Improve 30 Girls Education with Tutoring Program

by AUMAZO, INC. Vetted since 2014 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month
Mother
Mother's Love is Peace

Mother’s Day is that time of the year that I join the cohort of people around the world who pay tribute to mothers. After she passed away many years ago I mostly celebrate my mother’s gentle soul. As the years go by, I get greater insight into her life through my own actions. I realize that with patience, nothing is impossible. Consequently, on Mother’s day, I mostly rehash all the good things mothers do. I not only remember the special bond my mother shared with me, I also miss the love and care she gave my siblings and me.

'Mother Appreciation List'

A few years ago, out of curiosity, I experimented with something new. I decided to review the items that made my appreciation list of my mother. I had a stunning revelation. Everything on my list mirrored her life circumstances. It was about the small and big things she did. It was about the way she cared and loved us. It was about the reasons she forgot all the pains we caused her and forgave all the hurts life threw on her. She accepted everything even our problems with joy. Our dreams became her reality. Most of all she had never lost patience.

Throughout the years, I reflected on these values and virtues. I continued to wonder how she could have done it all. Even though I am now a mother myself, I really didn’t comprehend how my mother could have accepted and tolerated everything without getting angry, upset and bitter. I then met Raïssa last year and it became apparent to me that mothers are exceptional creatures.

A Mother and A Student

Raïssa is a 21 year-old single mother who joined our tutoring program at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. She showed up with her daughter when we opened the door for the peer-to-peer tutoring class sessions in August 2017. When I asked her to tell us why she was showing up with her baby, she said, “I am persevering in my dream of becoming a journalist.” She also mumbled while hugging her daughter “ I would like to give her a better shot in life.”

She did not miss any session during the three days that I spent with them in classroom. She came every day carrying her daughter. She held her on her laps when she felt asleep and paid attention religiously. She walked out of the classroom calmly when the baby started crying. She came back in and continued to take note while holding her baby close to her heart. She did all of it with composure and dignity. She recognizes that patience and time will help her achieve her goals. 

Your Uplifting Mother's Day Gift

Today, as we celebrate and salute all mothers on this Mother’s Day, let’s not forget to help Raïssa strengthen her determination to fulfill her dream of becoming a journalist. Her unconditional love is what she can afford her daughter currently. With your unforgettable gift to our tutoring program in honor of a Mother in your life, you could turn things around for Raïssa by converting her dream into reality.

Your continuous support has allowed Raïssa and the other girls in the tutoring program in Bankondji to strive for a better future and greatness. Your gift today will keep on lifting their spirits and boosting their morale.

Happy Mother’s Day! And remember, patience is key to our success.

 

Sincerely,

 

~Jacqueline Audige and the Board

Building Trust through Smiles and Laughter
Building Trust through Smiles and Laughter
Our younger student is an eight-month old baby
Our younger student is an eight-month old baby

"I am persevering on my dream of becoming a journalist. Every time that I watch TV and see the lady journalist talking, I dream of taking her seat someday," Raissa said when she joined our tutoring program at the beginning of the school year 2017-18. She is a returning girl who has been out of school since 2014, when she dropped out of middle school because she lacked financial support for continuing her education. "I was bored and was playing around when I was out of school and out of sight," she mumbled while hugging her daughter.

A Journalist In The Making

Raissa is 21 and a single mother. During the three years that she was out of school, she met her boyfriend with whom she had the eight-month old baby girl. "I would like to give my daughter a better shot in life," she told us. Her actions show her resolve and determination to reshape her life. She came to class with her daughter when we opened the door for the peer-to-peer tutoring class sessions beginning in August 2017.

Raissa is one of the reasons we cannot thank you often enough for your support and your commitment to making the tutoring program a success. With your support, we have been fortunate to come to know the stories of girls like her and to give them a chance for a hopeful future. "The Aumazo tutoring program has revived my dream of becoming a journalist. I do not believe that having a baby is the end for me. To the contrary, I feel that my duty is to provide for my daughter and create better opportunities for her. Aumazo is turning my dream into reality for me and for my daughter."

Giving a Second Chance

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. And as girls such as Raissa in our tutoring program continue to count on your generosity that kept the program afloat, they also are very grateful to you for the phenomenal opportunities you have already offered them through the program. They recognized that you made it possible for them to continue to dream big as well as hope for a better educational future.

