Bringing Hope to Children and Families in Cameroon

Update posted by Brice Kamtche On Jan 17, 2013

Hello everyone,

It's been a few days since I came back from Cameroon. My trip was simply amazing. I couldn't have hoped for it to go any better than it did. It was awesome reconnecting with family and friends I had not seen in a long time. I was totally submerged in the culture and did absorb as much as I could. I visited three cities: Douala (where I was born), Yaoundé (the capital) and Kribi (my favorite beach).

I had mentioned that my mom was accompanying me on this trip. Well, my mom AND my dad made the trip. My dad surprised us last minute, and it was so great to have him there.

We visited 2 orphanages: "Foyer D'acceuil des Orphelins" and "Orphelinat Compassion". A few days before we delivered the goods, we made a trip there to ask them what their true needs were, and to get a visual of the facility they live in. Their number one need was being able to get a bigger facility. Both orphanages had about 23 kids each, and they were both in a very small 2 bedrooms house. They had kids as little as 1 year old and the oldest about 18 years old. The kids are crammed in a very small house and with that arises serious sanitary issues. Another big need is acquiring medications: the kids are constantly sick, they cannot afford the most basics medications (cough, cold, etc..)

We spent about 70% of the money we raised on medications. I brought with me Multi-vitamins that I had bough here in the US. We bought medications for headache, fever, malaria, skin problems, 1st aid kits, cough, cold, and antibiotics. This was huge. With the rest of the money we bought beans, peanuts, fish, tapioca (starch extracted from cassava), and oil. They already had rice and chicken in storage.

Needless to say, they were extremely happy. They started dancing and singing for us. My parents and I joined in and we became one happy bunch. It was important for me to let the kids know that you guys, though so far away, love and think of them. I just wanted to spread the love. I let them know that they are loved and that they matter. I told them that God loves them so much and that they were special to him. I felt so privileged to be there and shared a memorable afternoon with them.

This experience changed me. I am as thankful as I have ever been in my entire life. I am thankful for the smallest thing. I was taking a shower a couple days ago and started to break down and say “Thank You” that I am able to take a shower. Water is becoming a scarcity in some areas in Cameroon. Now, I am aware of the position/role I have in this life and I recognize how impactful that role is.

When it was all over, as I was leaving, I told a kid (Cabrell - 8 yrs old) that I'll be back soon and I intend to honor that. I would love to continue in helping those children on a consistent basis. I want to do more, I want to do it well, I want to follow my heart. Please pray that our heavenly Father gives me guidance and direction to determine what the next step is.

Enjoy some pictures at the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Thank you again so much.

God Bless

Brice

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This is awesome, Brice! May these children be richly blessed!

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Posted On Dec 16, 2012

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SAFE TRAVELS

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Posted On Dec 13, 2012

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You don't know me, but you're a friend of a friend and I've gotten to hear your story second hand. I'm encouraged by your willingness and passionate decision to make this journey with your mother for the sake of lending a hand to your extended community in Cameroon.

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Posted On Dec 10, 2012

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You're doing a great thing Brice! My family and I would love to support you! I hope you have a very productive time back in Cameroon. -Tony

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Posted On Dec 08, 2012

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God bless you!

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Posted On Dec 05, 2012

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Sounds like a wonderful cause, and if my wonderful sister Jenn Kenny endorses it, so do I!

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Posted On Dec 02, 2012

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It is wonderful what Brice is doing to help his own people in Cameroon. He truly understands that to give to others less fortunate is one of the hallmarks of being a true human being.

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Posted On Nov 26, 2012

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