The Milat Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to supporting deprived children and their families in Cameroon and across the globe.
We unlock their full potential for them to live their best life stories.
We do this through our bold, strategic, sustainable and innovative local empowerment projects and advocacy.
Early Childhood Education
Child Protection and Justice
Girls and Women
Empowering a Generation: Milat Early Childhood Educational Initiative
Milat Edu-Institutional Support Initiative
Milat Foundation Fellowships: The Darrell Milat Scholarship Programm
Food and Clothing Drives: Milat Orphanage Initiative
Girls and Women Empowerment: The Poverty to Prosperity Project
Milat Health Initiative
Empowering a Generation
Milat Early Childhood Education Initiative
We strongly believe that education can enhance opportunities in life for children and empower them to make informed decisions.
We've dedicated a lot of man-hours and investing countless resources to this charitable cause. We focus on education because it is proven to be one of the most important and reliable factors for sustained social and economic development.
Milat Foundation Fellowships
The Darrell Milat Scholarship for Child Health & Well-being, Justice & Child Protection
Every child has the right to good (or basic) health care. One of our main causes at The Milat Foundation is improving children's health and well-being.
The Milat Foundation Fellowships Program named after his son as "The Darrell Milat Scholarship" will fund University scholarships for Cameroonian students pursuing a degree in law and nursing.
Edu-Institutional Support Initiative
At the Milat Foundation for Deprived Children, we believe that providing a safe and comfortable place equipped with necessary school supplies for children to learn and grow is equally as important as providing them with the financial support to attend school.
Our Institutional Support Program is an initiative through which we help to sustainably support schools in least privileged communities. We try to achieve this by -
Provision of critical infrastructure to schools in marginalised communities: renovation/construction of classrooms where there are none.
Provision of comfortable sitting chairs and tables to schools in the most marginalised communities where children learn while sitting on the floor, writing with their books on their feet or on the ground. This will be key to improving the quality of Early Childhood Education in marginalised communities.
The provision of essential scholastic supplies to school administration in the most marginalised communities
Food and Clothing Drives: Milat Orphanage Initiative
We Feed Orphan Children! We Cloth Orphan Children! Food and Clothing are some of the very basic necessities of life.
But there are those children out there who are not only born into extreme poverty and so cannot afford a meal a day or clothes to wear, but have also lost their parents due to sickness or some other unfortunate circumstances.
Life for these children have become so deplorable such that in the absence of a helping hand, they end up in the prisons, trafficked or abducted. At the Milat Foundation we believe that we do not have to be rich to help these deprived children.
Improving the lives of orphans and children from highly impoverished families is a mission we take so seriously. One of our goals is to ensure that deprived children who constitute the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in marginalized local communities are safe and have their basic needs taken care of. We feed and cloth orphans and other deprived children living in extreme poverty.
Poverty to Prosperity (P2P) Project
Girls and Women Empowerment Initiative
The "Poverty to Prosperity" Project is our "Vocational Skills Training, Employment and Empowerment" initiative. Besides giving deprived and vulnerable children the gift of education, building and renovating educational infrastructure such as schools thereby promoting education and increasing children participation in schools, and feeding and clothing least privilege children living in abject poverty, we also support out-of-school girls and single mothers maximise their potential through our vocational skills training.
The main objective is to cut poverty and boost opportunity by empowering out of school girls and single mothers struggling to raise and give their children a better future despite the downsides of living in extreme poverty. This is one of our progressive anti-poverty initiatives with focus on boosting participants' confidence and making them become productive members of their communities. The target groups are especially from least privilege background, living in abject poverty and lack the financial capacity to either pursue formal education or set up for themselves a life sustaining activity.
Our P2P project prepares participants to later take up life sustaining economic activities, become self-reliant and empowered. At the moment we offer the following vocational training opportunities:
1. Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy
2. Catering & Hotel Management
3. Sewing (Dress making)
4. Computer and Documentation Services.
Training programs often last between 6 months and 1 year. By the end of the training, participants must have gained enough support in creating and accessing opportunities for employment and income generation, knowledge and skills transfer and community capacity building. To implement this program, we partner with selected vocational training centers and established businesses in the communities we serve. Our skills instructors are not only experts in their field, they also have full knowledge of the industry or business they are involved in.
Here at the Milat Foundation, we follow the training achievements of the girls and women we train. We have developed a multi-step approach to monitor and evaluate their training progress:Our staff will visit the training centers once every week
The trainers will act as advisors and will support us in mentoring and monitoring the girls & women (trainees)
Trainees will submit written reports to share their reflections and highlight issues they encounter
Trainees who are unable to submit a written report (due to language or educational limitations) will be interviewed in their preferred means of communication, and have their report written down by our staff
Out-of-school girls and single mothers struggling to raise and give their child/children a better future, and who:
Lack funding to pursue formal education or set up a life sustaining economic activity
Have a strong desire to pursue vocational training in a selected trade
Demonstrate good moral and ethical behaviour
Are ages between 15-25 years
Milat Health Initiative
One of our main causes here at Milat Foundation is improving children's health. Our efforts here are carefully selected to be able to improve children's basic health, and include:
Support the trainning of nursing students passionate about child health and well-being by offering them scholarships through our Fellowship Program "The Darrell Milat Scholarship for Child Health & Well-being, Justice & Child Protection"
Distribution of insecticide-soaked mosquitor nets to protect children and pregnant women against malaria.
Donation of food supplements to young children.
Support immunisation programs against preventable diseases such as measles and polio.
Training of women health workers to make childbirth safer.
Hygiene and sanitation programs in schools and local communities.
Provision of clean drinking water to children and families living in extreme poverty in the rural marginalised areas where due to lack of good drinking water, children die of diseases such as cholera and other water born diseases.
Hygiene supplies for children in impoverished rural communities with extreme need.
Basic Health Education (hygiene and sanitation programs) in schools. Through expert committees, we create and run 'Health Clubs' in schools in rural and marginalised communities. We recruit health professionals to deliver talks on basic hygiene to school children through our health clubs and also at organised community assemblies.
The Milat Forum, is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to the well-being of deprived or least privileged children. Every year it is convened around one specific issue of critical importance to children’s well-being that requires in-depth analysis and solutions.
Participants will come from diverse sectors representing Civil Society especially care givers, relevant non-governmental organizations and private persons with interest in child welfare; Social Workers; Legal practitioners (whether public or private) connected to child affairs; Governments both national and foreign; and other relevant national and international institutions.
These diverse groups come together to share ideas, discuss challenges and find solutions to pressing issues affecting the least privilege children. After every convention, participants especially care givers, legal practitioners and social workers are able to take back with them, practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges encountered in the course of providing the care and protection that is much needed by deprived children.
The Milat Forum:
provides a platform where these diverse groups meet to discuss issues of critical importance to children’s well-being
aims at having an open and frank discussion and share experiences on best practices
is supported by a ‘Facts & Figures’ document. This document is compiled in advance by the Foundation and comprised of a detailed, data-driven analysis of the issue under discussion, and forms the basis of an informed and constructive debate.
Discussions will be organized around three sessions:
Session 1: Identifying the issue
Session 2: Critically assessing the issue
Session 3: Exchange of best practices, recommendations for sustainable solutions and pledges for support from stakeholders
All sessions will be streamed live on the Foundation’s Facebook page and on our website.