Cameroon

Holy Rosary Sisters on Mission in Cameroon

“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts of all those who encounter Christ.  A joy ever new.  A joy that is shared.” Pope Francis   

 Regional Headquarters: Holy Rosary Convent, Mankon, Bamenda, N.West Region, Cameroon.
Regional Leader: Sister Virginia Okeke. Email:
obyokeke@hotmail.com Phone: 00237 653858737
Vocation Directress: Sister Victoria Ayebome. Email: aayebome@yahoo.com     Phone: 00237 653521185

Our Ministries are located in south-west Cameroon, in the area of Bamenda, traditionally the English speaking part of the country.

Map of Cameroon

Western Cameroon

 

 

 

 

 

A double Lock-down: 

Yes, the Corona Virus  – but also:

The Socio-Political crisis ravaging West Cameroon.

Sister Angele Nkamsi recently visited the Cameroon Region on behalf of the General Council and gave this account of what the country is experiencing.

“It was very heart-breaking seeing Cameroon (the Anglophone part of the country where our sisters are) in such misery. Many towns and villages have been abandoned, several houses burnt to ashes and some houses which are still erect are adorned with bullet-holes. I perceived that traveling in this part of the country is a nightmare; people are being harassed on the way and some even lose their lives. One is never sure on leaving the house that she will return alive. The trauma is enormous and the ‘Amba boys’ continuously torture the sisters through extorting money from them and threatening them, with graphic photographs of some of their victims.

Besides the stray bullets that one could be afraid of from the indiscriminate shooting, the “boys” are also engaged in kidnapping and requesting for exorbitant amounts as ransom. These boys are so bold that they visit homes kidnapping people and brutalizing them. There are thousands of people displaced and some have lost their homes. Many schools have been closed and some have been burnt to ashes. They seem to be against education, and for schools to run smoothly is a very big challenge. They sometimes threaten to kidnap the children in school while teachers are continuously being harassed.

Even in this very traumatizing situation, our Sisters in Cameroon continue to do the best they are able in their various ministries. They try to do things with caution taking into consideration the very hostile atmosphere, which I experienced as a violation of human dignity and human right. The sisters live in fear daily and planning is a big challenge.

Above the Sisters gather for their annual Regional Assembly.

For example on the day when Sister Ifeoma was to make her Final Profession on October 25, the sisters went on their knees praying that there would be no ‘ghost town’ or the random shut down which sometimes goes on for weeks and people are held hostage in their homes. We were grateful to God that there was no disruption and the sisters were able to celebrate for and with Ifeoma on her perpetual profession day. The celebration was done with caution and one of the ways the caution was exercised was not to expose the students; so they were not present for the occasion.

 

In the following days Sister Ifeoma celebrated with her students and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School.

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HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL

The Holy Family Hospital, Akum, is located in Santa Health District in the North West Region of Cameroon, some few kilometres from Bamenda. The population covered by the hospital is 99,659. This hospital began as a maternity home with two beds in 1967 by Sr. Mary Vincent (MSHR). The Sisters engaged also in mobile clinic. This health facility was transformed into a Health Centre in 1973, a medicalised health centre in 2003, and finally a hospital in 2017. The HFH today has a bed capacity of 81 with 73 full time staff and offers quality health services such as, Primary health care, curative medical care, surgery, maternal/child care, physiotherapy, diagnostic tests, HIV/AIDS and TB programmes.

 

Holy Family Hospital front view

 

 

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The Treasure Centre, Bamenda

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A safe, happy and healthy environment where children and young adults with intellectual disabilities can learn and develop socially, emotionally and spiritually, while acquiring the skills to function as far as possible in society.
The Treasure Centre is like a treasure hidden in a field which is often neglected, like these children. When they are given time and a lot of patience you discover that they are indeed treasures, with a lot of hidden potential and gifts which are often neglected.
The Centre has 152 registered children, 104 boys and 48 girls, from all over Bamenda area. The staff include Sisters Kathleen O’Brien and Antonia Onah, both Holy Rosary Sisters, and Mrs Song Lawrentia and Madam Theresia Lukong, all trained in Special Needs and Child Protection. We work in close collaboration with the Government and Welfare Department.

Sister Kathleen O’Brien with the children

The children at play.

                        

 

Ndu: Water and Trees

Every year in Ndu water was getting scarcer and scarcer, making life more difficult for people who depend
on growing crops for their livelihood. When surveys proved beyond doubt that the water resources where
being destroyed by the Eucalyptus Trees growing in the water catchment areas, it became necessary
to replace the eucalyptus with a local variety of tree. Led by Sister Mary O’Shea, 60,000 eucalyptus had to
be uprooted, and 15,000 Prunus africanus planted in their place. This huge task involved community participation,
government approval, training of leaders, education of families through the children, and sheer hard work.
Now seven years on a good water supply is being enjoyed by the people.

 

 

 

The precious gift of water.

 

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                          Holy Rosary Integrated Comprehensive Technical College Bamendankwe

The Holy Integrated Comprehensive Technical College Bamendankwe is a college with a difference because it is for non-hearing, hearing and disadvantages  children. This college is owned and run by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. It offers General, Commercial and Technical education in an inclusive setting with Teacher/student friendly environment. Studies are done in 3 languages that is English Language, French Language and American Sign Language. There is also in the school, avocational section which comprises of  Sewing, Carpentry and Shoe making workshops.

Principal and students

  

Tailoring department in full production

Carpentry department on the job

Neat products.

 

MORNING STAR Catholic PRIMARY SCHOOL BAMENDANKWE

The Morning Star Catholic Primary School Bamendankwe, formerly located in Akum, is an inclusive primary school for both hearing impaired and hearing children studying together in the same environment. This school is owned and run by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Studies are done in 3 languages: English Language, French Language and American Sign Language.

                                         

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FORMATION CORNER

The Holy Rosary Candidacy for West Africans (Cameroonians and Nigerians) is located in Ngomgham, North West Region of Cameroon, where the young women desiring to become Holy Rosary Sisters do two years of Formation before proceeding to the Novitiate in Nigeria. During this period, they also carry out apostolic work, in Ngomgham parish as well as in Holy Rosary communities and other Congregations. At the end of the first year in formation, they go out out for holidays to other Holy Rosary communities.