The Association ” Les Centres d’Accueil de l’Espoir” was founded in 1990 on the initiative of ‘Mama soeur’ associated with some lay people. For several years, ‘Mama seour’ toured the slums of the city of Yaoundé with a few volunteers and provided comfort and support to people living with HIV / AIDS. The observation made was that patients were rejected and abandoned by their families after the announcement of their HIV-positive status.
With her personal resources, ‘Mama soeur’ built her first Centre of hope at Nsam with provisional materials. Then with the support of some foreign donors and some development partners, the association “CAES” has produced significant results on the ground in the prevention of STI/ HIV / AIDS, community care of people infected by HIV/AIDS and especially in terms of caring for the AIDS orphans and vulnerable children.
Mere association with volunteers, ‘The CAES’ is today an NGO carrying out actions to relieve the suffering of vulnerable people in poor communities including women and children as prime targets. To do this, the CAES equipped its self with an administration having an efficient structure: A General Assembly, a Governing Board, a Directorate General. The synergy between these bodies is a sure guarantee for a sound and transparent management of the NGO
«The CAES» today:
The NGO «the CAES’ in all its departments is in need of significant resources.
To respond to the adage that says “Help yourself and heaven will help you” the NGO «The CAES» adopted a programme composed mainly (AGR) income generating activities.
-The NGO owns a Palm Grove of 7ha, of which the harvest is used for the feeding of children both in the Centre and within the families and some, is sold in the market.
The CAES is an association recognized of public utility by the Government of Cameroon and endowed with Special consultative status by the economic and Social Council of United Nations (ECOSOC); It has 68 members (30 men and 38 women).
The association concentrates on the following areas:
- GENESIS OF THE ASSOCIATION
Matthew 25 V40« …I tell you the truth, when you di dit to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me !…».
With the advent of AIDS in cameroon, we all focused on prevention,care of patients and drugs.No one was referring to AIDS orphans, no one saw them.
Based on this observation, I have created in collaboration with committed lay people, priest and religious, « the Hope Welcoming Centers (HWC) », a camerounian association,registred in the support of AIDS orphans,in addition,their supervision and especially their social rehabilitation and professional integration.
My altruism stems from my vocation as a nun, as well as my passion for scouting.As part of these activities and of my national and international responsibilities, I discovered the field work in the poorest neighborhoods.
Reason why putting my knowledge and experience in service for the most needy is not a question to ask.Today I am proud to serve AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC),while leading, upstream, consciousness raising/education of vulnerable groups in poor communities in various areas. Is about the STI ( Sexually Transmitted Infection)/HIV/AIDS, prevention of opportunistic diseases and extension of family planning .
I appeal to all people of good will, to invite them to join us in our fight.
Sister Marie Thérèse Brigit Mewoulou
- EVOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Association ” Les Centres d’Accueil de l’Espoir ” was founded in 1990 at the initiative of ” Sister Mama ” associated with some lay. For several years, ” Mama Soeur ” walked the slums of the city of Yaounde with a few volunteers and provided comfort and support to people living with HIV / AIDS. The observation made by it was that the patients were rejected and abandoned by their families after the announcement of their HIV status.
Their personal resources , ” Mama Soeur ” built his first home in Nsam Centre with temporary materials. Then with the support of some foreign donors and some development partners, the association ” the CAES ” has produced convincing results on the ground in preventing STIs in HIV / AIDS, community care of people infected with HIV / AIDS and especially in terms of supervision of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children.
- A COMMITMENT TO SERVE
From simple association with volunteers, “CAES” are today an NGO with the goal of relieving the suffering of vulnerable populations in poor communities, of which women and children are the main targets. To do this, the CAES have a serious administration that has:
– Effective structures: a General Assembly, a Board of Directors, a General Management. The synergy between these bodies is a sure guarantee for a healthy and transparent management of the NGO.
- Modern infrastructures (a building sheltering the seat in Nsimeyong and an another “House of hope” at Efoulan in Yaoundé, all equipped with the equipment offered by generous donors);
- Multidisciplinary, trained and motivated personnel with some specialized educators, community educators and cultural facilitators…).
- CREATIVE IMAGINATIONS
The NGO “CAES” in all its departments needs significant resources.
To answer the adage that says “Help you and the sky will help you” the NGO “CAES” has adopted a program mainly consisting of Income Generating Activities (AGR).
– The NGO has a palm grove of 7ha whose harvest is
- be used for the feeding of children both at the Center and in foster and home families
- be sold on the market.
The Centers of Reception of the Hope, recognized association of Public Utility by the government of Cameroon and having the Special Consultative Statute at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC); it has 68 members (30 men and 38 women).
The association focuses on the following areas:
- Sensitization-Education of vulnerable populations of the poor communities of the city of Yaounde and its surroundings concerning the prevention against HIV / AIDS and diseases related to HIV / AIDS (Tuberculosis, Malaria, Skin diseases), as well as concerning the popularization of Family Planning.
- Institutional Framework (House of Hope) and Community (host families and home) of AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OEVS)
- Setting up support activities or support activities for disadvantaged families, AIDS orphans and vulnerable children who have become heads of households very early