On the 28th and 29th of October 2021, Ms. Christina Hardaway, Deputy Chief of the Political and Economic Section of the United States Embassy in Cameroon visited two of the four United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program beneficiary regions, in Cameroon – the North and East Regions.
Ms. Hardaway was warmly received on arrival in the North Region, by Mr Avom Dang, Secretary General in the Governor’s office, representing the Governor. In the East Region, she was equally received by the Secretary General in the Governor’s office, Mr Theophile Nguea Beina, representing the Governor. Others present included the Governors’ representatives, delegates of various ministries, mayors, traditional leaders, PTA members, community members, and students of Kossi and Gbakombo project schools, and Nascent Staff.
An impressive turnout of over one thousand people in each of the project localities enthusiastically welcomed the visitors with song, dance, and expressions of profound gratitude to USDA and the American people for the McGovern Dole Project, which provides school meals, take home rations, school farms, school infrastructure, water points, libraries, teacher training and general nutritional support. The representatives of the US government heard directly from the Governor of the North Region, mayors, PTAs and student beneficiaries themselves.
Some infrastructure projects (buildings and boreholes) constructed by Nascent as part of the McGovern-Dole program, were symbolically inaugurated and handed over to the respective school Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs).