Welcome to Building Schools For Africa
Building a Future for These Communities
Our Progress To Date
NOW FUNDED … 235 classrooms at 74 schools!
In 2007 we were delighted to help rebuild a school in the village of Ntseimbang. We thought our job was finished … but we were wrong!
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, ten more schools were constructed at Ber, Buh, Lassin, Jakiri, Ndengue, Abang, Muteff, Mayo Darle, Goulfey and Ndegvaya – and we added an extra classroom to a school constrcted by AidCamps International in Tubah. We had spread our wings and were now building in the North West, North, West and Extreme North regions.
In 2012, eight more schools were constructed in the villages of Idenau, Mbot, Makanene and Nseh and in the Bangourain area. We were making our presence felt in the South West, West and Centre regions too.
2013 saw twelve more schools under construction in Koumenke, Mfe, Djafga, Sangmalima, Biakoa, Ngouetou, Ouro Boubi, Rifem, Kishiy, Kiyan, Nkar and Kale-Kittiwum.
By 2014 the two-year major development project in Kumbo Central (NW region) was completed. The schools were all opened in April 2014 and the Roh Kimbo River Bridge, the Kovifem Health Centre were opened in April 2015. The Taa-Mbveh Water Supply is now completed and ready for opening in Summer 2015. November 2014 saw the opening of classrooms at EP NgoKop and GBSS Makanene, and in February the NW region gained classrooms at GTC Ntigi-Bambili, GTC Nkeung and GSS Mbve and, finally, the village of Manjo in the South region gained new classrooms for their nursery school which will be formally opened in March 2015.
2015 will see construction underway at another THIRTEEN schools in five different regions – including our first ever projects in the East region. We shall be funding more than 30 classrooms altogether at these schools, most of which will be opened in November 2015. We will also be providing new boreholes with hand pumps at six schools in the Extreme North. This region has suffered attack from Boko Haram in recent months and we wanted to let them know that we are still strongly supporting them and hoping that they will soon be free from this threat. Other schools in the NW, West and South regions will also receive clean water supplies this year. The pictures below show the current school rooms that we will be replacing or adding to, with new classroom blocks.
All the schools we help reconstruct are provided with a new Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrine and we have recently started to include handwashing facilities as well. We also try to provide clean drinking water at any of our schools that don’t already have this. Many of these water supplies have benefitted whole communities and we have witnessed a great reduction in water-borne disease at all of the villages where we have worked.
All of the schools we have helped over the years are running well. The majority have benefitted from 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 SCHOOLS WE’VE BUILT pages and we are gradually posting pictures of all the schools, as they were before our intervention and after they were rebuilt, in our GALLERY.
Other Projects we have funded
In 2012 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, live in the dormitory as well.
We have refurbished five rural health centres and equipped them with new ward beds, maternity beds, and baby cots all mattresses and bedding. We have also been able to provide new medical equipment essential for daily care, all of which has dramatically improved the basic healthcare and maternity provision for many very remote communities.
More than 400 children used to use a broken wooden bridge to get to school every day. They had to dodge the motorbikes and trucks that also use it. It was extremely dangerous as, during the rainy season, the river swells and many children have been swept away. The new bridge includes discreet walkways and handrails for pedestrians which provide a safe route to school for the children. It wil be opened in grand style in March 2015.
We try to ensure there is a clean drinking water supply at each school where we provide classrooms. Many children, particularly in the remote rural areas, drink from streams or waterholes which are also used by animals and which harbour mosquitoes. This leads to a high incidence of water-borne diseases such as malaria, cholera and typhoid. In addition to the supplies to schools, we have also been able to fund the construction of a few larger water projects that benefit whole communities. Often this has meant the construction of new water catchments and storage tanks, some with wind-powered pumps, which then deliver the water through many kilometers of pipe to village standtaps.
We are amazed and very proud indeed of what has been achieved in just eight 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.