
ConservationAt the same time, we are carrying out a conservation project on Sea Turtle in Kenya. Sea Turtles are currently labelled as endangered and some species are critically endangered. ACEF is also projecting an urban greening project in the city of Limbe-Cameroon, as well as in several other cities across Africa.
Environmental Clean-upCoastline pollution from visitors is rampant in Cameroon in general and Limbe in particular. People go to the beach for leisure and dump their plastics and food wastes on the coastline which are washed into the ocean by waves. These plastics and other wastes upset the habitat of marine biota thereby posing a threat to their lives. In addition, these marine organisations consume pollutants like micro-plastics, bioaccumulate them and pass them on to us when me consume the organisms. Therefore, we have to be mindful of our activities at the beach because our pollution will not only affect aquatic organisms, but will affect us too.
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Education & TrainingTo provide education and training in sustainable development and climate change through networking and collaboration with other organizations.
Waste ManagmentACEF's activities includes coming up with innovations geared towards eliminating processes and activities that are likely to endanger the environment and utilize the environment and natural resources for the benefit of the community- for example, coming up with alternative forms of energy.
Hunger & Poverty Alleviation
Poverty, aside from making life a struggle for those mired in it, impacts entire economies. A country with 80% of its population lacking access to financial services will not progress (finca.org). Unfortunately, Africa as a continent is extremely poor. According to International Futures ( IFs), Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for roughly 60% of the global population living in poverty in 2020 and it is expected that Africa will represent approximately 87% of the global poor by 2030. Africa is the world's last frontier in the fight against extreme poverty.
Today, one in three Africans live below the global poverty line as they live on less than $1 per day. They represent more than 70% of the world's poorest people. Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Ivory coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Gambia, Ghana, Chad, Guinea, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Central African Republic, just to mention but a few, are all in the list of Heavily Indebted Poor Countries ( HIPCs) , (feedafricafoundation.org). Extreme poverty leads to hunger in Africa. More than a quarter of the hungry in the world live on the African continent.1/5 of people living in Africa are considered malnourished. This gives the continent the highest rate of malnourished people worldwide ( sos-usa.org). 28 of the world's poorest countries are African. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the second largest population of hungry people. Poor people often lack hopes for the future because they live in a lie. The lie of poverty, that is reinforced day-in and day-out is, "you don't matter." This is really sad.
The poverty rate of African countries is also greatly reflected in the percentage of the population of African with access to electricity. Approximately 600 million Africans lack access to electricity with some countries like Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, and Somalia having electricity coverage of only 1%, 3%, 9%, 14%, and 18% respectively.
ACEF mission is to rekindle the hopes of the poor and vulnerable people in Africa through its poverty alleviation programs. ACEF harnesses the power of the private sector to benefit the poor in Africa. We support and encourage sustainable agricultural practices, which seeks to produce sustainable growth while ensuring future generations' ability to do the same by not exceeding the regenerative capacity of nature. ACEF also sponsors entrepreneurship and skills acquisition programs, to empower women and youth, while at the same time tackling energy poverty through the provision of solar panels to light-up the nooks and crannies in Africa. We work with enterprising people across Africa to help them improve their incomes, lives, and communities. ACEF aim to create a channel through which local farmers and small business owners can access finance ( ACEF-owned Micro Finance) to obtain grants and soft loans to expand their production.
We act as both think tank and active implementer of ideas in practice for the African continent. ACEF is committed to helping families and individuals across Africa improve their lives and achieve lasting victories over hunger and poverty. Join and support ACEF today to make Africa a better place.
Gender EquityTo campaign against traditions that work against equal opportunity for women, therefore hindering efforts towards sustainable development based on the emancipation of the gilr child. In Africa, we have a proverb that if you educate a woman, who educate an entire village.