The Moas humanitarian eco-system consists inter alia of: St. Famille orphanage, ASEIMC NGO supporting children with cerebral palsy, R.E.S.T.O.R foundation that restores emotional stability through outstanding reconstructive surgery for children with disfiguration, the Ape Action Africa – Africa’s largest primate sanctuary and the Tikki Hollywood Foundation aiming at stopping Pangolin trafficking and poaching. These projects are not randomly picked and Moas is the core financial back and source for these projects. The projects are carefully chosen to create an ecosystem that provides an enveloping support system for the community in Cameroon.
St. Famille Orphanage – Making an Impact Where No One is Left Behind
Moas is a leading financial contributor to the St. Famille Orphanages, an impressive complex that has been recently renovated to provide orphans with the best care available. This is not just another orphanage. The St. Famille Orphanage has taken upon itself to care for the children who were abandoned by their parents due to their deformities and health issues such as Ambiguous Genitalia where
babies are born with both male and female genitalia and are thrown away by their parents out of fear.
Ambiguous Genitalia is not a disease, it’s a disorder of sex development. At the orphanage, the children are given relevant treatment for this disorder so they can lead a normal life again. Children with HIV as well as other rare conditions are also given full healthcare and treatment. Some of the children have been literally brought to the orphanage from the gutters of Cameroon. The orphanage takes care of them and their healthcare needs including flying them abroad for surgical procedures that are not available in Cameroon. Some children were brought to with severe eye disease that has been cured and has received their sight back.
The children receive education, food, shelter, and emotional support from professional staff that are there for them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Founded in 2015, in collaboration with Cameroon’s Ministry of Social Affairs and the Yaounde Reception Center for Children in Distress (CAED), the orphanage education program starts from preschool to primary school and college with a full dormitory and facilities.
Moas is closely involved with the orphanage and personally selects and recruits professional staff including teachers and nurses and has established the orphanage’s esteemed education program. Moas’s responsibility doesn’t end there. Once children graduate, Moas personally integrates them into the local community, helps them find jobs, develop careers and establish a life for themselves. The orphans at St. Famille get a full chance at life again.
The orphanage is a home for 45 children from newborns to 16 years old and complies with the UN 2, 3, 4, 10 Environment, Sustainable Goals (ESG) and is committed to giving back to the community and teaching the next generation leadership and care.
Supporting ASEIMC NGO for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Further to supporting the children at the orphanage, Moas and his team also support families whose children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The foundation’s goal is to raise awareness of cerebral palsy among children, particularly on the psychological and physical aspects of the syndrome. As part of Moas’s support, the children of ASEINC enjoy full healthcare and facilities as well as events and ongoing activities that enhance the children’s wellbeing, development, happiness and joy.
R.E.S.T.O.R Worldwide Inc. Project
Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts.
Another building block in the Moas humanitarian eco-system is financially supporting the R.E.S.T.O.R project where twice a year, Dr. Michael K. Obeng and his team are flown to Cameroon to transform the lives of children and the local community through reconstructive surgery. Dr. Michael K. Obeng’s project provides free of charge reconstructive surgery and related medical services to children and adults with disfiguring deformities from birth, accidents and diseases.
This year alone the medical mission ran through June 23-27, 2022 where 30 reconstructive surgeries as well as additional life-threatening cases with no solution in Cameroon, were conducted at the l’Hôpital Militaire de Yaoundé. This will be the 15th year for this project where over 1,600 surgeries have been conducted thus far. The impact of the project resonates beyond treating patients and their families but throughout the year by the local medical staff that is trained for this project.
Ape Action Africa Primate Conservation –Africa’s Largest Primate Sanctuary Vital Environmental Impact
The Ape Action Africa primate sanctuary is a safe home for 300 primates that have been rescued from the claws of illegal bush meat and pet trades. Founded in 1996 in partnership with Cameroon’s Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, the sanctuary operates at Mefou Park. Its impact resonated far beyond the primates and into the local communities by establishing community projects that provide a source of income and strengthen the relationship with the thriving community.
The sanctuary relies on Moas as its core financial support as well as on donations and contributions for its existence. For over 20 years Moas has been vital to the survival of Ape Action Africa and a leading funder of the project. It is this funding that enables the sanctuary to attain its top standard of excellence of care for the primates. This includes healthcare, rehabilitation of the primates and hopefully returning the primates back to the wild once rehabilitation is complete.
The sanctuary also rates top on Yaoundé Tripadvisor.com which has also helped in raising awareness and donations for the project. The three biggest threats to primates today are bush meat where primates are killed for their meat including Gorillas and Chimpanzees, the second is deforestation and the third is climate change. All are man-made threats the Ape Action Africa takes responsibility for our actions especially when it comes to helpless primates. The sanctuary makes change possible through education, funding and community involvement and that is my mission.
Tikki Hollywood Foundation – Cameroon
Another animal sanctuary where Moas is a significant financial contributor is the Tikki Holywood Foundation, a rehabilitation centre for Pangolin. In partnership with the Office of the President and Cameroon’s Ministry of Forest and Fauna, The Foundation aims to address the trafficking and poaching of this species through awareness campaigns and mentoring, to increase protection for the world’s most trafficked mammal the Pangolin. Three of the four African pangolin species occur naturally in Cameroon.
The three species are threatened by the bush meat trade predominantly in West and Central Africa and their scales are used for cultural and ethnomedicinal purposes, including traditional African medicine.
Moas’s humanitarian eco-system is among Cameroon’s flagship models where business, social and environmental impact unite for a better future. It is only through private funding, support and commitment that such impact can prevail to resonate with local communities. Creating an infrastructure that provides children, and whole communities with a second opportunity at life is vital to Cameroon. It is only through thriving communities that a better tomorrow is achieved. Communities that have a source of income, healthcare and education can make a change for generations to come.