YALI Alumni Partners with US NGO to Provide Eye Care in Cameroon

From left to right: Charlie Wandji, YALI 2014 Alumni; Ryan Grizzle, Acting Public Affairs Officer; Major L. Noyd Nutt, Founder of Legend Trek; Ms. M. SCHWEGLER, Mr. J. MUSICK, Ms. P. YABAR, Trekkers; Mathias Tientcheu, U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Specialist

From December 16 to 21, 2017, Charlie Wandji, a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program Alumni, in partnership with Legend Treks, a U.S.-based charity organization founded by Major L. Boyd Nutt, a retired U.S. Marine, provided eye care to well over 2,000 patients in three different council of the west region of Cameroon, namely Bamendjou, Bangangte and Bangoulap.

In addition to free eye screening and medication, the team offered medicated lenses to all the patients who needed them. The “Trekers” brought equipment and supplies amounting to $100,000. Local officials and citizens enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the team’s activities. Major L. Boyd said “I am very proud of the way the team has represented Legend Treks and the people of the United States.” Following the earnest and repeated request from local officials, Legend Treks is contemplating the possibility of returning to Cameroon in 2018 for a cataract campaign.

During their visit at the U.S. Embassy, the Cultural Affairs Officer, Mr. Ryan Grizzle expressed his satisfaction towards the YALI Alumni who use the skills and connections developed in the United States to improve the living conditions in their communities. Mr. Grizzle congratulated 1Task1Job & IDP-GOODS through Charlie Wandji, for successfully sealing this productive partnership with Legend Treks.