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Orange Foundation Donates To The Visually Impaired 

By Willbroad B. Nformi

Over 40 students of the Integrated School for the Blind, ISFB, Kumbo, Bui Division, Sunday, September 19, received scholarships and didactic materials from the Orange Foundation Cameroon.

The gift to the institution and underprivileged kids comprised innovation of all the buildings of the school, FCFA 10,000 scholarship per child, a school bag, writing frames and canes for the visually impaired. The Foundation, of the mobile communication company Orange Cameroon, equally donated 5000 typing and printing sheets and brail alphabets to meet the special needs of the children.

Speaking at the occasion, Orange Foundation Secretary General’s representative Clay Zebaze said Orange’s mark has a heart which he said was seen through the works of the Foundation. He explained that for that reason, the Foundation had intensified its actions in favour of the underprivileged. "On the health domain, the foundation engages in helping the disabled with communication handicap such as those with visual and auditive deficiencies", Zebaze said.

He said they also intervene in the education domain with focus on vocational training of teenage mothers, environmental care in the North, Northwest and Southwest regions, as well as assist in the construction of toilets. He disclosed that in the Foundation’s Back-to-school Programme for 2010/2011, 3000 kids have been earmarked to benefit in the 10 regions of Cameroon.

Speaking earlier, ISFB Kumbo Supervisor, Magdalene Kutwah, said her institution was opened in 1983 by the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, to ensure the integration into the main stream society of children with visual impairment through education. She lauded the Orange Foundation and other partner donors for enabling the institution achieve its mission through their generosity.

"Today, we are happy to be in partnership with your company. With your partnership, the future of these pupils/students is surely going to be bright, especially as education is concerned," the ISBF Supervisor said. She, however, requested for more brail papers, machines and printers.

For the Representative of the Director of the CBC Health Services, the gesture of Orange had transformed the lives of the kids. He called on parents not to relegate their responsibilities, and urged the beneficiaries to develop a spirit of love for one another and society at large.
A visually impaired Form Five student of Chaffe Memorial Baptist College, CMBC Kumbo, Seka Esthela, called on God to give the donor more means to continue with the good works.

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