The Bamenda based not for profit Non-governmental Organization NGO Hope for the Needy Association HOFNA Cameroon has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the United Nations UN.

Christelle Bay C HOFNA ED in one of her activities with girls in an orphanage in 2017
According to information published on the NGO’s Facebook page, “The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations at its 2018 Regular Session, held from the 29 January to 7 February 2018 decided to recommend Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council to HOFNA Cameroon. This recommendation was endorsed by the Economic and Social Council at its coordination and Management Meeting held on the 16 – 18 April 2018.”
Confirming the information to The Guardian Post, the Executive Director of HOFNA-Cameroon Christelle Bay C described the feed as a milestone in the history of her organization.
By having ECOSOC consultative status, HOFNA Christelle Bay explained could: “Provide expert analysis on issues directly from its experience in the field, Serve as an early warning agent,  Help monitor and implement international agreements, Help raise public awareness of relevant issues, Play a major role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives, Contribute with essential information at organization events, Attend international conferences and events, Make written and oral statements at these events, Organize side events, Enter United Nations premises, Have opportunities to network and lobby.”
Consultative Status to the United Nations ECOSOC is the highest status granted by the United Nations to NGOs and granted upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States.
With visible signs of satisfaction, the HOFNA leader added quotes “This year, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations had before it 483 applications and HOFNA is privileged to be among 223 NGOs which were recommended for consultative status.”
Created in 2010, HOFNA has been engaged in in the socioeconomic empowerment women and girls - building their leadership and employability skills, actively in peace building initiatives.
One the way forward for the institution after the endorsement, the Executive Director states “Our dreams continue! And every day we are pushing our boundaries to reach out to more women and girls who are less fortunate but deserve a chance. Together we can realize this dream. We thank our partners and friends for believing in us and for their support thus far and we believe the best is yet to come!”
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or

Post A Comment: