Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program

by AUMAZO, INC.
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Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 100 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Lydie
Lydie

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and perseverance propelled us to 2021. Although the West region of Cameroon, where our tutoring program takes place, appears to have had fewer cases than the big cities, the dislocation accompanied by Covid-19 has been particularly severe for students, especially those in middle school.

Adapting to the Pandemic

All schools in Cameroon were closed on March 19, with only the classes preparing for the exams in late July opening up for a month in June. Aumazo partially compensated for the closures by expanding its tutoring program in Bankondji from three to five days a week starting in late March.

We all went through ups and downs. Despite the disruption, seven out of the eleven girls who took the high school entrance exam succeeded in passing the exam. Unluckily, Lydie was among the girls who weren’t successful in July. 

Lydie's Successful Turnaround

Recently she told us, “The pandemic puts a lot of strain on our budget, and we know that with you by our side, we will raise $5000 to support girls like Lydie, who recently told us, “When I failed the high school entrance exam last year, I believed that I was fragile and different from the others. Still, I ended up understanding that it was enough that I stay focused. And thanks to that awareness, I improved my math, French, English, and science classes. Since schools reopened last October 2020, the tutoring program has brought school success. I obtained the second-highest grade average in the entire class.” She continued, “Thank you, Aumazo and the supporters, for all that you have done for my peers and me. We promise you a 100 % success rate in the exam this academic year.”

Many Aumazo donors like you are ordinary people who do extraordinary things by joining forces with Aumazo. We know that you understand that Lydie’s perseverance illustrates the value our students place on your partnership. This awareness and clarity would never have occurred without your sharing the gift of education. 

Sharing A Gift of Education

The Girl Fund 50% Matching Campaign for every $50 individual donation runs during the whole week of International Women's Day from Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12. What a beautiful week to continue to share your education gift with girls in our programs, such as Lydie.

 Thank you for believing in our work.

 

Abbe Fessenden, Board Chair 

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Gratitude
Gratitude

As the AUMAZO founder, I am writing to you today, just to thank you for being one of the many people who have chosen to join in our passion for Aumazo’s mission. Despite the unprecedented covid-19 pandemic that has weakened the nonprofit world as a whole, we are still standing because of your undeniable support.

I have devoted the last 15 years of my life to the Aumazo mission for a simple reason: I believe in the fundamental mission of the organization. Aumazo is not just transforming the girls’ lives in Cameroon with STEM education, it brought us together and rallied us around one cause by building the social bond that connects us.

The bond is even more of a vital link in this pandemic situation. We need it so much today so that we stay united and strong. I am convinced that our resolute unity and our collective response will be reflected in the continued success of our work and the advancement of girls’ education programs.

I am certain that now, and for the coming new year, if many more of us reaffirm our support for Aumazo programs, we will continue to witness great life transformation for girls in our programs such as Elysée, one of the scholarship recipients, currently a high school junior who recently admitted: “Aumazo is what I needed to wake up to learning. Now I am learning.”

This is the result of your remarkable participation in our united and collective support to the organization. We have counted on you for the past 15 years. We won't stop until every girl in rural communities in Cameroon gets a quality education and graduates from high school.

Thank you for taking this journey with us. 

With all my gratitude for your commitment to stand beside AUMAZO.

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Aumazo Class of 2021 and 2022
Aumazo Class of 2021 and 2022

 

Despite the financial strains that Covid-19 has imposed on all of us, Aumazo received major official recognition this year. Last June, the Cameroonian government awarded us with the official authorization to open our high school for girls under construction. 

Moreover, two of the three girls earned their senior high school diploma. They graduated from our tutoring program in 2017 and received scholarships to enter the high schools of their choice until we complete our own school building. 

In addition, we are also celebrating the July 2020 graduation of an additional eleven graduates from the tutoring program, including of the 11 girls who took the mandatory high school entrance exams and 4 boys who we took in and supported in the preparation of the exam. So far, we tutored 68 girls and 41 students graduated from the tutoring program.

I shared this news with a friend and an Aumazo supporter a few weeks ago. Her reaction dampened my joy when she asked the following question: “do you mean that only “41 students” graduated from your program in the last 4 years?” I looked momentarily disconcerted then I realized that I was not telling the whole story.

One truth about Aumazo is that for the last 15 years, the organization has operated solely as an all-volunteer organization without receiving any grants or funding from outside organizations. Individual donations from people like you have helped sustain Aumazo. 

Each person at Aumazo can personally tell you that it has been somewhat difficult to run a successful organization on a shoestring. However, we manage to do it. Despite the financial strangulation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are hopeful for the future. Serving the girls is still and will always be our priority. 

For the #GivingTuesday tomorrow December 1 for example, we have to raise $35,000 to sustain the program from October 2020 to January 2021. Our goal is to overcome the financial struggle and serve the greatest number of girls. We already took a chance and have expanded the program to include a new location in a second village with 29 newly enrolled girls. 

