The Cameroon mission was founded in May 1968. Right from the beginning, the Sisters have tried to respond to the needs of those around them in line with our charism and the local church. Their work is focused on health care and education of young boys and girls and also of deaf and dumb children; and the education of young people through Catholic Action movements and catechesis.
Communities are located in Ekounou, which is the Provincial house. In the same location there is Nicolas Barré Hospital, offering a wide number of services. Mimboman is in a parish setting where Sisters work in different apostolates. The Formation House and community is presently in Mvolye. Somo, in the diocese of Bafia, was the initial foundation of our first Sisters in 1968. Here there is a technical training college and a special school for deaf and dumb children. Both are boarding establishments as some of the students live far away. Makénéné, founded in 1970, is about 15 km from Somo, where there is a Health Centre with Maternity Unit.
In 1974 a Community was opened in Sa’a, in the Diocese of Obala. It was a centre for Rural Development, known as CRAT. This community closed in 1996.
In 1980, the first community of Cameroonian Sisters started in Nitoukou, 23 kms from Somo. Here the Sisters were involved in Health Activities and pastoral work. This community closed in 2000.
In 2004, the Sisters responded to a call to the English-speaking region of Cameroon: to Fundong, an isolated mountain region in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. A pastoral presence is assured by the Sisters.
To read, in French, about the work of the Infant Jesus Sisters in Cameroon, click on this link to visit the Cameroon IJS website: www.ejnbcam.org