THE LOST CHILDREN – LES ENFANTS PERDUS – ENFANTS DE LA RUE or STREET CHILDREN OF AFRICA.
Hélène Pieume, left in the picture below, was an essential Cameroonian staff member of our Transport Sector Project team. She worked in the World Bank’s Resident Mission in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, and after retirement, she started GivHOPE in 2014 in Yaoundé to keep orphaned children off the street and help them quit the streets. Their mission: One child, one family, one community.
“Give HOPE’s mission is to make sure each child has a family or a community and not the street and each family has food, shelter, vital resources, and access to at least the basic needs.
Pieume Helene, who Founded GivHOPE in 2014 believes https://givhopeafrica.org/ project falls in straight line within the framework of government’s guidance and the strategy set up in the Cameroon’s Vision Document for Development Horizon 2035 on the one hand and the Cameroon Strategy Document for Growth and Employment 2035, (DSCE) on the other.
Whoever has visited African cities has seen little children roaming the streets begging, often led by ‘pimps’ to collect money for them, and growing up into criminality and hopeless poverty. They are driven to cities from all areas where war is waging or parents have stopped caring for them.
GivHOPE is a wonderful undertaking to combat this abominable situation. State ministries are trying to address the fate of these children but the bureaucracy is not able to handle it all and private organizations must help. GivHOPE is doing that and has developed into a sustainable organization doing much good, succeeding in putting poor children in school and finding work for youngsters. Some pictures follow below.
Impoverished families find employment and a better way of life.
Give Hope can be reached on FaceBook under https://www.facebook.com/Givhopeafrica.