The 19 years old Emmanuel is one of our new project. He needs a hips operation that could be done at the Yaounde Central Hospital. At this moment Emmanuel goes to school with crutches that he got from us to school. We do not know how long he going to work on them…..because he is in pain every day…
It has been more than four months since the last report. My sincerest apologies; It has been a busy few months.
While staying in The Netherlands to spend time with her newest granddaughter, news came to Huguette via phone that Cedric wasn’t feeling ok. She immidiatly tried to contact his family to talk them and Cedric to see what was happeninge, and what could be done. It took two weeks to finally localize them; They had been ‘en brousse’ which in french means deep in the Jungle. This is normal, most people from small village do this to hunt, but there are no (hopefully not ever) transmitter mast deep in the jungle. So no telephones/mobiles 🙂
When the returned, she talked to them on the phone and got the sense that Cedric was in more pain than he was telling. She asked a family member to check in on him, who confirmed her suspicions. He was having trouble urinating again and walking.
Trying to sort these things out from a distance is not ideal. Even though Yaounde is still a long way from his village, by car you can be there in 4 hours. The Netherlands is another part of the world. I think she was on the phone almost non-stop for a week to talk to his docters, parents, transport, nurses, pharmacies. Nothing could be decided untill the doctor had seen him. So he went by bus with his parents to Yaounde where his docter examined him. The don’t know for sure, but the wound was open and the suspect because he had been driving a small moped (the normal means of transportation when going to the jungle). There is no tar road only one of dirt. When you go over it you bounce every way and the going is slow, very slow. He went to soon, to far.
Lucky for him they could operate on him the same week, which they did. Al went well, and they released with the stern admonition to take it slow and easy. How well Cedric will be able to abide by that is another story. He has to work alongside his family to provide for food. He did get to recuperate for five days before going back.
This feels like a major set back, and in financiel terms it. There was absolutly no budget for. We had to pay for everything (surgery, nurses, medication, hotels, food, transport etc.) with the money that was intended for fixing the car.
I hope to be able to deliver good news with the next report.
All the best,
After a hiatus of over five months Huguette is back in Yaounde, Cameroon. She flew back two weeks ago and has been busy settling in. The difference between Holland and Cameroon in weather but also in terms of culture is big. She went from a cold 14C to a 30C in temp. From dry weather to a humid climate; The rainy season is underway in Cameroon so it has been wet. Adjusting to different cooking/eating habits, learning how to go about from one place to another, by car/taxi/foot. But as we paid for un unscheduled operation for Cedric with the money reserved for the car, it has been mainly by foot.
But the biggest adjustment has been saying good by to her beloved grandchildren. She has watched them grow up in the time she was here, got to play with them and had gotten to know. It’s hard to now that the next time the will be strangers again. That the process of getting reacquainted has to start from scratch again. And also the noise level. With al daughters and grandchildren there was always some noise. The last two week have been enormously quite.
Luckily, grandchild #4 has arrived in Cameroon. So, it’s not too quite anymore I suspect.
While adjusting she has been busy for the Foundation and is already planning on visting some old projects. It’s been a long time since she heard from Yvonne (baby girl with waterhead) so she hopes to see them when making the rounds in Doume. Also in Doume is the well for the prisoner, Ruphat (who had been operated for his badly done circumcision) and she drives by Paki so will stop there to se how the school and children are fairing.
As mentioned above, Cedric had to return to Yaounde for an unscheduled operation. His stitches had come loose. He wasn’t able to walk or urinate without pain so we took action.
You can read about that here.
On of our goals this year is to send another container with second/third hand hospital goods to Cameroon. This time for Hopital Central de Yaounde, a small hospital in the capital of Cameroon. Below you will find pictures of the ex- and interior of the hospital as well as the materials they are working with.
Huguette visited this orphanage in the beginning of 2012, I think in March. For reasons unknown I completely forgot to post these pictures.
While visting the orphanage she brought with her second hand clothing which had arrived at Help Cameroon via container shipping from The Netherlands. She received a tour and got to see the sleeping quarters and the little school. The children seemed content and were very joyfull. The feeling of the orphanage, while not bad, wasn’t positive though. It seemed a tad bit neglected and she was unsure who was in charge at the moment; they had just attracted a new director. But this was for another organization who asked her to take a look.
Definitely something to check up on, to see how things are new.
Huguette, our projectleader in the field for Help Cameroon, is going to be a grandmother for the fourth time already! Her youngest daughter is scheduled to give birth mid february. They both live in Yaounde both are coming to Amsterdam, the netherlands for the birth. Which means that I will be able to see my mother and sister again, super exited. While we have our projectleader here we will also work on plans for next year. Usually we try do that over the phone, which works but I have a feeling that planning, discussing and organizing in persons will be a much better experience.
From mid-february we will both take a little break (leave of absence due to grandchild/niece). Both of them will fly back at the end of march at which time will be back at work.
Happy New Year!
Just before leaving for the Netherlands, Huguette was able to donate clothes and crutches to the Protestant church Marie Gocker in Yaounde. We received, via container, second hand clothing which we have been donating to various people. This was the last batch. The church will distribute the items during the holiday period to families of the church. The crutches came from our hospital project. The Doume hospital received all of it but stated early on that they wouldn’t be able to use them all, so Huguette took them with her. The Marie Gocker church was extremely happy to be receiving them as they have many elderly people who can use an extra leg, so the speak. So instead of walking sticks or rollator walkers, which of course would be more logical, they will use what is available.
Well, we dodged the bullet, as they say, for a couple of years, but a few weeks ago Huguette was robbed. Luckily she was not in any danger; the robbers broke into her car while she was out jogging in the early morning. Gone is the ‘brand’ new camera, her cellphone (but they took out the simcard??) and some other non-valuable items. If they could’ve just taken out the sd card and left that as well than the recently made pictures of the hospital equipment in Doume and of little Yvonne would not have been lost.
Of course this is our fault, we should not have waited so long with downloading the pictures from the camera. Another lesson learned is all we cans say at the moment.
Because of the timing it is not possible for Huguette to buy a new one and travel to Doume and Bertoua to make some new photo’s. She is flying to the Netherlands with her daughter, to spend Christmas with the family.
As you know, we have been busy trying to help four boys with circumcision related health issues. Very quickly we were able to help Ruphat. Unfortunately the doctor found out he suffered from a hernia and advised Huguette to le them operate on that as well. Of course we would, but this put a severe strain on our resources. So much so, that in the end we paid for the operation with our own money and some of our family.
Because we hadn’t anticipated that Ruphat would need two/three surgeries we already promised Cedric he would be next. Because this means so much to these boys, and we don’t make promisses lightly we had to figure a way to find funding for his surgery. Turning every stone, scrapping the bottom of the checking account for Help Cameroon and asking our inner circle (our family) for help, we made it. After a thorough examination, where the doctor (thank goodness) didn’t find any other issues. Cedric was operated on 22-11 and everything went smoothly. He is recuperating with his mother in a motel we rented (this is the same motel where Ruphat stayed with his parents :-)). He has two wait three days after which the doctor will examine him at the hospital. If he can urinate properly, that is to say without pain, he can travel back to Doume.
Pictures and news will follow soon.