Welcome to Building Schools For Africa
Building a Future for These Communities in Cameroon
Our Progress To Date
NOW FUNDED … 280 classrooms at 89 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 with the opening of the Roh Kimbo River Bridge, the Kovifem Health Centre and the Taa-Mbveh Water Supply. New school buildings were also built at EP NgoKop, GBSS Makanene, GTC Ntigi-Bambili, GTC Nkeung, GSS Mbve and, CNS Manjo.
2015 saw new classrooms blocks constructed at another THIRTEEN schools in five different regions – including our first ever projects in the East region. We managed to fund a total of 33 classrooms at PS Rifem, IPS Rifem, GBNS Ntoh Mbiame, GTC Mbiame and BSS Sabongari in the NW region, EP Waifi, EP de Bagara in the Extreme North, EP Salle, CES Mongonam, Maria Sylvester Technical School in the East, GNS Nchemba 2, GSS Nchemba 2 in the SW region and EP Ngoukong in the West. It was a bumper year! We were also able to fund the construction of boreholes with hand pumps at six schools in the Far North region so that children in this very arid region can enjoy clean drinking water at their schools.
2016 was another great year, with eleven school projects funded. GS Keonom, CS Boyui, CS St Patrick, GS Nketisoh, GS Kungoh, GTHS Kedjom Ketinguh and GSS Ichim are all in the NW region: EP Mayel-Ibbe, CES Dama, EP Zouaye and Lycée de Mogom are in the Extreme North region. All the schools in the Extreme North have also benefitted from boreholes for clean drinking water. All these projects have now been completed and the new classrooms are in use however, because of some unrest in the country, they have not yet been formally handed over to their communities. We are hoping that this will happen in Autumn 2017, when pictures of the new buildings will be posted.
2017 has started with funding of two primary schools in the South region, GBPS Meyomessala and EP D’Edjom, where for years children have been crowded into small borrowed rooms. A borehole has been drilled at each of these schools so that the children can have clean drinking water and three other schools (EP Bangourain Chefferie, EP Njintout and GS Nketisoh) have also benefitted from clean water supplies. Later this year, work will start on new classrooms at GHS Jiyane and GTC Mbokevu and the refurbishment of the health centre at Kevu.
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 able to fund 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 and some equipment. We have also been able to provide new medical equipment essential for daily care at another six rural Health Centres, 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 used it. It was extremely dangerous as, during the rainy season, the river swells and, in the past, 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 was 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, collect drinking water for the family 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 our first ten 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.