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Help an orphan go to University

by Reach Out NGO
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Help an orphan go to University
Latest disbursement in the orphanage
Latest disbursement in the orphanage

This January 4th Rahim started his second semestre of the second year in university.

In order to manage scarce resources for the highest outcome, and according to our internal policies, Reach Out Cameroon is aiming to support the most promising students solely.

Unluckily, Rahim's grades weren't sufficiently well enough to be eligible for support by Reach Out Cameroon for another year, he still has courses pending from his initial year, we were waiting for these results to decide.

Rahim is a kind, humble and responsible young man, who has been doing as much as possible to do good in University, there are many explanations to his failure (lack of appropiate feeding, radical change of environment from the orphanage and medical problems that made him endure an operation during past year...), and we understand all of them, but still we cannot help the fact that in Cameroon there are so many other vulnerable people needing such support, managing similar circumstances and getting excellent grades. We hope you understand this very hard decision.

Nevertheless, Rahim's journey isn't over yet:

Father's House Orphanage is now able to provide enough funds to make a continuing stay of Rahim in the University of Buea possible, this has been feasable thanks to the sacrifices of the Orphanage director and FABASSO (the Faith Building Association) a group of women living with HIV that are supporting themselves and the orphanage, and made a pledge to ensure that Rahim will be able to continue his education.

We decided to give the last donations for Rahim directly to the orphanage, as they will be the ones supporting Rahim. They will be used on the orphanage's poultry to generate funds for Rahim and other orphans while improving their feeding and to provide legal birth certificates to many of the orphans. We hope you find this will spent, please bear in mind that these are necessary expenditures and liberating the orphanage from them will allow to better take care of Rahim.

We want to thank all the noble donors who gave Rahim an helping hand when there were no means to provide for him, you sparked his journey and you should be very proud of that.

Again, thank you for your kindness and your trust in Rahim.

 

P.D: You can stay connected to Reach Out Cameroon through our Facebook account: www.facebook.com/reachoutcameroon as well as other projects we have on Global Giving, the Keep a Girl Alive project, that supports a new generation of female micro-entrepreneurs: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/make-an-impact-girls-education-cameroon/ and another orphanage, Mah Di´s orphanage: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/madhis-orphanage-kumba/

Rahim
Rahim's brothers & sisters dancing to say thanks
FABASSO, the group of women supporting Rahim
FABASSO, the group of women supporting Rahim
Rahim
Rahim

Rahim is preparing to start University of Buea (UB) Next week thanks to your support and the support of Mah Di’s orphanage. Having completed his first year in UB he is a source of inspiration to his more than 20 brothers and sisters, some of them will be following his steps in the next years .

Madam Comi, the Director of the Orphanage is so proud of him he brings him up in any conversation with us. She has also a very inspiring story. A decade ago she was fighting AIDS and very close to death, now she leads a support group that is a reference for Women Living With HIV in Muyuka, Cameroon and she also manages practically alone a full functioning orphanage with more than 20 children. Both of you are now connected, you are fighting the same fight, the one for Rahim’s rights to realize his dreams and one day come back to support the orphanage himself.

These past months were not easy for Rahim, he is re-sitting for some exams as he failed a few courses and we are pending to see his results to support him for another year. On top of everything he fell ill and had to be operated of appendicitis, luckily everything went well and he is now concentrated on passing his grades. He does not have time to have pity of himself “I know my mistakes and this new year I will not disappoint you people, I’m going to make you proud”

The burden and responsibility this young man carries is huge, and we have no doubt he will overcome this difficulty and come out stronger, we will keep you posted.

Thank you again for believing in him

Follow up meeting at Reach Out
Follow up meeting at Reach Out's office

Thanks to your support, Rahim is currently sitting in for his final exams in the university of Buea. For the past few months, due to your massive contribution, he has been able to take care of his medical needs, transport and other diadactic materials. we see how your donations gradually motivate this young Orphan to take his studies seiously

We see determination in him and he gives us all the assurance that this semester will be greatly improved. "I'm not going to let you down because you made me archieve my dreams gradually. I know that with your unending support, I will be abetter person in the society and support other Orphan.  with my going back home for the long holidays, i feel so fullfilled because of your support and I look forward to engaging myself into a holidays job or any economic activity, which will help me next academic year"..He exclaims

the other challenge we now have is how to support him next academic year,  starting in October 2015. we slways count on your support

Rahim in UB campus
Rahim in UB campus

Through your donations and the Orphanage support, Rahim has been able to continue to receive educational support. He continues to attend to some basic needs like payment of handouts in school, electricity bills and feeding.

Last week we went down to University of Buea to interview him to follow up on his situation. His grades have not been perfect and he will have to write again a few subjects, which is probably connected to his constant struggle to manage with the few resources we are providing for him, most days he eats the same thing, rice and tomato. He struggles to get through small payments (handouts, 2 dollars) and subsists on less than 40 dollars a month, slightly above the 1 dollar a day figure.

This are some of the contents of that interview:

What are your perspectives for the future, what would you like to be doing after your degree?

After getting my degree on Geography if I can save enough money I hope I can continue to a Master’s Degree. I would like to specialize myself on Urban Town Planning.

Whatever occupation I have I will have to assist my brothers and sisters at the orphanage as much as I can, at least to the point that every child there should have something going. I will always remain connected to my home.

What is your favorite thing about life as a student in UB?

The atmosphere is nice and it’s serious. The lecturers are serious. Especially on exam times everything is hard work.

What is the hardest part of life as a student in UB?

The issue of my feeding, as our schedule can run very long going back to the house and cooking late at night is exhausting, you get to the end of the day exhausted, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays. I don’t eat outside I cannot afford it. Every day I eat my rice and tomato.

How is your normal day-to-day life? What do you do on your leisure times?

Well we don’t really get much time, I have class from Monday to Saturday, on Sunday I prepare for next week lectures.

Do you keep in close contact with the orphanage? What can you tell us about them?

They have a problem right now as the roof is leaking and they need to fix it. They are renting farms to support themselves. There are 26 kids, 5 of them around my age the majority of them from 1 to 12 years old.

What would you like to say to the people who are supporting you?

God will bless all of them and he is seeing the support and will not leave them empty

I’m happy, all of you people have done so much, those donating and those in the office, and I’ll work hard to bring results to present.

In front of Social Managment Sciences faculty
In front of Social Managment Sciences faculty

It’s been three months and Rahim has succesfully adapted to his new life as a Geography student. He will not be writing exams till March so we cannot inform of his first grades yet, but he has been following all his courses, even though sometimes that required additional investments on materials.
The change from the orphanage to student life in Buea was not easy, a lot of things went on at the same time. Anyone who has been a student knows how the first year is, add to that coming from a very humble background, being new in a city, struggling every day with economic scarcity plus being just 18. But he has managed with inspiring maturity.

On the financial side as you know we have not gathered enough support yet, we could assist with the fees and some small academic expenses, but the bulk of the support came from Faith Building Association (FABASSO) of Muyuka. Fabasso loaned Money for the rents and feeding of the whole year for Rahim. Fabasso is a small group of people living with HIV that shares business practices, savings and moral and nutritional support among otheir things, they continue to be partners and beneficiaries of Reach Out, and even though their members are struggling in the informal economy, they  have been supporting the orphanage for years, now they assisted Rahim. As we thank all of you we also publicly thank them, we are all part of this fight.


We hope all of our donors had great holidays with their families, Rahim did have them too although there was little time for leisure. He went back to the orphanage and spend most of his time assisting with house chores, since he is the eldest and one of the few adults, cleaning and even cooking for the children were parts of his daily tasks.


We will continue giving information about him through facebook (http://www.facebook.com/reachoutcameroon) and further globalgiving reports.


Rahim plans for the future also include earning some income as a photographer as he keeps studying, we are looking into the vialiablity of it and we will support him as we know how crucial it is for him to have a sustainable way of earning a living, so he can go through all of his academic years. For the long run we know that if he is lifted through these first rough patches, eventually he will succeed in life and transform into an example and a benefactor for all the kids of the Father House’s Orphanage.

As you can see you are not supporting only one boy, but a whole community.
Thank you for everything on our behalf and his.


P.D: We apologise for lack of new pictures, the holidays caught us and this report is due, but we will be updating the project with pictures from his Classroom this same morning, as soon as they reach us.We hope they might be available by the time this report is being read.

 

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Reach Out NGO

Location: Buea, South West Region - Cameroon
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Project Leader:
Njomo Omam Esther
Executive Director
Buea, South West Region Cameroon

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