By Basil K Mbuye
The People’s Foundation in partnership with Africa of Tomorrow has celebrated Christmas with over 200 less privileged and Internally Displaced children and their parents.
The event took place at the Buea Town Catholic church on Wednesday, December 23 bringing about less privileged and internally displaced persons from Maumu, Ekona, Issokolo amongst others.
These children received gifts like foodstuff and toys amongst other things are they prepare for Christmas.
The kids that reached out on September 25 by the Limbe-based Non-Governmental Organization, The People’s Foundation, reached out to Internally Displaced Children, providing education materials to boost their educational aspirations, and to ensure they have access to education.
These kids presented their report cards after the end of the first term during the event.
Speaking during the event, the founder of The People’s Foundation, Princedale Dobgima, stated that the foundation thought it wise to see that these children enjoy Christmas and New Year with smiling faces.
Hear Him: “Kids from 2 years to 10 years are those benefiting from this largesse with their families. Most of these children are from Lyssoka, Maumu, Issokolo, Ekona amongst others. The smiles on the faces of these children each time we share with them as this motivates us. These children have been through a lot as many of them have lost their parents and relatives.”
To the beneficiaries, they expressed joy and pray that God should continue to bless their donor.
“As an IDP coming from Muyuka, this foundation has been taking care of the school needs of my grandchild. Today they have spiced it up with this great initiative of seeing that we spend Christmas well,” a parent said.
She was corroborated by another who said “I’m here with my family to collect gifts for Christmas. The truth is I appreciated the gesture since I need the foodstuff. However, for how long will they continue feeding us? All I wish for is to see an end to the Anglophone Crisis so we can go back and fend for ourselves,” an Internally Displaced father of four 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.