It is a convivial mood at Che Street, Ntarinkon-Bamenda, North West Cameroon, as persons living with Down syndrome, together with their friends and lovers come together for the launch of the activities of the Down Syndrome Association of Cameroon (DOSYACAM).
Speaking to TWIF NEWS at the occasion which was held recently, Mrs Anthonia Bih, the founder and Board Chair of the organization remarked that Down syndrome was not a medical ailment, but a condition resulting from the replication of the 46th chromosome of human cells.
She debunked the myth that these precious persons were marine spirits, witches and wizards.
Mrs Anthonia Bih further noted that children with down syndrome could become what they wish to be in any sphere of life if given equal opportunities like their peers without any form of disability.
Mr Freedolene, Ngwa, Manager of DOSYACAM’s head office, Ntarikon-Bamenda, revealed that the few children with down syndrome who is in his office, are doing great in some basic learning such as reading, writing and craftwork.
Aside from their ability to accommodate knowledge in academics, the manager also expressed amazement in their smartness in vocational training in areas such as gardening and bead making.
He further pleaded with all and sundry to devote either their time, financial or material resources to ensure the growth of the centre, and the wellbeing of persons living with Down syndrome.
Parents of children living with this type of disability were as well urged not to see the DOSYACAM office as a dumping ground, but to show love, care and attention to these beautiful categories of persons.
Mr Nincho Samuel, Consultant of DOSYACAM took some time off to display the children‘s dexterity in craftwork, urging all present to be partners and advocates for persons living with Down syndrome.
He further encouraged them to denounce mythical beliefs and traditional practices that were repugnant to natural justice, remarking that children were all gifts from God; including those with Down syndrome.
The occasion ended with much singing and dancing as well as merry-making.