Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Breaking Ground

Portland, ME


Our Mission

Breaking Ground partners with Cameroonians to achieve lasting solutions to their self-identified needs by investing in local knowledge, empowering women, and promoting  economic development.
Core Values
We believe that a community project can only effectively address the needs of a population if it is conceived, planned, and implemented by the community for whom it is intended.Furthermore, we believe that a project’s long-term sustainability is reliant on the deep-seated investment of the local population. This investment cannot be fostered through the work of a foreign entity, like ourselves, but must develop organically through a collective recognition of the identified problem and a commitment to solve it. Breaking Ground sees the role for outsiders in development as providers of funding and strategic resources to assist locally initiated projects. By empowering Cameroonian communities to implement their own grassroots projects, we enable truly sustainable, bottom-up development. 
Breaking Ground takes three approaches to our work: 
Community Partnership Program( We provide seed funding to projects of mobilized communities to further their development.
Investing in Agriculture( We provide training and resources to increase the ability of individuals and families to earn money through their primary income-generating activities, such as growing coffee(  or cocoa( or processing palm oil( , better enabling them to invest in their own local initiatives.Women's Empowerment( Our Women's Entrepreneurial Program( provides women with critical business skills and the confidence to put them to use. Breaking Ground Football( helps girls and young women build confidence, independence, and respect for their peers of different ethnicities.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mr. Lindsay Clarke

Main Address

104 Neal Street

Portland, ME 04102


grassroots, sustainability, community, Cameroon





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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The Women's Entrepreneurial Program (WEP)

Lebialem Valley Agriculture Program

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