By Regina Anyacha in Buea
The UN body came to their rescue through a project dub “Cash Base Transfer (CBT) programme, and General Food Distribution (GFD), launched in March 2021 and which will end in March 2022.
“Before the coming of this programme, life was never the best with my family as I had lost my job due to the crisis in the North West and South West regions”, says Akoh George, former worker of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC).
“…but now, with the humanitarian assistance from the UNWFP, I am proud owner of a poultry farm from where I put food on the table. Things have changed positively until my kids who had dropped out from school can now resume,” the family head continued.
Just like Akoh George, many are those whose lives have changed with the CBT and GFD programmes.
In one of the most vulnerable places in Buea, Mile 16 and Ndongo, a-27-year old IDP who fled from violent attacks in her native Nkwen village, North West region of Cameroon recounted to News Upfront how the WFP made her miserable life to become reasonable.
“As soon as they stepped in, everything changed. I am proud to say that I can now feed my family with profits of this my business”. Evelyn said.
She opened a food stuff joint with the money she benefited from the programme and is retailing food items and fruits.
“I intend to expand the business as time goes by”, she added.
The gesture from the United Nations World Food Programme will for ever remain fresh in the minds of the beneficiaries of the project, News Upfront gathered.
The beneficiaries it should be noted were selected through a thorough process according to the UN body.
“We carried a lot of assessments before determining who is vulnerable enough to benefit, the assistance we are glad met some of their pressing needs”, says Kudzayi Mazumba, UNWFP head of field office Buea.
Some of the beneficiaries it should be noted benefited from the Cash Base Transfer Programme, but majority benefitted through the General Food Distribution (GFP) programme in both regions.
The project was mainly funded by the European Union (EU) one of WFP’s partners.