Cameroon

You are Helping the Future Leaders of Cameroon

Your support has helped provide school supplies to the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School (BLIS) as well as to other schools. Pencils and school supplies were distributed to the pupils of Nyabi Primary School. This school has 800 pupils, 400 which are refugees children from Central Africa and Nigeria. The families fled their homes due to violent conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR) and increasing animosity between armed groups in northern Nigeria.  The CAPEC Team also visited and donated some educational materials to Bape Mondial School. The school has 75 kids and functions out of a 3 hut with a roof made of palm leaves, no administrative block, no toilet, no running water and very few seats for the children - as seen in the linked photo album.  When it’s raining season, these children cannot even go to school!  In many of the rural schools in Cameroon, children are struggling to write without a pencil or pen. In one of the schools, 5 children shared a single pencil. The teacher explained the stress and unproductiveness of waiting for a child to write notes, and then pass the pencil on to another child. Most of them lacked basic exercise books and basic school supplies.  In response to the desperate needs, we will shortly be broadening the scope of this project to support additional schools and other areas of need. We want to ensure that many more children have their own pencils and the other basic school supplies.  The school in the following link badly needs a supporting structure and resources. The kids deserve so much more - and the opportunity of a decent education. Please join us in supporting the education of disadvantaged and displaced kids. Thank you so much for your on-going support!
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The Supplies That We Sent Are Supporting Education in Cameroon

Your support helped ship 14 drums from Johnson City, TN to Kentucky (More Photos).  The school supplies were then airlifted to Northern Cameroon. Our implementing partner, the Civil Affairs Team - US Army, is distributing the school supplies in Garoua, Cameroon. The team has been working tirelessly with the village and school leaders to address some of the village's vulnerabilities and help minimize the influence of Boko Haram in the region In November and December 2017, the team facilitated a donation of our school supplies, along with soccer balls from Kick for Nick and medical supplies. The donation occurred in the quartier of Ouro Mal Ahamadou.  The school awarded some of the school supplies to the top performing primary school students. The supplies were warmly received and very much appreciated.  Full Photo album Our support is enabling a welcome and appreciated alternative for the kids and youths. The population is susceptible to a lifestyle of crime, poverty and extremist organizations. Some of the kids and youths have been orphaned as a direct result of Boko Haram activities in North Cameroon.  We are supporting education as a pathway to a brighter and alternate future. This support is essential and life-transforming. Thanks to your support, we are providing the resources they need to meet the needs of the population in Northern Cameroon. We are truly making a difference - helping to support education.  We are changing mindsets and building a brighter future in Cameroon. Together, we are promoting progress and helping to make the world a better place.    
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Cameroon Students are Enjoying School

The students at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School (BLIS) are enjoying school thanks to your ongoing support that has provided school supplies, books, and scholarships for them.  Since school reopened, the older students are enjoying playing sports and excitedly learning in school.  The nursery students love playing, exercising on the playground and also learning in their classrooms.  The kids are so grateful for the opportunity to learn and prepare themselves for a bright future.  Thanks again for making a difference for these deserving children in Cameroon and helping us and the school achieve the mission of providing the children with an opportunity to receive their education.  Your continued support to help us provide scholarships, school supplies and needed school improvements is greatly appreciated.
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Our Support is Enabling a Welcome and Appreciated Alternative For The Kids And Youths

