The fair of AGAPE association
The second quarter of 2018 took place peacefully at the AGAPE Center. During this period, the association AGAPE organized a fair in order to bring back some money in its coffers, its young people could visit the Mercy Ship, she was able to obtain the land title of her land. The center also saw important volunteers such as Antonina and M. Chris, but also received for the fifth summer in a row, students from Sciences Po Paris; and finally, the results of the school year were delivered, and the young people all worked well in the vast majority.
The fair of AGAPE association took place as announced on May 4th and 5th, 2018, at the camp ASECNA at Bonapriso, not far from the pharmacy de Gaulle and opposite the entrance of the supermarket Casino. It did not happen as we had hoped, but we learned a lot from this event. It was a wonderful experience that the association is ready to repeat next year, but mostly intends to improve.
On May 17, under the guidance of Corinne, the young people of the AGAPE Center were able to benefit from a small guided tour, and discover the large hospital ship that is the Mercy Ship. It was impressive ! The Mercy Ship, in addition to being a super-equipped floating hospital, is also a living space with schools for the youngest and the greatest; playgrounds and fitness for the benefit of the crew and the workers who stay there. It was also nice to see the pictures before and after, of people who had surgery. And above all to see that they have found the smile, confidence, dignity and happiness again, thanks to the multiple efforts made by the different teams of the Mercy Ship. Unfortunately, we can not offer pictures, because they were forbidden there. Big thanks to Mercy Ship who spreads happiness in its path.
After a long waiting time, the land title of the piece of land jointly purchased by the AGAPE association and the SOLENCA association, for the construction of the future AGAPE Center, is finally available. It is with a great joy that we welcomed this news at the end of May. We believe this will further accelerate our construction project. We are currently following the procedures to obtain a building permit. But we still rely heavily on you, your help and your support. Because we also know that together, we will succeed in changing and transforming lives.
After spending two full years in Cameroon and with us at the AGAPE Center, Antonina packed up and returned with her family to Belgium. She has done a great job for the advancement of the center's activities, as well as for the development of our young people. Thank you Antonina for your attention, your affection, your dictations, for the sporting walk with the HHH, the cinema outings and for all your many gifts. Thank you Antonina, for all your good and loyal services, as well as for all the pleasant moments we spent together.
Mr. Chris from the American school also left Cameroon, after a short two-year stay. We also had nice moments with him. It was enjoyable to hear him speak French, especially with his American accent. We just regret that we did not meet Mr. Chris earlier. Nevertheless, he leaves us in the hands of his collaborator Nika, who will continue to link us to the American school of Douala. We hope for a pleasant exchange relationship between the young people of AGAPE and those of the American school.
For 4 years now, the AGAPE Center has been receiving during a part of the summer students from Sciences Po Paris, who come to do a civic internship in Cameroon. This is how we welcome this year and at this moment, four young and charming young ladies named: Jeanne, Margaux, Nastia and Laure. They are progressively immersing in the world of the AGAPE Center, by participating in its various activities. This through small reading lessons (for Jean-Claude who still has difficulties), board games, petanque, cleaning, cooking recipes, but also football and administrative work. The center and the youths also had the honor and the pleasure of celebrating June 18, the birthday of Jeanne and Laure, both of whom were born on the same day. It was a nice moment.
Time passes very quickly! We still remember the back to school and its difficult moments. The beginnings were really not obvious for some young people who could not do it. In particular those of sixth, for which the beginnings were slow. We worry about it. It was more fear than harm. But only the most serious have succeeded. Overall, it was positive. It is a real satisfaction, and the best possible thanks, to all those who work for the success of these young people and this center. We had Jean-Claude in elementary course second year and he passes for the upper class. Giovany, Alex and Dieudonne of the second year middle course missed their entry contest in first year of high school. Alex and Dieudonné had already validated their CEP (certificate of primary studies) last year, but given their level, they had to resume the class. Giovany was the only one to pass the CEP and he succeeded, thus validating his first degree in Cameroon. We had in first year of high school: Jores, Yanic, Juscare and Keye, all of whom had gone to the upper class. Oliseh in second year of high school (came out first in class with a score of 15, 49 / 20), and received many congratulations and encouragement. Only work pays!); and Désiré in the second year of technical and business education, are also admitted to the upper class. In third year of high school, we had Lewuk (alias Loïc) who passes and Steve who takes again. In fourth year of high school, we had Melveen and Cesare who are admitted in second, and who have passed their BEPC. Loïc (alias Papi) in fourth year high school electricity, still waiting for his result of the CAP, which will condition his passage in the upper class. Ibrahim meanwhile, takes fifth year of high school.
The visit of the Mercy Ship
Land title of the AGAPE association
Departures of Antonina and Mr. Chris
The arrival of Sciences Po students
The results of the school year 2017 - 2018