The Victorine Ndikum Foundation on Saturday December 10, 2022, organized a reach out program for Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) widows, single mothers and vulnerable women in Tiko, South West Region of Cameroon.
The ceremony, the fifth of its kind was chaired by a Cameroonian Philanthropist based in the United Kingdom, Victorine Ndikum, founder of the charity organisation.
Victorine Ndikum told MMI what motivated her to be compassionate towards vulnerable women.
“I was a single parent myself. I was married for 16 years and all of a sudden my marriage broke down. I was left alone with three little children; eight, five and four and I had to bring up these children on my own with the help of God, so I understand what single mothers go through,” she told the press.
Victorine Ndikum also cited her mother’s experience as one of her inspirations. “My dad died when I was still a kid, and I saw the struggle that my mum went through. Because she struggled to bring me up to where I am today, I will also help everybody that will come my way.”
Amongst the activities carried out during the event attended by dozens, were donations, fashion parades.
According to its founder, the organization has so far been able to train several women with skills such as baking, production of detergent, cooking oil and others.
Ediage Rachel is one of the beneficiaries. “… I acquired so many skills and I’m grateful; baking different kinds of cakes, making of pastries like fish pies, fish rolls, biscuits, salad, how to produce liquid soap, how to make vinegar and Mayonnaise.”
“They have benefitted me a lot because now I can make my fish pies to sell. Customers have been giving me commands for pies and fish rolls. So I have been able to help myself with it,” Rachel added.
Acha Godwill, an orphan and a class six pupil has been able to return to school thanks to the Victorine Ndikum Foundation.
Victorine Ndikum has also solicited help from persons of goodwill as she noted that the task remains huge, given the limited resources at her disposal.
“I have been doing it on my own for five years. The thing is, some friends and family members have been helping, but it’s not enough. Because what I see here, there is so much to do,” she said.
By Amina Hilda