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On 6 October 2008, 5 students
sponsored by Spreading Health started their nurse training at St Louis
College in Bamenda, Cameroon.
They come from the North West Province (English speaking) and none of them would have been able to afford this training without the sponsorship of Spreading Health.
|Oscar Wirnkar is from Noi near Jakiri,|
|Havilah Nsakse comes from Lui, Oku,|
|Elvis Toh is from Njen (Batibo),|
|Omer Tawong comes from Bamdzeng|
|Zulaikah Wirba is from Ngendzen|
Oscar has worked in his community clinic, untrained, for 13
In November 2008....
Peter visited Cameroon again this time accompanied by Glyn. A highlight of the trip was meeting the 5 sponsored students and receiving their thanks to everyone who has donated and contributed to Spreading Health.
These are some
excerpts from letters they’ve written to share with their
"...I also thank you as my village will be lifted so far as health is concerned which is the most important thing in life, as people’s lives will be saved just because of your intervention. .. I wish to thank the organisation responsible for my sponsorship in St Luis College for the good job they are doing..."
"...For someone to sponsor a person who they do not know means that person is very great. I know this organisation represents my father at this stage because if not for this organisation may be I was just going to remain like I was, doing nothing till the end of my life but due to your efforts I will have some profession that will help me and my community..."
Havilah’s father died when she was studying for GCE’s. She
is the eldest of 7 children and she and her mother sold pop
corn and peanuts in markets to pay her school fees up to A
"...I was very astonished when I saw the amount of money you sent
through Shumas Cameroon for my school fees. I nearly would have
developed wings to fly like a bird, for it was unbelievable to
me, like a dream. I can say that without you my education would
have remained or ended where it was. I did not have any other
means of looking forward as my parents are late (dead). I am very
happy to let you know that by the power of God you are now my
father and mother..."
"...to appreciate your efforts towards seeing that I should be a ‘responsible somebody’ tomorrow! …in offering me a scholarship to be trained as a nurse which I would love to be. I thank God for using you to bless me and as I have had the opportunity I believe that through this blessing other people will be blessed as it is a stepping stone to developing my local community..."
"...My community equally thanks all of you for this wonderful opportunity given me. I couldn’t believe the activities carried out to raise this large sum of money to educate someone you don’t know..."
We wish them all good luck with their studies!
We (Peter and Glyn) also returned to Lui Oku where Pete again consulted many patients at the community clinic, working with the highly committed nurses there. As before the villagers were enormously welcoming including us in their lives and we met up with women’s groups from Future In Our Hands who are engaged in all sorts of small development and education projects. See their FIOH website: www.fiohwork.org/fiohfund
We also spent time with the enthusiastic team from SHUMAS developing ideas for the future of Spreading Health.
We plan as early as possible in 2009 to apply for charitable status with the UK Charity commission.
Current total of funds raised
during this, our first year of operation is £8,800 (Christmas 2008)
which is a great start.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED!
Together we ARE Spreading Health!
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