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“I was so happy because I could read again”

20th August 2020 | Blog

Covid-19 has brought education to a standstill for people across the world. In Cameroon, intrepid local NGOs are determined to not let the pandemic further affect the learning of children whose lives have already been greatly impacted by ongoing conflict. They are making Pioneer Book Boxes filled with brand new books safely available for children to enjoy.

Here, ten-year-old Fortune* tells us how the books are bringing her hope and happiness.

Cameroon forest
Conflict in Cameroon has forced many people to flee their homes and seek shelter in forests

When we were running away from the war, we spent months in the forest. Many people did. We could not go to school, church or hospital. We lived in fear, hunger and pain.

But one day, pastors came to give food and clothes to people in the forest and they took us to the Catholic church in Kumba. Then, when fighting settled down, a family gave us a room in their house to stay in.

I was so happy because I could read again.

In October last year they brought the Pioneer Book Box to the Catholic Mission. I was so happy because I could read again.

Pioneer Book Box
Children using a Pioneer Book Box in Kenya (Cameroon photo not used for safety)

At the church hall and in our house, I learn English, Maths, French, Geography etc with books from the Pioneer Book Box. They have helped me a lot. I have not gone to school since I left my home. I am praying for schools to start again in October.

I am praying for schools to start again in October.

My favourite subject is English Language and my favourite book is Phonics and English Grammar. I am so happy with the books.

When I grow up, I will be a journalist so that I will be able to report things that are happening in our towns, villages and our whole world so that people can be helped to live in peace and unity.

Thank you so much for the books, they have given us hope.

Thank you so much for the books, they have given us hope.

*Name has been changed.

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