TEAM YAOUNDE of YALI Cohort 8 visits FACT FOUNDATION (orphanage) for Community Service

Orphanage visit, community service, yali Cameroon
During the past decade much has been done globally to provide quality basic education for children, an obligation for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Quality education includes:
-      -   Learners who are healthy, well-nourished and ready to participate and learn, and
supported in learning by their families and communities;
-  Environments that are healthy, safe, protective and gender-sensitive, and provide adequate resources and facilities;
 Content that is reflected in relevant curricula and materials for the acquisition of
basic skills, especially in the areas of literacy, numeracy and skills for life, and
knowledge in such areas as gender, health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and
-       -  Processes through which trained teachers use child-centered teaching approaches in well-managed classrooms and schools and skillful assessment to facilitate learning and reduce disparities.

This definition allows for an understanding of education as a complex system embedded in a political, cultural and economic context.
Cooking for the kids

Doing laundry for the kids
In Cameroon, quality education simply consists of registering a child in school and making sure the child goes to school everyday. Little or no attention is paid to whether  the child is psychologically and physically happy and how these affects results and development to a greater extent. This situation is even worst with the underprivileged and vulnerable ones. In this article, 'vulnerable' refers to these kids who didn’t have the opportunity to grow in traditional homes with their parents. We’re referring to those children forced to live in orphanages, guest homes because of conditions beyond their control. Most orphanage owners give their best to help these children but that best is most often insufficient to assure their attendants' quality education. On February 3 2018, Chohort 7 participants to the Young African Leadership Initiative at the Regional Leadership Centre of Accra, Yaoundé team made up of NANGA Bicherine, Esua FOSSUNG, Charles MBATSOGO, Harrison ASHAGWA, Isabelle MUNDO, Napoleon EPANSANG and Denis ADESINA visited the FACT FOUNDATION to share in with the children of the foundation. 

Prayer before meal with the kids
The activity consisted of cleaning hostels, washing clothes of the children, cooking for them, offering them gifts in an effort to put a smile on their faces and to let these young people know that they are not alone. The message they carried along, was a message of hope to tell these young ones that their present condition does not define their future. No matter how tough things seem to be for them, the future can only be determined by their mind set, hard work and their ability to transform problems into solutions. "Those children are just so talented", confided in us the group's resource person ESUA.  It was on a merry-making note that the youngsters left the orphanage with Arthur Ashe' quote ringing in their minds: "Start where you Are, Use what you have, and Do what you Can". 
In a nutshell, we'll like to reiterate that for quality education to be attained, sending children to school alone is not sufficient. This can only be attained if the children are happy. Their happiness relies on studying in a clean environment, having access to good food, toys, books, and other social facilities. 

Kudos for your efforts and what you're all doing in your small ways to guarantee quality education for the vulnerable. 

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Family photo with the kids