The Fallen Patriotic Foundation, FPF, a non-denominational and apolitical organization has joined hands with government to support orphans and widows of soldiers who died in the course of defending the nation in the war against Boko Haram extremism.
According to statistics from FPF, there are close to 450 orphans who need full parental support. The founder of the foundation, Laura Ndiwane Epse Sako, said FPF was working to provide assistance in the area of education to children of fallen soldiers.
They also seek to provide counseling and psychosocial assistance to families of the deceased to enable them cope with the situation and accept the loss, as well as assist them in the compilation of documents to receive death benefits from the State, among others.
During the ceremony, the Secretary General of Buea Council on behalf of the Mayor, made a contribution for schools in Buea, while Mrs. Menga pledged to sponsor all orphans of fallen patriots in the South West Region.
A company that supplies antennas pledged to sponsor all the orphans of two northern regions. There were other pledges as well as freewill donations. The widow of Major Agbor Djomo Johnson, Noubessi Ruth, said that her daughter was just six weeks old in her womb before the father died at the battle front. A video of the activities of the military in the battle front was also projected during the ceremony.
The Fallen Patriots Foundation was created on November 27, 2015 in Yaounde with the objective to support and guarantee the education of orphans of fallen soldiers.
The importance of the ceremony was to present the foundation and to raise funds. In the days ahead, specifically on the 10th 12th and 19th of August, 2016, scholarships will be awarded to children from Maroua, Garoua and Yaounde respectively.