Mission

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide young Africans with access to quality education and cultural exchange.

We aim to inspire youth to understand and utilize the benefits of education. Through our variety of programs, Manengouba Foundation helps prepare young adults to become productive citizens by providing valuable learning opportunities.

We also strive to draw the attention of the developed world to join forces with us. We appeal to capable and compassionate forces to join us to provide assistance and partnerships in this life-changing education.


Qui Nous Sommes (en français)

WHO WE ARE

Manengouba Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to bringing community development to Cameroon, a nation on the west coast of Central Africa, through educational opportunities, the facilitation of international cultural exchange, and the development of sporting activities among the youth of the nation.

Manengouba Foundation supports the rural community of Nkongsamba, Cameroon, by offering educational opportunities that prepare underserved youth for success. Our innovative model integrates a rigorous practical program with athletic activities, to teach important life skills and provide much-needed hope. We help prepare young adults to become productive citizens by providing a learning environment where they feel challenged, respected and accountable as they strive to find a way to grow, develop, and help lift each other out of the poverty that characterizes this region.


Histoire (en français)

HISTORY & BELIEFS

An important mountain of southwestern Cameroon with a mild, almost Mediterranean climate and rich volcanic soils, Moungo Division has attracted economic development since colonial times in spite of its distance from the sea (about 150 miles). Successive colonial administrations and religious organizations that invested in Cameroon all had pilots in Nkongsamba, capital of Moungo Division.

Nkongsamba quickly became the third city of Cameroon after Yaoundé, the political capital, and Douala, the economic center of the country. The Moungo Division’s vibrant and burgeoning agriculture churned out coffee, bananas and other tropical fruits for the export market while the rest of the country was assured of supplies of corn, sweet potatoes, cassava, plantains and other staples. This region was so important that the government initiated its first north-south railway line to pass through Nkongsamba to take vital food necessities to the almost arid north.

As a result of its natural endowments and hard-working populations and with a growing flow of immigrants from other regions, Nkongsamba developed into a vibrant education hub with schools popping up all over, championed by religious organizations and others.

In the mid-1960s into the 1970s however, Nkongsamba began to lose steam as it took on more responsibilities in Cameroon’s struggles for political independence, much to the dislike of those is Yaoundé. Slowly but steadily, Nkongsamba became a ghost town as people fled from the heavy hand of the military that became the rule in Nkongsamba. Industries and farms were abandoned. Roads and other infrastructure fell into disrepair. Today, Nkongsamba and the Moungo Division are a pale reflection of what they used to be as people attempt to rekindle life in a desolate area that is still rich in potential.

As this past passes on to the present and looms on to the future, the smiles on the faces of the innocent, tattered and abandoned youth as they struggle with a destiny that they do not understand and did not create are a call to service, a call to our collective conscience to do whatever we can to utilize the rich endowments of our region to improve the life of its population.


Angela Oriano-Darnall, Ph.D.
Chair
Associate Director, Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
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Darryle Brooks
Vice-Chair
President, Crossfire Business Solutions LLC
Silver Spring, MD
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Danielle L.C. Beach-Oswald
Secretary
Attorney at Law, Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates, PC
Washington, DC
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Bernard Tchoula
Treasurer
Senior Vaccine Sale Programing Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline
Philadelphia, PA
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Raymond E. Epote
Senior Minister Plenipotentiary and Former Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon
Silver Spring, MD
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Our mission is to provide young Africans with access to quality education and cultural exchange.