BUEA, CAMEROON — (NEWSONE) In preparation for my trip to Cameroon to attend the Africa Travel Association’s 38th Annual World Congress, Public Relations expert and writer Claudine Moore of C. Moore Media (pictured back row, second from left) reached out to me (pictured back row, right) about bringing toys and clothes to children at a local orphanage in Buea.
And while I initially anticipated that I would hear stories that were desperate and hopeless, I would soon find out that the dominant stories at the orphanage are ones of love, determination, and selflessness.
Mary Ebane (pictured center, in blue) began her orphanage, Grace of God Philanthropic, quite haphazardly with three children in 2000, because she received a message from up above, “It was a vision from God. I got the vision in 2000 and then I started the orphanage in 2004, when I stopped working. I started with nothing.”
By 2006, she would have three more kids at her residence, and so her orphanage officially began, “I started in my home. I had three kids that I took care of at their homes then I had three that I was taking care of in my home. And then I thought that I could bring them together. Then I had six. Then I had 28.”
For the children who find themselves at God Philanthropic, according to Ebane, many of them roamed the streets because they are parentless. Others were dropped off by their parents because they could not afford to take care of them.
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