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Apr 25, 2014

A Busy Season of Educational Excursions

kids listening to Monument information
kids listening to Monument information

It's been a busy season of educational excursions for us here in Cameroon.  Hope you have had a good year so far.

We realize that education extends outside the classroom - so we have been providing excursions to different locations to ensure our children have a diversified and complete education experience.  YOUR support has helped make this possible.  

As part of the Youth Week activities the kids visited a number of locations that they had never visited before. Starting on the 5th of February, the class 3 and 4 pupils visited the Reunification Monument under the Ministry of Art and Culture. During the two hours guided tour, the children were guided by Uncle Emmanuel and Aunties Solange and Comfort. They welcomed and took the pupils around explaining the origin and importance of the monument.

On the 8th of February, class 5 and 6 of our school went to an excursion to Mefou Park, a sanctuary for apes and monkeys near Yaoundé, to discover new things which we have never known before.  During the trip, guided by a fellow of the park, we saw monkeys and apes.  Our guide explained that the main work of the sanctuary is to protect animals and ensure they survive. The animals are kept in a piece of land surrounded by a fence to keep from running away - where they might be harmed or might harm humans.  We learnt that the most important difference between monkeys and apes is that the apes don’t have tails, and they resemble humans more than the monkeys in reasoning. New animals that arrive in the sanctuary are kept in quarantine, in order to examine them before they join the others.

Our visit to Mefou was not just about animals, but we also had a small walk in the forest, where we saw the two biggest trees of the park, the Babena,  which is 200 years old, and the Ebeche which in French is commonly called Ayos.  We enjoyed nature and the fresh air - and we learned a lot about the importance of protecting our natural environment and the animals.

The class two pupils accompanied by two teachers, Madam Pauline and Mr. Vincent, two volunteers and Madam Collette, the founder of the school with forty-seven pupils and two school buses went to visit the Conference Centre in Yaounde.  The Bitame Lucia family was warmly welcome by the workers of the centre and one of them was assigned to take pupils and teachers round.

The first stop was the biggest room in the centre, a well-furnished hall with beautiful chairs and well-decorated red carpet on the floor, where the President of the Republic usually has the international meetings with his peers. We were told that the hall can host two thousand people.  We also stopped for a moment at the entrance of a smaller room, the place where Senators usually have their meetings. This hall was restricted from entering.

The last room that we visited was a General Hall which can host two hundred people. Here the children had the opportunity to put on earphone and microphones and take some pictures. From there we moved to the restaurant of the centre.  This concluded our trip.

Thanks for reading through all this!  We wanted to give you the opportunity to read through the experiences of the kids that YOU helped make possible.  Please take a look at the phots linked in this report.  Does this bring back any memories of excursions you went to when you were growing up?

We would deeply appreciate your donation today  - helping to ensure that these children have a rich education.  Thanks so much for your on-going support!

 

kids at the Monument
kids at the Monument
Learning about the park and animal protection
Learning about the park and animal protection
chimpanzees at park
chimpanzees at park
environmental education time
environmental education time
exploring the park
exploring the park

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Jan 10, 2014

Christmas and Other Activities - We Ended the Year in Grand Style

Cooking class
Cooking class

It has been an exciting three months - full of activities for the school and the kids.

The school had four international volunteers sent by our partner CESIE Italy. They are Janosi Mozes Emese (Hungary), Francesa Bruno (Italy), Veronica Rodil (Spain), Adeline Tosch (France). They will be at the school till February 2014.

Some of the projects that took place during the last three months were:

  • Polio Vaccination for the pre-Nursery kids: The school kids received vaccination against Polio. Children from 0 to 59 months were vaccinated by medical doctors and registered nurses, 6 -59 months received Vitamin A, while 12 to 59 months received Mebendazole. As you can imagine it was a noisy day - with the very little children crying throughout the process.
  • New School Library opened by the volunteers. Thanks to a number of story and text books donated by our partners, our volunteers where able to open a small Library for the kids and teachers. Every Friday, storybooks are given to pupils to read over the weekend and explain / discuss to their classmates at the beginning of the school week. This does not only keep the children occupied during the weekend, but also help in improving their language considering that most of them are from French background studying English.
  • Home Economic practical exams by class 5 and 6 pupils. At the completion of the final year in Primary School, the children take the First School Leaving Certificate Exams (FSLC). One of the compulsory subjects taken by all final year pupils is the Cookery or Home Economic Practical Exams. In this exam, the children are required to cook any dish of their choice. The school administration helped the pupils to prepare for this exam. It was great fun seeing both boys and girls cooking various dishes, including typical Cameroonian food.


All in all, we ended the year with our Christmas party in school and we also visited and donated food, medication and education suppliers to some orphanages in Yaoundé.

Be sure to watch the brief youtube video of the children dancing.

Your support helped to make this and much more happen.  We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you that donated and contributed, without you, we wouldn’t have ended the Year in a grand style.  

We welcome your on-going support that will help us prepare these precious children for a brigh future.  Please consider making a donation today of $25.00 that will help us do so much more.  Thanks for your support!


Library
Library
Christmas party
Christmas party
Volunteer and kids
Volunteer and kids
distributing Christmas gifts
distributing Christmas gifts

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Aug 28, 2013

We Together Created Magical Moments and Extraordinary Days !

Children at school with volunteer
Children at school with volunteer

Dear Supporters/Partners / Friends of CAPEC,

Seasonal greetings from Cameroon!!!

