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.
It’s not easy running a small school for orphans and vulnerable children in Cameroon. They have no support from the government, and the students certainly can’t afford the expensive fees that keep some other private schools running around here. And landlords keep raising their rents—as a result, Self Reliance Promoters’ school has had to move at least three times in a little over a decade. That’s why their project to build a new school, constructed on their own donated land, will make such a big difference to the orphans who are trying to beat the odds and graduate.
Maxillene, Charlotte and Annette from Self Reliance Promoters’ NGO (SEREP) showed us around the building. They’re all former students from one SEREP program or another, and have now come back to teach classes and help manage the organization’s day-to-day workings. Maxillene told us that students (ages 12-16) come and help out with the construction—“They’re so excited,” she said. “They know that they are building a school that is theirs.”
They’ve definitely made a lot of progress in the last several months and are using the most efficient materials possible, but now the funding has dried up and so things have come to a halt. It’s going to take a few more donations before they can finish the building and students can move in! Even a little bit goes a long way; the teachers showed us a huge pile of materials that came from just $20. SEREP raises all its funding from GlobalGiving, so the donations they’ve received for the school have been a great cause for celebration. Maxillene was effusive about the donations they’ve received so far: “We are working very hard here, but we want to say thank you to the donors, and may God bless you.”
If you’re interested in SEREP’s other projects, take a look:
Feed a Cameroonian Family. SEREP’s Palm Oil Project
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
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.
We are filled with gratitude to Global Giving for this opportunity and to all the donors who have ushered their hard earned money to this project (Just for the sake of these children).We want to report on the project in a brief manner. Since November, we have been experiencing the dry season which became very hash from December till now. In Kumbo, Water is a major problem during the dry season. People scramble for water throughout because most spring sources become dry. As such, big projects that need much water i.e. using Cement blocks is usually shifted towards the rainy season as from March 15th. With the funds that were disbursed, we were very busy with preparations to resume work at the project site as soon as the rain comes. From the pictures below, We were able to add more Timbers, Brought Sand to the site, Added more Gravel and brought to site, and have made all arrangements for the Iron rods, technicians. We sincerely owe much thanks to our supporters and promise that if we are given a push again we might be able to finish the first phase after this bonus Match of the 16th. The OVCs are happy participating in the getting of the material to the site when ever sand gravel and others are brought for transferring to the project site. Below we have only got photographs of the materials and immediately work resumes we are going to send updated pictures and work at the site. As we started, it will be highly appreciated if we complete the project. We are requesting all our previous donors to get involved in the campaign during and recommendations so we can get the bonus this time. Last time we only missed narrowly and this time we will make it. May God continue to bless you. I will end with a God news that We were awarded with a Partner Position and now we are looking on to getting to the Leader position. It is through your efforts.
Work has been on a steady progress as funds are being disbursed. With the disbursement of up to September 30th, 2010, we were able to make up and a Trip of River Sand was bought and transported to the site. We have also received the Match funds and have added more Sand and looking forward to the acquisition of a few bags of cement to start making the decking block. As you can see from the attached pictures, we want to do the decking by March and we are facing a challenge of buying more sand and cement, Iron rods just to cover the top. We are at 65% because of your wonderful support.
We have been following the rules of the GG by way of making sure that funds are directed only to the project earmarked for. We are delighted to inform all our Donors that our students (OVCs), Care givers, Board members and volunteers are highly committed to the project. With your continues support we are expecting to complete by 2011,
Thank you very much for your recommendations and continues support enhance the education of OVCs in this part of the world.
May God bless you for joining our cause
We’d like to thank our latest donors for their contribution to our project. We have reached the sum of $1,650.
The construction project resumed and the final beams and pillars were completed. With technical advice the remaining work was prioritized and a total of 160 timbers were sawed and transported to the site to be used for decking. Work continued with the production of concrete (gravel) which shall be used for the decking.
The Youth Centre has been transformed into the School of Management, Accountancy and Computer Studies, since a divisional authorization has been granted and a technical report was issued by the Divisional Delegation of Employment and Vocational Training to the Ministry for Ministerial Confirmation.
Identification of OVCs continued, and we were able to enroll 12 OVC pupils within the current intake. We need sponsors for these children in terms of educational materials and participation fee.
If you know anyone who could help us in meeting our goal of offering a stable education to these disadvantaged pupils please forward the following link so they can also donate. Thank you again for your support.
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