Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

25 November 2012

Cameroon: Cerac Lessens Suffering, Poverty in Mbere

Meiganga — The humanitarian association last Saturday donated multifaceted gifts to the youth and rural women of the Division.

Youth and rural women of Mbere Division of the Adamawa Region now have what it takes to give a push to their mainstays-agro-pastoral activities, and make poverty and suffering a thing of the past from among them. This follows assorted and multifaceted gifts comprising farm inputs and agro-pastoral materials from the Circle of Friends of Cameroon (CERAC) handed over to the population at the Bonaberi Stadium in Meiganga last Saturday November 24 by a delegation of the charitable association led by Aissatou Aboubakar, personal representative of CERAC's Founder, Mrs Chantal Biya and assisted by Christine Baoro. The gifts, without being exhaustive, included, wheelbarrows, sprayers, watering canes, spades, rain boats, cartons of post-harvest conservation products, cutlasses, a refrigerator, processing machines especially for cassava, sewing machines as well as maize seedlings.

Addressing the population that came out en masse to embrace the goodwill gestures of the First Lady, her personal representation said Mrs Chantal Biya holds the population of Mbere in high esteem, reason why she chose to touch them in the areas that impact their lives most. "The strength of rural women and youth in attaining food self-sufficiency cannot be over-emphasized. We hope these materials will help to lessen your suffering in the farms and in the small activities you have been doing as well as improve your output for a better livelihood and the emergence of our beloved country," Mrs Aboubakar said.

The First Assistant Mayor of Meiganga Council, Doka Daniel, saluted the continual gestures of Mrs Chantal Biya and her association. "CERAC had earlier come to our aid in the domain of health. Today; it is the agro-pastoral sector, the mainstay of our population. We thank CERAC and its founder for continually assisting people of all social strata," he said. Mr. Doka underlined that with the coming of the school of Geology and Mines in Meiganga, population growth in the Sub-division has received an unprecedented increase that need to be satisfactorily fed. "The gifts are therefore timely as they will help to boost the agro-pastoral yield of the population to feed the growing population and better the livelihood of our youth and rural women," he noted. Like Mr. Doka, the spokesperson of the rural women and youth of Mbere, Inna Mireille said, "We sincerely thank you, Mrs Chantal Biya and CERAC, for these precious gifts and for your generosity. We pledge to make good use of them to improve our output and eject poverty and suffering from among us."

The gifts were immediately handed over to farmer organisations and common initiative groups, who, like other dance groups and budding artists of the Region, in gratitude sang and danced throughout the ceremony brandishing banners with messages like, "Maman Chantal Biya, les populations de l'Adamaoua vous disent merci pour vos bonnes oeuvres en faveur des femmes rurales et jeunes du Cameroun."

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