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AFRICA FUTURE came to be on February 2, 1988 during an encounter with Father Emmanuel Marie MBOCK MBOCK, who then was a student at the University of Strasbourg and with some of his friends willing to join him in a project that would help his co-citizens who were soliciting his assistance in Cameroon.

Native of Ngodi-Si, a village nestle at the heart of a tropical forest, Father Emmanuel knows the difficult and poor living conditions of his people. As a young boy, whose widowed mother had no financial means, he experienced the turmoil of wanting to study but unable to do so.


An Austrian priest took charge of the tuition fees that would allow him to begin the 6th year. It soon became necessary to find a new benefactor since the priest had died in an automobile accident when Father Emmanuel was just beginning his second year. An Austrian family and their friends assumed the costs up to his final year. Prior to his studies at the University of Strasbourg, Father Emmanuel worked as a teacher in Douala. While at the University he worked as a dishwasher in restaurants before making social friends and obtaining financial assistance.


Because of his own journey Father Emmanuel is sensitive to the needs of education for the youth

During one of my trips to Cameroon, in December 1987, Father Emmanuel spontaneously proposes to the villagers of Ngodi-Si, the construction of a primary school. They in turn ask for help but for all together different priorities. «Would you have become a white?», they worried. «You are proposing a school while Ngodi-Si is enclaved during the rain season, while our women die giving birth and our children are dying we do not know of what illness!»

The dirt road that serves as our national road is filled with holes and bumps for more than 50 cm. Rare bush taxis assure the link of 19 km between Douala and Yaoundé. Even then we need to have access to a road. So many localities are serviced only with tiny pathways. Also rivers criss-cross the forest and during the rain season, isolate even more the localities. How then can we move around?. How do we begin?


The closest hospital is located at 40 km. Women about to deliver and those involved in accidents (especially from work in the fields and the fall of dead trees) die in route transported on foot via human backs or in hammocks

Children must walk 9km (18km round trip) to reach the closest primary school. Kindergarten does not existe. Parents are not convinced of the importance or interest in education or do they have the financial means that a complete cycle requires. Boys and girls are treated almost equal but if the choice must be made, the boy is privileged.

Rural exodus towards the larger cities is happening. Cities that offer much greater attraction but also favour delinquency and prostitution that inevitably await the young gullible villager in despair.


Bernadette Escher is present when Father Emmanuel meets with «his» people. She «is in contact» with poverty and is deeply touched by the destitution that is now before her. We have to act in favour of these people! She promises to engage herself with them and defend their cause upon her return to France.

Father Emmanuel comes to France in January 1988 very decided to found an Association if he cannot find help from existing institutions. Bernadette Escher makes her friends aware of the cause, AFRICA FUTURE is born