Caught up between two wars
261,245 Central African refugees in Cameroon
95,172 Nigerian refugees in the Extreme North
238,000 internally displaced persons
231,872 people helped


Surrounded by countries with tense conditions, Cameroon hosts refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic, which has an impact on its natural resources. The country is also facing its own difficulties, with rampant malnutrition in the Far North.

The political crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to a massive flight of nearly half the population to neighbouring countries, including Cameroon, since 2013. In the East region, the communes of Garoua Boulaï and Ndokayo were particularly affected by the influx of refugees and are currently hosting more than 25,000 refugees in Gado camp. The arrival of Central African refugees has considerably increased the pressure on resources, which can lead to tensions between refugees and the host community.

Far North
Since 2014, the Far North region of Cameroon has been the scene of violent clashes between Boko Haram and the armed forces. The growing insecurity has led to massive population displacements, causing a real shock for both displaced and host populations. There are now nearly 100,000 refugees and more than 200,000 displaced people in the Far North region near the Nigerian border, who are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition.

  • 23.4 million inhabitants
  • 37.5% poverty rate
  • 153rd out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2014
  • Team 12 international staff
    78 national staff
  • Budget €4 M

After an emergency humanitarian phase, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is now developing an approach focused on empowering people.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been working in the east of the country since July 2014, with Central African refugee populations and host communities.

In Gado camp, the issues are related to the sustainability of water access and sanitation infrastructures or even the lighting of the camp to improve security. Month after month, our teams have built a water network powered by solar panels that supplies the entire camp and also benefits the surrounding villages.

Food insecurity and the lack of income caused by displacement make the empowerment of the populations a priority. With technical and financial support as well as access to land, tools and seeds, people can develop income-generating and agricultural activities.

In the Far North, in partnership with other NGOs (Action Against Hunger, CARE, the French Red Cross, Première Urgence Internationale and ALIMA), SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works to combat malnutrition, lack of access to water, the prevalence of waterborne diseases, and to promote the financial autonomy of the most vulnerable people.

Women are directly assisted by the distribution of kits for themselves and their child in case of malnutrition, and are sensitized to good hygiene practices.

In order to promote agricultural production, in the same process of empowerment, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL supports food and market producers by providing them with tools, seeds and training in agricultural techniques. To evolve from subsistence agriculture, people are encouraged to set up savings and credit associations.

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

220,722 people helped

– Improve health conditions and access to water in 11 health centres: protection of water points, construction of latrine and shower blocks, waste management.
– Rehabilitation and construction of more than 80 water points, more than 360 latrines, 180 showers, creation of water point management committees in spontaneous sites for displaced persons and host villages.
– Construction of a water network within Gado camp with solar panel power supply..
– Hygiene awareness sessions.
– Distribution of 900 hygiene kits .
– Distribution of 5,435 nutrition kits.

food security

Food security and livelihood support

65,400 people helped

– Support for 82 vegetable garden clubs.
– Creation of 70 Village Savings and Credit Associations.
– Rehabilitation of a marketplace.
– Development of income-generating activities for 442 households.
– Obtaining 439 hectares through advocacy for access to land for displaced persons.
– Installation of 68 streetlights to improve the security conditions in the Gado refugee camp and village, and to fight sexual violence.

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen


At head office