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GivHOPE Raises Funds For Street Children 

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

A non governmental organisation known as GivHOPE, has raised funds towards withdrawing and reinsertion of street children in Cameroon.
The solemn ceremony to raise funds geared towards helping street children took place recently in Yaounde.

The event that brought together Government officials, civil society organisations aims to: contribute towards helping the street children in our towns.

Presenting the 2018 plan of action for the non-governmental organisation, the General Coordinator, Helene Pieume, said more actions need to be taken so as to rescue young talented Cameroonians who, because of some problems, have resorted in staying in the streets.
She reiterated that the task is so big that if allowed to the Government alone, work done will not be sufficient.

“The task is so big that we need to accompany the Government. The society has rejected these children, but we need to go closer to them and tell them that we love them. This is our own small paragraph that we want to write in the development of this country,” Helene Pieume stated.

She said’ “42 children have been withdrawn from the streets but those who are stable in our portfolio are 27. They vary between 27 and 29. They are young people very mobile and sensitive. Some can go for six months before coming back. Some of the children are going to school; secondary, high and university while others are doing income-generating activities.”

She added that children under the GivHOPE care have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal saviour with three already baptised.

The ceremony presented a platform for the public to listen to diverse testimonies from some of the children that have been withdrawn and reinstated into the society.

One of such was Martin who, after wandering in the street, finally had his place back into the society – thanks to GivHOPE. Presently, he is in second year in the University of Yaounde I. According to most of them who spoke to the press, being in the street is not a fatality, for, with GivHOPE, you can make it.
Created in 2007, GivHOPE has as its motto: One child, One family, one community; together let us join hands.

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