BFF has sponsoring 40 children is primary and secondary schools for 2013/2014 academic year. This has helped to mitigate the illiteracy rate in Cameroon society. Initiately we intended to sponsor 39 children this academic year but the resources at our disposal have made it possible for us to increase the number of opportunities.
BFF authorities have been working in close collaboration with school authorities in order to ensure the effectiveness of this project. At the end of the last academic term, the beneficiaries of the scheme were brought together to evaluate their successes, find out their their challenges and develop strategies for the way forward.
In deed all the children who have benefitted from this scheme had very good results and this has been very encouraging to us. Some of the students who had difficulties in spite of their good performances were provided the necessary didactic materials in order to further improve on their performance this term. Parents were encourage to assist the children back home to study rather abandoning them only to the teachers.
BFF continues to thank all those who are contributing in whatever way to make this scheme a success.
BFF has intended to sponsor 35 children is primary and secondaryschools for 2013/2014 academic year. This is to help mitigate theilliteracy rate in Cameroon society.This intended children were to be drawn from marginalized or underprivileged backgrounds. On the whole we have many pupils and studentscompeting for this opportunity which is limited by the financial meansat our disposal.Since last July BFF has been very busy on the field holding meetingsand scrutinizing the pupils and students' results. On the whole 39students/pupils were finally selected instead of the of the supposed35 children. Out of this number 20 were from the secondary schools and19 from the primary school.For the students in the secondary school each of them received the sumof 25000 francs ($50) as tuition and the pupils in the primary schoolreceived the sums ranging from 13500 francs to 18000 francs ($27 to$36) depending on the school. This money was spent on textbooks andtuition for the deserving children.In deed we are very delighted to our donors for the wonderful gesturethey made to help these poor children to be able to continue theireducation. On be behalf the children,their school administrators andBFF we wish to appreciate you very immensely for your support. Keepbeing part of it and a child will always smile somewhere.
Thank youMbeng Simon
The child sponsor project has been very much alive within the BFF program. Since the last report many meetings have been held to plan for the forthcoming academic year 2013/2014 school year. These meetings were planned to develop the modalities for the selection of the pupils/students during the next school year. The results of the pupils/students sponsored last year were analyzed. Also two meetings with parents and sponsored children were held to evaluate the successes and difficulties encountered during the last school year. These meetings resulted in the way forward in order to improve on the project activities during the next academic year. Also we have been very busy on the field searching for funds for the project. As of now we tentatively intend to sponsor 22 primary school pupils by paying their tuition and buying their basic textbooks while in the secondary school we intend to pay the tuition fees of 17 students. Each student will be paid 25000francs ($50). However, BFF intends to increase the number of pupils and students to be sponsored before the beginning of the year depending on the how much funds come in. We intend to organize one or two meetings to finalize everything before school begins. It is worth mentioning that a greater amount of this funds has come from Shared World Vision - a USA based Non-Governmental organization. We apologize for having this report late to everybody-- we were experiencing terrible internet and light issues in Fundong.
We are incredibly honored and excited by the wonderful support GlobalGiving has helped us gain! With the funds we have been able to obtain thus far we are certain this coming school year will be the most expansive project yet-- and certainly will be the most expansive child sponsor project in the Boyo Division, maybe even the entire Northwest Region of Cameroon. So, firstly-- thank you!
As we begin gearing up for the execution of this project come summer time we have been drafting many plans on how to best approach it, logistically. We believe our extra effort in planning will make distributing support not only more effective (thus saving money) but generally less stressful and easier.
Before we can definitely select which children will be sponsored for a second consecutive year we must first see all of the report cards for our participants—this way we will know who has passed and who has failed (thus being dropped from the project). We anticipate having the ability to sponsor more children than last year—so how will we handle this? We are lucky to have 6 short-term volunteers working with us in Fundong over the summer. So, should we need to conduct in-field interviews of prospective students, we will have the person power!
Last exciting bit of news! We have received a terrific amount of support from Shared World Visions—a Seattle based NGO. We are incredibly thankful for their support and are eager to combine it with the support we have received from GlobalGiving and truly expand this project!
Just before the close of 2012 BFF hosted a meeting inviting all of the children involved in our first cohort of sponsored children. Almost all of the participants in the group came; while all 18 students were invited we were expecting 17 to come to the meeting—one student lives on the other side of the Northwest Region in Kumbo, thus making his trip too long to come. The meeting ended with 12 students present—though the turnout was not 100%, we learned many lessons on how we can more effectively communicate with children/families living in some of the smaller and more rural villages. We most certainly will apply these new means of communication in the future!
The meeting itself went very well. It had three focuses, we wanted to first, refresh the participants of what is expected of them as members of our project, second, see how the students were progressing, and third see if they had any issues or concerned which we may help mitigate.
We are ecstatic to announce that two of the primary school children ranked first in their class; while many others were amidst the top 10! Only one of the students showed quarterly marks that were not outstanding—we took a moment to address this issue with the student and are hopeful he will make the necessary changes in order to improve.
After the meeting the BFF staff discussed ways in which we may continue growing the project and improving on our implementation in order to be find the most effective means to channel your support!
Be sure to read our 2012 Annual Report! Best wishes in 2013!
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