Thursday, July 11, 2013

"We have to carter for the needs of the needy"-HOFNA Director

Christelle Bay Nfor
The Managing Director of the Bamenda-based humanitarian organization, Hope for the Needy Association, HOFNA, has said her organization was created to carter for the needs of the under privilege communities. Christelle Bay Nfor spoke to NewsWatch recently in Bamenda. Excerpts:
NewsWatch: Christelle Bay Nfor, you are Managing Director of HOFNA, what does your association do?
Christelle Bay: HOFNA means ‘Hope for the Needy Association’. It was created as a way of responding to some of the needs of the common man especially people in communities which are underprivileged and vulnerable. They either don’t have an open medium to express the issues or lack the support that go with because it doesn’t suffice to express a need but for the need expressed to be catered for. That is actually what pushed us to establish this association. If you express a need, the only thing that can make you think that something will be done about it is when you know there is hope. That is why you see it is not just about a need, but it is about hope for the needy.
NewsWatch: Last year you launched the “Making Education Realistic” (MER Project), can you tell us more about the project and the choice of C.S Nwangri as venue to launch?
Christelle Bay: First may be from the choice you will know the meaning. You would agree with me that when government took on the policy of subsidizing government run educational primary schools, that is making them free, the other educational schools at the primary level which are run by the lay private or by the missionary ran into causes of financing which means nobody in an underprivileged or poor community finds any reason getting into private primary schools to pay when the government school is there for free. These schools therefore become highly needy. So the situation becomes a bit aggravated when you go to a community that is traditionally poor and now has to face this additional challenge, especially with the government subsidized school not very assessable. That is why there was the choice of Catholic School
Launching of the MER Project
Nwangri. The school falls in the category of non-government primary schools, then you understand that there has been need vis-a-vis the normal government schools that are subsidized by government. HOFNA is not just about meeting immediate needs. It is about needs that are sustainable, once you start training people especially cultivating and inculcating into them the aspects that you can get to share with each other ‘s need, you now build up a society that cares about its own needs and those of others.
NewsWatch: After launching the MER project, what next ?
Christelle Bay: Like it is said in Economics, you have to have a scale of preference because Economic demands are inelastic but resources to meet these demands are always in limited in supply. So therefore, needs are there and HOFNA is not just doing this in in Nwangri, We’ve been doings things around underprivileged communities even in Bamenda you would be surprised. Around the Banjah area where there was a need for the community to have water, HOFNA as well HOFNA has done about three trips of donation to the Abanghor Orphanage where you have children, some orphans left by HIV mothers, fathers and so on.
NewsWatch: Many people today create humanitarian associations with secondary aims, any hidden agenda behind the creation of HOFNA?
Christelle Bay: The hidden agenda is that we have to carter for the needs of the needy. If that is hidden, then that is the hidden agenda.

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