Nicole "Mama" Kambou
Nicole "Mama" Kambou was born in Burkina Faso. She grew up in an influential environment due to her father working as nurse and her mother staying home to look after the house.
As a child, Nicole was drawn to helping others who were less fortunate than her. “I wouldn’t eat any of my breakfast, instead I would take it to school and share it with others,” said Nicole. When Nicole was 16, she lost her mother due to child birth.
Afterwards, her desire to help others grew stronger, “I had everything I needed, but I had an emptiness in me,” said Nicole. So she began to visit some of the orphaned children in her neighbourhood and brought them clothes and food. She even brought 10 kids to live with her and her father for a short period, and by 1988, she knew over 187 kids who needed proper care and support, and decided the best way to help them was to collect donations door to door for her own organization. In 1996, ATEFEO became an officially recognized charity organization whose goals were to provide care and support for orphaned children in Burkina Faso.
Today Nicole’s organization has over 500 children in need of schooling, housing and nourishment. Her efforts to raise adequate funds for the organization and clinic have been difficult. “My biggest fear is the funds. I witness kids dying from things we could treat. It breaks my heart,” said Nicole. Nevertheless, Nicole continues to do her part to help the organization, by completing her Bachelor degree in Science and Health Administration as well as a degree in Nursing.
Her hope for the future is to raise enough money to keep the organization’s clinic open. With the donations raised online, necessities such as medicine, equipment and staff can be acquired in order to keep the clinic alive and to help treat hundreds of men, women and children.
“All I ask is that someone will be the light for these kids because many of them are in the dark. Even if it’s something little, it can go a long way.”
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The Denan Clinic
To eradicate anemia and malnutrition in children and pregnant women – By donating $50.00, a woman can receive prenatal vitamins for 9 months.