Cameroon Catholic Missionary Work
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Cameroon

Population:  23,739,218
Percent Below Poverty Line: 48%

The plight of the people in Cameroon is similar to those in the United States as far as their diseases and physical ailments, but they suffer far greater infrastructure issues. People are denied medical care when they cannot pay, children are denied education when the only school in the region is at maximum capacity – or has become unsafe to use! Cameroon has one of the highest infant mortality rates in Africa, and with your support more children can grow up with an education. They will be able to work in hospitals, become engineers, and become the keys to success in their communities.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about our mission in Cameroon.

St. Mary’s School

Their Story

When Fr. Eugen (pictured to the right of Fr. Elvis and Mike Drapeau) was young he attended a small school that was in rough shape called St. Mary’s in Nkar, Cameroon. Today St. Mary’s serves 250 children and the building is very old and dilapidated. St. Mary’s was built in the 1960s to serve the local community of Nkar. Today there are 9,000 people in Nkar and St. Mary’s school wishes it could accommodate more children and provide a safe learning environment for their students. Windows at St. Mary’s are boarded up for safety and the roof is starting to cave in. Fr. Eugen, once a child in the village, is now the pastor in Nkar and he is fighting for the children to have a safe and secure future. St. Mary’s currently has no running water, no toilets for the children, and no electricity. The roof is caving in, and the classrooms are more of a threat than an opportunity. Parents are so desperate for an education for their children they send them to St. Mary’s despite the safety concerns surrounding the building!

The people of Nkar, Cameroon live 10 miles south of the closest “urban” city in a tiny rural village. They have few resources and little opportunities to break the cycle of poverty for them or their families. Imagine their joy when they heard that Catholic World Mission would join in the effort of raising funds to make their school safe again! The students are all so excited about the promise of a new school. It is an answered prayer. When the children heard you would help they spread the good news quickly and soon the whole school was abuzz with excitement!

“Did you hear our class teacher talking with Fr. Eugen about our new school to be built?”

“I hear that it will be like the schools in America with toilets, TVs, water and electricity.”

“And a canteen too with books, pencils, colors, and biscuits!”

The villagers have already given Fr. Eugen land for the school to be built on! The community is looking forward to June, when construction of the school is scheduled to begin. This is where we need you to join in on our mission. We only have hope that donations will come in for St. Mary’s but with your help today the reconstruction of St. Mary’s will be possible!

Our Lady of Fátima Water Project

For the first time ever the people of Nkar, Cameroon have clean water!

“It was amazing to see the generosity of not only the Catholic World Mission donors who gave to support this water well, but also of the Nkar people first hand that came out to dig through a muddy, bacteria infested stream to get to the water source and pump it through filtration to bring clean water to the village.”

Stephanie Lange, CWM Operations Manager, June 2016

For years, the locals got their water from a contaminated stream. The children would drink the water but would get so sick they couldn’t even attend school! A clean water source allows the children to attend school without stomach aches or pains; it prevents them from developing waterborne diseases like trachoma and cholera.

When locals approached the local parish priest, Fr. Paul, about having found a natural spring, he was hopeful but concerned they might have trouble getting permission to use the natural spring. But the owner of the property walked up as they were inspecting the site and gave the land to the community!

The locals immediately picked up their pickaxes and shovels to begin digging to the source. Even more people came out to dig a path for piping to the village, and took turns being knee deep in the muddy water to get to the source of the spring.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital is a Beacon of Healing

Work is already being done to uplift this community out of poverty! In the past year, volunteers led by missionary Mike Drapeau visited Nkar to build a medical clinic. The medical clinic, Our Lady of Lourdes, is a beacon of healing. The construction of Our Lady of Lourdes Clinic was the first step in alleviating the suffering of the people in Nkar, Cameroon.

The local hospital is 10 miles away from Nkar, and people travel to it on foot. Many mothers have given birth on the way to the hospital, and then have to carry their baby the rest of the way. Sometimes when people get to the hospital they find out they cannot pay the fees and are cast out. Our Lady of Lourdes Clinic brings hope and healing to families right in Nkar.

In June 2016, volunteers not only traveled to Nkar to help build the school, but medical personnel went with them to help train the local people on how to use medical equipment for the hospital! Teaching local staff how to perform simple procedures and triage sick locals helps the community because many people don’t always know when they should travel to large hospitals to be seen.

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