In the city of Douala, Cameroon today there was a little boy born.
We’ll call him Samuel.
He is fighting for his life, as is his 14-year-old mother.
His mother, we’ll call her Sarah, has no job. No husband. No family to support her. She struggles just to get something to eat each day.
Prenatal care during her pregnancy was out of the question. It’s care that if she had gotten the mother would be rejoicing in the birth of a healthy baby boy, instead of wondering if they are going to live to see tomorrow.
Hope Services, located 120 miles away in the city of Youanda, has operated a clinic there for more than 20 years providing life-saving care to mothers and children just like Sarah and Samuel.
Hope Services has identified a similar need in Douala, and has asked Bread and Water for Africa® for assistance in constructing a clinic treating the most vulnerable and needy in the impoverished country.
On Giving Tuesday, December 1 we will be asking you for help to make that clinic a reality. On that day, people around the country are asked to remember those most in need.
And on that day, we will be launching an initiative #Clinic4Cameroon and know that supporters just like you will think of Sarah and Samuel and the 60,000 children and adults projected to be treated in the first year alone.
#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the numbers. Tens of thousands in the first year – hundreds of thousands in the years to come.
#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about Sarah and Samuel. It’s about the 60,000.
Hope Services in Yaounde, Cameroon was founded in 1994 with a mission to provide economically disadvantaged children, women and men with affordable health care services, and free treatment for those with no ability whatsoever to pay, to hundreds of thousands of residents of Cameroon.
Today, Hope Services has a goal to expand its healthcare services to tens of thousands more by opening a second clinic in the city of Douala, about 120 miles from Yaounde, where there is a lack of adequate, affordable health care for hundreds of thousands of impoverished residents.
The need is great and the facts are staggering.
· In sub-Saharan Africa countries including Cameroon, hundreds of women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
· The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are their leading cause of death.
· Less than half of women in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from skilled care during childbirth – meaning that millions of births are not assisted by a doctor, trained nurse or even a midwife.
· Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed countries. In Cameron, nearly 30% of the deaths of children under 5 are from malaria and diarrhea alone – a mortality rate that could lower significantly with access to health care.
For all these reasons and more, Bread and Water for Africa® is launching “”Clinic4Cameroon”. In the month of December, starting on Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise the $37,000 necessary to construct a clinic which is projected to serve 60,000 children and adults in its first year of operation alone.
#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the numbers – tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands in the years to come who will have a place to turn to when their lives are being threatened by easily preventable and treatable diseases.
#Clinics4Cameroon. It’s about the 60,000.
See the Cameroon program slideshow
Local Partner: Hope Services
Program Director: Mrs. Esther H. Ndichafah
Area Served: Center, Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon
Program Goal: The objective of this organization is to provide holistic care in medical, psychological, social, educational and spiritual domains to the total person in the name of Jesus Christ.
Program Service provided: The program provides care that embodies medical, psychosocial, educational, and spiritual areas of an individual. It is open to all persons irrespective of tribe, race, status, sex, or religion, with emphasis on the underprivileged, prisoners, widows, orphans, handicapped, traumatized and the homeless.
Number of program Beneficiaries: Over 50,000 Cameroonians annually
Current Need: Hope Services has been making plans for a project requested by local community members to construct a multi-purpose, income-generating vocational training and empowerment center in Bangolan Village – located about six hours from the capital in Yaounde – for women, youth, children and other less privileged persons. These marginalized populations will be taught basic education and self-sustaining skills. The project will be in phases. The most current and pressing need will be to raise enough funds to cover the first phase of this project, which would render the center partially operational until the second phase can begin.
Program Summary: Hope Services was created on December 19, 1994 with the core value to reach man with God’s love through meeting an individual’s basic needs. In 1997, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cameroon issued authorization for Mrs. Esther H. NDICHAFAH to run a Health Structure within the Essos neighborhood, of the nation’s capital in Yaoundé. This health structure (HPS Clinic & Maternity) has a capacity of 40 patient admission beds and has been the primary source of income that sponsors all spiritual and humanitarian activities carried out by Hope Services Ministry International.
In addition, Hope Services operates a medical outreach program to villages in the Northwest Region twice a year and their medical structure in Yaounde meets the need of more than 50,000 persons each year at free or very minimal cost. The programs are also currently meeting the health needs of Yaounde Urban Refugees. With the influx of these refugees, the medical facility has become severely overcrowded and Hope Services hopes to pursue a project of expansion for its operation theater and admission rooms.
Hope Services has also started a micro-loan program to help aid individuals become self-sufficient. It also completed a structure for a bakery to produce income and provide jobs.
Cameroon was created by combining two regions, one of which had been colonized by the French and another (the much smaller part) colonized by the British. Since independence, in 1961, there have only been two leaders. Paul Biya has held power since 1982 and, despite nominally expanding political freedoms and multi-party elections, allegations of fraud have been rampant in recent years. Nonetheless, the country has been consistently stable in a very volatile region.
Tropical to semiarid – varies according to geography
• Population – 19,294,149
• Median Age – 19.3 years
• Population Growth Rate – 2.157%
• Life Expectancy – 54.04 years
• Literacy – 67.9%
• Average Years of Schooling – 10 years (male), 8 years (female)
• Urban population – 57%
There 24 major African language groups and these ethnic languages are typically spoken natively. English and French are the two official languages, though they are spoken to varying degrees according to regional lines (English only in the northwest and southwest). Cameroonian Pidgin English is the most widespread lingua franca, and Camfranglais, a relatively new mixture of English, French, and Pidgin English has been gaining popularity in recent years.
Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1%
Indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
GDP Per Capita – $2,300
GDP Composition by Sector:
• Agriculture: 19.8%
• Industry: 29.7%
• Services: 50.4%
Labor force – by occupation:
• Agriculture: 70%
• Industry: 13%
• Services: 17
crude oil and petroleum products, lumber, cocoa beans, aluminum, coffee, cotton
What it is known for:
• Foumban (city know for its collections of traditional African art, including a large museum)
• Wildlife parks
• Mousgoum Huts – made using pottery techniques and know for their unique shape
BWA’s Focus Areas in Cameroon:
• Vocational Training