As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Cameroon, inhabitants in rural communities continue to remain vulnerable to the virus as they lack access basic preventive kits. In rural communities like Mbengwi in the Momo Division of the North West region, where access to internet is limited, residents are highly uninformed about the disease.
It is against this backdrop that the NDES FOUNDATION in collaboration with its partner the Meta Cultural and Development Association – MECUDA France took out to reach out to residents in Mbengwi with 150 COVID-19 preventive face masks. Mr. Terrence Ndikum leading the team of volunteers that included madam Mah Mofor and Moki Evelyne took to the field on the 02nd and 05th of May 2020 to distribute the face masks and gave educative talks to the masses on how to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The distribution was done at premises of Presbyterian Church Mbengwi and the Mbengwi District Hospital where vulnerable elderly persons and underprivileged patients were identified as beneficiaries.
It is worthy to note that this activity was made possible thanks to micro grants received from international donors such as The Pollination Project and Global Giving who were glad to extend their financial support to the NDES FOUNDATION to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Cameroon. The donations in Mbengwi were just part of the nationwide distribution that included a total of 2 000 masks distributed to the regional hospitals of Bamenda and Buea, senior citizens homes and IDP communities in the Littoral region as well as some local councils in the West and Adamawa regions of Cameroon.
Many kudos to the foundation for such timely intervention to a section of society which is mostly likely to remain unaided in the fight against COVID-19 unless by the generosity of charity organizations like the NDES FOUNDATION.