Our Progress to Date
NOW FUNDED ... 180 classrooms at 53 schools in 51 villages throughout eight Regions!!
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, we saw the completion of ten more schools 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. 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 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.
2013 saw work commence at ten more schools. The opening of classroom blocks at three schools in the West Region took place in April. These were two primary schools at Bangourain Chefferie and Njintout and a secondary school in Koumaga.
Two more very remote schools at Koumenke and Mfe were constructed and were due to be handed over to the communities in September 2013, but the rains were particularly torrential that year and delayed the completion of these schools. The school at Mfe was finally opened on 4th November and Koumenke was opened in early December, when the roads were passable once again.
By April 2014 a two-year major development project in Kumbo Central, started in November 2012, was nearing completion. This project included the construction of classroom blocks at five schools in this area - primary schools in the villages of Rifem and Kishy, and secondary schools at Kiyan, Nkar and Kittiwum - a new bridge over the river at Roh-Kimbo, a new drinking water supply for around 3,000 people in the Taa-Mbveh area and the refurbishment and equipping of the Health Centre at Kovifem. All of the schools were opened during our visit in April 2014 and the rest of the project will be completed before the end of the year.
There was great celebration in the Centre Region in April 2014 with the opening of two new schools - CES Ngouetou and CES Biakoa - neither of which had had any classroom structures before. BSFA was able to fund three classrooms at Ngouetou and one at Biakoa - and the Cameroon government was so impressed with this achievement, it constructed two additional classrooms at both schools. These schools are now thriving and are preparing to undertake further development themselves.
Finally, we were able to fund three more very exciting schoolbuilding projects in other regions of Cameroon- one at EP Mintyaeminyumin, our first project in the South Region, one at EP Djafga in the Extreme North and one at Ouro Boubi in the North Region. All of these schools were opened in April/May 2014.
All the schools we help reconstruct are also provided with a new Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrine and we have recently started to include handwashing facilities as well. We also find funding 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 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.
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. The building was officially opened by a group of employees from the firm that funded the construction, Clymac Ltd., who were in Cameroon working on a AidCamps International project.
We have been able to include the refurbishment of three medical centres as part of some of our 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 the medical centre at Kovifem has been funded recently as part of the Kumbo Central project, and it is anticipated that this will be opened in 2014.
This forms part of our very large development project in Kumbo Central sub-division, 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.