The Hope and Rehabilitation Organisation, HaRO Cameroon and ex-students of Sacred Heart College Mankon, SHESA, 46th batch have provided both psychological support and food items to some 60 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The support was provided them on May 30, in Yaounde, during a healing session to heal the wounds caused by the Anglophone crisis, and accompany them via SHESA 46 donation to help victimised IDPs have something to sustain their households during the health crisis.
Expressing gratitude to the squad of ex-students who aimed at putting a smile on IDPs faces, Fritz Mendi, Director of HaRO Cameroon said his organisation has been looking for means to reach out to IDPs who lost their jobs and related sources of income.
He urged the public and potential partners to come join their hands so that they can efficiently provide help to those who need.
The support dedicated to 60 IDP households comprised of 200 face masks, hydro-alcoholic gel to be dispatched to the target populace, while each bag given out contained rice, cooking oil, salt, sachet tomatoes, seasoning cubes, soap, to help them have proper meals, Fritz Mendi added.
According to Blondel Anock Ewane, Project Coordinator SHESA 46th Solidarity Project, this initiative is yearly but that they decided to extend a helping hand to IDPs in Yaounde in a bid to help those who are really in need.
“We gave 14 bags of rice, groundnut oil, tomatoes, face masks, hand sanitisers, seasoning cubes, salt, at least items that can permit the cook a descent meal even for a week, reason why we decided to touch on 60 households,” Blondel Anock examined.
He maintained that, they intend to have a close collaboration with HaRO Cameroon so that together they can plan on how to finance certain activities and providing items that can be beneficial. He added that, SHESA is composed of people from diverse backgrounds that is, engineers, army, medical personnel among others.
“We’ve come a long way with love, solidarity. So, every year we have this solidarity project which carry out to impact lives. Last year, we had this project carried out in the Southwest in Buea and this year, we are carrying it out at HaRO Cameroon.”, Rhys Bah, SHESA member told News Upfront.
Mama Judith Ndome, one of the beneficiary thanked God for giving them the grace to so such work while decrying her situation. “God should give them more grace so that they should do this work, because if you don’t have the grace of God you can’t think about other people. In the house I hadn’t even one soap. Since yesterday I want to buy small banana since I fry ‘akara’ but, I wasn’t able to afford it. So, we can only thank God for these children.”, she added.
Vera Dze Mmbi, widow and mother of five said HaRO and SHESA has once again put a smile on her face, after paying her house rent and giving financial support to start up a business of her own.
With this she added that, she had exhausted her foodstuffs back home and this was a very big gift she received, thus, happy for the fact that her children will have something to eat.
“I was surprised when they called me, I hardly believed it because its my first time of receiving something like this,” said Sylvia Wache while deploying that she has been residing in uncompleted buildings since her arrival in Yaounde. But thanks to HaRO Cameroon, she is into eru business which she slices and sells at the airport because she doesn’t live far from there.