2019

2019 Annual Report of Activities 

The Fako Foundation Incorporated, has a Three-Front Mission

  • Promoting Educational Excellence and Supporting Scholarly Efforts
  • Promoting and Preserving the Fako (Mokpwe) Culture, and 
  • Supporting and Sustaining Healthcare 

In 2019, the following were accomplished under their respective categories:

Project 1: Education

  • Our Scholarship Program for Fako Students in Tertiary Institutions and our Academic Financial Assistance Program for Pupils at the Primary, Secondary, and High School levels (Preparatory Levels of Education), remain suspended, because of the ongoing problematic situation in Fakoland, with its adverse effects on Education.
  • Biology Exhibition: The Fako Foundation in partnership with the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Tech College, organized a Biology Exhibition at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (North Little Rock). The exhibition had two main goals: 
  • The Exhibition was for Middle School Pupils: the goal was to expose, stimulate, and create interest in the Biological and Medical Sciences, with the associated futuristic career opportunities.
  • The College Students selected to participate as Co-Exhibitors, were students from the Human Anatomy and Physiology courses and students from the Zoology course. The Exhibition was held during the ‘Black History Month’ and unlike in previous years, these co-exhibitors were a collective of diversity. It served the College’s Co-Curricular requirements and the co-exhibitor students earned credits for their participation. It was an opportunity for the student exhibitors, to be center at an aspect of a career opportunity in Biology and applied biology.
  • The Recipient Students were awed as they observed actual live and / or model specimens, for the first time as to how their bodies were structured and function, and also the evolutionary processes that shaped the diversity of life; The upper level students who dissected actual specimens for the first time in their lives, could not hide their interest in the sciences; The pupils were also schooled on the opportunities that are associated with studies in the sciences.

Project 2: Healthcare

  • In 2019, the Buea Town Integrated Healthcare Center was the recipient of the Fako Foundation’s healthcare endeavor. 
  • The Buea Town Integrated Healthcare Center received beds, bedsheets, pillow and pillow cases, and blankets; They also received chairs and a table for out patient consultations.
  • The management of the Buea Town Healthcare Center, was very appreciative and expounded on the immerse importance of the donations, the first of its kind they have ever received. The donations they emphasized, was to be used to create a ward.

Project 3: Internally Displaced Persons and the Needy

  • The Fako Foundation Incorporated in Association with the Salem Baptist Church, Lower Bolifamba (Mile 16), Buea, assisted Internally Displaced Persons (due to the ongoing situation in Fakoland) and others that were in dire need.
  •  Seven Internally Displaced Families from Bafia, Munyenge, and Muea, were recipients of cash envelopes, from the Fako Foundation. The variations in the amounts received were as determined by a committee of the Salem Baptist Church.
  • Two Blind Families, a Widow and a Single parent also received cash envelopes, as needy persons, and as determined by the Salem Baptist Church, determination committee.

New Admission

  • In 2019, Iya Sally Endeley of Minnesota, was admitted as a member of the Fako Foundation, after due process by the Board of Directors as required by the Bylaws of the Fako Foundation.
  • The Board of Directors noted that Iya Sally Endeley, a Mokpwe-Centric molana, will be an addition that will not only sustain the mission of the Fako Foundation but she also brings along with her qualities that will assist the Fako Foundation meet any futuristic challenges.

Partnership with BALALIA

  • In 2018, the Fako Foundation partnered with BALALIA: BALALIA is the Bakweri Language and Literacy Association, headquartered in Gbwea (Buea). They are an Association with very ambitious goals, and their founding and operation is a blessing to the Mot’a Mokpwe (the Bakweris). Currently, BALALIA is engaged in developing the Mokpwe Alphabet, the Mokpe(Mokpwe) grammar, and translating certain books of the Holy Bible.
  • While the Fako Foundation was of monetary assistance to BALALIA in 2018, the Fako Foundation did not fund any of the activities of BALALIA in 2019. Currently the Fako Foundation and BALALIA are in discussions to establish lasting and accountable ways of partnerships in accordance with the modus operandi of the Fako Foundation. When the discussions end and an agreement is reached, the Fako Foundation will resume its partnership and funding of certain aspects of the BALALIA noble project.

The full and detailed reports for each of the above accomplished projects can be found on our website: www.fakofoundation.org. The uploads include relevant pictures and videos.

As the Fako Foundation looks forward to another year of service to the people of Fakoland, the Wakpwes, and other communities, my gratitude and acknowledgement goes to the following pillars of the Foundation:

Mola Dr. Samuel Belsham Moki, Maryland

HRH Chief Dr. Augustine Evella Kange, Minnesota

Mola Samuel Moka Moliki, Georgia

Iya Pauline Liengu Litumbe-Hill, Missouri

Iya Sally Endeley, Minnesota

Iya Embelle Litumbe, Florida

Iya Mariana Mojoko Matute, Arkansas

Mola George Ndiv’a Lisinge, Fakoland

Mola Rev. Pastor Hansen Nafenda Ekwe, Fakoland

Mola Dr. Martin Moluwa Matute, Arkansas

This Foundation depends on their generosity, support, and time, and for that, they are greatly appreciated.

