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Our mission is to improve the social and economic well-being of the under-privileged in our society through education, skill development and job creation.

We seek to accomplish this mission in the communities in which we work through four main areas which include access and training on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), enabling poor children to still have a good education, improving the health of the poor and helping to reduce the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, empowering poor adults through micro credits and training, and helping with community development projects such as clean drinking water and electricity.

Please use the links above to learn more about us and what we do. Hopefully you can be involved in some way. Thanks for visiting.

Genesis Tinshu (facebook.com/tinshu)

Founder/Director

IT Training for Pastors

The seminar started on Thursday February 10 with 11 pastors in attendance. On day 2 one more pastor added and the number grew to 12, our max per session.

Seminar: How to use Information Technology (IT) to improve your ministry

Helps international (HINT) in collaboration with other Churches and Ministries is offering a seminar to show pastors and other gospel minister how to use the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve their ministries. If you are involved in ministry, but you reside out of Buea but are interested in the free website offer, contact us to let us know. We may still be able to provide you a website.

The seminar will be organized over three weekends in February: 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26. The time will be 4-7pm and the venue will be HINT’s IT Centre at Bonduma, Buea.

Highlights of the seminar will be Computers & The Internet, Social Media for Ministry, Online Communication, Using Search Engines, E-Sword and other Bible Software, Online Opportunities for Networking, among others.

Registration is CFA 2,000 and all participants will qualify for the following offers:

  • Heavily discounted computers
    • P3/CRT (17”) Monitor for CFA 28,000
    • P3/LCD (15”) Monitor for CFA 50,000
    • P4/CRT (17”) Monitor for CFA 40,000
    • P4/LCD (15”) Monitor for CFA 55,000
  • FREE Website for ONE Year (www.yourname.org). This includes Domain Name Registration, Hosting and Web Design. You pay only CFA 25,000 per year after that.

If you are involved in ministry and you are interested in the seminar, fill out the form below and submit before Tuesday February 8. Because of limited resources and space, only the first 36 registrants who pay their registration fee will be considered.

REGISTRATION FORM

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About 50 underprivileged children receive free IT Training at HINT

About 50 underprivileged Children Receive Free IT Training at HINT.

As part of our goal to bridge the digital divide and keep holiday children away from doing crazy things, we offered FREE Computer training at our Centre during the Summer Holiday of 2010.

In the end, more than 50 children were privileged to take the training.

Thank you to all the volunteers who also made this possible. here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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25-Aug-2010 14:58, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
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26-Aug-2010 16:40, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
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04-Aug-2010 17:16, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 4.0, 7.1mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
 

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Free Computer Classes
Free Computer ClassesAug 25, 2010Photos: 43
 

More than 120 kids participate in HINT’s first ever Football Tournament

More than 120 kids participate in HINT’s first ever Football Tournament.

The one-day event took place at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium and we are thankful the Mayor of the city for making that possible.

8 teams competed for the trophy and at the end Muea FC coached by William Tabi made it to the top.

Andro Mandakovic, a volunteer from Chile was shocked by the fact that while the bigger boys played soccer nearly everywhere during the holidays, the younger boys (aged 12-14) were busy either selling or walking long distances to carry water. He decided he would do something to give these younger boys a chance. Th result was HINT first ever football tournament that saw the participation of over 120 kids organized in 8 teams of about 15 each.

Thank you Andro for your creativity and hard work in making the tournament a reality.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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19-Aug-2010 19:19, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.5, 5.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100
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27-Aug-2010 15:40, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.4, 5.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 100
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27-Aug-2010 15:30, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 4.3, 9.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
 

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Government Technical High School Buea receives lab with 39 computers

This morning, we handed over our biggest ever computer lab project to the staff and administration of Government Technical High School, Molyko, Buea. The lab has 39 computers (36 from HINT and 3 from the school), two Switches and a specially configured server yet to arrive.

Photos are here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2090027&id=1033002406&l=f1a89d4326

We would like to thank the following organisation for their partnership in this project: Computers 4 Africa (UK), Develop Africa (USA). As I write this, I am thinking about a popular proverb in my dialect that says “A single hand cannot tie a bundle”. Its about partnership! We look forward to doing more in the future!

We would also like to thank the following volunteers for their tireless efforts in realising this project: Eric and Kristi Zan, Amber Shevin, Brandon Turner, Robert Arlt Jr and Andro Mandakovic. Eric & Kristi have especially worked so hard to get the GTHS lab up and going. Thank you very much. Also, John Jones and Jerry, part of the HINT team have also worked hard towards realisation of this project.

