CAMEROON TASK FORCE

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WELCOME

Cameroon is a developing country located in Central Africa. The beautiful, hard-working and proud people of Cameroon are committed to working toward the economic stability of their own communities instead of relying solely on the government or others for their survival.

St. John United Methodist Church (SJUMC) in Anchorage, Alaska established its connection to the Cameroon project through two Anchorage Peace Corps Volunteers who served there 20 years ago. Kribi, a small village located in the Southwest coastal region of Cameroon, Africa, is the home of a grass-roots effort that has thrived since 1995. This collaboration connects the generous hearts and hands of the members of the Cameroon Task Force from Alaska and Africa.


Providing ongoing support at the Kribi Wellness Center and Nurse’s Aide School.




Distributing PETs. 2010 PET recipient Julienne (center) uses her vehicle to sell fish at the market.




Drinking water from the new well constructed in the village of Bissiang.


WHO WE ARE

The Cameroon Task Force partners with the people of Kribi to improve their health and educational opportunities, and to further an exchange of friendship between our communities. Over the years, the Task Force has supported many activities – everything from building and expanding a “Wellness Center,” to provide dormitories for high school students, meeting facilities for educators, and classrooms to conducting emergency trauma training for health care professionals. Additionally, the Task Force has donated medical equipment and supplies – including Personal Energy Transportation (PET)“mobility tricycles” for people experiencing physical disabilities and distributed Lion’s Club sponsored eyeglasses.


Nurse's Aide School

In May/June, 2012, twenty St. John United Methodist Church (SJUMC) and Jewel Lake Parish Presbyterian Church (JLPPC) members traveled to Cameroon, West Africa, to assist local partners in establishing a Nurse’s Aide School and offer humanitarian support through several special initiatives.

Opening in fall, 2012, the Nurse’s Aide School will become part of the existing Wellness Center complex in the seaside town of Kribi, Cameroon, which has been supported by SJUMC since 2005. The Kribi Wellness Center, managed by a local, non-profit association affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon, currently provides lodging for 40 students from remote villages without a local high school, student scholarships, health education, small enterprise development training, and gaining access to clean drinking water.

The Wellness Center is self-sustaining, yet has benefited from SJUMC support to expand operations and enhance services. Multi-generational mission teams in 2007, 2010 and 2012 have worked alongside Cameroonian partners and youth on construction and service projects, cultural exchange and fellowship - building meaningful and enduring relationships. In 2011, SJUMC hosted the Wellness Center’s director in Anchorage, and plans to host other Cameroonian partners, as possible.



WHAT WE HAVE DONE


Through two years of project planning and fundraising, followed by two weeks working in Kribi, the 2012 Cameroon Mission accomplished the following in partnership with Cameroonian leaders and project sponsors:


• Groundwork was laid for the Nurse’s Aide School of Kribi to serve 40 students. This school
will be the first of its kind in the southern-coast region of Cameroon, where
doctors average one per 20,000 people,

• Provided 22 refurbished laptop computers and trained users with the Nurse’s Aide School,

• Dedicated two new wells constructed in remote villages with no access to clean drinking water,

• Began construction of a one-acre brick enclosure around the Wellness Center,

• Trained 20 women in sewing skills for income generation,

• Distributed 300 pairs of prescription glasses,

• Supplied 150 solar-powered lamps to village residents without electricity,

• Provided two Personal Energy Transportation (PET) mobility carts to persons experiencing disabilities,

• Delivered 1,000 pounds of medical supplies, plus soccer balls/uniforms, dictionaries and sewing machines,

• Shared in many cultural exchanges, fellowship and fun with our Cameroonian hosts!


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