Successful Women In The Making

This International Women's Day (IWD), we are not only celebrating your commitment to Aumazo success, we are also commemorating the achievements that your backing of Aumazo programs make possible. Not only did you plant a tree that is growing, you also sow the seeds that will germinate. Like Raissa, many girls in the tutoring program pray and wish every day for their dreams to continue in school to become a reality.

Those who are in the second year of our tutoring program are determined to improve their ability to understand texts in reading comprehension, math and other subjects. Like Raissa, they all want to fly by passing the complex high school entrance exam required to enroll in any Cameroonian high school.

Support Our Girls On Women's Day

Your continuous support has allowed girls in the tutoring program in Bankondji to celebrate this IWD in unity with all girls and women around the world. Your gift today and throughout the month will continue to lift their spirits and give them comfort knowing that they will keep on flying.

Again and on behalf of our girls on this International Women’s Day, thank you for helping make a difference!

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Audigé and the Board

Passion and determination lighten up their faces
Passion and determination lighten up their faces
Appreciation is key for our Success
Appreciation is key for our Success

We greatly appreciate your participation in our fundraising effort on #GivingTuesday November 28, 2017. We had an amazing turnout and managed to raise an unprecedented amount of $6,089 in one day. Your involvement and gifts have played an important role in our campaign's success, so thank you.

Gift of Opportunity 

Although we were $4,911 short of reaching our fundraising goal of $11,000, we are really celebrating our collective effort. Thanks to your contributions, we will be able to pay the salary arrears of the tutoring program teachers in Cameroon.

True Test of Resilience

Our teachers are the movers and shakers of our program; they are the most hard-working people that I have ever met in the country. They decided this year to make a more positive impact on the program. They have demonstrated resilience and determination. Three times a week they travel 12 miles to Bankondji village from the nearest town. Dirt roads to the village become impassible during the rainy season in Cameroon, but that doesn’t deter these teachers’ commitment to the girls’ success. This past September and October 2017 for example, the car that had been made available to them during the past year broke down. This did not discourage them. In fact, they rode a motorcycle during the rainy days to get to the students on time.

Your support encourages their continued commitment to making the program a success. They are real troopers, deserving every gift you have made since we launched the tutoring program last August 2016. Nonetheless, the last three months have been rough and we owed them salary arrears.

Great Work Deserves a Reward

They are crucial stakeholders and great partners in the program. We really must pay their salary to keep the tutoring program afloat. We anticipate that you will be generous once again and make a one-time donation or a monthly recurring gift to our Year-End-Campaign if you have not done so yet. The campaign runs until December 31st at 11:59pm EDT.

A Gift That Keeps on Giving

On behalf of all of us at AUMAZO, INC, thank you again for your generosity and support. Together, you and all of us can make this holiday season a memorable one to the teachers and girls in our program with love and hope and give a gift that keeps on giving.

May you and loved ones share a hearty and terrific holiday time of the year!

 

Gratefully,

Jacqueline Audigé and the Board

Our Deserving hard-working Teachers
Our Deserving hard-working Teachers
Gratefulness is a Virtue
Gratefulness is a Virtue

At Aumazo, we’re so thankful for the incredible support you provided us all these years. You helped us change the world five girls at a time just last year. As girls in our tutoring program continue to count on your generous gifts that keep the program afloat, they are so grateful to you for the phenomenal opportunities you have already offered them through the program. They recognized that you made it possible for them to put their worries of failure behind and brighten their hopes for a better educational future.

Bernole's Testimony

Bernole took some time to reflect on what she is thankful for about the program, and how she is spreading her gratitude to her communities. “Prior to the program, I was very frustrated because my grandmother did not want me to walk out at night to meet my classmates and share ideas and study together. She thought I was wandering around looking for trouble and lying to her. Since I started the program, I can study at home alone. And if there is a part of the homework that I cannot understand, I know that I will get the answer when I get to the program the next day.”

Determined Students

Not only did you plant a tree that is growing, you also sow the seeds that will germinate. Like Bernole, many girls in the tutoring program pray and wish every day for a better opportunity to go and stay in school. Those who are in our program are determined to improve their ability to comprehend texts in reading comprehension, math and other subjects and pass the complex high school entrance exam required to enroll in Cameroonian high schools.

