Welcome to Building Schools For Africa
Building a Future for These Communities in Cameroon
Our Progress To Date
NOW FUNDED … 304 classrooms at 98 schools!
In 2007 we helped rebuild the primary school in Ntseimbang. We thought our job was finished – we were wrong!
In 2008, we had raised enough funds to build five more schools at Menjung, Quebessi, Bamali, Achaillam and Roh Meluf.
By 2009, sufficient funds had come in to build another six schools, at Njap, Fungeh, Mbande, Njinikejem, Kumbo and Ndzevru – and we realised that we must be doing something right!!
2010 saw twelve schools being funded by our supporters, in the villages of Ngali, Mambain, Bamessing, Mbah, Vekovi, Bamali, Nseh Makop, Nkartsen, Dzeng (2) and Bamdzeng (2). This was also the year we started to provide clean drinking water and improve Health Centres too – all with the aim of making education more accessible to healthier communities.
In 2011, eleven more school constructions went up at Ber, Buh, Lassin, Jakiri, Ndengue, Abang, Muteff, Mayo Darle, Goulfey and Ndegvaya and Tubah. We had spread our wings and were now building in the North West, Adamawa, West and Extreme North regions of Cameroon.
In 2012, eight more schools were constructed in the villages of Idenau, Mbot, Makanene, Nseh (2), Bangourain, Njintou and Koumaga. We were making our presence felt in the South 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. We had extended our work to the North and the South Regions for the first time.
By 2014 new school buildings were constructed at NgoKop, GBSS Makanene, GTC Ntigi-Bambili, GTC Nkeung, GSS Mbve and, CNS Manjo.
2015 saw another FIFTEEN schools built in five different regions – including our first ever projects in the East region. It was a bumper year! PS Rifem, IPS Rifem, GBNS Ntoh Mbiame, GTC Mbiame, BSS Sabongari, EP Waifi, EP de Bagara, EP Salle, CES Mongonam, GTSS Maria Sylvestra, GNS Nchemba 2, GSS Nchemba 2, EP Ngoukong, GTHS Bamendakwe and GSS Banshie all benefitted from new classroom blocks. We were also able to fund the construction of boreholes at six schools in the Far North region so that children in this desert region could enjoy clean drinking water at their schools for the first time.
2016 was another great year, with nine school projects funded. GS Keonom, CS Boyui, CS St Patrick, GS Nketisoh, and GSS Ichim, EP Mayel-Ibbe, CES Dama, EP Zouaye and Lycée de Mogom.
2017 was our 10th anniversary and we managed to fund nine school projects that year. Two in the South region, at GBPS Meyomessala and EP D’Edjom; four in the NW Region, GS Kungoh, GTHS Kedjom Ketinguh, GTC Jihibai, GTC Mbokevu; EP Bapes Mondial and EP Kalong in the Centre Region and a new science lab at GSS Sodiko in Littoral Region.
2018 – This year we have funded the construction of classrooms at the technical secondary school CETIC Banock in the West region and EP St. Barthelemy and CS Batoke – both primary schools. Boreholes have been drilled at both EP Kalong and GTC Jihibai, providing clean drinking water to the pupils and their communities, and the health centres at both Kevu and Bare have been upgraded and received new equipment.
2019 – We are delighted that yet more schools are gradually being built this year. Two primary schools, one at Sodiko (Littoral Region) and the other at Bamendou (west Region) are currently under construction. We have also funded the construction of maternity units at two large health centres and have purchased the necessary equipment for each of them. A borehole for clean drinking water is being constructed at the school in Sodiko and a nursery school in the Centre region has benefitted from new furniture so that the really young children finally have somewhere to learn and play. Yet more projects will be funded later this year – thanks to our brilliant supporters.
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All the schools we help by constructing new classrooms are also provided with a new Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrine with basic handwashing facilities. All of the schools are running really well. The vast majority have benefitted from significantly increased enrolment and additional teachers employed. Exam performance has improved, students are completing primary education and going on to secondary and higher education, and communities are experiencing a real improvement in their standard of living.
Other Projects we have funded
Our aim is to provide clean drinking water at each school where we build classrooms. Many children otherwise suffer from water-borne diseases such as malaria, cholera and typhoid because they collect drinking water from streams/waterholes which are contaminated by animals and harbour mosquitoes. We have also been able to fund the construction of a few larger water projects that benefit whole communities and that has led to improved health for all – and better attendance at schools.
We have refurbished a number of 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 many other rural Health Centres, all of which has dramatically improved the basic healthcare and maternity provision for many very remote communities. Please read more about this in our Impact Report
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.
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. 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 are amazed and very proud indeed of what has been achieved since 2007 – 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.
Our promise is that every penny that you donate will go directly into building schools, health centres and water supplies – to ensure a brighter future for the children of Cameroon.