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OVERCOMING EXTREME POVERTY

Posted on 17th Oct 2017


Global Hand Cameroon celebrates its first anniversary of the call of October 17 to end poverty. In joining the world to commemorate this 30th call and 25th after the United Nations recognition of the 17 October call celebrated under the universal theme, Answering the call of 17 October to end poverty: a path towards peaceful and inclusive societies, we engaged community members, local economic operators and some youths.


Poverty; a state of being extremely poor or the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount, have been declared a state of mind by some youths who shared their experience. Considering that 22000 children die each day due to poverty as stipulated by UNICEF and that over 1.6 billion people live in extreme poverty and live on an average of USD 1.25 or less a day. We have engaged ourselves to answer the call of extreme poverty.


This October 17, 2017, Global Hand used a community radio (Bonakanda Rural Radio) to communicate poverty to a wider range of communities. I our action to communicate poverty, we had interventions from Mr. Nzimbi Sunny (who reached us through Phone at the radio), he testified that while a student in one of our dormitory schools in Cameroon, he could not meet-up with his financial obligations as such, he resulted to washing dress, shoes and running errands for his mates who were well-to-do. Today, he is a gradguate and owns a provision store. Meanwhile, Richard holds that he would split wood and sale when he was 14 to see himself through school. He is now a grade 1 teacher and supply school materials to schools and households.


While the invited local economic operator (Mr. Lyonga Mbake Sammuel: Bee farmer) shared some concerns to issues on poverty, Global Hands’ CEO discussed on issue such as, how poverty manifest, how can one help people in poverty, how to end poverty and how to overcome poverty respectively. The activity took an hour and 14 minute yet community interest in the issue made the broadcast time too small. As such, we look forward to do one more broadcast on October 24, 2017.

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