The kumba Community Organization of Toronto, Canada and the Bafaw Cultural and Development Association of USA (BAFCUDA-USA) have offered financial support to victims of the October 24 school massacre in Kumba, Meme division, South West region.
The Toronto-based grouping offered 1,750,000FCFA while BAFCUDU-USA dispatched 1,000,000 FCFA .
The money was handed over to beneficiaries at an event on Saturday, December 12. The ceremony took place at the Palace of the Nfon of kumba and Paramount Ruler of the Bafaws in kumba Town.
Nfon Mukete IV Ekoko chaired the ceremony. The donations came through the Nfon’s Palace from. There was also an additional financial support from the Nfon’s Palace as well as friends of the Palace enabling each of the 19 families to go home with the sum of 150,000 FCFA.
The financial assistance was handed over to the families in the presence of Reverend Dr. Victor Eseme Sona from the USA.
Rev Eseme Sona represented BAFCUDA-USA and Pastor Pauline Forkwa , equally from the USA , who came to sympathize with the families of the victims.
Also in attendance, was the Regional Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and the family for South West, Lucia Ediage Sona.
It is not the first time the families of the victims have received financial assistance through the Palace. On previous occasions, they received financial support from sons and daughters of kumba resident in Alanta and Minnesota known as K-Towners and equally from friends of the Palace.
Speaking at the event, Nfon Mukete IV Ekoko, reassured the beneficiaries that more support would come to them from Associations and friends of goodwill both at home and abroad.
He pledged the commitment of his Chiefdom to continue to work towards this direction. Meanwhile, Pastor Boniface Ngamenyi, father of one of the slain students of the kumba massacre, speaking on behalf of the affected families, thanked the benefactors and the Nfon of kumba and Paramount Ruler of the Bafaws for their continuous support and hope such a sad incident would not repeat itself again in kumba.
Ngamenyi expressed satisfaction and said the financial assistance will go a long way to overcome some of the challenges they are passing through after the school attack.
By Prince Oben in Kumba