Evangelical sisterhood "Emmanuel Sisters"
The evangelical sisterhood "Emmanuel Sisters" has its origins in the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC. This is also the most important and long-standing partner organisation of Mission 21 in Cameroon. The sisterhood in Cameroon is modelled on the Reuilly Diaconate in Versailles and began its work in the Cameroonian city of Bafut in 1975 on a plot of land owned by the PCC. From there, another centre for help and training for people with disabilities was established in 2009. Due to the Anglophone crisis, the sisters had to leave Bafut in 2019 and found a new home in Foumbot, in Francophone Cameroon, again on a PCC property. However, it is not easy to continue the work in the new place after the expulsion from Bafut.
The "Emmanuel Sisters" work with disabled girls and women, including deaf-mutes and orphans. Through comprehensive education and participation in a community, the sisterhood tries not only to help them in their daily lives, but also to give them self-confidence and a perspective for their lives. The fight against stigmatisation of disabled people in everyday life is just as important as school education, training in sewing, traditional handicrafts, agriculture or small livestock breeding. The products made are sold and thus contribute to the maintenance of the sisterhood. In the "Agape Programme", the sisters go to surrounding villages to find people with disabilities who are still hidden because of the existing taboo, including many who suffer from epilepsy. Even though the implementation of this programme is hampered by the Anglophone crisis, they try not only to care for those affected, but also to break the stigma.