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Manyu Women Group Donates To Orphans 

By Ernest Sumelong — Children of Buea based St. Valentine’s Orphanage, Saturday, March 31, received gifts from a group christened “Nchemti Bahore Manyu” (Gathering of Manyu Women). The gifts comprised of blankets, toiletries, pens, books and other didactic material, which the women deemed vital for the all-boys orphanage.

One of the women handing gift to beneficiary

According to the Group’s Vice President, Jane Eben, the gesture falls in line with their objectives of reaching out to the needy and other vulnerable people at special occasions. Thus, Easter period, accorded them, offers the opportunity to share with those at St. Valentine’s.

On the motive of their donation, Jane Eben said: “Easter is a period when God sent His Son to die for us. We came to share this love with the children in need. We brought gifts to tell them that someone cares for them. We have done two of such gestures; one was in Mamfe and this is the second”.

Jane Eben said the group that was formed in 1998 also has as mission to help members, sharing in their joy and sorrow. “Presently, we are affiliating ourselves to a group our patron, Thomas Orock, linked us to in order to help us get funds and that will make the group grow bigger. With that we hope the women will be more empowered to do greater things,” she said.

The proprietor of St. Valentine’s orphanage, Hon Paul Ayah Abine, expressed gratitude to the group. “We are really grateful. We are always grateful to whoever comes here to support the orphanage. I thank them and I thank God for them,” he said.

According to Ayah, the real founder of the orphanage was an expatriate, Colonel Valentine. He was here and working with the West Cameroon Government as Deputy Director of community development and later went up to Banso, where he died in 1989. He started what he called the Valentine’s young farmers club, because, he never liked the word orphanage that reminded the children that they were not complete.

I was part of that orphanage and so, when he died, I adopted eight of the 20 orphans he left behind. That was at Nso on January 9, 1989. That was the beginning of this orphanage. The orphanage currently has about 13 children and are at all levels of the academic pursuit, from primary school to university level.

First Published in The Post print edition no. 1333

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