The United States Department of Agriculture, USDA has launched the “Food for Education Project” in Kumbo, Bui Division of the Northwest Region. The project, launched January 21, is to enable 22,000 primary school pupils in 50 villages have a free hot meal a day. The MC Govern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Project is being implemented in Bui by an international NGO, Nascent Solutions and Counterparts International with funding from the USDA.
Speaking during the launching ceremony at the Catholic Primary School Meluf, the CEO of Nascent Solutions, Dr. Beatrice Wamey, expressed gratitude to the USDA and Counterpart International for the realization of the project. She also thanked traditional and administrative authorities who, in their various localities, provided land for the development of school gardens that permitted them to harvest more than 1000 kilograms of produce from pilot school farms.
Wamey said the “Food for Education Project-Cameroon had to start in Bui because Nascent Solutions had carried out extensive studies which showed that the program was needed in the area and could be implemented relatively quickly. “By locating the Program here, we are bringing back a culture that has served the community well in the past and should serve its children better in the future,” Dr. Wamey said. She expressed her intention to expand the project to other regions of Cameroon.
Representing the Minister of Basic Education, one of the directors in that Ministry, Mm Mispa Etoi, said the prospects of the project in the live of the pupils have compelled her ministry to embrace the objectives of Nascent Solutions and Counterpart International. Government, she went on, cannot hesitate to lend support to creditable NGOs who are partners in the education of children.
On behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, Mm Debra S. Pfaff, who came from Washington for the event, the launching of the project in Kumbo will also enable her visit some USDA sponsored projects in the ten regions of Cameroon. The Vice President of Counterpart International, David Cohen said the goal of the Kumbo project is to increase school enrollment and to feed pupils below five years.
Earlier, the Mayor of Kumbo Urban Council, Donatus Njong said Bui Division is grateful to the MC Govern Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Project and the government of USA for choosing Bui to benefit from their largesse. “This project will go a long way to improve the quality of basic education in Bui,” he said. He enumerated the contribution of Nascent Solutions to Bui to include the donation of medical equipment to 25 health centers, computers to schools and the promotion of adult literacy.
While appealing to the various stakeholders in the targeted 50 villages to start thinking of how to sustain the project when it winds up next year, Mayor Njong implored Bui elite in the Diaspora to emulate Dr. Wamey’s example.To Reverend Father Daniel Ache Amuhngwa -Country Director of Nascent International Cameroon, the project will go a long way to mold the children physically and academically.
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