Despite living in difficult conditions, the Muslims in Cameroon are not giving up on their Qur'an and hafiz training. The poor families children of the Kusr region, who attend Qur'an classes are left with no choice but to beg for money in the times which they are not studying, in order to continue their studies. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is not only supporting these children financially, but are now working on new projects to improve their schools condition.
Cameroon's Kusr region is famous for the hafiz schools. There are many schools in Kusr where children not only obtain hafiz training but also continue their normal education. The poor people in this region are trying to continue their studies under very tough conditions. Their only income is the low funding they receive from the wealthier families at the school. The children of the poorer families who come to boarding school from rural areas have no other choice but to beg for money in order to purchase food and continue their education.
The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation team offered a series of emergency assistance to the children of Kousseri located in the North of Cameroon, who have no other choice but to beg in order to continue their Qur'an and hafiz studies.
Within the scope of the emergency aid, 25 tons of necessities such rice, flour and oil was distributed to 1500 students who receive Qur'an and hafiz training at 18 different Qur'anic studies schools in Kusr. In total 1,600 people including students, teachers and administration benefited from the aid.
Students receiving hafiz training are continuing their studies by begging
IHH's West Africa Coordinator Yunus Satilmis stated his observations in the following manner as food aid was being distributed to the Qur'anic studies schools. "Although they get their ablution from copper bowls, write and read the Mushaf from wooden boards, the Muslim children of Kusril do no fall back from their education or Qur'anic studies." He then described the lifestyle of these children: " There are children from the city and villages in the Qur'anic studies schools. Children who came from the city return next to their families or relatives at night once classes are over. The children who come from villages stay at the Qur'an studies school overnight. The children are aged between 5-18 at these schools. After the morning prayer, the children begin reading and memorizing the Qur'an at 7am. At 9am the children go to the stores and homes in the city to beg in order to have enough money to purchase their breakfast. After they have their breakfast they return to their studies. At lunch time the children go back into the city to beg in order to purchase their lunch, and return back to their school in order to continue their studies till night time. The children who come from the city return home next to their families, while those who come from the villages go out to beg one last time. They then return back to their school, do their homework and go to sleep. These children are in desperate need of schools, dorms and cafeterias. Although there are free missionary schools in the region, Muslim families who are not financially stable avoid sending their children to these schools. For this reason, it is our duty to reach out for these children and give them a helping hand. As IHH we are going to do whatever we can to support them."
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is not only financially supporting the children who have no choice but to beg in order to continue their studies, but are now working on new projects to improve their schools condition.