The Treasure Centre

Officially the Republic of Cameroon is a country in west Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon’s coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is called “Africa in miniature” for its geological and cultural diversity. It has a population 16.4 million

The Treasure Centre for Children and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Bamenda, North West Province, Cameroon
Bamenda, also known as Abakwa and Mankon Town, is a city in northwestern Cameroon and capital of the North West Province. The city had a population of 269,530 and is located 366 km north-west of the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.

Construction of the new Treasure Centre

The Finished Centre

Background to the project

The Project is aimed at education and care for children with special learning needs and Primary school children / teenagers.
This project began in January 2002 with awareness in villages.
The Primary school opened in September 2002,  class 1 and Day Care centres opened January 2003 to date; there are 51 children in the primary school and in the day care centre 30 children.
There are 28 children here in The Treasure Centre, all with intellectual disabilities of various degrees. It really needs training on the spot for teachers and also suitable educational material.

Sr. Kathleen O’BrienSr. Kathleen with the children

Kathleen is a missionary sister of the Holy Rosary, from Tipperary, working in Cameroon since 1976. She is a primary school teacher trained in Edinburgh Scotland and taught in Bridgewater England for 5 years before going to Cameron. She lives in a community with four other sisters at Akum. They are an international group two Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Irish, all of whom are involved in health care in Akum Area. Her previous Ministry involved yearly visitation to over a hundred primary schools in the Archdiocese of Bamenda, from 1987 to 97. During this time she became aware of the presence of many children with intellectual disabilities and also speech problems. The number of children she has come in contact with that are unable to speak or were intellectually disabled is astonishingly high. This project is raising awareness in villages to provide some form of education for these children who otherwise are very neglected.

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