By Basil K Mbuye
Buea-based mobile philanthropist barber, Ekie Walters Ngalle was in Douala for three days to give free haircut to underprivileged, orphans and the handicapped and internally displaced persons, IDPS.
After giving the same treatment in cities like Yaounde, Buea, Limbe, Tiko, Mutengene and other towns, it was the turn of Douala.
Through the campaign he launched weeks ago, known as Changing Lives With Haircut, Walters Ngalle gave free haircut to the aforementioned people in the Depanda neighbourhood amongst others.
As a barber by profession, he goes around the country to give free haircut to underprivileged, orphans and the handicapped and internally displaced persons, IDPS, for free.
Going by the 24-year-old from Buea, this is the only way he can gives back to the community.
“As a barber and also a young man who loves humanity, I was looking for a way to give back to my community and at the same time impacting life. So I decided to reach out to the less privilege and give my services for free to them,”Ngalle averred.
While in Douala, he was recognized and awarded a token thanks to a MOMO-FUNDME initiated by political and social activist, Jude Randze. Randze explained that he was touched when he saw a story online on the activities of Ngalle. He had to take on Twitter to see how he can get help for him.
He said: “I have been involved in humanitarian work since the start of the Anglophone crisis and what got my attention on this particular case was that Walters Ngalle at 24 dedicated his life to giving free haircuts to ISDPs and the less privileged. In the world we live in now such acts of kindness and display of selflessness are very rare so I thought for days how I could help him but what I had in mind wasn’t “big enough”.
“So I pitched the idea via a simple tweet as I am very active on there and it got many positive reactions so I started what I personally call MOMO-FUNDME coined from the well-known Gofundme platform. The choice of the fund raising platform was because I knew Mobile Money was most ideal and the word itself to me was sarcastic and attention catching. Yes, it did work because the funds raised surpassed by expectations.”
Through this, FCFA 160,000 was raised and handed to Walters Ngalle in Douala.
Quizzed on the gesture, he said “it will go a long way in helping me to get to the kids in need. I am at the same time planning on starting my free training barbing training program in Buea. This will require a lot of assistance. So am grateful for the support.”
On the campaign, he said he is currently facing challenges like the lack of Transportation means, equipment, information on where to render his services and lack of volunteers.
His task is to travel around Cameroon to give free haircut to the less privileged, orphans, handicapped and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs. In his target of at least giving free haircut to 100 orphanages in the country, he has so far visited close to 30 orphanages already. This, he believes can be easily done with the support of people of goodwill.
The Changing Lives With Haircut campaign started in Mamfe and later Kumba before going to other cities.
He can be reach through 673-594-931