By Michael Hernandez
Dr. Belinda Babila, a native of Cameroon, is actively involved in delivering aid to the thousands fleeing the country of Cameroon because of the current genocide. In December, she traveled to the area and saw the atrocities firsthand as the CEO of The BBF (The Belinda Babila Foundation-Heal The World Afrika BBF). They are the biggest provider of medical aid in the area of Adagom and Ogoja, Nigeria.
As a US-based Non-Governmental Organization, Dr. Babila launched a food drive immediately after her outreach to refugees in Nigeria, December 2018. During her three-day outreach which ran from December 14-16, 2018, Dr. Babila noticed amongst other necessities, the urgent need for the refugees to get food. Many refugees complained of going for days without food as the quantity given by the United Nations High Commission Refugee (UNHCR) is never enough.
They told Dr. Babila it takes sometimes six months for supplies to come from UNHCR. Dr. Babila promised to come back in the not too distant future with food. She also promised to get in touch with partners who would help to get a huge quantity of food that would be enough for all refugees. According to Dr. Babila their needs in Africa are overwhelming. “We are currently doing Livelihood Sustenance Programs in Bonaberi, Douala, Cameroon and Uyo, Nigeria.
“We need non-perishable and local food items like rice, beans, Garri, salt, and oil monthly in Cameroon and weekly to the Cameroonian Refugees in Uyo.” She continued, “We also do menstrual hygiene management where we distribute 10,000 pads to girls and women yearly. We do hygiene and sanitation management where we give out basic hygiene needs like toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotion, body wash or Soap, deodorant, diapers/wipes, and slippers.
“We also provide educational assistance to the over 2000 children currently in Nigeria. We do a Medical Outreach and do basic preventive health education to the Refugees and IDPS.” BBF’s team on the ground in Africa does the best they can with the refugees in the area. BBF has a black-tie event planned for November 9, 2019, at 8 pm at The Nirvana Event Center, 9550 Skillman, in Dallas, to raise funds for the refugees who are fleeing the country.
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