- 42 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 6, 1973
- Place of birth:
Fonfuka - Bum, North West Region, Cameroon
- Date of passing: Nov 28, 2015
- Place of passing:
Yaounde, Center Region, Cameroon
|Let the memory of Dorcas be with us forever|
Funeral Program for Dorcas Mbonghabu Waindim
December 17th, 2015 - Wake at her Mile 3 Nkwen Residence (Behind Guinness Depot) - 5 - 8 p.m.
December 18th, 2015:
- 7 a.m. - Removal from the Akum Catholic Hospital Mortuary
- 8 a.m. - Church Service at Menda Baptist Church, Mile 3 Nkwen - 11.30 a.m. - Departure for Belo
- 12.30 p.m. - Burial at the Waindim's Compound at Nuifor, Belo. - 1.30 p.m. - Refreshments.
Gone too Soon - Dorcas Mbonghabu Waindim (1973 - 2015)
Dorcas Mbonghabu Waindim was born into the Fonfuka-Bum royal family on October 6th, 1973 to His Royal Highness Fon Emmanuel Ngweih and Ma Pauline Kang. The third child (second daughter) among five siblings, she was literally and figuratively the central pillar of her birth family and the backbone of her matrimonial home. And while family was foremost for Dorcas, she was a consummate professional who had made it her life mission to advocate for the impoverished through targeted public health programs. Mrs Dorcas Waindim was many things to different people - a friend, mentor, teacher, daughter, wife and mother - but she was consistently a shining example of a selflessly compassionate human being.
Most notably, her chosen career path in public health demanded of her that she go the extra mile to serve populations that were oftentimes rejected by their families and communities. Thus, she served as a HIV/AIDS consultant with Peace Corps Cameroon Country Office. In that capacity, she attended several international workshops/trainings/conferences on HIV/AIDS, management of USAID Sub-Awards and on USAID Sub-Rules and Regulations, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Gender etc.
For over twelve years (2003 till your demise in 2015), she brought passion and delivered experience in the management of communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS programs from prevention/education to palliative care), Tuberculosis Community Care, Malaria Prevention) and management of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). She also did Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Facilitative supervision, Capacity building, Project and Program design, implementation, supervision, M&E and Project Coordination. Dorcas also shared proven skills in Quality Improvement (Infection Prevention and Control) in Reproductive Health Programs, advocacy, administration, mentoring, leadership, gender and disability issues at the both the national and international levels.
She worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Cameroon, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Cameroon and as a research assistant with CNLS/UNDP Cameroon. In these respective positions, she carried out several research and baseline surveys on Child Trafficking, Improving the Economic Situation of OVC Caregivers in the North West Region, Cameroon, Impact of Cultural Practices in Promoting HIV/AIDS in Cameroon and Mainstreaming Gender in Organizations respectively. She also carried out baseline surveys on Maternal and Child Health in Boyo Division, Cameroon with VSO Cameroon and a baseline on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS with CAPEC Cameroon.
Dorcas also had stints as Programme Manager for HIV and AIDS for VSO Cameroon; as Country Program Manager for Sightsavers International Cameroon Country Office; Project Coordinator for Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT); and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for USAID/AWARE-HIV/CBCHB Project. She was also the Public Health & Gender Consultant with Research for Development International (R4D Intl), Gender Consultant on Inclusive Land Policies “Women’s Land rights with International Land Coalition/MBOSCUDA, HIV/AIDS Consultant with US Peace Corps; and a Part time Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bamenda, from September of 2014 till her time of death.
In November of 2013, Nawain Dorcas Waindim founded her own initiative - the Action for Social Empowerment and Economic Development (ASEED Cameroon). Her Bamenda based NGO rapidly established its credentials as an invaluable partner organisation to empower Women, Youths, Children and Vulnerable Populations. It was her soul and vision, and encapsulated all that she planned for the disenfranchised populations.
But Na Marly's foray (fondly called "Na Marly" after her first daughter, Martha) into the public health world took many by surprise. From Saker Baptist College in Limbe, where she started her secondary school education, to GHS Fundong where she continued and completed secondary and high school education, friends and classmates remember Dorcas as the quiet and smart girl with an affectionate smile. But they also remember her, like her classmates at the University in Yaounde, as a History major. Indeed, she graduated with BA (Hons) in History from the Univerisity in 1997. But then 10 years later in 2007, and a few digs in-between, she made a life determining detour into Public Health, embarking on and completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health Education (MPHE) – Health Promotion from the University of Benin, Nigeria in 2010.
