Our Progress to Date
FORTY THREE SCHOOLS NOW FUNDED!!
In 2007 we were delighted to help rebuild a school in the village of Ntseimbang.
In 2008, we had raised enough funds to build four more schools at Menjung, Quebessi, Bamali and Roh Meluf.
By 2009, sufficient funds had come in to build another seven schools, at Njap, Fungeh, Mbande, Njinikejem, Kumbo, Ndzevru and Achailam - and we realised that we were obviously doing something right!!
2010 saw the number of schools we managed to rebuild increase dramatically. A total of forty-nine classrooms at twelve schools were funded by our supporters that year, in the villages of Ngali, Mambain, Bamessing, Mbah, Vekovi, Bamali, Nseh Makop, Nkartsen, Dzeng and Bamdzeng.
In 2011, we saw the completion of ten more schools at Ber, Buh, Lassin, Jakiri, Ndengue, Abang, Muteff, Mayo Darle, Goulfey and Ndegvaya. This was a mammoth task for SHUMAS' team of builders as, for the first time, the schools were scattered throughout many of the country's regions. Now children in the Extreme North, the North, the North West, West, South West and the Centre Regions are enjoying learning in new clean and hygienic classrooms, which make such a difference to their academic success and to their life chances.
In 2012, five more schools (pictured left) were constructed in the villages of Idenau, Mbot, Makanene and Nseh. There were many difficulties to overcome during this year because the prolonged rainy season meant that the dirt roads in these extremely remote areas remained impassable for months. However, nothing daunts SHUMAS ... and the schools were eventually finished and are now full of happy, hard-working children.
We are delighted to announce that, in the weeks running up to Christmas 2012, we were able to send out the funds to reconstruct the crumbling classrooms blocks, pictured left, in the villages of Koupamenke and Mfe.
2013 will also see the completion of a large scale project , including three schools, in Bangourain, Njintout and Koumaga and another major development in Kumbo Central region including two primary schools (at Rifem and Kishy) and a secondary school at Kiyan.
All the schools we help reconstruct are also provided with a new Ventilated Pit Latrine and clean drinking water supply. Many of these water supplies have also benefitted whole communities and we have witnessed a great reduction in water-borne disease at all of the schools where we have worked.
The schools we have helped over the years are all running well, with increased enrolment and additional teachers employed. Exam performance is improving exponentially and, for the first time in many of these villages, children are completing primary education and going on to secondary school.
You can read more about these school projects on our BUILDING SCHOOLS page and we are gradually posting pictures of all the schools, as they were before our intervention and after they were rebuilt, in our GALLERY.
This year we also funded the construction of a dormitory for disabled trainees who are currently learning trade skills at the SHUMAS Centre, to enable them to run small businesses and live independent and successful lives. Many of their trainers, who are also disabled, also live in the dormitory. The building is now in use, as can be seen in these pictures of the trainees in the refectory and in their rooms. It received its final coat of paint just before it was officially opened in November, when a group of employees from the firm that funded the construction, Clymac Ltd., were in Cameroon working on a AidCamps International project. We will post pictures of the opening ceremony as soon as they come through to us.
In the past two years, we have been able to include the refurbishment of two medical centres in list of achievements. These had included as part of larger projects, funded by substantial donations. Each were furnished with new beds,cots and bedding as well as new medical equipment and they have dramatically improved the basic healthcare and maternity provision for many very remote communities.
The refurbishment of another two medical centres have been funded recently and it is anticipated that both of these will be opened during 2013.
Although this is an unusual project for us, we have managed to secure funding for the reconstruction of the Roh-Kimbo river bridge in Kumbo Central sub-division. It forms part of the major project in that area which SHUMAS will be working on during 2013/14. More than 400 children - and motorbikes and trucks! - currently use this bridge on a daily basis. It is extremely dangerous and, during the rainy season, the river swells and many children have been swept away. The new design for the bridge includes discreet walkways for pedestrains and handrails which will provide a safe route to school for the children.
We are amazed and very proud indeed of what has been achieved in just five years - and we are very grateful to all our funders who continue to support us in this work and to those who have promised help in the future.
We promise you that we will ensure that every penny you donate will go to help provide a brighter future for the children of Cameroon.