“Angel of Mercy” sponsors several programs to provide assistance to the people living with HIV/AIDS, help educate orphans and children living in poverty, and provide economic support to disabled persons living in the desperation. All our programs have been designed to help improve the lives of the people in the community with their health, nutrition, and a basic way of sustaining and maintaining life. Our projects and programs include the following:
- Medical Assistance Program
- “Feed the Children” Program
- Scholarship and Education Program
- Cooperative Farming Program
- Health N' Beauty Supply Store
- Angel's Boutique
- Orphanage Program
- Small Scale Micro-Financing Program
- Poultry Project
- The Kerosene Project
- “Little Angels” Program
- Support Group Programs
CORN MILL PROGRAM
This was the very first project initiated in January 2006, by “Angel of Mercy” to help generate funds to support our HIV/AIDS patients. Through this project we purchased two corn mills and placed them at strategic positions in the villages where by the locals could easily grind their dried corn into corn flour used in preparing foo-foo corn for consumption. This is a high carbohydrate dish which gives increase energy level to the patients. This food is one of the main dishes of the villagers. The availability of the corn mill in the villages reduced the distance the villagers had to walk to grind their corn and also provided money to purchase Anti-retroviral medications for our first patient. Due to the challenges we faced with electrical conections, we had to discontinue this project.
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
With this free medical assistance program, “Angel of Mercy” provides free testing for CD4 counts testing, viral load testing for their HIV/AIDS patients. The patients do get free multivitamins, free immune system booster products, free anti-diarrhea medications and free bactrim for prophylaxis treatment for infection. This program is aligned with free health screening for HIV/AIDS, Diabetes and Hypertension. The patients also receive free nursing assessments on an as needed basis and on a quarterly basis. This nursing care is provided by professional registered nurses who have collaborated with “Angel of Mercy” to support the organizations objectives of providing free medical assistance to HIV/AIDS patients.
FOOD BANK PROJECT
Through the Food Bank Project, “Angel of Mercy” provide uncooked food to the people living in poverty and to the HIV/AIDS patients. The food types are selected from the basic food groups of the food chain. (protein, carbohydrates, fats and oil, vitamins and minerals and water. The main goal is to help the patients with their basic nutritional needs, increase energy levels, help build a strong immune system and improve their overall quality of life. Apart from the food products that we provide, other products like Savon (laundry soap) and kerosene are also provided for their basic needs.
FEED THE CHILDREN PROGRAM
With the “Feed the Children” program, “Angel of Mercy” provides cooked meals and distributes them to little children in the villages. Food like jello, rice, boiled eggs, sandwiches, beans and corn, puff-puff, fruits like bananas and water melon are prepared in large quantities and served to the children. Occasionally, the children get treats like pop corn and assorted candy and cookies from the USA. To a lot of the orphans, it could be their only hot nutritious meal for the day. At any given time, “Angel of Mercy” feeds up to 400 children a day. Through this program, many children have been able to eat a whole boiled egg for their first time. This programs is facilitated by the Feed the children coordinators and the “Little Angels.”
SCHOLARSHIP AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
Through this program, “Angel of Mercy” sponsors orphans and children living in poverty with their elementary education. These are basically children from class one through class six in any government primary school. We support them with their tuition, exercise books, school bags, writing materials, text books, school uniforms, lunch boxes and registration fees for their First School Living Certificate and Common Entrance Examinations; thus creating an opportunity for them to go to college. This program is currently growing fast with the need and opportunity for education for children.
COOPERATIVE FARMING PROJECT
The cooperative farm project is a distinguished project designed by “Angel of Mercy” to provide an opportunity for the patients in our support group to grow food to help sustain their nutritional needs. “Angel of mercy” bought about 3 acres of land which is being cultivated by the HIV/AIDS patients in the support group to grow subsistence crops like soya beans, pinto beans, corn, Irish potatoes, huclke berry, cocoyam and groundnuts. The cultivation is done by the support group patients and case managers of “Angel of Mercy” The food is processed and shared to the patients of the support group and other patients who are too sick to participate in the program. Some of the food is processed and preserved for the next planting season.
POSITIVE DRESS DOWN BARN PROGRAM
Through this program, “Angel of Mercy” distributes clothing and shoes to persons living in poverty, orphans, new born babies and disable persons. These are new and second hand clothing bought by the president of “Angel of Mercy” from garage sales in Minnesota, and some donated by other children and families to support the program. Sometimes we include tennis shoes, dress shoes, beddings, towels, under garments, and blankets for the children. This program makes a significant difference to the socio-economic status of the people, improve their self esteem and maintain their dignity.