Our implementing partner, the Civil Affairs Team in Cameroon, along with members of the US Task Force in Cameroon visited Centre Notre Dame De L'Accueil, commonly referred to as CENODA, and supplied them with some of the school supplies that you helped to provide. Your donations helped cover the shipping costs.  CENODA is a non-profit rehabilitation center for underprivileged youth, vulnerable children, teenage mothers, and widows in Cameroon. CENODA provides education and vocational training while children and teenage mothers live in the dormitories. CENODA is an instrumental support channel to a population that lives in an economically challenged environment. The population is susceptible to a lifestyle of crime, poverty and extremist organizations. Some of the kids and youths have been orphaned as a direct result of Boko Haram activities in North Cameroon. Our support is enabling a welcome and appreciated alternative for the kids and youths. We are supporting education as a pathway to a brighter and alternate future. This support is essential and life-transforming. Thanks to your support, we are providing to CENODA and other organizations the resources they need to meet the needs of the population in Northern Cameroon. We are truly making a difference - helping to support education.  We are changing mindsets and building a brighter future in Cameroon.  
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Medical Assistance & Relief Efforts For Southern Cameroon

Many have died from the current human rights and self determination struggle in Southern Cameroon. Hundreds of parents and young people have been abducted and disappeared. The injured lack adequate medical assistance for life threatening wounds. We are providing life-saving assistance and relief efforts. Victims and survivors will receive medical care and food. Remedial education will be provided to kids as schools are closed. Hundreds of parents and young people have been abducted and disappeared. The number of those injured keeps rising in the hundreds. Many of the wounded are hiding in their homes, with no medical care. Many families are left without parental care, adequate food supply and other basic needs. Others are continuously fleeing from their areas of livelihood into hinterlands with little to survive on. Schools have been closed since October 2016.    We are providing life-saving assistance and relief efforts for the people of the South West and North West Regions of the country. With your support, victims and survivors will receive relief such as medical care and food at home and elsewhere. We will also provide long term support to families and assist in the education of children. Medical relief aid will help reduce deaths and eliminate cases that could possibly lead to long term medical disabilities. Through education assistance to children in the short and long terms, their academic progress will not be delayed. By our estimation, this crisis may take a while to be resolved. It is essential that we step in now to provide assistance to the sick and suffering in Cameroon.   News Links: http://observers.france24.com/en/20161125-english-speakers-protest-discrimination-francophone-cameroon http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/15/world/cameroon-protesters-deaths/ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38078238 ​http://www.africanews.com/2017/02/02/schools-remain-closed-in-cameroons-anglophone-regions-as-crisis-intensifies/      
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New School Year & New School Books for Marveline

Classes have just resumed at the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in Nkolfoulou, Cameroon.   Marveline and her sister have received all their books for their new classes thanks to generous donations. They both passed their end of year examinations; Marveline came out with the 2nd best marks in her class and her little sister came out the best in her own class.  They started Class 5 and Class 3 this week.    With hearts full of gratitude and faces filled with gleeful smiles, Marveline and her sister say a big "thank you" to YOU for your support. We would not have been able to help these deserving children without your support.  We are thrilled to know that they are in excellent form to do well this academic year.   Thank you so much for making the school year start out on a positive note for Marveline and her sister.
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New Year and New School Supplies in Cameroon

Classes have just resumed at the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in Nkolfoulou, Cameroon.  Thanks to you many of the children started the school year with school supplies.  The older children are eagerly learning how to tie the tie on their uniforms and proudly showing off their uniforms and supplies. The younger children are also proudly dressed in their uniforms with their new school supplies.  We would not be able to help these deserving children receive the supplies without your support.  Thank you so much for making their school year start out on a positive note.  We look forward to seeing how your continuing support can help us provide even more school supplies to these children. 
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Bitame Lucia Students Celebrate National Youth Day

