Thanks to Josué, each centre of the Serge Betsen Academy (SBA) now benefits from having a nurse on site. This is wonderful news for our children’ health! We owe this to this generous young man who, a short time ago was still on the benches of our centre in Bafia. This is his story:
‘Let me introduce myself: my name is Bidias Josué, I am 27 years old; when I was only 12 my father and mother passed away. I live in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital. I have a degree in psychology obtained in 2014 at the Yaoundé 1 University and in 2017 I got my professional diploma in nursing. Today I work as a nurse in a dispensary located 56 km from Yaoundé, in the locality of Ngoumou.
In 2012, as I was in school year 12 (literary) in Bafia I heard about the SBA; Mr. Jean Cyril Monthé is the one who invited me to join. Unfortunately I only spent 2 years among this family. They taught me so much and gave me everything.
My parents sadly weren’t fortunate enough to receive good care when they were on their hospital beds. Since then I have become very sensitive to the suffering of people around me and this has motivated me to do the job that I do, to help and relieve the pain.
After my A-levels in 2013, I always dreamt of joining the SBA family, to give them my very best in order to ensure the best future for my cadets at the centre. When the opportunity was presented to me, to be the nurse at Jardin Eden and Etoudi, I immediately accepted and started volunteering even before the hierarchy had accepted me. And above all, it was a way for me to thank this family which for 2 years helped me grow into the man I am now.
My goal when I joined was to give the best of myself when practising as a nurse within the SBA. Every time I work at the Jardin Eden centre I have to check on all the children, relieve their suffering and have educational talks with them. For those from Etoudi, I have to be there during their rugby training and carry out routine health checks. On Sundays I am present at the Etoudi Centre. For the Jardin Eden centre, it’s on Fridays.
My cadets, I urge you to get to work, to know how to say thank you to all the good wills who sacrifice themselves to offer you a better future!
A special thanks to all the people, near and far, who are actively working to give us a chance for a better future.
Thank you !!!!’
Translation by Katy Birgé-Wilson