Denis Miki Foundation
The mission of the Denis Miki Foundation (DMF) is to support underdeveloped communities through health, economic empowerment, capacity building, education, and sports for sustainable development, human rights, and wealth creation in Cameroon. Their vision is to ensure food security, micro-enterprise, and micro-finance. Overall, DMF endeavors to better human life via education, youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, human rights, women empowerment, and care for the old and vulnerable, less privileged, and orphans. It operates a social enterprise, Efeti Ventures, which runs micro-economic programs that create jobs and finance and promote food security. Efeti Ventures donates 30% of the revenue to DMF for the implementation of programs and projects.
Theory of Change
Recognizing and protecting the intrinsic value of all people (fairness, dignity, equality, and respect) will help them secure their rights, freedoms, and protections as well as contribute to local development.
DMF provides practical life and vocational skills to under privileged young people and women so that they can create their own employment or acquire employability skills which can enable them secure jobs or become self-reliant. For food security in communities, Efeti Ventures invests in agricultural projects and trains people to cultivate crops and raise livestock. To create jobs and contribute to the economy, they recycle waste into usable products. For peacebuilding and mediation, DMF mobilizes, connects, and provides capacities for peacebuilders, uniting local communities and cities in collaboration with major partners worldwide to reduce conflict and violence. They are now working with community members, stakeholders, and the government to develop a Youth Peace Policy and a Women Peace and Security Policy to serve as frameworks for including youth and women in peacebuilding processes. DMF organizes capacity-building workshops with civil society leaders on digital and physical protection, and secures support for journalists affected by the Anglophone Crisis. DMF also collects data and informs policy and decision makers on the human rights situation in Cameroon.
DMF has worked with over 16 rural and urban communities and now works on a national scale. Its work has impacted the lives of 7,000 women, 15,000 youth, and 600 children. DMF also works with UN Missions to provide development and humanitarian support to under-served communities. This has made it possible for several members of the team to win both national and international awards and grants to support the work in local communities in Cameroon.