Self Reliance Promoters' NGO

SEREP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization situated in Kumbo, Bui Division, North West Region of Cameroon. The area is ranked as amongst the least developed nationally, with limited infrastructure, high birth rate, high unemployment, as well as a high level of HIV/AIDS transmission and widespread poverty. This distressing situation prompted the formation of SEREP in 1997 with an aim of addressing the social problems caused by such and to Serve the underprivileged ones without boundaries. We work in several projects which are identified in accordance with the felt needs of the people and friendly to the environment. Orphaned and Vulnerable children's education remain our top priorit...
Jul 7, 2011

Postcard from Education for Orphans

My name is Meg Dallett, and I’m an In the Field intern with GlobalGiving in Cameroon this summer. I’m traveling around the country visiting all the GlobalGiving-partnered NGOs, and I’m writing this postcard to pass on some of what I’ve seen to the donors who have given to this organization.

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In Cameroon, orphans and vulnerable children often leave school earlier than other children, and have far fewer opportunities to support themselves down the road.  That’s why Self Reliance Promoters’ NGO is running a school just for them, making sure kids have schoolbooks, uniforms, and enough to eat so that they’ll be able to graduate.  It’s their oldest program, so there are plenty of participants who’ve now graduated and moved out to work in their communities or continue on to higher education.  Wirkom Fred Mbiydzenyuy, the Managing Director of Self Reliance Promoters (SEREP), tells us that he always keeps in touch with his former students and that of the first class of graduates (from 2001), every single one is now employed.  In a country with an estimated 30% unemployment, that’s no small feat.

School’s out for the summer so we couldn’t see classes in action, but I met a few of the kids around town.  They’re awfully shy, but told us they were happy in the program, and Fred spent some time taking to one small girl about how the school was going to work specifically on her reading next year.  The students are particularly excited about one big project—SEREP is building a new schoolhouse for them!  Right now they’re in their third rented building-- because landlords keep raising prices, the school has had to move every couple years.  A building of their own, designed for classrooms instead of someone’s house, would make a huge difference.  By this fall they’re hoping to have the new building done, although materials are expensive and they’re still raising money for the site here.

We made sure to visit the new school building while we were in Kumbo—check out our update from the site here!  For pictures of the project, check out http://inthefield.globalgiving.org.

If you’re interested in SEREP’s other projects, take a look:

Feed a Cameroonian Family.  SEREP’s Palm Oil Project

Build a School for 100 Orphans in Cameroon

Help Mbosha Women Build a Primary Health Centre

Help Takija Build a Nursery School to Educate 60 Children

Give the Gift of Education—Sponsor an Orphan or Vulnerable Child

Jul 7, 2011

Postcard from Takija Nursery School

My name is Meg Dallett, and I’m an In the Field intern with GlobalGiving in Cameroon this summer. I’m traveling around the country visiting all the GlobalGiving-partnered NGOs, and I’m writing this postcard to pass on some of what I’ve seen to the donors who have given to this organization.

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When a community asks Self Reliance Promoters’ NGO (SEREP) to help them with a project, the first thing SEREP asks is “What can you do yourselves?”  So SEREP Managing Director Wirkom Fred Mbiydzenyuy has been working with the village of Takija to build a nursery school using builders from the village, bricks from the clay all around, and support from the entire community.

Takija is one of the only villages around here that does not already have a nursery school, so its smallest children fall behind their peers when they enter primary school.  Salle Wiylanynys has two nursery school-aged children (five year old twins), and wants his kids to have the same opportunities most other children have.  “It is the hope of all Cameroon that children will have nursery school, and that is why we want to send our children here,” he tells us.  He’s been selected as Takija’s community representative on the project, making sure that it meets the village’s needs and that any problems are spotted and addressed right away.

When we came back into the village center, children ran up to us shouting “Cheese!  Cheese!” and burst out laughing when we showed them the pictures we’d taken.  The village head and elders brought us into a tiny room where they welcomed us through a translator, thanking us for coming to see their work and telling us how pleased they are about the progress they’ve made with GlobalGiving donations.  A very elderly woman who called herself the village mother declared “I am so happy to finally see this nursery school coming to pass in my village.  I only hope I will live to see it completed!”

The residents of Takija are using as many free materials as they can put together, but they can’t get tin or plaster without funding.  Fred is planning to redouble his fundraising efforts so that Salle’s youngest children will be running around a bright new nursery school soon! 

For pictures of the project, check out http://inthefield.globalgiving.org.

If you’re interested in SEREP’s other projects, take a look:

Feed a Cameroonian Family.  SEREP’s Palm Oil Project

Build a School for 100 Orphans in Cameroon

Help Mbosha Women Build a Primary Health Centre

Help Takija Build a Nursery School to Educate 60 Children

Give the Gift of Education—Sponsor an Orphan or Vulnerable Child

Jun 15, 2011

PROGRESS REPORT ON PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR 100 ORPHANS IN CAMEROON

Moulding of decking blocks at the site
Moulding of decking blocks at the site

This project was designed to help in the provision of quality education to orphaned and vulnerable children in Cameroon in the following many dimensions. Firstly, we want to construct and equip conducive classrooms where these children could be receiving training and in a permanent structure. The Project is on a steady progress and in phases according to the available means at a time. All construction has been done, all the cross beams have been completed. In short, we have completed the construction up to the final beam of the first phase. During the month of May, all the students participated in the transportation of the timber to the site. All timbers are now packed on the construction site beside the gravel (concrete) for the decking. The timbers shall be used for concrete boxes, while gravel shall be mixed with sand and cement for the decking floor. We are working are continuing with the making of the decking block. Cement and sand are bought and taken to the construction site where the decking block is taking place and ready for use when all the needed material for the decking is available. Decking a building like this one requires a one time decking because it can not be done in bits. This means that we have to make sure that all the decking blocks are made. We have so far made 800 decking block expecting to make the remaining 1200 to make up the required 2000 for the decking. According to the technicians, they requested for 200 poles to be used in supporting the concrete boxes and the decking to carry the decking floor. We have bought the poles and soon will transport them to site. We expect to do more and at the moment, we are getting closer to the decking proper. This is because we have got up to 65% of what is required for the decking like. Concrete gravel is ready, timber is ready, there is part of the sand on the site, timber has been bought and transported to the site, and poles have been bought awaiting transfer to the site and the local labour is always available. If we are at this level it is because of the generosity of our donors and the Global Giving that gave us financial support to acquire all what we have got so far, paid the technical works that is not easily supplied for free. We are doing our best in managing the funds as all what is destined for this project is 100% directed to it. We are glad to report that we are waiting to receive a team from the Global giving to visit this project and hopefully, we shall be reporting on their visit and and what we have done together within the time they will be here. We promise to get to the completion in an efficient manner. Our Ovcs, admire the project and are eager to start using it as soon as it is ready come September if possible. We dedicate this report to our able donors and those yet to donate to enable us complete the project.

decking blocks
decking blocks
decking blocks
decking blocks

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