The Fabo Foundation For The Deaf
The Fabo Foundation for the Deaf provides services to deaf children and young adults in Cameroon. The foundation's mission is to assist deaf children and young adults achieve their dreams and goals through education and sportsmanship. The foundation is named after Fabo Heumegni, who despite being deaf is an accomplished athlete. Fabo is the first deaf player to play in a regular soccer league and is now a professional player for the National Deaf Soccer League in Cameroon. The team qualified last year in Canada for the 2012 Olympics for the Deaf. Unfortunately due to funding, the team was not able to compete. It is the foundation's mission to raise awareness and provide opportunities for deaf people in Cameroon and around the world. Every growing boy and girl deserves the opportunity to realize their dream and be the best they can.
Sports helps build confidence and coordination needed to be successful in life. The foundation has created the Fabo Deaf Soccer League and the Soccer Football Team of Fabo. Young deaf aspiring athletes learn that although they are deaf they can excel in other ways. Training is provided to help these athletes obtain high goals in the sport of soccer by participating in national competitions, providing opportunities to play in regular competitions and leagues with non-deaf athletes and holding events to showcase their abilities. They are also assisted with educational goals and given support to address life challenges. Every month co-founder of the Fabo Foundation, Bertini Heumegni, sends monies raised for jerseys, balls, equipment, shoes, transportation, school supplies, family support and quality of life resources for the deaf.