The construction project for the new AGAPE Center was delayed considerably. Constraints observed on the ground, pushed us to stop the works, the time to find the adequate solutions to remedy the problem. The contour lines made on this site were poorly executed. This challenged a number of things, including the construction quote. It was necessary to readjust and readjust the plans in certain places. It took a long time and a lot of energy, but we managed to overcome the difficulty. Construction will resume during the month of March.
We continue to ask for your help and support. We know we will get there because if we had to give up, we would have done so long ago. The hardest part is getting started.
After obtaining the building permit for the future AGAPE Center, things accelerated. The contract was signed with the builder at the end of July, and the installation of the construction site began the following days, beginning August. This resulted in the cleaning of the site, the construction of a construction hut (housing a store, an office, a rest area, a dormitory and a toilet) and a temporary barrier.
After the installation of the site, we proceeded to the implementation step of the future building. It took a little while, because it's a critical phase that you should not miss. This phase was followed by the official opening ceremony of the site on September 20th.
Everything went well during this day. The redeployment point was in Ngangué, in the current center, which is a rented house. We had a small delay and the procession took the road at 14 hours and 30 minutes. With the work done on the road and the deviation to follow, we took a while to get to the field. The authorities arrived and the event began with the presentation of the different parties. The architect took the relay by presenting the project. Then came the site visit and the most awaited moment. The symbolic gesture of laying the first stone of the future building. We finished with interviews and a cocktail party.
This was marked by the participation of many people, including: Daniel Toffel, the president of the partner association SOLENCA, who made the trip from France. We also had the honor to receive at this event, representatives of the State, namely: the sub-prefect of the district of Douala 3rd and the representative of the Regional Delegate of Social Affairs. But also actors from the private sector and civil society like the company Addax Petroleum, who offered the electrical equipment for the electrification of the future building; members of the development committee of the Japoma district where the future house will be built, as well as friends and supporters of the AGAPE cause from the city of Douala and Yaoundé for the most part. Not to mention the participation of the major Cameroonian media channel Canal 2 International.
In recent years, the association and the AGAPE Center have been able to expand in order to welcome more children and give them a better chance of succeeding in life.
Thanks to your many efforts and those of our partner SOLENCA, we managed to acquire a piece of land. Always with your support, we managed to mobilize some of the money needed to start the work. But that would not be enough to bring this project to completion. That's why we still need you.
The development of the site began a little while ago. And we will officially proceed on Friday, September 20th 2019 to the laying of the foundation stone of the site. The dream becomes reality.
The construction of the new AGAPE Center is no longer a vision of the mind, but something that is gradually being materialized. It took the time that it took, but we have finally gotten our building permit. As far as our credibility was concerned, we could not begin construction without this authorization from the government and its competent authorities. Even though everything was moving in the right direction. We finally have all the legal elements, in order to begin the construction of our new center. And this is largely thanks to all of you, who from near and far keep supporting us. We will start very soon, and we hope to count on you again until the completion of this project.
The construction project is delayed because of the building permit, which is difficult for the competent authorities to issue. But that does not matter, the time it takes, is not likely to cool our partners and us. We continue to mobilize energies around this project, in order to obtain the necessary means for its realization. And Addax Petroleum, during the month of March, contacted us to deliver the equipment necessary for the electrical installation of the future AGAPE Center.
And thanks to the help of Mr. Aliyou, friend and fervent defender of the AGAPE cause living near the construction site, we were able to store this material at his home. This so that it is immediately accessible, at the start of the project.
We were also able to meet the Regional Delegate of Social Affairs, with whom we exchanged on the question of the building permit which takes longer than expected to be delivered. She promised to get closer to her hierarchy, to try to see what is wrong so we can find a quick fix and start the job as soon as possible.
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