Good things truly come in a small package. You have always been there for Aumazo. Today is no different. Your collective engagement and support are really what is still working and keeping Aumazo afloat.  

Your continuing support this #GivingTuesday December 1, will allow us to successfully continue the scholarship and both tutoring program locations for our girls in rural communities in Cameroon. 

GlobalGiving has partnered with us to provide $1 million in incentive funds to match what you donate. We know that we can still count on your support in any form and shape to get a share of the proportional matching   

Although the incentive matching ends at midnight ET on December 1, you can keep on giving a one-time or  recurring donation until December 3 at 23:59:59 ET

 

  Sincere gratitude, 

Jacqueline Audige and the Board

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Despite the financial strains the covid-19 has imposed on all of us, we are counting our blessings today. Things are looking somewhat better at Aumazo. We got wonderful news from the field in late September. Two of the three girls in our scholarship program earned their senior high school diploma. This news called for a great celebration at Aumazo.

In 2017, 5 girls graduated from our tutoring program and entered high school. Two repeated classes at the junior level. Three passed without any obstacles and entered  senior high school. 

Keselle, one of the two girls who earned her high school diploma said to me joyfully on a phone call on September 23rd, 2020 “I am so thankful to all the people at Aumazo who supported me and gave me a direction in life. I would like to meet and thank each one of them individually, but I can’t. Please pass my huge thank you and words of gratitude to all of them. I am one the luckiest girls on earth today.” 

These words are still music to our ears. I listened to the sound of her voice while thinking of you. You are the agent of this radical transformation that happened right in front of our eyes. You gave so generously of your attention to our cause and trust in our work. So, thank you. 

The good news didn’t stop there. Despite the intolerable levels of educational hardship inflicted on students in Cameroon and around the world by covid-19, this year, we are also celebrating additional eleven graduates from the tutoring program, including of the 11 girls who took the high school entrance exams and 4 boys we took in and supported in the preparation of the exam last June 2020. So far, 41 students graduated from the tutoring program.

It is very empowering to get such news of great successes and of the striving student population that have overcome the challenges caused by the covid-19 pandemic and found ways to deal with them. The lesson learned is that we did well by supporting our students despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

So far so good! Your collective engagement and support are really what is still working and keeping Aumazo afloat. Kesselle’s sentiments reflect our own feelings.

You have always been there for Aumazo. It has always been about what you wanted to do. Today is no different. We still count on your support in any form and shape for the  new academic year in Cameroon, which began on Monday October 5, 2020. Just act in a way that is consistent with your thoughts and help us continue our support of the scholarship and tutoring program. 

We thank you for always being there for Aumazo.

 

Jacqueline Audige and the Board



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Eloise with classmates last November 2019
Eloise with classmates last November 2019

Words can’t express the pain we have experienced over the past two months. The first was in April when the French teacher at the Aumazo tutoring program tragically lost his three-year-old boy. It was very difficult for all of us to make sense of the extreme violence with which this happened. According to Patric the teacher, his son felt sick and his health rapidly deteriorated. He was gone in less than six hours.

Two months later, on June 1, 2020, just when we started healing, we learned about the death of one of the girls in our tutoring program. Eloïse, a 7th grader, attended class on Friday May 29th and on Monday June 1st, she was gone. She was only 17. 

Tragedy can strike anywhere and in any circumstance. However, the way it happened is what makes it difficult to comprehend. Patric’s son was playing with his younger brother and the next moment, he was gone forever. In the case of Eloïse, she went to bed on Sunday night with a minor headache and her father found her dead at 3:00am the next day.

Healing Together

Although it’s very difficult to make sense of these two unfortunate events that shocked Aumazo in its core, we understand that we have to continue with hope and healing. Doing the work of healing together makes better sense in the healing process. Aumazo stood behind both families in solidarity in their quest to find closure. Despite the financial strains we are experiencing since the covid-19 event, we did our best to provide counseling to girls in the program to help them cope with the loss of their classmate and friend. 

We cannot deny the impact of these events and the way they shook us to the core. As a member of the Aumazo family, it would be a shame not to share this tragic news with you. You have always been there for us and have supported us through thick and thin. We will always keep you informed no matter the situation.

 The Aumazo Family

Your continued support is our strength. As Patric put it, “this tragic loss of our son made me appreciate my Aumazo’s family more. When I say ‘Aumazo family’ it comes from my heart. Your collective support and care not only gave me permission to grieve, but your personal concern helped me accept the loss of our son.”  

Life events affect us and we all process them differently. Nonetheless, life goes on. And we have to look forward to the future despite the fact that the memories of our student will stay with us forever. Our togetherness will get us through the challenges that such events create. 

You have always been there for Aumazo. And it has always be about what you wanted to do. Today is no different. We still count on your support in any form and shape. Just act in a way that is consistent with your thoughts. 

We thank you for always being there for Aumazo.

 

 Jacqueline Audige and the Board   

 

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AUMAZO, INC.

Location: ROCKVILLE, MD - USA
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Jacqueline Audige
Rockville, MD United States
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