We are fundraising for a much needed truck, for the last 5 years we've been transporting supplies to the village from Bertoua by bus and motorcycle. 100 kilos of rice on the back of a 125cc motorcycle along 23km of dirt road can become dangerous, this happens multiple times a month. We will also use the truck to transport severly sick children and adults to the hospital, help us make this dream come true.
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CLINICS IN THE VILLAGES
Okala is raising funds to build two clinics, one in Bikol and one in Ngombe. Approximately 12km seperates the two villages, each are 23 and 35 km from the nearest clinic in Belabo. For us that distance is short, hop in the car and we there in 20 minutes. However, for those in the village there is no immediate transport, a villager could wait hours before a moto taxi to passes in the day, at night the chances are less. This is if they have the money to pay the $5 moto taxi fee, this money represents a week of work in the villages. Once arriving in Belabo they need to see the Dr. and pay for the consultation and the medicine, sometime an impossibility for many of the villagers. Without funds the Dr's will let their patients die on the front step and walk over them on their way home.
The clinics will stock emergency items especially malaria pills and injections for young children. Malaria is the #1 killer in Africa, of children under the age of 5. Time is of the essence for these children and a clinic will save lives. The clinic will have a consultation area, a drug dispensary and a room with a few beds for those that are in need. The clinic will also work as a learning center, teaching the locals about proper nutrition and hygiene, you can contribute to this program by clicking the link below to donate.
GIFT OF SIGHT PROJECT:
Do you have any old sets of eyeglasses you no longer need? Well, send them our way! So many villagers have been positively impacted with the gift of sight from donations of gently used/new eyeglasses. This is an item that is relatively out of their reach due to cost, but makes such a difference in their quality of life. Whether they have been purchased from a Dollar store for reading or are an old prescription that cost a couple of hundred dollars but are no longer needed, it will mean the world to those we help.
LIVESTOCK FOR LIVELIHOOD:
The goal of this program is to help provide villagers with a stronger source of income and assisting with self-sustainability by gifting them with the means to breed and sell livestock of various sorts. This is also an opportunity help supplement their dietary needs and stave off malnutrition as the various animals can provide fresh eggs, milk, or meat for their family.
LIGHTING THE WAY:
Most of the small villages in Cameroon are off the beaten path and located some distance within the bush, which means they are without electricity and have no light source available at night. The supply of electric power can provide the villagers with the means to have lighting at night within their homes, eliminating the need for small fires which cause harmful smoke. We have sourced out an LED (light emitting diode) lighting system which can provide up to 9 hours of light, comes with two LED lamps and is powered by a solar panel and battery charging system. Solar panels are an environmentally friendly, cost effective and efficient power source which can be easily implemented and bring the villages such a simple necessity.
Okala has completed it's first clinic in the village of Bikol, the first villages of eight that we have been helping since 2006. This clinic will service the local community. The number one killer of children under the age of 6 is malaria, with a clinic in their villages the children now have a fighting chance at life.
Okala has built two room classrooms in Meyene and Ngombe. We have supplied each school with blackboards and desks for the students, we have even supplied a playground in Meyene for the children to play the way children are supposed to play. We hope to continue building schools wherever they are needed. Education is our primary focus.
February 16th Join us at the Crest Hotel in Prince Rupert, for an international buffet created by local and international Chefs. Live auction, lots of beautiful items up for bid. An inspired live music performance with an Okala flavour by some of Rupert's talented youth, a night to remember. Tickets are $50 per person, contact Willy Beaudry.