We are Creating the Best tomorrow future a place for everyone
What we do
We operate and manage an art and vocational training school where we provide visual, graphic, audio-visual art and social entrepreneurship skill development programs. Our substance use prevention intervention strategy is arts-based and complemented with life skill education and social entrepreneurship skill development. Through a nine months training cycle, with three months mentorship program, we train beneficiaries to increase their knowledge, change attitudes and develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to make inform decisions, regain self control, awareness and develop strategies for combating substance use anxiety. We embark on active youth involvement and arts-based activities like painting, sculpture, craft, dance, drama, music, photography documentaries and short films as a medium to get our beneficiaries out of substance use, abuse and crime. Through our skill acquisition programs and knowledge on marketing and publicity management courses, we enable them to develop positive behavior, adopt new and meaningful life styles, gain economic independence and to become models of social change entrepreneurs. To contribute to the financial sustainability and cost of our training cycle, we sell art works and other products produce by our beneficiaries.
We provide mental health education, psycho social support, rehabilitation strategies and link our beneficiaries to mental health experts when need arises. We also provide recreational activities and organize substance use/abuse sensitization and peace advocacy campaigns and workshops.
Empowering marginalize youths and communities.
Collective Arts Development Association(CADA), is a development and humanitarian non- governmental not for profit organization. CADA’s head office is located at Mezam, Bamenda II Northwest region Cameroon. CADA was recognized as an Association in 2016 per the 1990 law of association under authorization number 55/E.29./1111/VOL.8/ALPAS
Is integrated, participatory and holistic involving beneficiaries in all the stages of the project cycle. From programming, identification, formation, execution, monitoring and mentoring. With the little resources we have, through our approach we are able to bring desirable impact to the lives of children, youths and families in our communities. Our approach is participatory.
“Peace of Art” is a sub project of Collective Arts Development Association(CADA), an initiative which came about as a result of the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon. The crisis was triggered by the repressive response of the Cameroon’s government forces towards the peaceful protest by teachers and lawyers in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon in 2016, which demanded an end to the marginalization of the Anglophone minority. Astonishing to the Cameroon government, separatist fighters and factions in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon(in most cases the youthful population) took up arms against government forces to defend the territory they call “Ambazonia”. A political entity proclaimed by Anglophone separatist seeking independence from Cameroon. As a consequence to the crisis, villages, schools, administrative and socio-economic infrastructures have suffered constant attacks living most of them destroyed or burned down. Thousands of children and youths have become orphans, school drop outs, internally displaced, unemployed, frustrated and confused. Not living out most families and surrounding communities who live in fear, insecurity, hunger and poverty. The resultant effect is the increase in the rate of youth involvement in substance use,abuse,crime and violence in most conflict affected communities in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.
In Cameroon the national anti drug committee reports that, 21% of the population had used substances, 60% of whom are youths between the ages 15-25 years old and 12,000 young people less than 15 years of age use narcotic drugs and other psychoactive substances. According to Gilberto Gerra, chief of drug prevention and health branch at the United nation office of drugs and crime(UNODC), he said i quote, ” Africa’s rising illegal drug consumption can be attributed to political instability as well as porous borders”. With the outbreak and seemingly unending political crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon, which characterizes administrative, educational and socioeconomic setbacks, hundreds of children and youths have drop out of school, unemployed, displaced, some have become orphans, confused, depressed and frustrated. In addition, Cameroon being a transit zone for illicit drugs to neighboring countries has increase the circulation of drugs in the major cities,towns as well as in rural areas. These alongside other factors have caused more youths to indulge in substance use, abuse, crime and violence and has thus fuel insurgency and terrorism in communities both in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.
Against this background, Collective Arts Development Association(CADA),came up with a sub project title: “Peace of Art”. It is an initiative which advocates for a society free of substance use, abuse and non violent conflict by empowering marginalized groups and communities through life skill education, art, vocational training and social enterprise development programs. We believe that it is essential to address the root causes of youth involvement in substance use, abuse, crime and violence owing to the fact that youth economic empowerment is an essential factor for sustainable peace and development in our communities, nation and the world as a whole.
Through this initiative, we organize community outreach programs, such as life skill education,substance use/abuse and crime sensitization and peace advocacy training workshops.We also provide strategic humanitarian assistance to children,youths and families who have faced adversities as a result of the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.