The visit of Sergeant Jean
The AGAPE Center during this third quarter of 2020 was a little more lively than the previous ones. With a tendency to gradually return to normal, the center and its inhabitants have seen some individuals, groups of people and organizations return. This was already the case at first, with the visit of Sergeant Jean, a group of executives from the Ribambelles school and the Gaz du Cameroun company. Then in a second step, we had the passage of Sarah and her friends, and Synthia. This period finally ended with a third and final phase, with the results of the young people in the various official exams presented, with the progress of the work of the new center, with the visit of Nelly and the preparation of the 2020-2021 school year.
The relaxation of restrictive measures put in place by the government to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, once again allowed us to welcome visitors. This was the case with Sergeant Jean. It is an inhabitant of the district who realized the presence of the AGAPE Center in his district. So he decided to pay us a little visit, find out how it was going, discuss his life experience with the young people and give them clothes. He counseled them and urged them to respect and pray. They had a great time together.
The ribambelles school and its directors are among the centre's main supporters. They do not hesitate, as far as possible, to show solidarity with the center. This was still the case last July, when a small delegation from the school arrived for the young people. This in order to discuss the pandemic with them, as well as to offer them a package prepared thanks to the efforts of the students, who also participated in this outpouring of generosity.
Their gift consisted of protective cloth masks, packets of flour, sugar and milk. The young people were very happy to receive this package, and especially to know that it is not only the adults, but also the young people, older or smaller than them, who take care of it. There too, the young people had a lot of fun, because one of the principals, who is a clown (Uncle Féfé), was there. It brightened up the afternoon for the young people, who were very happy.
Gaz du Cameroun shows us once again its support. Three years ago, during the first visit of Madame Anim and one of her colleagues, they realized that young people could no longer watch because their TV was damaged. And on the eve of the Christmas party and the end of the year celebrations, these two ladies returned with a 42 inch LED TV, to the delight of young people. Ms. Anim returned once again with her colleagues to deliver room supplies for the new center. The latter consists of two beds, two mattresses, six pillows, two bedside tables and two storage tables.
Sarah is a young woman who lives in Ngangué. She is studying in the field of civil engineering. And since it is fashionable to carry out very positive actions on a daily basis, especially when participating in this type of event, she decided to take a look at the AGAPE Center. She came with her friends and it was a good time again. She conducted discussions with young people on their apprehension of the disease, the temporary cessation of activities, school, house arrest. Then the discussions turned to the journeys of life, starting with her and her companions. It was very uplifting, to the point where she said she was learning things about her friends at the same time as everyone else. Before we went our separate ways and wished him luck on his election, we shared a snack of sandwiches and drinks together.
Like Sarah, she wanted to visit a reception and care center for young people. Synthia therefore arrived alongside her friends and family members, to show her support for the young people at the center. A good feeling passed between the girls of the center and her, to the point where a very interesting exchange ensued on the questions of intimacy of the girls, namely: how to do your personal toilet well, how to count your menstrual cycle. Her wish is to be able to drop by from time to time, in order to talk to the girls. They brought good humor, but also some school supplies including: notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, a packet of erasers, a box of pencil sharpeners, protective cloth masks and some clothes.
The young people gave the best possible of themselves, in order to end this unprecedented and fairly complex school year on a high note. All the young people from the intermediate classes go to the upper class, with annual averages mostly between 10 and 11 / 20. Among the four candidates for the official exams,
it was positive for Oliseh at BEPC and for Melveen at Probatoire A. Negative for Désiré at CAP and for Césare at Probatoire D.
Construction work on the new AGAPE center is continuing. They were slowed down a bit, like all activities in the world. The roof would have been installed, but all the conditions were not yet met for this to happen. Even if things are not going at the speed we want, the trend is quite positive. The sheaths of the electrical installation are beginning to take their place in the decor, while the plaster begins to transform it. The building already has a radiant face, but the finishing touches still require a lot of effort and sacrifice. So the fight is not over and we still hope we can count on you.
Nelly is a young lady who belongs to an association of former students of the Lycée Mongo Joseph. She had already visited the AGAPE Center last year, hoping to come back with her association. But it hadn't been. She decided to come back this time alone, to bring and show her support for the back to school of the young people. She came with school supplies, consisting of: notebooks, pens, box of chalk, erasers, rulers and socks. We don't think about socks very often! And that was a really neat idea of her.
After spending mostly 6 months at home and away from school, the young people will resume classes on Monday 5 October. During classes, we often dream of more holidays. This time, they got it. But, the holidays were so long and a bit more boring than usual, since the young people did not have visits from people likely to offer them outings, fun, uplifting and quite varied activities, because of the Covid-19. Either way, a new school year is starting, and they are very excited when it comes time to head back to school. Still, we took time to reharse some lessons just to recall their memory on school issue.
Thanks to the various supplies already received so far, the young people will be able to start their lessons. To this end, we would like to thank all those who have already given us their contribution, who have shown their support and who have kindly sponsored certain young people, for their return to school. It is certainly not too late for the rest of you.
The visit of a school leaders from les ribambelles
The support and donation of Gaz du Cameroun
Sarah & Synthia candidate to Miss Health Cameroon
Progress of the construction project
Nelly and her support for the next school year