In May/June, 2015, twelve St. John United Methodist Church (SJUMC) members travelled 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, 2015, 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.Read More
"How special it was to have my own mother accompany our group to Cameroun this time, her first time ever since I was a Peace Corps volunteer there 21 years ago. Over the past two decades, I’ve loved and communed with my extended family in Cameroun, and shared my stories of Cameroun with my own family here in the states..."Read Kelly's Story
"We met a gentleman at the home the of the "president" who had milky white eyes, using a forearm crutch for walking in one arm and the other arm was contracted. He was in need and wanting eye glasses..."Read Jody's Story
Barb's Sewing Workshop 2015
The Kribi sewing project started for me one night when I was working at home on African fabric bags to sell at the SJUMC Craft Sale. (All proceeds from the sale supports the Nurse’s Aide Training Center we are creating in Cameroon.)