SHUMAS - CAMEROON
GHS Nseh, Form 5A
19 years old
This is the second time SHUMAS is
helping me. SHUMAS is paying my school
fee because we are orphans and no one
to help us. I am the last child among seven
children. My mother died in 2009. My
father was a driver, but he had an accident
which crippled him since 2013.
I pray that God should increase the life expectancy of SHUMAS so that
they should continue to pay my school fee so that I can concentrate and
do well in school. I am dreaming of becoming a medical doctor.
Lavngeh Beri Mengni
13 years old
SHUMAS is paying my fee for the second time.
My mother is already dead. My father applied to
SHUMAS to help me. He makes drums that they
play in church and sells. He has ten children. Now
he is sick. His legs are paining and he just stays in
the house. He is no more able to make the drums
I thank SHUMAS for what they have done for me. I promise that I will pass my
exam and do well in my workshop.
Tayu Oben Kinyuy
GBHS Kimbo, Form 3B
15 years old
SHUMAS has helped me two times. My
father applied for me. We are so many
children in the compound. We have different
mothers and one father. We have nine
mothers so my father has more than twenty
I just want to thank SHUMAS for paying my
school fee. I promise I will do well. I promise that if I go to school and succeed
I will try and help other people as SHUMAS has helped us. I want to become
Seri Christabel K
GBHS Kimbo, Form 2A
12 years old
SHUMAS has paid my fee for three years.
SHUMAS is paying my fee because they wanted
to help my mother since my father died when I
was in class one in primary school. My mother is
catechist in Keri Parish, Djottin.
I want to thank SHUMAS for the support they are
supporting my mother.
I promise to work hard in school, to study my books so that I should be a better
person tomorrow. I want to be a teacher, to teach biology and computer.
CBC Bamdzeng, Class 6
12 years old
SHUMAS is helping me because I do well in
school. I have been first in my class since I was
in nursery school.
I thank SHUMAS for paying my school fee. I
promise to continue doing well in class.
Mr. Nkiambi Theodore,
My fingers and legs are bent but they are very
active. I studied up to form 4 in GBHS Oku. I left
school because I was facing a lot of challenges.
One teacher in our school tormented me and I
thought I will not cope and my parents could not
send me to any other school. I actually fought
with the teacher before I left. It is from there that I
decided to drop from school. Ma Esther came and told me that there was a
place in SHUMAS. Before then I was managing my barbing saloon. My father
bought me the machines. I learnt it from my uncle. I could shave small children’s
hair and get money for my pens and things like that. Ma Esther said I could
apply for the barbing studio but when I came I decided to improve on my skill.
That is how I found myself in shoe mending workshop. People supported with
small money and that is how I succeeded in the training. After training, SHUMAS
gave me starting material and I opened my shop in mile 5 in 2011. The workshop
was moving on well. I saw that it was the only thing in my life that could help. So
I managed well. I pay my rents and support my junior brother and buy their
school books and bags and even pay fees for those in government primary
school. Now I have come back to work in SHUMAS because I learnt that there
was no shoe mending in SHUMAS so I sent my application. I cannot hear that
SHUMAS has no shoe mender and I remain like that. I have to share the
knowledge that I gained with others. Now I own the shop and work in SHUMAS.
When I close from work I go and open the workshop and also during the
weekends. I can think that I have income from 2 places.
Dr. Kelen Ernesta Fonyuy
Sustainability is about integrating ventures and
improving potential for development and
posterity. The SHUMAS integrative approach to
sustainable rural development is outstanding.
SHUMAS integrates equipping rural health
centres with training health personnel for
effective management and shared health
services in communities. She identifies the
challenge that naming schools with no infrastructure such as equipped
classrooms, water, toilets, wash-hand facilities, didactic material, etc., is an
unfinished endeavour, which does not complete the teaching-learning process.
