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A clean home for Denis

Denis Nkoh lives in the village of Mughu, in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. He is a leprosy patient at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital. Leprosy has made walking difficult, but the village is close to the hospital where he goes for treatment. Denis used to live in a rented house, but he says it was “too small and not very clean. There was no toilet, so we had to go in the bush.”

Denis reared six children—ages 7 months to 17 years—in the village. “My children go to school here, and this is home for us now,” says Denis, who earns whatever income he can by taking pictures.

Thanks to help from Habitat for Humanity Cameroon, other HFHC homeowners and his own family, Denis now owns his own home, which consists of three bedrooms, a hall, a living room, an outdoor kitchen and a toilet. The house is a dream come true for Denis, and he hopes to use the money he will save on monthly rental to make it even better. “It is the first time I have ever owned a house, and I am very happy,” he said.

Mughu is home to many of the leprosy patients treated by the Mbingo Baptist Hospital. HFHC has been working in the area since 2002, and Denis is one of a number of patients who was able to build his own home through the program’s assistance.