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USA, UNHCR, and Cameroon Partner for Refugees
During a ceremony held at the Refugee Community Center in Yaounde on November 29, 2016, Ambassador Michael S. Hoza presented a symbolic check of 54 million CFA ($100,000 USD) to the President of the All Refugee Communities in Cameroon, Azaid Khamis, through Khassim Diagne, representing UNHCR ‘s Resident Representative. The funds provided by the United States for refugee education this year total over $3 million USD. The funds presented by the Ambassador will offer assistance to Secondary School Education for refugees in Douala and Yaounde. The Ambassador was joined by Secretary of State in Charge of Secondary Education, His Excellency Balaoya Boniface, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Basic Education, External Relations, Territorial Administration, UN agencies, and NGO partners.
In his remarks, Ambassador Hoza underscored the United States’ priority to promote education for refugee children around the world, and exhorted the children to always believe in themselves and persevere to realize their dreams, adding that someday one of them may become the person who discovers a cure for illnesses or any other extraordinary achievement. “There is no limit to what you can achieve by attaining an education, and we believe in you.”
The Ambassador also lauded the partnership between Cameroon, UNHCR, the United States, and all partners to support refugees, and highlighted the historical commitment by Cameroonians to extend their hospitality by welcoming refugees to the country.
Cameroonian officials and the UNHCR’s resident representative expressed their appreciation to partner with the United States in supporting refugees and called on other partners and citizens to support these efforts.