Partner in focus – CDVTA

One of CDVTA's clubs for the elderly, Cameroon. © All We Can/Guillaume Debar

Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA) in Cameroon has been an All We Can partner since 2004. It works to improve the quality of life of marginalised elderly people through advocacy, training, and inter-generational communication.

Older people’s rights in Cameroon

CDVTA works tirelessly with elderly people to help them realise and assert their constitutional rights. At local level, staff and volunteers have helped individuals to attain ID cards and therefore the opportunity to vote and travel. At a national level, their programmes have enabled elderly people to raise their voices on a range of policy issues.

CDVTA also assists elderly people in developing income generation activities such as goat rearing to alleviate poverty and have created a network of older people’s clubs. These clubs act as a hub of support for people that might otherwise become isolated and lonely, and allow older people to share skills, knowledge and friendship.