BEFORE Issa met Ibrahim, a young polio survivor, in his village of N'ditam in Cameroon, his brother took him everywhere in a market cart.

AFTER a few months, thanks to donations from Issa’s networks in France, Ibrahim was able to go to school and complete his primary education.

Hope International for Tikar People (HITIP) is a non-profit, community-based organization established to improve the quality of life for marginalized indigenous Tikar and Bedzan (Pygmy) people in Cameroon.  HITIP collaborates with local villages to implement sustainable health, education and art projects to meet the needs of at-risk individuals and communities as a whole.

HITIP was founded in 2002 in direct response to the needs of community members with immediate and critical health care needs.

Ibrahim, a young survivor of polio who was desperately in need of a custom bicycle wheelchair, inspired the inception of HITIP. Immediately after Issa Nyaphaga, founder of HITIP, met Ibrahim he decided to take action. Through educating others about the challenges facing the Tikar people and partnering with communities and non-profit organizations in Cameroon, the United States and France, HITIP was able to raise the grass roots funds to provide Ibrahim with his first wheelchair. Ibrahim enjoys his newfound sense of independence as he is now able to make the 3 km trip to school every morning on his own. This success for Ibrahim has inspired a series of other projects for marginalized Tikar and Pygmy populations. Since 2002, HITIP has provided medicine, emergency medical supplies, shoes, books, school supplies, school bags, clothes and toys to seven villages in the Tikar region.