Cameroon

Have a Heart Adoption in Cameroon

The Maitri Movement runs Have a Heart Adoption scheme in Cameroon through more than 25 Polish mission centres. We cooperate with the following congregations: the Sisters of the Most Holy Soul of Christ the Lord (Abong-Mbang, Djouth), the Passionist Sisters (Bertoua-Enia, Ndelele, Bertoua-Tigaza; Yaounde), the Pallottines Sisters (Doume, Bafoussam), the Dominican Sisters (Garoua Boulay) and the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mandama). The Bishops of two dioceses of Doume-Abong Mbang and Yokaduma are also Polish.

Cameroon – Africa in miniature

European explorers reached Cameroon in the 15th century. In 1884 the country became a German colony what triggered an economic growth and infrastructure development. To this day, Germany is very well perceived by the Cameroonians. After the I World War, in 1916, Cameroon became the League of Nations mandates territory and was divided between France and the United Kingdom. In 1946 the League of Nations mandates were converted into the United Nations Trusteeships.

In 1961, British part of the Cameroon united with the French part, forming the Federal Republic. In 1982, Paul Biya became a president of a newly formed country with a total land area of 475,442 km2.

Cameroon has a very humid equatorial climate. Annual rainfall is usually around 61 inches. The agriculture is the backbone of the country economy. People farm here cocoa, coffee, rubber trees, cotton, groundnuts, sorghum, millet, rice, yams, corn, beans, sugar cane, tobacco and much more. There is also an animal farming and livestock is raised throughout the whole country, like sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and poultry. Many Cameroonians are fishermen. They fish primarily in Chad, Lagdo, Bamendjin, Mbakaou lakes and Nkami, Wouri, Chari, Logone rivers.
Cameroon is often described as “Africa in miniature” as it contains all major continent vegetation e.g. coast, mountains, deserts. In the north of the country you can find savannas and in the south, rainforest – the major source of the ebony and mahogany