During the second term of the 2015/2016 academic year, students at Bitame Lucia International School participated in and enjoyed many activities and celebrations. In Cameroon, the entire nation annually celebrates National Youth Day mobilizing the next generation of leaders. This celebration instills them with pride and the knowledge that their uniqueness plays an important role for their future advancement. During the week of National Youth Day, the theme in Cameroon was: YOUTH, CITIZENSHIP TO FIGHT AGAINST BOKO HARAM. Due to the instability of security around the country from terrorism, the government passed a decree suspending inter-school competitions for fear of gathering large crowds and thereby inviting insurgency of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Thus, Bitame Lucia students only participated in inter-class competitions at the school – from the nursery section to the primary section. Quizzes were organized for Classes 3-6. For the pre-nursery to nursery and Classes 1-2, little interaction games such as “Pick and Drop” were organized. After the competitions, the best pupils were awarded prizes. On February 11, 2016, Bitame Lucia International School went out to the stadium to commemorate National Youth Day with their counterparts from other institutions in the country. They participated in match pass alongside other schools that were selected to represent particular areas of every sub-division. Bitame Lucia was selected again this year because of their great performance last year. See the photos of the students proudly marching in their unique school colors. Participation in inter-school competitions such as football (Soccer) games, handball for both the boys and girls, and school excursions is dependent upon each school’s financial ability to support extra-curricular activities. This academic year, Bitame Lucia was able to provide their students with excursions that enriched them culturally. The children were afforded the experience of visiting the National Museum and the National Radio House. See the photos of the children on these excursions. After a very busy period, from February 1st to the 11th, Bitame Lucia students are studiously preparing for their end-of-term examinations. Thank YOU so much for helping our kids get the education they need. We are so grateful for YOUR continued support.
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Kids Enjoy Reading and Using School Supplies in Cameroon

Thanks to the donation of books and school supplies by the general public and financial support from our donors, the kids at the CAPEC school in Cameroon are now happily learning. The books and school supplies were donated by individuals globally. Shipping costs were covered by Develop Africa and our donors. In this video, Kids Enjoy Reading and Using School Supplies in Cameroon, you can see the children in class enjoying the books and school supplies they received. We are very excited that we are helping boost and support the education of the kids in tangible ways. Please help us ship more books and school supplies by making a donation here - http://goto.gg/3957 . Every bit helps - please donate today! In this video, Ajomuzu Collette Bekaku, the Founder and Executive Director of CAPEC Cameroon expresses appreciation to Develop Africa and GlobalGiving donors for support provided to CAPEC and the Bitame Lucia School in Cameroon. Over the years this support has included computer training, provision of books and school supplies and general support to the school. Thank YOU so much for helping our kids get the education they need. We are so grateful for YOUR continued support.
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CAPEC School - 7 Drums of School Books and Supplies Received

Thank YOU, for your continued support. Because of YOU, more children at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in rural Cameroon receive the education they need. The new school year began with a big surprise. We received 7 big drums full of books, bags and other education materials. The kids now have the essential school tools they need for the school year and beyond. The supplies of books also enabled us to open a library and resource center. This center is going to serve the school and the Nkolfoulou community at large. YOU made this happen! Thanks so much. Also new in this quarter is the partnership between Ape Action Africa (AAA) and the CAPEC School. The pupils will learn more and benefit from the expertise and resources offered by Alaafin. An Education Officer for Ape Action Africa (AAA) will be visiting the school each Tuesday to teach the class 5 and 6 pupils on how to protect animals and their environment. As partners, the pupils will also visit the Mefou Park to see and learn about chimpanzees and gorillas. This module provides examples of ways that learning outside the classroom can be appreciated and interesting. CAPEC School also joined the rest of the world in the celebration of the International Literacy Day 2015. The theme for the year being: Literacy and Sustainable Societies - the children read stories from their books, answered questions on the importance of reading, etc. The teaching staff of BLIS joined in the celebration of the International Teacher’s Day 2015. It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals. They are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status. Despite the above-achieved success, the school and pupils still face some difficulties. We are aware that for any organization to grow, there needs to be continued training. We need training for our staff, especially on management and leadership. We would also welcome volunteers to work in our resource center and remedial classes. Because of the increasing number of kids each new school session, we lack space to accommodate them. We need additional classrooms to accommodate up to 70 new pupils. As of now, we do not have chairs and tables in our school hall. This makes it difficult for us to hold meetings or workshops. These items are needed as well. Thank YOU so much for helping our kids get the education they need. We are so grateful for YOUR continued support.
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