How are the christian men fellowship (CMF) in Kumba-Cameroon engaged in the work for the poor, particularly orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
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This paper seeks to investigate the engagement of the CMF of the Presbyterian Church Kumba Cameroon, in their work for the poor, particularly OVC. And also to know the related courses of their vulnerability status which might affect their growth, and development. My sole objective was to identify and census orphans and vulnerable children and determine their medical, educational, nutritional, housing, employment and legal needs. The approach of this work involved the church represented by the Christian men fellowship (CMF), NGOs, civil society, traditional authorities, and off course the divisional delegation of the ministry of social affairs representing the six sub-divisions of meme in Kumba. This consists of a door to door search of OVC from village to village in the Kumba sub- division using some church trained volunteers in the field of social work. A well structured questionnaire and vulnerability scale were used to identify these OVC and their need. The divisional delegation of the ministry of social affairs carryout supervision and validation, a survey was and 1802 orphans and vulnerable children were identify in the Kumba municipality amongst this number given, the CMF is hosting and supporting 786 OVC while the rest are under some NGOs in the Kumba municipality and its environs. It was also found that quite a host of these OVC lack birth certificates, with almost (90.5%) with related health problems and (9.3%) with HIV infections while few of them very little or no meal a day. Quite a number of these orphans and vulnerable children are drop out from school for are simple reasons that, either because of poverty or because one of the parent is sick and need somebody to take care of. Another reason will be than an average family will prefer to send the boys to school and allow the girl to stay home and talk care of the younger brothers and sisters. About half of them live with grandfathers or foster families and one third of these families need income generating activities to support these OVC. In this regard, there was a need for the provision of basic education, birth certificates, medical treatment and nutritional needs for the orphans and vulnerable children in the Kumba municipality,