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Reaching Out To Needy Children 

By Carl Oben Ayuk Cole* — It is a common phenomenon to find the poor and the needy children in Africa, especially in Cameroon. Those who can neither afford a decent meal, healthcare nor reach to education.

Beneficiaries and benefactors

James Websak, 12, is sixth born child in a family of seven. Born to farmer parents, they have to toil night and day to carter for the needs of their family. The first child, University of Buea graduate, is on the hunt for a job to be able to support her parents; meanwhile the second hasn’t gone beyond Ordinary Levels because of ill-health. James is currently in Form Three, at Government Secondary School Great Soppo. “I’m studying hard to become an engineer in future” he tells The Post.

Queen Ivet Mokube, 14, is first born child to her handicapped mother and former CDC worker father. She has two younger siblings, who live with her parents, but she resides at the Mah D’s Orphanage Kumba, where she has grown and schools in Cameroon College of Arts and Science, CCAS Kumba, Form Five. She aspires to become a medical doctor when she completes her education, she tells The Post.

These are the stories of two, out of fifteen needy children, who, Saturday, September 29, received financial aid of FCFA 50.000 each, from benevolent couple, Mr. And Mrs. Nkeng. These grants are running for the third academic year, since 2010. The beneficiaries are thereafter, monitored and counselled on their academics for as long as they are under the scholarship fund.

Michael Nkeng, initiator of the scholarship fund, is himself testament of one who stemmed from a poor family background. He stayed home for up to four years before going to secondary school, because his parents hadn’t the money to see him through. He then got to the Advanced School of Public works in Yaoundé.

“These grants are exceptional to the Southwest Region in the meantime, but may extend to other regions in the near future.”  Theophilus Mforbib, representing the benefactors at the ceremony, tells The Post. The event, which held at Chariot Hotel complex, saw an attendance of about 35 persons, who constituted beneficiaries and relations.

*(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no 01379

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