Your Good Shepherd Family is thinking of you; we wish to express our deep concern for you and your loved ones. These are among the most difficult times many of us have ever faced. The COVID-19 virus has unsettled our lives in ways we could not have imagined just a few weeks ago, and some of us have experienced the death of dear friends. As we adjust to new and uncertain realities, we pray you will take every precaution possible, move forward with faith, and if you’re in a position to do so, serve as a shepherd to those in your local community who need assistance.
We are monitoring COVID-19 developments in Cameroon. As of today, there are 27 confirmed cases in this country of 26.5 million people with no reported cases in Bamenda or at our school or orphanage. Of course this may well change as wider testing becomes available.
These continue to be extremely difficult times in North West Cameroon as the seemingly endless conflict persists between the Anglophone minority and the Francophone majority. Understandably, hope is a precious commodity. Good Shepherd SLF is staying the course we established six years ago, assuring the on-going safety of our Good Shepherd Academy campus and buildings with 24-hour security. Of course, a school is not buildings but children; their future is our highest priority.
Since October a glimmer of light has emerged, a glimmer that is quickly growing into a bright beacon of hope which warms our souls. Together with Sister Jane Mankaa and her Board of Governors, we have opened Good Shepherd Preparatory School in Good Shepherd Home in Bamenda. The Prep School is an expansion of the Primary School Sister Jane has operated for many years at Good Shepherd Home.
In addition, it is a feeder school into Good Shepherd Academy. Every day, twenty-six enthusiastic coed students are taught the same curriculum that will be offered at the Academy when it re-opens.
The Prep School currently provides employment to seven full-time teachers, with students rotating through as many as eight classes/day. They observe a rigorous daily schedule (at right) that many of us would have trouble maintaining!
All of this has been made possible by your continuing generosity and the hard work of a “good shepherd” who has risen to provide organizational and administrative skills.
Ndomenga Dixon, a son of Good Shepherd Home who is presently working on his Master’s Degree in Accounting, not only makes certain the school is running effectively but also keeps our Board advised of their progress.
As Sister Jane’s Assistant, he is an invaluable member of the Good Shepherd team, providing his time and energy without question.
Read Dickson’s complete and inspiring Good Shepherd Preparatory School Report >>
As scripture tells us, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5) May that same light shine in your life, and the lives of those you love, in these troubled times.