Empowering women through microfinance schemes and capacity building
workshops is her strategy in improving and sustaining livelihoods of
marginalised groups, families and communities. She integrates practicing and
teaching organic farming, embarking on clean energy sources and
environmental protection in rural areas where traditional soil depleting farming
cultures like the “ankara” sytem still exist. She gives opportunities to
volunteering and internship because she recognises that developing rural
communities is enhanced by volunteering services or resources towards the
realisation of projects. Such an integrative perspective in development provides
sustainable solutions for long-term problems.
My name is Hannah Tonn, I am German volunteer
working with the non-governmental organization
SHUMAS Cameroon which is working in the
development sector in the West African country
Cameroon. During my work with SHUMAS I experience
the importance of development work especially related to
Cameroon. Spare a coin to save a soul, provide
education and conducive learning environments for our
children, reduce waterborne diseases with potable water supply and empower the
backbones of the society, the women of Cameroon. To implement these activities a
strong cooperation between individuals, communities, government and NGOs is
necessary. Moreover, funding partners have to be found. The field of development has
many aspects and all of them are linked together.
Especially the concept of sustainability development which should help the people to
help themselves is very important in SHUMAS. Nurses are given scholarships with the
condition to work in their rural communities for 3 years or women receiving micro
credits with small loans to start businesses and empower themselves and others.
Development is a unique and challenging field. It
is multifaceted domain involving elements of
economic, business, politics, social welfare,
education, and many other fields. It requires
patience, attention to detail, creativity, open-
mindedness and above all, a commitment to
persist through challenges to attain a goal. This is
a special kind of persistence because it results
not in a benefit for yourself, but for others.
SHUMAS is a good place to experience what it means to work in development.
The office is always busy with staff and volunteers trying to carry out numerous
projects. We face common challenges for NGOs such as a lack of resources and
the overwhelming need for the services we offer: our work is at times frustrating
and at times inspiring but it is always worthwhile.
Hi, I am called Kathrin Schall and I am a German volunteer under the
“weltwaerts”- program at SHUMAS. I was
coming to Cameroon in September 2013
because after graduating from high school I
decided to make voluntary services for one year
in another country before going to university.
Arriving in SHUMAS I started working in the
different programs, by mainly doing office duties
and at times going on field trips, e.g. to pay
school fees of SHUMAS beneficiaries under the
education program, visit ex-trainees of the
Rehabilitation Center (under the Social Welfare program) for impact assessment
or participate in handing over of school or water projects.
Presently I am working in the Rehabilitation Center and assist there in the
management. I like to work with the disabled persons and addressing them in
their special needs. But also I can learn from them, their happiness and their
skills in traditional embroidery, sewing, cane weaving, jewellerery, shoe mending
and making, knitting and hair dressing.
Gaining a lot of work experiences and self-esteem here I am looking forward in
my own future. Not only because SHUMAS is giving me this big chance to
improve my personal and professional skills I can now see that this voluntary
year is leading me to make right decisions concerning my future. Moreover, I
discovered the inside of a hard-working NGO in rural development.
I am Vicky Ngwanya Nfor a degree student from National
Polytechnic Bamenda.Reading journalism and media
currently carrying out my internship at Strategic
humanitarian service (SHUMAS) –Cameroon.SHUMAS
has many programs which are the health, education,
agriculture, women empowerment, water and sanitation,
environmental protection and management and
volunteering. With all these programs I have been to able
to know and understand she intervenes and promotes
Also the presence of a communication department which was my area of focus has help me a
lot because I now understand the role of a communication in the promotion of sustainable
This internship has so far broadened my skills in report and project writing which is most
vital in the proper functioning of SHUMAS.SHUMAS has impacted a lot in me because I am
able to draft feasibility, write reports and also to come out an operational plan and I have also
observed handing over of projects. (Water project) in all SHUMAS is an amazing place; the
staff are sociable and like the fact that we get along so well which has gone a long way to
improving the spirit of team work in me.
Spare a Coin to Save a Soul
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