Help Optimize Educational Opportunities - Cameroon

 
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Children at school with volunteer
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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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Just having fun...
Just having fun...
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
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

Links:

Global Hand Washing Day - Children Watch Video
Global Hand Washing Day - Children Watch Video

Warm greetings

We are continually grateful for your on-going support that helps provide a platform of growth for the school - supporting miscellaneous school and administrative expenses, purchase of school materials etc.  Through your support we continue to provide education to these deserving children - who otherwise would not be able to go to this school - conveniently located in the community.

The last three months have been a very busy period in our school, full of excitement and events.  Firstly, we want to announce the completion of the first permanent structure in our school. The classroom was donated by the US Embassy Cameroon. So far, this is the only block building at school. As we struggle to change the plank / wooden building to permanent structures, we count on your support to enable us buy building materials.

We are also happy to inform you that a delegation of 10 persons from Kenya and UK visited our school under the Connecting Classroom project. While at the school, they all taught in different classes and also planted a tree in the school. The school choir sang and dance and also presented the delegates with some gifts.

Early this month, we celebrated two activities at school, the first once being World Teachers day and the second being Global Hand Washing Day. The Health Unit of the US Embassy visited the school to celebrate this day with us. They brought us some soaps and hand towels. The children were able to watch a documentary on the important of hand washing.  At the end of the film, the children asked some questions. They day ended with a group picture.

As you can see, there is so much on-going learning and growth going on at the school and we are delighted that you are a part of making this happen.  Together we are creating a bright future for these children and Cameroon.  Thanks so much for your support. 

Children outside at Hand Washng Day
Children outside at Hand Washng Day

Links:

Cameroon National Day Celebration (20th May)
Cameroon National Day Celebration (20th May)

Dear donors, friends and well wishers

It has been a very successful and fantastic year of good health the School given that none of the children registered any major illness and am so excited that they all got to perform well in their academic work and have been cleared to join the next classes respectively at the end of September 2012. Apart from the academic achievements, the kids took part in excursion and other recreational activities. During the trimester, the children visited a brewery company to see how soft drinks are made, we also took part in the 20th May Celebration, which is the reunification day in Cameroon, thanks to all of you for making this happen.

The children completed their third term of the year in May, with the Nursery 2 pupils promoted to Primary One .Children are now on summer vacation, and will begin holiday classes on the 15th of July 2012.  We are also thankful for our volunteer Katharina Herger, who has spent one year working with the kids in our school.

We want to thanks our donors, friends and well-wishers for the sacrifices they make to ensure that our project is alive. Thank you so much for the donations both in cash and kind and May the good Lord continue to Bless and reward you.

We continue to request for your support as we enter into another year. The challenge is still on and everything that you give is of great importance and is well appreciated. There is going to be increase in population for both boys and girls the new academic year. We have already identified close to 20 girls ages (5 -15yrs) who are just sitting at home doing nothing, we intend to register them in our school. We will need your support in term of school and material suppliers for them.  Kindly help us spread the word about this project to family members and friends too.

With the best of wishes

Excursion to a local brewery
Excursion to a local brewery
Graduation of Nursery II Pupils
Graduation of Nursery II Pupils

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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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