Sharing Health and Hope in Cameroon Africa
Who We Are
Sharing Health and Hope in Cameroon Africa (SHAHICA) is a charitable organization which serves the population of Cameroon by providing medical, educational and spiritual care in the name of Jesus. SHAHICA was started in 2006 by Raphia Noumbissi and Patty Hewson. Raphia grew up in Cameroon and has always sought to give back to the community in which she was raised.
SHAHICA began with an outreach to the city of Foumban, her home town, and has since expanded in its mission. SHAHICA now coordinates an orphan outreach program and provides an evergrowing medical outreach.
SHAHICA is led by:
On July 22, 2015, Raphiatou and her daughter Abia traveled to Cameroon to prepare the way for Sodetou's return after 10 months in Philadelphia for surgery at Shriner's Hospital, and to later host a gathering of our sponsored children and their caretakers in Cameroon. Much fun was had. To see their report, CLICK HERE
Thank you to all who came out on April 22, 2016 to our BOWLING FUNDRAISER at Wynnewood Lanes to raise funds for the Community Day Center. Great fun was had by all. Click HERE for a picture of the winners this year.
Help us make a difference in Foumban and beyond, Cameroon. We continue to support our sponsored children in Cameroon including orphans and other medically needy children. Your ongoing support allows us to keep moving forward in our efforts to share health and hope in Cameroon.
1) For our Orphans and their caretakers.
2) For Sodetou and her possible return for additional surgery.
TO DONATE ONLINE: CLICK HERE
Where We Serve
Cameroon is a western African country bordering Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria. Half of its population (of 20 million people) lives on less than $2 per day. More than half of the Cameroonian population lacks access to appropriate medical care while over one-third lacks the opportunity for a proper education. Cameroon has an HIV prevalence rate of 5.1%.
The population of Foumban is 110,000 people. It is estimated that 10% of the population between the ages of 15-65 years old are HIV positive. The majority of people with HIV/AIDS in Foumban are diagnosed late in the course of the illness during a hospitalization once they present with symptoms of an opportunistic infection. They have usually suffered silently and are too afraid to get help because of the cultural stigma surrounding the virus.
Through our grassroots relationships with the leaders in Foumban, we:
To empower others less fortunate than us to make informed decisions regarding their health through education, encouragement, and assistance in order to minimize hardship and unneccessary death.