The government of Cameroon began burning jungle villages to the ground in March as a strategy to combat anglophone separatist fighters, and more villages are targeted each week. These villages are in our project area, and desperate people are fleeing into the bushes and to the streets of Kumba, where Nakinti and her volunteer staff are based, as well as to forest villages where another of our partners, Etang Mbenga, works. The grief and fear of these innocent people – mostly women and children – burden Nakinti’s and Etang’s hearts as they daily comes face-to-face with their suffering. It is the rainy season in Cameroon, so these IDPs (internally displaced persons) are desperate for food and shelter.

Nakinti and her volunteer staff want to help by providing training and startup capital to 100 displaced women and girls in Kumba, which will benefit 100 families. Income-generating skills, such as soap-making, beading, African clothing designs, coconut oil products, hairdressing and embroidery can be learned very quickly. Such training will allow women who only know agriculture, but are displaced from their land, to start earning an income for their families. New income-generating skills are imperative if they are to survive on the streets of small towns and cities.

Etang runs an agricultural project we sponsor designed to train single teenage mothers and abused/vulnerable women how to greatly improve harvests with the use of high-yield seeds and organic fertilizers, post-harvest processing techniques, and marketing cooperatives. Mothers with young children, the elderly, and the disabled who are unable to make their way to Kumba, are fleeing instead to other villages in the forest. Etang says the situation is just pathetic. He, too, desperately wants to be able to respond with emergency food rations, first aid, and income-generating training to get them back on their feet.

A year ago I had the privilege of trekking through the forests and jungles of Cameroon to visit many villages in our project areas, and I was really touched by how dedicated they were to helping not only one another, but any stranger who came through their villages. As one man taught me, there is an expression in Cameroon – “If you can’t afford a crocodile, a lizard will do!” Despite being among the poorest people I have ever met, they are all incredibly generous – giving what they can. Now that they are the ones in great need, how can we NOT respond? Click here to read about my trek: Oroko Hospitality.

As always, we send 100% of every donation to the project – nothing is taken out for administrative or fundraising costs. And now, if you wish to support this special effort, the Global Pearls board will match every donation earmarked for Cameroon 1:1 so your donation will double in impact.

  • Use any donation method described on our SUPPORT US tab and designate your donation to Cameroon (or specifically to Nakinti or Etang if you prefer one of the two projects).
  • Your 2018 donations to Global Pearls must total no more than $5000.

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