On the 11th August 2019, the NDES Foundation carried out their very first outreach program. They could not have thought of any other organization to give this honour of a maiden outreach program other than the MENDERRE ROYAL DANCE GROUP in the Mbengwi Palace, Momo Division, North West Region Cameroon. This was befitting in honour of the elegant display the group put up during the burial ceremony of Pa NDE ZACHARIA and Ma NDE ELIZABETH. Charity they say begins at home and the NDES Foundation thought it wise to pay homage to the land of Pa NDE ZACHARIA and Ma NDE ELIZABETH in whose blessed memory the foundation was created.
The members of the MENDERRE ROYAL DANCE GROUP were overwhelmed by this show of respect and graciously welcomed the team from the NDES FOUNDATION. The group President Pa Ambe Gideon expressed unreserved appreciation for the gesture and called on the ancestors of Mbengwi to pour their blessings on the NDES FOUNDATION. The team from the foundation was treated to a number of dance moves and enchanting songs as the women and men of the dance group celebrated the gifts and donations brought by the foundation.
Ngasa Pride Yanu the foundation Secretary, speaking on behalf of the foundation President Nde Stanley, expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome. He presented the gifts which comprised of bags of rice, groundnuts and other food items as a token of appreciation from the foundation. The President Mr. Nde Stanley, phoned in from France to personally express his sincere thanks to the group for their elegant display during his parents’ burial and promised to build a long-lasting relationship with not only the MENDERRE ROYAL DANCE GROUP but the underprivileged children of Mbengwi.
It was an occasion of joy and merriment as more songs and dances were displayed. Both groups communed and exchanged ideas on how to help the underprivileged. A common meal was shared and pictures taken. The team from the foundation were treated to a tour of the magnificent palace of Mbengwi which is the seat of the dance group’s meetings. As the team departed back to Buea, they were handed gifts of kola nut as tradition demands as a symbol of love and harmony.
Written by: NGASA PRIDE YANU- Secretary, the NDES FOUNDATION.