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Tumi Frankline GHS Nseh, Form 5A 19 years old This is the second time SHUMAS is  helping me. SHUMAS is paying my school fee because we are orphans and no one  to help us. I am the last child among seven children. My mother died in 2009. My  father was a driver, but he had an accident which crippled him since 2013. I pray that God should increase the life expectancy of SHUMAS so that they should continue to pay my school fee so that I can concentrate and do well in school. I am dreaming of becoming a medical doctor.
Lavngeh Beri Mengni GTC Nseh BC I 13 years old SHUMAS is paying my fee for the second time.  My mother is already dead. My father applied to  SHUMAS to help me. He makes drums that they  play in church and sells. He has ten children. Now he is sick. His legs are paining and he just stays in the house. He is no more able to make the drums and sell. I thank SHUMAS for what they have done for me. I promise that I will pass my exam and do well in my workshop.
Tayu Oben Kinyuy GBHS Kimbo, Form 3B 15 years old SHUMAS has helped me two times. My  father applied for me. We are so many  children in the compound. We have different mothers and one father. We have nine  mothers so my father has more than twenty  children. I just want to thank SHUMAS for paying my school fee. I promise I will do well. I promise that if I go to school and succeed I will try and help other people as SHUMAS has helped us. I want to become a lawyer.
Seri Christabel K GBHS Kimbo, Form 2A 12 years old SHUMAS has paid my fee for three years. SHUMAS is paying my fee because they wanted to help my mother since my father died when I was in class one in primary school. My mother is catechist in Keri Parish, Djottin. I want to thank SHUMAS for the support they are  supporting my mother. I promise to work hard in school, to study my books so that I should be a better person tomorrow. I want to be a teacher, to teach biology and computer.
Solivance Kinyuy CBC Bamdzeng, Class 6 12 years old SHUMAS is helping me because I do well in  school. I have been first in my class since I was in nursery school. I thank SHUMAS for paying my school fee. I promise to continue doing well in class.
Mr. Nkiambi Theodore, 30yrs old My fingers and legs are bent but they are very  active. I studied up to form 4 in GBHS Oku. I left  school because I was facing a lot of challenges.  One teacher in our school tormented me and I  thought I will not cope and my parents could not  send me to any other school. I actually fought  with the teacher before I left. It is from there that I  decided to drop from school. Ma Esther came and told me that there was a  place in SHUMAS. Before then I was managing my barbing saloon. My father  bought me the machines. I learnt it from my uncle. I could shave small children’s hair and get money for my pens and things like that. Ma Esther said I could  apply for the barbing studio but when I came I decided to improve on my skill.  That is how I found myself in shoe mending workshop. People supported with  small money and that is how I succeeded in the training. After training, SHUMAS gave me starting material and I opened my shop in mile 5 in 2011. The workshop was moving on well. I saw that it was the only thing in my life that could help. So I managed well. I pay my rents and support my junior brother and buy their  school books and bags and even pay fees for those in government primary  school. Now I have come back to work in SHUMAS because I learnt that there  was no shoe mending in SHUMAS so I sent my application. I cannot hear that  SHUMAS has no shoe mender and I remain like that. I have to share the  knowledge that I gained with others. Now I own the shop and work in SHUMAS. When I close from work I go and open the workshop and also during the  weekends. I can think that I have income from 2 places.
Dr. Kelen Ernesta Fonyuy Sustainability is about integrating ventures and  improving potential for development and  posterity. The SHUMAS integrative approach to  sustainable rural development is outstanding.  SHUMAS  integrates equipping rural health  centres with training health personnel for  effective management and shared health  services in communities. She identifies the  challenge that naming schools with no infrastructure such as equipped  classrooms, water, toilets, wash-hand facilities, didactic material, etc., is an  unfinished endeavour, which does not complete the teaching-learning process. Empowering women through microfinance schemes and capacity building  workshops is her strategy in improving and sustaining livelihoods of  marginalised groups, families and communities. She integrates practicing and  teaching organic farming, embarking on clean energy sources and  environmental protection in rural areas where traditional soil depleting farming  cultures like the “ankara” sytem still exist. She gives opportunities to  volunteering and internship because she recognises that developing rural  communities is enhanced by volunteering services or resources towards the  realisation of projects. Such an integrative perspective in development provides sustainable solutions for long-term problems.
 Hannah Tonn My name is Hannah Tonn, I am German volunteer working with the non-governmental organization SHUMAS Cameroon which is working in the development sector in the West African country Cameroon. During my work with SHUMAS I experience the importance of development work especially related to Cameroon. Spare a coin to save a soul, provide education and conducive learning environments for our children, reduce waterborne diseases with potable water supply and empower the backbones of the society, the women of Cameroon. To implement these activities a strong cooperation between individuals, communities, government and NGOs is necessary. Moreover, funding partners have to be found. The field of development has many aspects and all of them are linked together. Especially the concept of sustainability development which should help the people to help themselves is very important in SHUMAS. Nurses are given scholarships with the condition to work in their rural communities for 3 years  or women receiving micro credits with small loans to start businesses and empower themselves and others.
Leah Stuart-Sheppard Development is a unique and challenging field. It is multifaceted domain involving elements of economic, business, politics, social welfare, education, and many other fields. It requires patience, attention to detail, creativity, open- mindedness and above all, a commitment to persist through challenges to attain a goal. This is a special kind of persistence because it results not in a benefit for yourself, but for others. SHUMAS is a good place to experience what it means to work in development. The office is always busy with staff and volunteers trying to carry out numerous  projects. We face common challenges for NGOs such as a lack of resources and the overwhelming need for the services we offer: our work is at times frustrating and at times inspiring but it is always worthwhile.
Hi, I am called Kathrin Schall and I am a German volunteer under the  “weltwaerts”- program at SHUMAS.  I was  coming to Cameroon in September 2013  because after graduating from high school I  decided to make voluntary services for one  year in another country before going to university. Arriving in SHUMAS I started working in the different programs,  by mainly doing office duties and at times going on field trips, e.g. to pay school fees of SHUMAS beneficiaries under the education program, visit ex-trainees of the Rehabilitation Center (under the Social Welfare program) for impact assessment  or participate in handing over of school or water projects. Presently I am working  in the Rehabilitation Center and assist there in the management. I like to work with the disabled persons and addressing them in their special needs. But also I can learn from them, their happiness and their skills in traditional embroidery, sewing, cane weaving, jewellerery, shoe mending and making, knitting and hair dressing. Gaining a lot of work experiences and self-esteem here I am looking forward in my own future. Not only because SHUMAS is giving me this big chance to improve my personal and professional skills I can now see that this voluntary year is leading me to make right decisions concerning my future. Moreover, I discovered the inside of a hard-working NGO in rural development. Kathrin Schall.
I am Vicky Ngwanya Nfor a degree student from National Polytechnic Bamenda.Reading journalism and media currently carrying out my internship at Strategic humanitarian service (SHUMAS) –Cameroon.SHUMAS has many programs which are the health, education, agriculture, women empowerment, water and sanitation, environmental protection and management and volunteering. With all these programs I have been to able to know and understand she intervenes and promotes sustainable development. Also the presence of a communication department which was my area of focus has help me a lot because I now understand the role of a communication in the promotion of sustainable development. This internship has so far broadened my skills in report and project writing which is most vital in the proper functioning of SHUMAS.SHUMAS has impacted a lot in me because I am able to draft feasibility, write reports and also to come out an operational plan and I have also observed handing over of projects. (Water project) in all SHUMAS is an amazing place; the staff are sociable and like the fact that we get along so well which has gone a long way to improving the spirit of team work in me.
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