Each year, the Afoni Children of Hope Foundation (ACOHOF) would hold book bag drives to help the underprivileged families and students in Bui Division of the North West Region of Cameroon to be properly equipped for the upcoming school year. To help a child to grow strong, confident, independent, and happy; providing support for his/her education can be the best thing one could do for him/her!
Saturday 12th September 2015 was another record breaking day for ACOHOF’s 8th annual Back-to-School with ACOHOF event held at the ACOHOF Family Farm School+ (ACOHOF FFS+) premises in Tatum to provide grade-appropriate school supplies that would enable beneficiary school children have a befitting start of the school year. This occasion that brought together people charged with the responsibility of molding children educationally, was given kudos from the massive attendance of parents, guardians, community stakeholders, students of the ACOHOF FFS+, and carefully selected orphans and underprivileged pupils from schools in and around Tatum village.
ACOHOF is thrilled to have met its target this year by providing school fees subsidization, exercise books, pens/pencils, school uniforms, school pullovers, shoes, clothes, and other valuable school materials to over 100 underprivileged school children to enable them go back to school with pride, dignity, and self-worth. Remarkable in this event also, was the handing over of 125 text books to the ACOHOF FFS+ library donated by ACOHOF and the Darien Book Aid; and the handing over of the sum of 50,000FCFA in cash to the Islamic Primary School Tatum donated by Karolina Johnsson.
During this event, key note speakers like the Director of the ACOHOF FFS+, the ACOHOF Child Education Manager, the ACOHOF MDA president, the Project Coordinator, and parents’ representatives urged the beneficiary school children to focus on their education and to maintain their personal integrity. Teachers were urged to take the responsibility to provide a holistic education that could inspire the children, socially, emotionally, physically, academically, and spiritually.
After expressing joy and satisfaction for the fabulous donation, Mrs. Kisife Brunhilda, on behalf of the Board of Directors of ACOHOF and beneficiary school children, expressed profound gratitude to Dr Shiyghan Navti, Mrs. Beryl Navti, Mrs. Joan Kila Konje, Mrs. Roselyn Kah Djoukang, Mrs. Constance Agiam, Ms Eposi Ewome, Mrs. Imma Ndofor Mbah, Mr. Kuwan Thiery, Mrs. Maimo Belinda, Karolina Johnsson, and the families of Ramon Rivas, Joyceln Terc, and Rosie Anderson, who even in spite of their own economic worries, still felt compelled to reach out to those who have so little through their amazing financial and material donations to this cause.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Eric Njobam, ACOHOF Child Education Manager, called on the beneficiaries to encourage their benefactors by making good use of the school supplies and pleaded to both parents and teachers to play their part well in bringing up these children to be tomorrow’s responsible citizens and leaders. The event was an overwhelming and rousing success as evidenced by the excitement on the faces of the beneficiary kids and their families, the songs of joy, and the brandishing of thank you messages to individual benefactors.