In 1998, a young man shabbily dressed and looking very dirty approached Mr. Genesis Tinshu, founder of HINT. He almost ran for fear that the young man was insane and was trying to attack him. Then he noticed that the young man was showing him a piece of paper signed by a prominent law officer. According to the document, he had been released from prison. He was in need of financial assistance to re-unite with his family in a far distant city. Thank God, Mr. Genesis had some money on him that could buy some food and also help pay his way home. Genesis took him to a nearby bus station and saw him off.
Then Mr. Genesis began to wonder what would happen to him when he gets home. Would he be accepted? Would he adjust properly to life outside, after 7 years of imprisonment? How long would the little money he gave him last? Would he be able to live a sustainable life? Mr. Genesis hoped he could empower him to live a responsible life that will prevent future imprisonment.
Later that same year, Mr. Genesis went back to prison to visit and surprisingly he met the same young man and he was behind bars for a fresh crime. He ignored him when he called out to him the first time but felt deeply for him and wished he could help him.
Towards the middle of that same year, Mr. Genesis came to know two young ladies and both were students. They were being sexually exploited by married men in exchange for their education. Poverty had driven them this far. I felt for them and wished I could immediately help them out. If they could operate a self-reliant business, that will help to sustain them and free them from sexual molestation.
Helps International (HINT) Cameroon was then created in 2002 to improving on the social and economic well-being and health of the poor and underprivileged in the society through education, skills development and job creation.