Samaritan Purse reaches out to disadvantaged children in Bamenda

Children with their Chrismas gifts from Samaritan Purse

Children with their Chrismas gifts from Samaritan Purse

Over 100 children from various backgrounds have received gifts from the Samaritan Purse USA, at a ceremony that took place at the Community Resource Centre for Disabled and Disadvantage (CRCDD) head office at the Commercial Avenue Bamenda on Friday February 24, 2013.

The gifts included didactic materials, toys, towels, calculators, candies, clothes, shoes confectioneries and puzzles.

Rebecca Akenji, Northwest Regional Coordinator of Operation Christmas Child said the gifts were handed under the “Operation Christmas Child” of the Samaritan Purse, a Christian relief organization based in the USA.  The gifts she said are handed to needy and underprivileged children in all corners of the world. Cameroon she continued received 11 forty feet containers and the Northwest got one as a Christmas present to these kids.

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Ms Rebecca Akenji handing gover gifts to children

The beneficiaries are disabled children, children of disabled parents and those with special needs, orphans and others from diverse background.

The handing over of the gifts also launched a discipleship course intended to bring the word of God to children of disadvantage homes.

Ms. Limen Florence director of CRCCD while thanking Samaritan Purse for such a wonderful gesture decried the spiritual neglect of people with disability the church.

“Persons with disability also need to make heaven on the last day…but the churches pay very little or no attention to persons with special need as far as spirituality is concerned” she said.

He described the inaccessibility to church structures and toilets for wheel chair users, lack of sign language interpreters during church services, lack of Braille materials for the visually impaired to read the word of God as barriers faced by these groups of persons in the church.

CRCCD director assiting in the distribution

CRCCD director assiting in the distribution

The discipleship course will last for 2 months. Ma Tata Grace single-handedly paid the registration fee for all the children to attend the course. The huge task of transporting the children to the centre is borne by CRCCD.

 

By Ako Emmanuel Ndonue

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