She also trained in the management of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programme with the ACTION Project under the Institute of Human Virology in Nigeria and, before death fatally interrupted, was on schedule towards completing her PhD in Public Health Medicine at the University of KWA-Zulu Natal (UKZN), South Africa in March, 2016.
FAMILY & FAITH
Whatever her academic and professional achievements, Dorcas considered her home and family her foremost fortress. She had been prayed for and met her husband, Timothy Waindim at the last century turn in 2000. They were married on the 4th of May, 2001 and were richly blessed with the birth of their daughter, Martha (14 years old) and then a son, Ncham (11 years old).
Always, she maintained unbreakable bonds with her four siblings" Cletus Balla, Felicia Njang, Michelson Ngweih and Divine Ngweih. She loved and was considered a favorite auntie by her nephews and nieces. In accordance with her Christian faith, Dorcas, a member of the Menda Baptisit Church at Mile 3, in Nkwen - Bamenda, loved and respected her mother and father. She was a believer in Christ and a devout Christian who loved her Lord with all that she had, in the way she lived and the way in which she raised her kids and loved her husband.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dorcas Waindim, 42, born on October 6, 1973 and passed away on November 28, 2015. We will remember her forever.
"RIP my dear,
may our good God protect your family and confort them at this hard expected happening."
"Dear Dorcas, your departure has shocked everyone of us. Your life was very brief, yet well accomplished: from academic achievements, to marriage, and to having very beautiful children. You have left a vacuum that none else can fill, but my only consolation is that you are resting in the save arms of our heavenly father, and we shall see you again. May the God of peace comfort and keep your young children , your parents, and your loving husband. RIP my dear!!"
"very difficult to accept your death.oh so gentle a lady since the days of GHS FUNDONG.may your family be comforted"
"With profound sadness, I gradually come to accept the passing into glory of this special classmate and friend Mme Dorcas Waindim. My humanity conditioned me to question and question again; why Lord, why Lord at this moment. However I am consoled that like all mortals Na Martha has responded generously to the call from on high. My further consolation comes from the words of Saint Paul: But our homeland is in Heaven and it is from there that we are expecting a saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ who will transfgure the wretched body of ours into the mould of his glorious body, through the working of the power which he has, even to bring all things under his mastery.(Phil. 3:20-21). Na Martha you journey into your proper homelan Na Martha the gap you have created is irreplaceable. However like the Hebrew Proverb states; 'Say not in grief he is no more-but live in thankfulness that he was' I am remain eternally thankful that I encountered you in my pilgrimage through life. Memories in then GSS Fundong and therefter come to mind: Your Faith, soft spokeness, respect for others, generosity, hospitality, simplicity etc. With such a virtue characterised life I believe that these words of Christ will be yours: Come Oblessed of my Father,(...) Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world(Mtt: 25:34).
May the God of all consolation watch over your darling husband Timothy, beloved Martha and Ncham and your biological family. And to your friends and simpathizers i borrow.
the words of Seneca: The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.
May your soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. FAREWELL!"
"It was really too hard to receive this hard breaking news. This is a serious reminder that life is short. The God of all comfort will comfort the husband, children and family."
"My dear sister, RIP, your smile was contagious, and I know how that smile was a blessing to my Bro. Tim, and the children, what can we say? God alone has the last word about all our lives. Your trajectory was brief, but praise God you accomplished much. Peace perfect peace. Strength to you Tim with the children. Divine comfort to y'all. Shalom."
"Dorcas my sweet and first spiritual daughter is no more. It is a truth that is hard to believe. No opportunity to hear her again in life. My prayer goes for the husband and kids, believing God that grace will bountifully abound for Tim to brace up and face life with Jesus as the Captain of your salvation. He God is the wife to the widowers and father to the orphans. It is well. Courage. Jesus shares in your pain. It is a path for all of us without any formula. May the peace of God Govern your hearts Tim, Martha, Ncham and the family."
"May her soul rest in perfect peace. May she find solace in the land of milk and honey. May the almighty father provide abundantly for those she's left behind. Her memories linger on and shall forever stay. Courage TIM."
"It is HARD to accept your sudden death Dorcas; especially as I didn't have the chance to say goodbye; as you were taken so suddenly and so shockingly at the prime of life. It seems like an irreplaceable part of our world is gone. The grief and the pain is unbearable; you cry a river and your sorrow knows no end. You were a gentle women, a calm and collected person who was very intelligent yet so humble. You came you left your legacy and has gone back to your heavenly father. May your gentle souls rest in perfect peace and may God protect your husband and children"
"May ure soul rest in perfect peace and may ure family be comforted with the comfort of the Holy Spirit."
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