Participant Profiles


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Ibrahim

Age:  17 years old
Village:  N’ditam
Dream:  To become an electrician
Needs:  Leg braces and crutches to be able to stand and walk on his own

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Alima

Age:  18 years old
Village:  N’ditam
Dream:  To be independent, mobile, and self-sufficient
Needs:  An all-terrain, custom wheelchair

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Isaac

Age:  16 years old
Village:  N’tuang
Dream:  To complete his education and support himself
Needs:  An all-terrain, custom wheelchair

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N’gandy

Age: 40 years old     
Village: N’ditam
Dream:  To have a wheelchair and increased mobility 
Needs:  An all-terrain, custom wheelchair

Community Profile


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Population:  12,000
Tribe:  Indigenous Tikar and Bedzan Pygmy
Authorities:  Village chiefs
Political System:  Ethno-Centrism (based on tribal affiliation and chiefs’ authority)
Region:  Equatorial rainforest of Central Africa
Area:  5,000 square miles
Number of villages:  30
Industry:  Sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry
Major Crops:  Coffee, cacao, corn, bananas, yams, red pepper
Local Cooperatives:  0
Languages spoke:  Tikar, French, Pidgin English
Religions:  Animism, Christianity, Islam
Culture:  Music, dance, spiritual and ritual performances and celebrations, masks, costumes, traditional architecture
Transportation:  On foot, bicycle, motorcycle, bush taxi
Communication:  No cell phone service, no telephone service, no internet connection
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