PROJECT: SHARED WORLD VISIONS CAMEROON
DIRECTOR: MULUH MG GODSON
An elementary and secondary school education helps a child survive. A university education helps a child thrive. A young man or woman with a university degree can not only take care of him/herself, but can care for desperately poor parents, educate younger siblings, and bring about positive changes in their communities. That is why MG is devoted to helping the neediest and most deserving young students receive scholarships for university.
In choosing a candidate, he evaluates their financial situation, their former grades and passion to study, and the life difficulties that have limited their educational opportunities. MG doesn’t just select the students, he mentors them, teaches them computer skills, and encourages them in their career paths.
The value of an education was instilled in MG from a very early age, as his father was the principal of a local high school and his mother was a chemistry teacher. When MG was still in high school, he and his father (with support from Lois Pierris from Seattle) worked together to develop this scholarship program along with several other programs benefitting local children. Though he is still quite young, a university student himself, he admires people who do selfless acts and wants to live his life as a philanthropist. Coordinating this university scholarship program is a chance for him to start fulfilling that dream.
Here are examples of students in the program (their names have been changed):
Mokondi completed secondary school, but his family couldn’t afford university. With a scholarship he was able to enroll and has done well, but his family, like many others, has faced great difficulties since the political crisis started. In 2018 his father was kidnapped and held for ransom, and getting their father back took everything they owned and more. Both parents escaped their village, but they are both now unemployed. In 2019, Mokondi himself, along with several university friends, was kidnapped by terrorists and severely beaten. (The rebels want to discourage anyone from attending university because it implies cooperating with the Cameroonian government.) He was released only on the terms that he would never again attend school. It is a testament to how much he values a university education, that this has not dissuaded him. He is still striving and studying hard and is determined to complete his degree in physics in one more year.
Sakwe was the top student in her classes. Prior to the political crisis, her mother worked as a teacher at a private school and her father worked as a civil servant. But in 2018 her father was shot dead and her mother lost her job when they fled their home, so, on her own, Sakwe couldn’t continue her education. A scholarship allowed her to complete her studies in Mechanical Engineering, and she will soon earn a salary which will enable her to support her siblings.
Kwajika comes from a polygamous home. His mother suffered great oppression and hardship, as Kwajika’s father would tie up his mother and beat her close to death. This went on for years until she finally fled with her many children. Women in Cameroon have little to no ability to earn an income on their own, and this makes them excessively dependent on males, leaving them vulnerable to abuse. The family now lives in a village and they engage in small farming, but the mother can barely feed the family and does not earn enough to keep her children in school. The oldest son helped Kwajika attend elementary school, but he died around 2015 so could no longer help. With a scholarship he has been able to continue his education and is very hard working with excellent grades. He has amazing determination. His goal, once he graduates, is to help his siblings return to school.