The next container arrives in a few days from the UK. We need volunteers and grants to help schools get the labs at very reduced cost. Anything you can do to get funds and volunteers will be much appreciated. Thank you.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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28-Nov-2010 10:55, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK EASYSHARE M381 DIGITAL CAMERA, 3.0, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
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28-Nov-2010 10:57, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK EASYSHARE M381 DIGITAL CAMERA, 3.0, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
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28-Nov-2010 10:51, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK EASYSHARE M381 DIGITAL CAMERA, 3.0, 6.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 

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GTHS Computer Lab
GTHS Computer LabNov 28, 2010Photos: 31
 

Burglary at HINT

When we walked in to HINT’s office on Wednesday morning (Sept 1, 2010), we realised that thieves had broken in to the centre the previous night.

A quick check revealed that they went away with money and equipment estimated at xaf 4,427,000 (about usd 8,640).

Very unfortunately, my personal laptop with over 50GB of information and other private data is gone together with an external 250GB of storage space I was using for backup.

We alerted the police, though they seem helpless themselves, complaining to us about their lack of staff and resources as we complained to them. You know there’s little or nothing they can do. Rather I believe some how, God will help us resurrect again. We have been closed since then as most of the equipment was carried away.

We would like to continue with our work but that would be difficult without support from elsewhere.

At this time, I do request that you pray for us to be able to recover from the loss and that some how, God will turn the loss into gain. Praise God with us that they took things away, not our lives. It is difficult to take it when investments made over several years disappear overnight.

Thank you for your prayers at this difficult time.

Genesis G. Tinshu

Executive Director

Graceland receives lab with 11 computers

It took so long, it took so many people working together but we are happy that finally the lab was completed and handed over to the school.

Graceland International Bilingual School with about 200 children and nearly 15 staff, now has access to computers to help both children and teachers alike learn better. They also received a scanner and printer.

The total cost of the lab was XAF 1,065,210.

The School paid 40% = 549,084 and HINT with support made available by its volunteers provided the remaining 60% = XAF 606,126 as a grant to the school.

We would like to sincerely thank all those that are working together to make this possible, especially the following organisations:

The following volunteers also contributed not just money to make this lab possible but also their time, skills and expertise:

  • Brandon Turner
  • Robert Alois Jr
  • Eric Zan
  • Kristi Zan
  • Amber Shevin
  • Andro Mandakovic

Thank you for making this possible.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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16-Sep-2010 05:12, SONY DSC-W180, 3.1, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
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15-Sep-2010 17:13, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 4.0, 7.1mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
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16-Sep-2010 05:36, SONY DSC-W180, 3.1, 6.2mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 100
 

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Graceland Lab
Graceland LabSep 15, 2010Google Maps Location Photos: 37
 

Marthlo receives a lab with 11 computers

It took so long, it took so many people working together but we are happy that finally the lab was completed and handed over to the school.

Marthlo Bilingual College with about 400 students and many staff, now has access to computers to help both students and teachers alike learn better.

The total cost of the lab was XAF 1,124,600.

The School paid 40% = 512,840 and HINT with funding made available by its volunteers provided the remaining 60% = XAF 611,760 as a grant to the school.

We would like to sincerely thank all those that are working together to make this possible, especially the following organisations:

The following volunteers also contributed not just money to make this lab possible but also their time, skills and expertise:

  • Brandon Turner
  • Robert Alois Jr
  • Eric Zan
  • Kristi Zan
  • Amber Shevin
  • Andro Mandakovic

Thank you for making this possible.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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14-Sep-2010 19:38, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
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14-Sep-2010 19:48, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
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14-Sep-2010 19:34, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 

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Marthlo Lab
Marthlo LabSep 14, 2010Google Maps Location Photos: 9
 

Summerset receives lab with 21 computers

It took so long, it took so many people working together but we are happy that finally the lab was completed and handed over to the school.

Summerset Bilingual College with about 800 students and nearly 20 staff, now has access to computers to help both students and teachers alike learn better.

The total cost of the lab was XAF 2,252,400.

The School paid 40% = 1,099,860 and HINT with support made available by its volunteers provided the remaining 60% = XAF 1,152,540 as a grant to the school.

We would like to sincerely thank all those that are working together to make this possible, especially the following organisations:

The following volunteers also contributed not just money to make this lab possible but also their time, skills and expertise:

  • Brandon Turner
  • Robert Alois Jr
  • Eric Zan
  • Kristi Zan
  • Amber Shevin
  • Andro Mandakovic

Thank you for making this possible.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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13-Sep-2010 19:15, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
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13-Sep-2010 19:17, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
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13-Sep-2010 19:21, Panasonic DMC-TZ4, 3.3, 4.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 640
 

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Summerset Lab
Summerset LabSep 13, 2010Google Maps Location Photos: 18
 

School Teachers Receive Free IT Training from HINT

School Teachers Receive Free Training from HINT.

Facilitated by Brandon Turner, a volunteer from the USA, over a dozen teachers received free training on how to teach computer education to children in their schools. The training is part of the School PCs Projected that provides computer labs and training in schools.

We hope that with the training, the teachers will become better trainers and the children better learners.