Founded: First ministry activity was as a feeding station in 1992. First traditional structure (thatched roof hut) to welcome 30 orphaned children 1996. Current orphanage and dispensary construction began in 2004 and welcomed children in 2005.
Founder: Rev. Valentin Mbong, now a US citizen is Cameroonian. Valentin is from Douala where he took his early education. Later he studied in Liberia, France, and the US receiving Masters Degrees in Mathematics and Theology.
Location: Northwest Province, Boyo Division, Cameroon West Africa. The Orphanage is in Fundong very near the provincial government offices in Fundong.
Local People: Local demographics consist most widely of the Kom Tribe. The area has various Christian groups represented, and is also influenced by the local native religion JuJu. There is also a small population of Fulani Muslims in the area.
Authority and Governance: Harvest Children’s Home is recognized and licensed by the government of Cameroon and has been acclaimed by the government as an exemplary ministry. Within the United States, Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA] became a Bona fide Non profit organization in California in 2006. In March of 2011 Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA] was granted a 501(c)(3), 170 Public Charity status retroactive back to 2006. The Ministry is governed by an independent, all volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of 7 people living in various locations in the USA. In-country management of HCH is via an appointed Director, Assistant Director, Facility Manager, and a Financial Comptroller.
The physical environment of HCH is a compound of four buildings. A basic dormitory is divided into 4 sections. 1 section each for younger and older girls, and also for younger and older boys. They are filled with bunk beds for the children and a small amount of personal storage space for each child. There is an administration building which houses a few offices, a staff meeting room, some guest quarters, food storage, and is also the location of the dispensary and infirmary. Another building contains a 2 bedroom with kitchen and dining guest area, and the dining/activity hall for the children. The final building consists of a newly built kitchen area in which staff members cook the meals for all the children over an open fire that is a more modern and healthy environment. There is an open cinder block area with cold showers and a customary toilet area. There is room for much improvement in these areas.
Harvest Children’s Home began out of deep concern, to answer the needs of desperate children whose parents died of the killer disease, AIDS. The Lord laid a burden on the heart of Rev Valentin Mbong, who in 1992, took a bold step of faith and began to sensitize communities and local Churches about the impending doom of these helpless orphaned children.
Practical steps were then taken to save, protect and care for these little ones:
Step one: Emergency Foster Homes within the immediate families of these children were established, and food, clothing, healthcare and education were provided for the orphans as a temporary measure.
Step two: Because these children were still not being properly supervised and cared for in their foster homes, in 1996 a traditional house was built and thirty of the most vulnerable, at risk kids were brought together in this facility, where their needs were better met.
Step three: Following an outpouring of God’s financial blessing in 2004, through the ministry of Cry Cameroon, the construction of Harvest Children’s Home’s current facility began – a more permanent, modern and spacious complex on ¾ of an acre of land graciously donated by Salem Baptist Church of Fundong, Cameroon.
Step four: Through the amazing generosity of Harvest Chapel Church in Richmond, CA, World Orphans in Colorado and a host of compassionate Christian friends, the construction of Harvest Children’s Home was completed in 2005.
Bunk beds were made by a local carpenter. Mattresses, were provided by the family and Churches of Bishop Wilfret Johnson in New-Orleans, LA and Harvest Chapel in Richmond, CA, and bed coverings and toiletries were donated by Christians of the Cameroon National Baptist Convention. In July 2005 the doors of Harvest Children’s Home were opened to the 30 orphaned children who were sheltered in the hut and 30 more joined the family during the following week. For these kids, it was a dream come true. In 2007, the Cameroon government recognized and legalized Harvest Children’s Home and officially endorsed it as an exemplary facility and safe place for orphans. What an amazing story – and you can be part of it!
Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA]
Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA] is a California nonprofit organization established in the US for the purpose of generating funds and support for ongoing ministries in Cameroon. Harvest Children’s Home is the primary project of Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA] and was established to rescue and give a new family, a new hope and a new future to orphaned children whose parents were victims of AIDS, Malaria and other tragedies. The Children’s Home provides housing, education, health and nutritional care to the children as well as spiritual and biblical guidance. 98% of all the needs of the orphanage are met by funds raised in the US by Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA]. This is possible because of a few praying and generous mission-minded Churches and a small dedicated family of Christian partners all over the US.
Today, through the ongoing efforts of Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA], it’s dedicated partners, and HCH’s staff members, Harvest Children’s Home is a real home to 60-70 (on average) orphans. Each year it moves more towards professionalism and excellence. Each year all the school age children are sent to local elementary and high schools and the younger ones, who are not of school age, are given day care type education. The children are supplied uniforms, school supplies, books, and all their tuitions. This is a major ongoing challenge, because there is no such thing as “free public education” in the area and no scholarships or grants are earmarked for orphans.
Since 2004, Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA] has also been instrumental in sending multiple volunteer ministry teams from the USA to Harvest Children’s Home. Their missions were many including: staff training on how to better care for the children, how to improve their quality of life and how to better prepare them to be contributing leaders in Cameroon’s future. The stability of these children and hope for a better tomorrow depend solely on God’s grace manifested in the charitable acts of compassionate people like you, the loving dedication of the HCH staff, and the prayers, wisdom, and vision of the US based volunteer Board of Directors of Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA].
Cry Cameroon Ministries [USA] is a 501(c) (3), 170 Public Charity.