"Safety Uncle” shares his expertise and drills the message of safety to children in Cameroon

“The children have endearingly coined me as the “Safety Uncle” and it’s amusing to hear them echoing “The Safety Uncle is here!” excitedly whenever I am there. I can only give kudos to SPO for the strong emphasis on workplace safety and the quality training we receive at work.” 

Second Engineer, Francis Awungnjia

Second Engineer, Francis Awungnjia, is a seafarer by profession and works with SPO. Despite his hectic work, he finds time to bring joy to the needy children residing in the Hotpec orphanage near his home in Buea in Cameroon. The orphanage is home to more than 150 children, many of whom are abandoned by their parents.

Francis is a familiar face in the orphanage and has been volunteering at the orphanage since 2014. “Whenever I’m back in my hometown, I will be sure to make a trip to the orphanage with my wife and mother to visit the children. During our visits, we spend time interacting with the children, bring basic necessities that they need and teach them useful skills.”

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(Left) Second Engineer, Francis Awungnjia at the Hotpec Orphanage with his wife and mother during one of their regular visits during his shore-leave.

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(Left) Second Engineer, Francis Awungnjia  with the Hotpec Orphanage signboard in the background.

"Whenever I’m back in my hometown, I will be sure to make a trip to the orphanage with my wife and mother to visit the children. During our visits, we spend time interacting with the children, bring basic necessities that they need and teach them useful skills," says the warm-hearted seafarer.The orphanage has a workshop where older children are taught basic technical skills of different trades. As an engineer, Francis put his professional expertise into good skills by teaching the children the proper use of the equipment and the importance of safety.
 
“I teach them how to use machineries and power tools like the lathe machine, the welding plant and how to operate the drilling machine to fabricate bolts and screws. In every task that I teach them, I will always stress the importance of safety. The children have endearingly coined me as the “Safety Uncle” and it’s amusing to hear them echoing “The Safety Uncle is here!” excitedly whenever I am there. I can only give kudos to SPO for the strong emphasis on workplace safety and the quality training we receive at work."
 
“I take pride in supporting these children in need. Losing their parents at a tender age is like losing everything. It takes determination, strong will, love, care and support from others to make a difference to the lives of these young children as they grow up to face their future. Everyone can impact their lives by sharing a little love, care and support and it can make a huge difference to a child's life.

To find out more about Hotpec Orphanage, visit here.