VISUAL IMPAIRMENT PROGRAM
This program was facilitated in May 2007 by the VOSH Florida team donating eye glasses, eye checks, and free eye medications to patients who have eye sight problems. “Angel of Mercy” coordinated this program in collaboration with some other organizations for the selection, processing, registration process for those who meet criteria. Through this program, a total number of about 5000 persons received eye glasses, eye drops and eye screening within 7 days in Bamenda and Kumba towns in Cameroon. This program continues as “Angel of Mercy” is preparing for another eye screening visit in May 2010 with VOSH (Volunteers of Optometric Services of Humanity) Florida and other partnering organizations.
THE ORPHANAGE PROGRAM
“Angel of Mercy” has structured this program along side with the “Little Angels” program and the Scholarship and educational program to provide educational assistance, medical assistance and uplift the socio-economic status of the orphans. Some of these orphans are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus; thus qualifying them for medical assistance. The goal is for “Angel of Mercy” to build an orphanage where by these children will be given a loving and warm environment and a permanent home. Currently, the orphans are from 3years of age to 15years of age, both males and females. Older orphans from all age group are encouraged to participate in this program in other to help nurture and provide basic care for the younger ones. Angel of Mercy partnering with 200orpanagesworldwide.com carried out a mission trip to Cameroon in september of 2010 to start the pocess of building an Orphanage in Nsongwa bamenda for the orphans that "Angel of Mercy" is supporting.
MICRO FINANCE PROGRAM
Through this program the HIV/AIDS patients are supported with materials or a small financial loan to start a trade. The goal is for them to generate funds and build a career as traders, manufacturers or farmers. The project is being chosen by the patients, and supported by “Angel of Mercy” to encourage productivity and sustainability. The profits are reinvested back to this project, to encourage the development of more self-sustaining projects for more people, maintain economic independence, uplift their economic status of the people, improve self esteem, become independent and live a meaningful life. They should be able to give back to “Angel of Mercy” what was borrowed in order to support the next set of persons with a trade. Currently the ongoing programs are the palm Oil program and the Piggery Program.
With the poultry project, “Angel of Mercy” buys one day old chicks and raises them to two – three months old chicks then, sells them to the community. These chicks are nurtured and cared for by trained personnel who are specialized in animal husbandry. The chicks are sold in the local markets when mature at very low prices. Some people buy them and nurture them until they are really mature for consumption. “Angel of Mercy” has made it possible for the villagers to eat chicken which is considered as a delicacy in most homes in Cameroon. The profits from this project get reinvested into the project and make more chicken available for consumption by the common man in the village.
Kerosene is used as the main source of light in the villages as the people are not able to afford electricity for lights. The areas that have electricity, are faced with frequent power failure and problems with low voltage. The villagers always need kerosene for light and for cooking. “Angel of Mercy” supports the entire Tubah sub-division with kerosene for these purposes. We buy kerosene from wholesale petroleum companies in town and retail it to the locals at low reasonable prices, with little profit to sustain the business. Some of the villagers also retail the kerosene to others villagers in the interior of the villages who cannot afford transportation to come to our supply center and buy.
“LITTLE ANGELS” PROGRAM
The Little Angels program was designed to assist little children in the community to become involve in community programs in the Tubah sub division. The Little Angels are trained by the “Angel of Mercy” personnle to sing, recite poetry, act drama and engage in sports activities for their physical fitness. The content of the songs, poetry and drama are related to the management and prevention of HIV/AIDS and promotion of basic hygiene. The children are from 6 years of age to 15years of age, are orphans and live in poverty. They also participate in coordinating the organizations activities on the “Feed the Children” Program, and sensitization programs on HIV/AIDS in elementary schools.
SUPPORT GROUP PROGRAM
The support group program is for the HIV/AIDS patients and their families to help them live positively with the turmoil of HIV/AIDS and deal with the stigmatization HIV/AIDS has brought to the society. These group of persons increase in numbers every day as the patients are in constant referral of the friends who are still struggling with the deadly virus. The support group is facilitated the by “Angel of Mercy” Case Managers and some of the support group members, to guide, manage and promote their activities. Through this forum, the members have created their own support system to help them live positively. The support group members help with sensitization in the community about the effect of HIV/AIDS, educate other patients on how to live positively with HIV/AIDS and fight stigmatization.
Our sensitization programs are extended not only to the primary, secondary and technical schools around the area but also to meeting houses and community meetings and churches. Through these programs, we provide education on preventive mechanisms, infection control, abstinence, health education, use of condom. We also provide counseling sessions to empower women and young girls.
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“Angel of Mercy”
PO Box 28086
Oakdale, MN 55128
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651-283-3546 (Minnesota, USA)
011237-7468-5468 (Bambui, Cameroon)
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