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The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), inspired by the Gospel and informed by Catholic Social Teaching, seeks to educate and advocate for just relations with Africa and to work in partnership with African peoples as they engage in the struggle for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. AFJN’s recent focus campaigns include: the CALAR Initiative, Women’s Empowerment, Just Governance, Justice, and Land Seed and Water Rights.   Thank you for your contribution to build a more just world. We are grateful for your generosity.
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I was scolded for not having made a technical visit when I was leaving Foumbot for Bafoussam. To make the visit, I went to pay the fine and got a receipt. I was proud not to have bribed the road safety police. Sacrifice is part of the process to fight corruption. Fees are still charged in some departments, and they do not give receipts. Practically, without a receipt, you have not paid.

Mr. Kongne Isaac

Participant at the training workshop
Before the BABETE seminar, corruption always gnawed at us, without anyone speaking about it, for fear of reprisals and through ignorance of what to do to contribute to the fight against this scourge. Since that meeting, our activism is bringing many victims to denounce actions that we could not denounce for lack of proof. Currently, customers of Enéo (the electric company of Cameroon) have been complaining about the acts of corruption they suffer from subcontracting agents. I made a complaint to Enéo at the 8010-phone hotline, and I am waiting for a response.

Mr. Yemeli

participant at the training workshop in Babete
Some teachers were noted for taking money from parents for several reasons. When confronted, such teachers and students were sensitized on the impact of their actions on the students and the institution. With the persistence of such practices, a letter of explanation was given to teachers and parents, and subsequently, the teachers were sanctioned by the deduction from their salaries of a sum proportional to the amount they got from students. Meanwhile, such parents received warning letters. Some sanctions went as far as the dismissal of a teacher.

Sr. Francoise

I happened to have left home for a journey of some distance and only realized I had forgotten my facemask after I was miles away from home. Mindful of the corruption surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, I had to choose between continuing my journey by paying off the police officer with 500 Francs or rushing back home to get my facemask, losing time, and losing money for transport fare. Wanting to be a protagonist in the fight against corruption, I chose what was more difficult and what was right to do. I took a motorbike, rushed home, and got my mask. My duty against corrupt practices was now done, and my soul could be at ease. Throughout the journey, I saw how uncomfortable passengers were at each checkpoint. I took this opportunity to share my experience with those around me. Our little efforts can go a long way to put an end to corruption.

Ndi Quinta

Staff member at the Justice and Peace Commission, Bafoussam
After the workshop on the fight against corruption that took place in Babete, I submitted the training report to the Foumban school sector inspector, followed by a brief report to the administrative authorities of the education sector. After receiving this report, the school directors took note of the ways corruption was happening in the school. The first action the school principal took was to put an end to visits during school hours by parents who come to see  teachers and give them something so they can give special treatment to their children. Now there are no more parental visits during school hours. We have instituted this rule at St. Joseph School Complex: Parents must go through the administration for any problem, and any possible motivations of teachers will be assessed only at the end of the school year.

Mr. Mbogne Kanje Charles,

St. Catherine, Foumban, and Participant at the training workshop
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Women's Empowerment
AFJN conducts educational and training workshops for religious sisters and youth on a variety of different issue areas relevant to that location.  During the workshops and trainings the participants are first sensitized on the important issue, they learn how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching, and they practice skills in advocacy.  Once they are empowered they are encouraged to focus on an issue area and then educate and advocate for change in their communities and among their peers.  AFJN’s Women’s Empowerment Project has been successful in the creation of a law against Human Trafficking in Edo State Nigeria, has been crucial in educating communities about the SARS-2 Pandemic and the increase in domestic and sexual violence against Women and Children caused by the lockdowns.  Sisters have taken to holding virtual meeting and going on the radio in Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana to address these important issues. Learn about the most recent projects here.
Land Seed and Water Rights
We conducted an advocacy training for about 60 Catholic nuns in Tanzania and 13 representative farmers from these rural communities affected by the issue of land grab by large scale multinational agribusinesses. Using the acquired skills, the nuns conducted town hall meetings in several villages to listen and mobilize the people, including Muwimbi village in Iringa district where water source had been confiscated by a large scale investor for irrigation of a farm which used to belong to the village.  National radio and television channels aired the story to educate Tanzanians and put pressure on the official to take action. It worked. The District Commissioner of Iringa called one of the TV stations to stop airing the program because he was working on the issue. The water was released to the community within days. The pressured to review the contract still on. Land grabbing, the large-scale acquisition of land in developing countries by foreign or local companies or individuals, often without due process, is a serious problem in Africa. Over 50 % of total land grabbed worldwide is in Africa. As a result, communities have been displaced, their source of livelihoods taken away. AFJN organizes workshops and conferences, town hall meetings and radio programs to educate local communities about land grabbing, supports small-scale farmers and responsible investments in Africa’s agricultural sector, and advocates for laws to prevent and stop land grabs.
Just Governance
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