Bringing gifts to the Luc Menorah Orphanage Bamenda. Thank you World Pulse for the spirit Award!

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted March 27, 2021 from Cameroon

 

In December when I wrote my article on “What a Christmas gift Christmas gift” my heart also went out to children who do not have as much opportunities and a good childhood. I thought of children in orphanages especially out here in the North West Region of Cameroon. I was troubled and wondered how I could help. I tried talking to a few people out here who could help but many of them were reluctant or did not have the resources to help.

I prayed and thought I could save up to realize this project. My challenges at home kept adding up with my mother in-law being mentally ill and coming to live with me.

That was extra financial demand coupled with the fact that my husband was still in prison and I have a large household to carter for. Some how I never gave up hope. I believed that one day there will surely be a miracle.

            Then the spirit Award was launched and I got an encouraging a number of nominations. All what excited me was the assurance that I was creating impact in my community. And the greatest impact for the moment I was dreaming of was to reach out to these children. Finally, the results were published and I was one of the grand prize awardees. I was so excited especially as my heart’s desire to visit these children will be fulfilled. On the day of the award ceremony, I promised I was dedicating the award to all the vulnerable people suffering out there. On the 12th of March together with another World Pulse sister by name Benedicta Akumbong who is also my collaborator out here in Bamenda and with the help of the money I got from the Award I was able to bring them food stuff such as 6 bags of rice, cartons of groundnut oil, Covid 19 kids (soap, sanitizers and buckets), two cartons of nutritional meal and some clothing.

            That was the most emotional day in my entire life. I saw children who were living under horrible conditions but happy and singing as you can see in the attached video. There were about 49 children living with disabilities and 119 internally displaced living in barely 3 bedrooms apartment. These children had been bought by relatives, some whose parents died in cold blood in their presence managed to find their way to the orphanage.

            I also had the opportunity to talk to them about World Pulse and how these amazing women had made the visit possible. In return they send greetings and especially the proprietress of the luc Menorah.

            All these children barely have 3 bedrooms to live and sleep in. The landlord of the premise had given them a quite notice to move out of the premises. They had acquired land to construct but no money to begin construction. Even the Sunday bricks the older children had molded for construction 2,500 of them in number, the rains had destroyed them the previous day before I visited.

            Dear sisters I haven’t rested since I came back from that visit. I have talked to a few people to support with clothing especially warm clothing for the children but everyone seem to be complaining. Yesterday my daughter Therese gave up part of her cloths which I will be sending to the orphanage soon.

            My dear sisters these children did not asked to be orphans. They hadn’t committed any crime that merit what is happening to them. I am on my knees begging for any form of support so we could add to what they have been able to raise so they can build a better home for these children to live in.

            If you are touched by this video and images and wish to help, please contact me by E-mail or send me a private message so we can channel the help to them.

Thank you World Pulse, my amazing, beloved and selfless sisters for impacting these vulnerable innocent souls through the World Pulse Spirit Award.

           

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Digital Ambassadors.

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Nini Mappo
Mar 27
Mar 27

Oh, bless your caring, compassionate heart sister Regina:) You are a mother to many and your daughter is following in your philanthropy and your partnership even now is so heart-warming. Blessings to her too.

I wish I could send you supplies from where am dear. I pray that God will not abandon His children. And that as they have been able to acquire land, they may also acquire everything they need to put up a home that is permanently theirs.

You said they need something to add to what they have so they can have a home. Perhaps if you specified the need it might be easier for people to respond t to the need and send help to these joyful children.
Good on you Regina, for never being intimidated by an need you come across! You are an inspiration :)

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

Hello dear Nini thank you so much for you lovely comments and compliment for Little Therese.
I don't even know where to start but I know they need food and clothing especially now
That the rains have come and its getting extremely cold.
They also need to purchase building materials.
Thanks dearie

Jill Langhus
Mar 29
Mar 29

Dear, Regina, Love,

I can literally feel your pain and emotion in this post. Let's start another fundraiser, dear, with the aid of your sister and I will share it on my social. Let's help them some more. XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Apr 04
Apr 04

Brilliant idea on the Fundraiser darling Jill. Thanks for always offering to help.
You have a kind heart

Jill Langhus
Apr 05
Apr 05

Thanks, honey:-) I try:-)

So do you!! XX

Katrina Griffin
Apr 02
Apr 02

This is amazing! Your compassion for these children and willingness to assist those in need is beautiful. I am so thankful you are able to ask and receive assistance to help these children.

Regina Afanwi Young
Apr 04
Apr 04

Thank for your king with words Katrina.

Susu Mohamed
Apr 19
Apr 19

Waaaw dear Ragina,
You did amazin work you are building new generations mentally and physically
Keep up going dear.
Best regards,
Suu

Regina Afanwi Young
May 03
May 03

Thanks for these lovely words of encouragement dear sis!!

Desire KASOLE
Apr 21
Apr 21

Bonjour et comment ça va? Je m'appelle Désiré KASOLE KULIMUSHI, âgé de 56 ans et père d'une douzaine d'enfants (11 filles et 1 garçon), j'habite à Kankule/BOGORHE dans la ville de BUKAVU au SUD KIVU en R.D.Congo. Je suis navré de cette histoire combien louable, dans ma communauté il ya des enfants orphélins (211) jéter à leurs sort, que faire pour que ses enfants orphélins de KATANA et de BOGORHE PUISSENT AVOIR DE L'AIDE?

Regina Afanwi Young
May 03
May 03

Thank you so much