THE FORCHU’S AND THEIR ORPHANED GRAND SON, DANIEL; Are all hopes lost?

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Mme Forchu Mercy, 40 is the wife of Mr Forchu, 75. The couple live in Njinikijem near Belo in North West Cameroon. In August 2013 during a base line survey to establish the actual situation of farm families with respect to the Passing on the Gift Project sponsored by Covenant World Relief Mission, USA, we met her carrying a 4 year old child and wearing a gloomy look. That face was expressing the ill fate and misfortune that has befallen her a few minutes before our arrival. On the other end of the compound was her husband who is suffering from arthritis and is partially blind. Her 2nd daughter, a drop out from school has just returned home with her own worries namely, not able to fend for herself in Douala where she went in search of greener pastures. The atmosphere was that of despair and hopelessness. As we encouraged the Forchu’s and settled down to collect her information, we examined the young boy and he was anaemic, weak and hungry. The family cannot provide the needed food and medication for Daniel. We were told that his mother died when he was barely 3 months old.  Mme Mercy lamented ‘but for the Mercy of God we no longer have hope’.

‘’We have lost 2 hens that provided eggs to my orphaned grandson and a while ago we lost the only resource we are counting on i.e. the female goat’’.

local chicken in a clusterImage

Her late eldest daughter, the mother of Daniel worked very hard and was the bread winner of the Forchus. Her marriage unfortunately broke down and she lost all hopes when her husband died few months earlier while she was pregnant. The in-laws neglected her and pressured her to leave losing all she has worked and earned with her late husband. The frustration and lack of family support kept her under considerable stress and she finally died barely a few months after delivering young Daniel.

We have encouraged Mme Mercy and daughter to join the POG Family-This has brought succour to her as she can share, learn and fellowship with a larger family. The Pog executive is also encouraging her members to be open and share their problems.

However, we know that Mme Forchu still has a big burden to contend with which is the future of her grandson. The big question we can read on her mind is ‘’will young Daniel live, go to school and have a future like other children’’?

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Mme Forchu & young Daniel

Restoring those 2 hens and a female goat for the Forchu’s can restore this lost hope and assure a future for Daniel. Local eggs are a rich source of iron and vitamin A which eaten regularly can help build blood levels and immune status of children. A female goat can provide a future source of income to meet household and settle hospital bills, school fees and buy clothes for young Daniel.

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Feeding chicken locally

In Belo and most of Kom land many widows face similar crises and abuses like that of the Forchu Family and are constraint by cultural norms to stay quiet and die silently. If you find reason to support our POG intervention in Belo spiritually, materially, financially or technically please do not hesitate to contact us on sirdepconsult@yahoo.com

May God richly bless you!

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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