[Photo Credit: Cameroon Union Mission.]
Cameroon | Florence Suzy NOM

[Photo Credit: Cameroon Union Mission.]

[Photo Credit: Cameroon Union Mission.]

The Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the Nkoldongo Adventist Church distributed donations estimated at around 3 million CFA francs to needy families and children through a free market held on Sunday. 19 September 2021, on the premises annexed to its headquarters.

About 500 people took part in this exercise. The opportunity was given to each participant to purchase at least five items for free, presenting tickets offered by the organizers. They all benefited from school kits, clothing for children and adults, shoes, bags, suitcases, mats, seals, foodstuffs, and even soaps. Thus, all vulnerable families of the four targeted neighborhoods (Nkolndongo 1, Nkolndongo 11, Nkolndongo 13, and Nkolndongo 14) participated in this ceremony organized on their behalf.

This action of the ACS Department of the Nkoldongo Adventist community was launched in July 2021, by fundraising awareness from church members, organizations, and individuals. During a period of two months, the heads of the committee of this department and several members were deployed in the various targeted districts, with the support of the district leaders, to identify vulnerable children and families who could benefit from this opportunity of relief and support during the beginning of the school year in Cameroon.

One hundred twenty-three vulnerable children (57 girls, 66 boys) were identified, and about 104 school kits were prepared (45 for primary, 59 for secondary). Ninety-two students benefited from these school kits, made up of books, notebooks, pens, backpacks, etc. The other kits were kept in ACS stores to be handed over to families and children who were absent on the day of distribution.

Another great result of this action was the presence of 35 heads of families (28 women, 7 men) who participated in a six-hour training program on income-generating activities on 16 September 2021.

During the cutting of the ribbon for the inauguration of the market, a ceremony chaired by Pastor Jean Meeting Pourrat, the Cameroun Union Mission ACS Department director, Elder Nko'o Mendouga Ferdinand, the Nkoldongo community pastor, thanked the union for its donations (clothes, shoes, bags, baby scooters, etc.) and ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) for its support of the project (with 50 buckets with lids, 50 wash jars, and 16 mats).