IVFCam is a development organization that promotes gender equity and participation from the grassroots to the nation.
The founder and Vision bearer, Anne Stella Fomumbod started this organization under the name Aid International Christian Women of Vision (AI-ChrisWOV). However after seven years of operation there was a growing need to go beyond Christians due to the expanding NEEDY target groups with diversified backgrounds and Faiths. This was mainly voiced out through the Organizational Development process, sponsored by Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO), who assessed the then AI-ChrisWoV’s operations with the involvement of all the stakeholders (including beneficiaries) and identified areas for strengthening, one of which was the absolute necessity to embrace other faiths. Hence in January 2008, there was a change of direction, following a transformation to an all faith encompassing organisation, to the present name, Interfaith Vision Foundation Cameroon (IVFCam).
MISSION IVFCam’s Mission is; “To Access Wealth and Health to the Needy and Vulnerable, as a form of translating our different Faiths into Feasible and Realistic Actions of Charity and Human Development.”
VISION IVFCam dreams of “A World in which all people, especially those within grassroots communities, have access to wealth and health irrespective of their faiths”
IVFCam is committed to be the voice of the enclave grassroots disadvantaged people. Special consideration is given to Women, (especially widows), children and People Living with HIV&AIDS because their level of vulnerability is very high.
By Mobilizing, Networking, Empowering and coordinating mainly Grassroots Based Groups (GBGs) as Grassroots Implementing Partners (GIPs), to address the challenges of their own communities.
This is done by facilitating and ensuring their empowerment to attain secure and sustainable livelihoods, and a voice to claim their entitlements and respect in society. Our Strategic and Operational Plans are therefore designed to address situations/considerations stated above; hence the need for the organization to be fully capacitated to meet the field challenges.
Ms. Anne-Stella Fomumbod is founder and chief executive officer of Interfaith Vision Foundation, a non governmental organization based in Cameroon’s Northwest region that works with community-based organizations to promote human rights and democracy at the grassroots level. An advocate for women’s rights, she has successfully lobbied for the passage of laws protecting the rights of women, particularly widows, in local communities, such as the Metta Charter on Widowhood (January 2010). For her efforts to promote gender equality in local governance and development processes, she received the Women’s World Summit Foundation’s 2010 Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life, as well as a National Award for the Advancement of Women in 2004.
On October 18, 2012 Anne Stella Fomumbod, a WDN, member was among several distinguished women honored with the 2012 International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award. Fomumbod has worked through WDN and the organization she has founded, Interfaith Vision Foundation Cameroon,to ensure women are involved in the decision-making process of their communities. Rehmah Kasule, a WDN member from Uganda, a 2011 recipient of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award, was inspired by Fomumbod’s leadership and nominated her for the 2012 TIAW award.
Fomumbod was awarded a Reagan Fascell Fellowship by the National Endowment for Democracy. During the fellowship she focused on women’s role in promoting democracy in Cameroon. In 2012 Fomumbod launched WDN’s newest Country Chapter in Cameroon. The Chapter is currently conducting WDN’s Women’s Leadership Schools, funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund, to increase the capacity and self-confidence of women to become active leaders in public life. The Chapter worked specifically to increase the number of women participating in the 2013 elections in Cameroon.
Anne Stella was nominated by the BBC Africa audience to take part in the 2013 session of the BBC’s 100 Women Conference in London. She was nominated due to her advocacy for women’s rights and participation in decision making bodies in Cameroon.Ms. Fomumbod had been a professional teacher for twenty-two years and retired from her work as Regional Pedagogic Inspector of secondary education in order to take up development work.
Compiled by IVFCAM’s Communication Officer
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