Recently, the Global Network of Compassioneers (GNC) mobilized and engaged some change-makers reputed for their eager and insatiable drive towards positive community transformation, in an unprecedented humanitarian outreach. The 12 mustard seeds — who spearheaded the mission in the morning hours of Saturday 1st February 2020, voluntarily and selflessly sacrifice their time, effort, and other resources in magnanimity and solidarity towards children of St. Glory Orphanage, situated at Untarred Malingo Street, Buea.
The camaraderie between some of the children and the Compassioneers…
For three hours, the volunteer trailblazers — mostly varsity youths — did laundry, mopped the floor, weeded grass around the campus, cleaned the surroundings, and sensitized the children on the importance of personal and communal hygiene. Gifts in kind were also donated, including dresses, shoes, edibles, drinkables, toiletries, handbags, amongst others.
Presentation of gift in kind to Mrs. Toge Rachel (first from right) of St. Glory Orphanage.
The epoch-making event also marked the official launching of this recent humanitarian coinage, dubbed #Compassioneering. An inspirational and transformational human-interest and communal initiative intended to be a routine month-end outing and to resonate across borders, the concept of #Compassioneering owes its origin from the “raison d’être” of GNC, which has a mission “to mobilize youths across borders to voluntarily and selflessly extend compassion to and renew hope in communities-in-need, and to inspire sympathizers to emulate selfless acts of compassion.”
Some Compassioneers doing laundry…
At the event, the founding Coordinator of the initiative — George C. NEBA (a seasoned and ardent civil society advocate with a soft spot for humanity and community) — reiterated that:
“The Global Network of Compassioneers believes that noble acts of #Compassioneering are ideal in transforming lives and communities for a better world.”
“Our values of veritable stewardship to humanity and community define our harmonious coexistence. And so we are here today to serve, inspire and transform human minds, lives and communities….”, NEBA asserted.
Some Compassioneers weeding around the premises.
St. Glory Orphanage has been existing since 2002, and currently hosts some 27 children, from infants to adolescents. Throughout its existence, the Orphanage has stopped at nothing than giving the orphaned another chance to a real-life experience. The institution nurtures up to a maximum of 18 years of age by providing basic livelihood necessities like psychosocial support, moral and spiritual upbringing, lodging, feeding, formal education, and much more.
Sensitization on personal hygiene. Tabot Orock (an MSc. student of Epidemiology, University of Buea) spearheaded the lesson on the washing of hands.
In the end, the diverse parties to the event were visibly edified.
“We are so appreciative… Our environment is now sparkling…and looking very different… We hope the children learn something from this because you [#Compassioneers] have really brought about a change of mindset amongst us…, Mrs. Toge Rachel (Representative of the management of St. Glory Orphanage) confessed.
“May God bless you all and replenish you abundantly”, she concluded.
Mrs. Toge Rachel (founder of St. Glory Orphanage) expressed gratitude and God’s Blessings on the Compassioneers.
Quizzed on what possible take-home message they had, some of the infants confidently mentioned respectively, that:
“I learned that I should brush my teeth first thing in the morning”, “I learned that I should always keep my surroundings clean”, “I learned that cleanliness is good for my health”, “I learned that I should wash my hands very well before and after meals”, Etc.
Some Compassioneers mopping the floor…
In the words of one of the Compassioneers, Moyopo Cyril (a level 200 biochemistry student in the University of Buea) who was partaking in such a gesture for his very first time:
“I was impressed [by] the joy with which members worked as if they were paid for…, or as if it was [in] their [own] home. [And] if someone saw the manner in which we worked, he will surely think [that] there was a boss or someone somewhere [giving orders] ….”, Cyril stated.
“I always had in mind that a service should be paid [for], but my impression changed after the Compassioneering outreach, after seeing the smiles [on the faces] of those children [we attended to]. And while returning home, I regretted why I ever held such thoughts…”, Cyril disclosed.
Sweeping of the surroundings, by Judith.
On her part, Ngwa Sandra (300 level student of biochemistry, University of Buea), who joined her peers to Compassioneer, stated that she was very impressed.
“It was a fantastic idea [to give] back to the community and…to stretch a helping hand to people-in-need. More of such missions should be carried out because I saw the positive values it imparted….”, Sandra revealed.
Gamsi Vanesa Lantum (right) and Tabot Orock (left), both MSc. students of Epidemiology at the University of Buea, seriously at work. They also represented, like many others, Manlan Relay Health and Poverty Alleviation Foundation.
This motion of Compassioneering was realized thanks to the unalloyed support of volunteer Compassioneers and other collaborating corporate personalities i.e. Alakind Designs, Manlan Relay Health and Poverty Alleviation Foundation, and Afro Real Initiative (#AFREIN).
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, they say…
You can get more information about the Global Network of Compassioneers and their Compassioneering, through the following social media platforms:
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