With your support, we have been fortunate to come to know their stories and to give them a chance to a hopeful future through the Aumazo tutoring program. And with your help we will continue to lift their spirit.

GlobalGiving Will Match Your Donations and Keep Hope Alive

We anticipate that you will be generous once again and participate in our proportional matching campaign that starts with #GivingTuesday on Tuesday November 28, 2017 at 00:00:01 EST until 23:59:59 EST during which GlobalGiving is rewarding all organizations and all donors ALL DAY LONG!

I want you to remember however that the Year-End Campaign starts when the #GivingTuesday Campaign ends and runs until December 31st at 11:59pm EDT.

Your continued support with a donation of $50, or $75 or more now will mean that Aumazo can continue to support these girls by keeping the program afloat. No amount is too small; every bit helps keep the girls’ hope alive. Please open your hearts again and consider donating this #GivingTuesday and throughout the Year-End Campaign to help us reach our goal of $11,000.

Let's Make This Holiday Memorable For Our Girls

You can make a one-time donation or a monthly recurring gift through our page on GlobalGiving. Together, you and all of us at Aumazo can make this holiday season a memorable one for the girls with love and hope and give a gift that keeps on giving.

May you and your loved ones share a hearty and wonderful festive time of the year!

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Audigé and the Board

Season of Joy for All
Season of Joy for All

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Meeting with these mothers is always special.
Meeting with these mothers is always special.

This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving’s 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn’t go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!’

Dispelling Village Rumors

I traveled to Cameroon recently to reintroduce the Tutoring Program to current and new students for the 2017 academic school year. During my trip, I visited parents at their usual gathering places. Routinely, during these tours, I give parents feedback and updates on the program. I share with them our goals and aspirations for the program and their dreams for their children. I also obtain feedback and hold Question and Answer sessions to respond to all their questions and address their concerns.

It was during one of these tours that I learned something very disturbing. Shortly after I’ve finished addressing the parents at one of the gatherings, my brother who lives in the village stood up and said, “Now that you are here with us, I would like to clarify one thing.” Then he turned toward the parents and said, “I heard your whispers and I’ve had enough. Let’s set the record straight and put an end to it now that the person in question is among us today. You have been wondering about what would become of your children once my sister and the Aumazo Team open the school. I won’t name names but a few of you are questioning the ‘tuition free’ nature of the program. You worry that your children might become sacrificial lambs to compensate for the “tuition free” aspect of the program. Now is your turn to let the truth out and get informed from the right person. She is right there in front of you all. Speak up now and share your concerns with her.”

A Failed Good Intention?

These words sounded to me like an indictment of the Aumazo program. I realized that the "tuition free" aspect of our program was a failed objective. Initially, at Aumazo, we thought we would be, by doing a good thing, helping these parents through lifting the tuition burden off their shoulders. Although this might not be a belief held by the majority, we all know that a bad apple can spoil a whole barrel.

Failure is really a success postponed if you trust the process. And by trusting, we are into what we do. This moment happened to be the missing spice in our recipe for success. Upon my return home, the board and I thought about how we might devise a plan that will not only help us silence the rumors of witchcraftbut will not penalize the students or put blame on their parents. We reached a conclusion that a "cooperative approach" is the best recipe we can find for this situation.

An Effective "Cooperative Approach"

Our Aumazo local Representative has been holding meetings with groups and individuals to explain the cooperative approach and roles that the Bankondji community should play in creating the school. He is meeting frequently with individuals and groups of local officials, notables, parents, teachers, students and village societies to gain their support and contributions both monetary and in kind towards making CORETEB Kamarie a reality. The response is remarkable. We are getting commitment phone calls from people whom we would never have imagined participating in the project.

Lesson Learned

Unknowingly, by providing free tuition, we were giving fish to the people in the village instead of teaching them how to fish. We failed miserably in that regard. Fortunately, we learned from our failure and the results also validate the work we had done earlier. We also valued the parents' concerns and thus boosted their self-worth while creating a real partnership between the village and AUMAZO, INC.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline's brother setting the record straight
The moment of disbelief
The moment of disbelief
Everything that ends well is well
Everything that ends well is well
 

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AUMAZO, INC.

Location: SILVER SPRING, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.aumazo.org
Project Leader:
Jacqueline Audige
Potomac, MD United States
$52,602 raised of $99,950 goal
 
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