Click here for the link to the full report including pictures and videos. 

www.fakofoundation.org/2019/Report

Eyole na Wakpwe 

Peace be with the Fakolanders

M. M. Matute, Ph.D.

President, the Fako Foundation Incorporated

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Project 1: The Fako Foundation Incorporated In Collaboration with the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Tech College

Biology Exhibition at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, North Little Rock; March 8th, 2019

Organizer: Dr. M. M. Matute

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UA-PTC Biology Students: The Exhibition Team at the IHM School

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The Principal of the IHM School, Mr. Dan Smith (Left) and Dr. M. M. Matute, the Exhibition Organizer

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Dissection with the 8th Graders: Kellie Ashley Hough, Dr. M. M. Matute

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The Vertebral Column(Spine): Luis Daniel Ramos

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The Human Kidney: Hannah Keenan Stephens,  Shebra G. Nix

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The Effects of Drugs on Body Organ System Functioning: Fako Foundation Volunteer, Mariana Mojoko Matute, Pharmacist

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Sheep Brain (preserved specimens): Daviyonna Sherice Williams

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The Heart and the Circulatory System: Cole Youngblood Atkins, Chelsea Nicole Botley, Kaitlyn Davis

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Models of the Circulatory System: Kaitlyn, Cole, Chelsea (at the Background)

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The Evolution and Adaptations of the Amphibians and Reptilians: Caroline Sitenda Luckyamuzi

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The Eye as a Special Sense Organ: Christopher Onyekweli

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Synovial Joints of the Human Body: Tikia Harrison

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The Human Urinary System: Shebra G. Nix, Hannah Keenan Stephens

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The Brain and Spinal Cord: Daviyonna Sherice Williams,  Jane Brown

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The Evolution and Adaptations of the Birds and Mammals: Jacob Boyce

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The Skeletal System: Sasha Renee Patrick,  Brittany Danett Funderburg

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The Evolution and Adaptations of the Aquatic Vertebrates: Arthur McDade

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Post Exhibition Gastronomy: Courtesy of the Fako Foundation Incorporated

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Project 2: Health Project; Buea Town Integrated Healthcare Center

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The Fako Foundation donated the following items to the Buea Town Integrated Healthcare Center: 

  • Four beds with side storages(cupboards) 
  • Two sets of bedsheets per bed
  • Blankets
  • Pillows and Pillow cases
  • Table and Chairs for outpatient consultations
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  • Rev. Pastor Hansen Nafenda Ekwe (Left), of the Salem Baptist Church, Lower Bolifamba (Mile 16 Buea), led the spiritual introductory part of the donation ceremony.
  • Prince Charles Effugani Endeley, the Senior Prince of the Endeley  Mokunda Palace Buea (Center), represented the Fako Foundation President (Mola Moluwa mo Matute), during the donation ceremony, here reading the Foundation’s Note to the donation occasion.
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Donated Beds and Accessories

Front Left (1st): Mrs. Marie Mokwe, Chief of Center

Front Left (2nd): Mola George Ndive Lisinge, Fako Foundation’s Director of Projects in Fakoland

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Donated Outpatient Consultation Assemblage

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Symbolic handing over of donated items to the Chief of Center( Mrs. Marie Mokwe) by Prince Charles Effugani Endeley, Representative of Fako Foundation’s President (Mola Moluwa mo Matute).

Project 3: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the Needy

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The smiling faces of IDPs and other Needy Recipients at the Salem Baptist Church, Lower Bolifamba

The Fako Foundation Incorporated in Association with the Salem Baptist Church, Lower Bolifamba (Mile 16), Buea, assisted Internally Displaced Persons (due to the ongoing situation) and others that were in dire need.

  •  Seven Internally Displaced Families from Bafia, Munyenge, and Muea, were recipients of cash envelopes, from the Fako Foundation. The variations in the amounts received were as determined by a committee of the Salem Baptist Church.
  • Two Blind Families, a Widow and a Single parent also received cash envelopes, as needy persons, and as determined by the Salem Baptist Church, determination committee.
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Mola George Ndive Lisinge is the Fako Foundation’s Director of Projects in Fakoland.

Here in the Salem Baptist Church, Lower Bolifamba    (Mile 16), Buea, the DOP gives the IDPs and Needy Recipients, a brief history of the Fako Foundation, and the Foundation’s accomplishments in Fakoland, since 2015. Projects have been successfully carried out in the form of Scholarship awards and Academic Financial Assistance, Biology Exhibitions, Culture, and Healthcare needs.

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  • Rev. Pastor Hansen Nafenda Ekwe (Left); Lead Pastor of the Salem Baptist Church, Lower Bolifamba, Buea and Chair of the IDPs and Needy determination committee; reading the names of recipients.
  • Mola George Ndive Lisinge (Center): Fako Foundation’s Director of Projects in Fakoland, handing over cash envelopes to recipients.
  • Right: A grateful recipient displaying her cash envelope

Grateful Recipients

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Grateful Recipients

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 More Grateful Recipients

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A very grateful mother prays for the members of the Fako Foundation (video)

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Video Coverage of Fako Foundation Donations