In 2015 we funded the construction of a secondary school building at Sabongari in the NW region and also helped the local heath centre with some new equipment. The community there was thrilled with both projects and the village really started to thrive. However, in 2016 the whole region was plunged into war, schools were banned from operating and many health workers fled in fear of their lives.
The violence and destruction of war is still continuing – but the villagers of Sabongari are real survivors and encourage their children to go to school as often as possible. They are keeping it in good condition and have been able to keep their Health Centre functioning well too. In 2020 they learned that many who had fled the region to live as Internally Displaced People in the cities, were too poor to access any food, so they donated 400 sacks of rice to SHUMAS and we were able to help them get it transported to the IDPs in Bafoussam.
We are really looking forward to a time when we will be able to visit the NW region again, so that we can meet once more with the Sabongari people and thank them for their generosity.