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Jul 11, 2018

The second quater of the year in the AGAPE Center

The fair of AGAPE association
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
The visit of the Mercy Ship
Land title of the AGAPE association
Land title of the AGAPE association
Departures of Antonina and Mr. Chris
Departures of Antonina and Mr. Chris
The arrival of Sciences Po students
The arrival of Sciences Po students
The results of the school year 2017 - 2018
The results of the school year 2017 - 2018

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Jul 5, 2018

The progress of the construction project

Land title of the AGAPE association
Land title of the AGAPE association

     Since the beginning of AGAPE, the management team has a long-term vision of this project. That of being able to settle on one's own site, and quietly carry out its activities until the success of its residents. This project is no longer a mere sight of the mind, but something that is gradually taking shape.

     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.

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Apr 20, 2018

The first quarter of the year 2018 in AGAPE Center

Visit of Mr. Chris from the American School
Visit of Mr. Chris from the American School

     The year 2018 has peacefully started at the AGAPE Center. Between the end of year and new year holidays, everything went well. Everyone was healthy and fit to face this New Year. The AGAPE Center has received pleasant visits, such as those of Mr. Chris from the American School of Douala, the head of the Social Center of New Bell Bassa, the stay of Solenca. This period was also marked by the organization within the AGAPE Center, an open day, the donation of the company Beneficial Life for construction and the participation of the Center in its second spring market.

     Mr. Chris is the special needs coordinator at the American School of Douala. He is also the NHS (National Honor Society) advisor, a group of young people from the American school who are looking for volunteering opportunities. He came to meet the children at the AGAPE Center in early February, to find out firsthand what is done there. He went back very pleased.

     The new Social Service Head for New Bell Bassa after taking office organized a short meet the people tour during which she visited various centers in her zone. It was during this tour that she visited the AGAPE Center on February 6, 2018. She and her collaborators, were able to make a guided tour of the Center.  She showed appreciation for what is done at the AGAPE Center and made certain proposals notably the need to work closely with her services and to solicit their services as much as possible.

     The Solenca team arrived in Cameroon for a two-week work stay, focused on intensifying the search for funding in Cameroon and preparing the various parties (children, parents, supervisors) for the changes to come. This in relation to life in the future center. And as usual, they came with clothes, shoes, school needs and little board games for the entertainment of the children.

     The open house was organized on February 17, 2018. It was a moment of communion between the AGAPE Center, its children and various visitors. It was above all a means of publicizing the Center and its various activities. All those who stopped by were pleased with their visit. It basically consisted in making a guided tour of the center, exchanges on the history of the AGAPE children, the purpose of the center and future prospects. The children presented a play, which once again moved all those who were watching the show for the second time.During this open day, a Cameroonian actress, Patricia Bakalack and a musical artist Mahoussi came to visit the Center. Mahoussi sang some songs from her album. All went on very well, and would be put simply by saying that "the absentees missed out a lot".

     The insurance company BENEFICIAL LIFE offered us the sum of 2,500,000 Francs to support our construction project. Join them and participate in this noble project to make it a reality. The AGAPE Children need you!

     The AGAPE association participated for the second year in a row in the spring market. It was held at the Eneo Tennis Club in Bonanjo. It was a pleasant day, very sunny. AGAPE sold homemade products such as plantain chips, bissap and various jams, made from pineapple and papaya. It was the ideal opportunity for us to make the AGAPE Center known and to communicate on what we do.

 This is the beginning of the holidays, marking the end of the second term. How time flies! We have already done the 2.5 / 3 of the school year. But so far, the results of some of the children are still a little far from what we had hoped for. There are some of them who are still struggling, while others are doing quite well.

Visit of the Head of the Social Center of New Bell
Visit of the Head of the Social Center of New Bell
Solenca's Visit
Solenca's Visit
The Open House organized by the AGAPE Center
The Open House organized by the AGAPE Center
Donation of BENEFICIAL LIFE for the construction
Donation of BENEFICIAL LIFE for the construction
Second Term Results
Second Term Results

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