By Basil K Mbuye
Limbe-based Non-Governmental Organization, The People’s Foundation, has reached out to Internally Displaced Children, providing education materials to boost their educational aspirations, and to ensure they have access to education as classes are scheduled to resume early next month.
The foundation, on Friday, September 25, donated writing materials and also paid the fees of some internally displaced pupils. The ceremony that took place at Catholic Church Buea Town was carried out in collaboration with the Saint Vincent de Paul Association. The children were given materials like school bags, pens, pencils, rulers, exercise books, erasers amongst other items.
The founder of The People’s Foundation, Princedale Dobgima, stated that the foundation is committed to improving the living standards of internally displaced children. This, he said, is because some of the children have been home for so long and their parents cannot afford their school needs.
“The children are the generation of tomorrow; they have spent so many years at home without going to school. This has impacted them a lot and has created depression in their families and also crime in the neighbourhoods. We believe that if we can start with just one kid and give the kid a chance to go back to school, that kid can see the benefit of education,” Dobgima explained.
The over 15 kids in Buea, who benefitted from the scheme, will have their school fees paid by The People’s Foundation, from primary school to the university level.
The parents of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the foundation, for aiding their children, thereby lifting up a huge burden from their shoulders.
“I thank God for The People’s Foundation. This is because God has used them to remove this burden from us. Some of us were unable to send our children to school last year since we couldn’t afford the cost. Our children were sent away from school since we couldn’t pay their fees. After this gesture here today, I am a happy parent for the school issue has been handled,” a parent said.
Since the Anglophone Crisis that started in 2016, many have been displaced internally and this has affected distorting their lives, and the hardship incurred due to programmed movement, has seen many dropping out of school, because they cannot afford fees and other needs. Many children have also lost parents to the crisis, and as such, they are left with no guardians.
The founder of The People’s Foundation revealed that the scheme will also be extended to other parts of Cameroon.