ITs been a busy past few weeks here in Cameroon working with the Cameroon Football Development Program as we were preparing to run training camps for our new leaders and project coordinators. So after weeks of preparation, on and off the pitch, and the arrival of FSS Salaberry, our training partners/first team of pen pals/ first cultural exchange team, training is finally here. This first week has gone pretty well, and you can check out photos from the training sessions over on the CFDP BLOG.

Today though, I want to show you some more photos from the soccer pitch, where we have a team member (Coach of minor league soccer team Kumba Lakers) preparing a girls team for an exhibition match against FSS on Saturday as part of a women’s empowerment program that CFDP is putting on.


A young boy walks through the field where the girls team is practicing

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Not long ago, Justin the founder of the Cameroon Football Development Program, lived in a village outside of our hoe base of Kumba. He was working with the University of Dayton, in Ohio, to design and construct a water system for a farming village that is set off of the beautiful Lake Barombi. The project was quite an undertaking, and after months of hard work the project was finished. Now Justin has returned to Cameroon, for the fifth time, to start the Cameroon Football Development Program. CFDP is designed to engage the youth of Cameroon, and eventually West Africa, in life skills, and HIV education on the soccer field.

I met Justin in the late fall, and we began working together. I redesigned their website on a wordpress platform, and integrated their blog, so that as things move along, whoever is managing their PR, and online presence, can easily mange everything from one menu. They loved the results, and now I am spending two months in Cameroon photographing their project, and shooting videos to help explain the different facets of the program.

Today, join me on a trip to Barombi, across the lake in a wooden canoe that I was sure was going to deposit myself and cameras in the lake.

The trip to Barombi... Every time the "boat" aka hollowed tree trunk, shifted my stomach was in my mouth

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Here in Cameroon nearly every type of event draws a crowd. You could be having a choir practice, and it is pretty much guaranteed that a group will assemble to listen to the singing. Replace singing with soccer, and you could have five people or 100 people watching. The crowd usually consists of kids that hear something is going on, random people walking by, and people selling stuff. That stuff could be street food, clothing, shoes, or even basic toiletries like soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper. In my observations, it seems like at least half the population purchases these thing from someone walking around the street selling them.

Over time, I will show you more of the scene as it unfolds, but for today, the focus of my lens was children standing around watching our soccer camps, and practices.


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Shucking snails

Chopping Eru (arrow: Greens)

Water fufu (A staple in West Africa)

Smoked Fish

Nick getting measured at the Tailors

Nick getting measured at the Tailors

Nick getting measured at the Tailors

Nick getting measured at the Tailors

A woman in the market selling tomatoes

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