Staff of Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH) and CBC Integrated School for the Blind (ISFB) in Kumbo have bid farewell to Barbara Johnson, a US volunteer who served at the ISFB for the past 6 months. During the farewell ceremony, which took place at the BBH Rest House on November 8, 2017, the Administrator of BBH, Mr Kangong Joce noted that the CBC Health Services will have spent a lot of money to do the work that Babara volunteered to do for free. He acknowledged her commitment during her stay in ISFB despite the political instability in the Northwest region.
The Supervisor of ISFB Kumbo, Mrs. kutwah Magdalene recounted that Babara was in the school in April 2015 to build the capacity of staff on brail and this year she was there to build the capacity of staff and students in the Higher institution like University of Bamenda. Mrs. Kutwah appreciated Barbara for her financial and material support to ex pupils like Wirdzerem Isabel and Bafon Bertrand, all ex-students in ENS Bambili. Mrs Kutwah also revealed that Babara has also supported the school with one new braille embosser and some learning and teaching aids, some personal learning aids to individual staff which will go a long way to ease the work load of the staff.
According to the Supervisor of the School, Administrator of BBH, and the Chief Medical Officer of BBH, words alone cannot express the appreciation of the CBCHS to Babara, reason why a symbolic gift of a traditional bag containing some craft items as demonstration of love was given her by the Administrator of BBH on behalf of the CBCHS. The BBH Administrator requested her to come back again next time.
Responding to the speakers, Babara expressed joy for the receptive spirit of the school and the hospital that facilitated her stay in kumbo. With the knowledge imparted on the students and staff, she urged them to use it judiciously to facilitate learning for learners with visual impairments. She expressed the wish to come back and continue with the work. As a woman with visual impairment herself, she said she better understands the learning challenges that learners with visual impairments face.
The fellowship ceremony was attended by some staff of BBH, ISFB, Community Based Rehabilitation Office, and the SEEPD Programme Officer who represented the SEEPD Programme Manager.