The Fuller Center for Housing of Bamenda, Cameroon, officially formed just two months ago and already has completed its first project — replacing the roof and stabilizing the walls of a house in the Baingo community.
Many of the residents in Baingo live under bamboo-and-grass roofs, which provide little shelter from the elements but do host a variety of creatures and pests. Homeowner Elsi Nih and her family were among those whose health was threatened by such living conditions — until The Fuller Center came along.
“The volunteer staff is working very hard to impact and to transform the livelihoods of the inhabitants of Baingo,” said country director Angu Andreas, who holds a Master of Finance and Accounting and has 13 years experience in financial services. “I am very happy to see the project starting on good ground.”
Fuller Center Director of International Field Operations Ryan Iafigliola worked with Andreas for months as the native Cameroonian struggled to get official recognition from the government to begin working.
“These folks in Cameroon are determined,” Iafigliola said. “They’ve pulled the community together and just plain gotten started and now have already completed improving their first home and started on another. The seed has been planted, and we are looking forward to seeing it continue to grow.”