By Kelvin Nembo Njuhsop, Mbouda-Cameroon.
It is a dream come true for hundreds of underprivileged young girls and women in Mbouda, a border town to the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon, where civil unrest that began in 2016 has caused thousands to flee and settled, though under precarious conditions. The Bisong Foundation has taken the resolve to ensure they all enjoy the right to education just like their peers in the West region where there is relative peace.
To achieve this objective, the Humanitarian foundation recently signed a partnership agreement with Unity Comprehensive College whose school officials represented by Mr. DONGMO Levis have already provided a suitable training facility where hundreds of underprivileged girls and women are currently receiving tailoring training. Just that they didn’t have industrial sewing machines to ease learning. It is under this backdrop that the Bisong Foundation provided the institution with 10 industrial machines.
During the handing over ceremony marked by a series of stage performances, one of the trainers, NGORAN Mathilda praised the Bisong foundation and the founder, Michael Bisong for the humanitarian gesture saying; this donation is very timely, we have been in dire need of such state-of-the-art equipment to impart knowledge to these underprivileged persons including IDPs and you came in as our messiah. We promise to make good use of it, she concluded, putting on a smiling face.
The Coordinator of the West regional chapter of the Bisong Foundation, Mr. WAMBO Marcellin seized the occasion to passed across a strong message from the founder, Michael Bisong. He told the beneficiaries that, ‘Mr. Michael Bisong has sent me to give you these industrial machines which will facilitate your studies. He said, you should make the best out of these gifts, embrace education wholeheartedly and be responsible youths, ambassadors of peace. The future of Cameroon and Africa lies in your hands.
The head of each group of trainees received one industrial machine from the hands of the members of the Bisong Humanitarian Foundation. Some of the beneficiaries include AWAH Clarissa ATEH, CHENDJOU Orchelle, MBOU Megane, NKONGNI Pascaline just to name a few. Their joy was immeasurable. They have all expressed their immense gratitude to their benefactor promising to work harder. After receiving the machines, they unanimously echoed this message, thank you Bisong Foundation, we shall not fail you.
The trainees were made to understand that at the end of their training, the Bisong Foundation, whose greatest ambition is to help transform these particular group of people from job seekers to job makers will provide outstanding trainees with new sewing machines and financial assistance to help them open their own workshops in a bid to be self-reliant. The population of Mbouda, the headquarters of the Bamboutos division have praised the Bisong Foundation together with their partners for the initiative that will permit hundreds of adolescent girls and women to be able to receive in-depth professional training with high tech sewing machines.