Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Breaking Ground partners with Cameroonians to achieve lasting solutions to their self-identified needs by investing in local knowledge, empowering women, and promoting economic development.
We believe that a community project can only effectively address the needs of a population if it is conceived, planned, and implemented by the community for whom it is intended.
Furthermore, we believe that a project’s long-term sustainability is reliant on the deep-seated investment of the local population. This investment cannot be fostered through the work of a foreign entity, like ourselves, but must develop organically through a collective recognition of the identified problem and a commitment to solve it.
Breaking Ground sees the role for outsiders in development as providers of funding and strategic resources to assist locally initiated projects. By empowering Cameroonian communities to implement their own grassroots projects, we enable truly sustainable, bottom-up development.
Breaking Ground takes three approaches to our work:
Investing in Agriculture: We provide training and resources to increase the ability of individuals and families to earn money through their primary income-generating activities, such as growing coffee or cocoa or processing palm oil, better enabling them to invest in their own local initiatives.