Help Optimize Educational Opportunities - Cameroon

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Child enjoying book in class
Child enjoying book in class

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to the donation of books and school supplies by the general public and YOUR financial support, the kids at the CAPEC school in Cameroon are now happily learning.

The books and school supplies were donated by individuals globally. Shipping costs were covered by Develop Africa and GlobalGiving donors.

In this video, Kids Enjoy Reading and Using School Supplies in Cameroon, you can see the children in class enjoying the books and school supplies they received.

We are very excited that we are helping boost and support the education of the kids in tangible ways.

Thank YOU, for your continued support. Because of YOU, more children at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in rural Cameroon receive the education they need.

In this video, Ajomuzu Collette Bekaku, the Founder and Executive Director of CAPEC Cameroon expresses appreciation to Develop Africa and GlobalGiving donors for support provided to CAPEC and the Bitame Lucia School in Cameroon. Over the years this support has included computer training, provision of books and school supplies and general support to the school.

Thank YOU so much for helping our kids get the education they need. We are so grateful for YOUR continued support.

Bests regards,

Develop Africa team

Kids in class displaying their new books
Kids in class displaying their new books
Kids in class displaying their new school supplies
Kids in class displaying their new school supplies
Children reading and enjoying their new books
Children reading and enjoying their new books

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Classroom studies
Classroom studies

Dear Project Supporters,

Thank YOU, for your continued support. Because of YOU, more children at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in rural Cameroon receive the education they need.

The new school year began with a big surprise. We received 7 big drums full of books, bags and other education materials. The kids now have the essential school tools they need for the school year and beyond. The supplies of books also enabled us to open a library and resource center. This center is going to serve the school and the Nkolfoulou community at large.

YOU made this happen! Thanks so much.

Also new in this quarter is the partnership between Ape Action Africa (AAA) and the CAPEC School. The pupils will learn more and benefit from the expertise and resources offered by Alaafin. An Education Officer for Ape Action Africa (AAA) will be visiting the school each Tuesday to teach the class 5 and 6 pupils on how to protect animals and their environment.

As partners, the pupils will also visit the Mefou Park to see and learn about chimpanzees and gorillas. This module provides examples of ways that learning outside the classroom can be appreciated and interesting.

CAPEC School also joined the rest of the world in the celebration of the International Literacy Day 2015. The theme for the year being: Literacy and Sustainable Societies - the children read stories from their books, answered questions on the importance of reading, etc.

The teaching staff of BLIS joined in the celebration of the International Teacher’s Day 2015. It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals. They are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status.

Despite the above-achieved success, the school and pupils still face some difficulties. We are aware that for any organization to grow, there needs to be continued training. We need training for our staff, especially on management and leadership. We would also welcome volunteers to work in our resource center and remedial classes.

Because of the increasing number of kids each new school session, we lack space to accommodate them. We need additional classrooms to accommodate up to 70 new pupils. As of now, we do not have chairs and tables in our school hall. This makes it difficult for us to hold meetings or workshops. These items are needed as well.

Thank YOU so much for helping our kids get the education they need. We are so grateful for YOUR continued support.

Bests regards,

Develop Africa team

Teacher instruction
Teacher instruction
Library meeting
Library meeting
School supplies received
School supplies received
Atangana graduates primary school
Atangana graduates primary school

Dear Project Supporters,

Thank YOU, for your continued support. Because of YOU, more children at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in rural Cameroon receive educational scholarships.

We are thrilled to share a success story of one of our scholars. Atangana, despite the odds of being from a single-parent home and poor, he completed his primary education at our school and is ready to advance to higher education. YOU made this happen! YOUR financial support helps provide our children with a comfortable learning environment.

During the summer holidays, classes will continue to help children catch up with studies in English and math.

We are now able to accommodate more children in our communities with the addition of 5 new classrooms.

We are grateful for all YOUR support.

Bests regards,
Develop Africa team

School building BLIS
School building BLIS
New classrooms added
New classrooms added
Happy to return to school and computer learning
Happy to return to school and computer learning

Dear Project Supporters,

Thank YOU, for your continued support. Because of YOU, more children at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School are learning basic computer skills with the new computers we received.

Since our last report, the students enjoyed Easter break away from school. No activities were scheduled while school was closed for the holiday break. So, the children were happy to return to class to continue their studies and computer learning.

Books are one of the foundational tools for learning. Many of our children do not have any books at home. The school needs an adequate range of books that they could use to promote reading.

This video gives you a glimpse into the importance of books in the education of children in Cameroon.

The primary language of children in this area of Cameroon is French and by enhancing their knowledge of English, the children are being better prepared for life as global citizens.

We are grateful for all YOUR support. Through these books, the children are developing a love for reading and learning -- which are important keys to success in life.

On May 13th at 9:00 AM EDT - Give and get matched on GlobalGiving BONUS DAY is a great way to make your donations go even further. All donations up to $1,000 per donor per project are matched on May 13th until matching funds run out on that day.

Thanks so much. We appreciate YOU!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

New computers, furniture and school supplies
New computers, furniture and school supplies

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Christmas performance
Christmas performance

The last three months were full of school activities, excursions, Christmas performances, and a visit to the hospital for vaccines. School examinations were written before the Christmas celebrations began, and the school enjoyed a two week break before the second term began in January 2015.

Class 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed an excursion to a brewery where they learned how soft drinks are produced and the school choir visited the Hilton Hotel where they took pictures. The parents enjoyed a Christmas performance by the pupils and teachers that included dance, music, nativity drama, rhymes and poems, a fashion show, arts and crafts display, and a journalism club news presentation. Children from 0-5 years old visited the District hospital in Soa to receive their polio vaccinations.

Our volunteers were very instrumental in making the school and Christmas activities successful. They also played a very important role for the children and teachers at our school during the school year. Several Christmas gifts were donated to the children by our friends and volunteers.


We are forever grateful to YOU for support of us through this GlobalGiving project. With your help, we are positively changing the lives of children in Cameroon.

Christmas presentation
Christmas presentation
Christmas dance performance
Christmas dance performance
Christmas traditional dance performance
Christmas traditional dance performance

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Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Ajomuzu Collette Bekaku
Founder/Executive Director
Yaounde, Centre Region Cameroon
$5,233 raised of $9,000 goal
 
91 donations
$3,767 to go
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