During the last three months, thanks to your support, we had our end-of-school year celebrations and summer program.  Graduation Day, which marked the end of year for CAPEC pupils was held in June.  Activities associated with it involved performances by the kids including drama, dance, music, rhymes and debate. 

All five-year-old nursery 2 pupils received certificates as they graduated into primary class 1. The administration awarded prizes to the best three ranking pupils in each class. Prizes were also awarded to pupils who had the best improved results and the most punctual pupil in each class.

Your support also helped make possible our Hello Kids program.  This program included socio-cultural activities such as Arts & Crafts, Games and Drama, Computer training, Sewing, Cookery, Sports activities and Excursion trips.  The program provided training and exposure activities for deprived and disadvantaged children such as orphans and handicapped children.  The children learned new skills and improved on already existing ones.  They had the opportunity to meet and interact with friends.  They were able to learn new skills such as photography and crafts - which are normally not taught in schools.  Thanks to your support, this program helped create magical moments and extraordinary days for abused, abandoned, neglected, disadvantaged and underprivileged children.

We are so grateful for your on-going support that made this possible.  

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Thanks so much for all you do!

Just having fun...
Just having fun...
Apr 24, 2013

Thanks For Helping to Provide Providing a Well Rounded Education

Visit to Airforce Base
Visit to Airforce Base

Dear friends and supporters,

It excites us to bring you an update on what your support has helped us do over the past months.  Thanks to your kind assistance, we were involved in a lot of activities, including the National youth day, tree planting exercise, bilingualism week and an excursion of the kids to the Yaoundé Airport.

The BLIS family joined other youths nationwide to celebrate the 47th edition of the National Youth Day on Saturday the 11th February 2013 under the theme: “Youth, Civic Responsibility and Participation in the Development Process”. In the Republic of Cameroon the 11th February is a public holiday reserved for the youths to express their concern in any domain of national life. This usually takes the form of a March pass, dancing and singing competition among schools. It was BLIS’ 4th official outing during the 11th February Youth Day Celebration.

Bilingualism day this year was celebrated on the 1st of February 2013 under the theme “Bilingualism, a cornerstone for Professionalisation for an emerging Cameroon”.  The Headmaster, Mr Akuri Lucien and some teachers (Mme TasiIrine, Mr Chi Eric and Mr Nkok Mathias) organized a successful Bilingualism week at school with all the pupils of Bilingualism Club.  To spice up the day, there was a youth day song presented by our counter parts from Noula Nursery and Primary School Awae. We thank Mme Leonie and her Colleague Mme Comfort who seized the opportunity to celebrate this Bilingualism week with us at Bitame Lucia.
 
On the 8th of February 2013, as part of the youth week activities, the class 4, 5 and 6 pupils visited the Nsimalen International Airport. During the 90 minutes guided tour the kids discovered how huge aircrafts are. The children learned how the airport staff supports passengers from the beginning to the end of their journey. These stages were explained with respect to both local and international trips. The students were able to ask many questions during the visit and toured different areas of the airport. They watched how a Camair-co plane from Douala landed and how it took off from the airport. They pupils had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Capt. Felix Ongwa of Camair-Co, who answered several questions asked by the pupils.  It was a very educative experience for the kids and they chatted about all the exciting things they had seen and heard.

Your support helped to provide the backbone for these activities covering related costs. Thank you so much for helping to provide a well-rounded educational experience for the children.  Without your support all this would not have been possible and we are so very grateful for your kind assistance.

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Visit to Yaounde Airport
Visit to Yaounde Airport
Kids at National Youth Day
Kids at National Youth Day
Jan 16, 2013

Agents for Change on Behalf of Children

Group photo
Group photo

Dear Friends and Supporters

Happy New Year 2013!!

At CAPEC we seek to be agents for change on behalf of children. Change, in many forms has certainly been the by-word for year ending 2012.  CAPEC as its beneficiaries has witnessed many changes and development in the lives of the children we serve. Though it has been a very challenging year, it has been extremely rewarding for CAPEC.  You all have shown phenomenal support despite a troubled economy that continues to affect us all. Your steadfast commitment has helped CAPEC remain one of the leading Children’s organisations in Cameroon. We are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support.

For the last three months, the school and children have been involved in lots of educational programs and projects such as:

-Christmas Party
-UK/Kenya delegation visit
-Inauguration for a new classroom built by the US Embassy,Cameroon

The Management of CAPEC, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and staff of Bitame Lucia School organized a successful Christmas party for all the kids at School. The kids were all given gifts place under the Christmas tree and a special lunch in school. We thank Patrick Jurgen from Germany who posed as Santa Claus. Activities associated with this program were the singing of Christmas Carols, drama; reading of poems and performance of ballet dance by class four etc. We ended the occasion with a group picture.

Our school was also privileged to host some Kenya and UK teachers who visited under the Connecting Classroom Project. While in school, they taught in different classroom, planted trees, and we had launch with them.  On our part, we presented drama and a welcome song.

On Tuesday November 20, 2012, Political Officer Luke Ortega took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate a classroom constructed under the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Program. The classroom will serve orphans and children from low-income families enrolled in the Bitame Lucia Primary School, Nkolfoulou village, on the outskirts of Yaounde. (http://yaounde.usembassy.gov/lns_112012.html)

We sincerely thank you for all your support over 2012 and we look forward to your on-going support in 2013.

Classroom dedication
Classroom dedication
Santa!
Santa!
Classroom dedication 2
Classroom dedication 2

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Organization

Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
http://www.developafrica.org

Project Leader

Ajomuzu Collette Bekaku

Founder/Executive Director
Yaoundé, Centre Region Cameroon

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