The orphanage now has 115 children in its care. It operates a school for children
of primary school age. The school rooms are relatively new.
Our visit to the orphanage found the children to be happy with a feeling of being
loved and secure.
The care shown by staff and volunteers was quite moving and there was a real sense
of community throughout the orphanage
Besides lessons within the classrooms the children enjoy outdoor play and games.
During the Autumn of 2007, a group of members from the Leicester North Circuit of the Methodist Church, travelled under the guidance of the Rev Edward Sakwe (A World Church Minister from the Cameroon, serving for five years in the circuit), to Buea in Cameroon, to stay with members of the Rev Sakwe’s Cameroonian congregation. The group travelled to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon. Whilst staying there they visited the HOTPEC orphanage training centre (founded in 1995). The orphanage is home to over 80 children, who live here until they are fourteen years old, being trained in skills that will allow them a better chance in their adult lives. The orphanage is privately run and relies on what they can produce for themselves and donations made from abroad. Projects in the Cameroon unlike some areas of Africa receives very little funding. There are a number of ongoing projects to assist the orphanage. Through a charitable trust set up by David & Joy Bark, they have raised money to build a new Baby Unit which was urgently needed. The original accommodation for 5 babies and their nurse was a small concrete room with inadequate facilities. There are now 15 babies and they have had to encroach on the accommodation of the older children causing severe overcrowding. The staff are totally dedicated to the care of the children and work cheerfully with limited resources.
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