Our projects in 2016
GS Keonom is situated high up in the mountainous district of Momo in the NW region. Before the school was created, village children used to have to trek 8 Kms to the nearest primary school. In 2003, the Government built 2 classrooms at this school for the 60 children who were then enrolled. The number of children is now 258 – and the community is delighted with its new classroom block, which is just waiting for its top coat of paint prior to the handover ceremony – hopefully in Spring 2018. Cost to funders – £20,630.
CS St Francis, Boyui All the classrooms at this thriving Catholic Primary School were overcrowded, crumbling, dusty and unhygienic before we found the funds to construct three new classrooms, an office and a new latrine. During the time when this work was being undertaken, the school PTA raised sufficient funds to upgrade one of the old buildings to match our new one. The village hopes to upgrade the final building in the near future and have a school they can be really proud of. Our classroom block was handed over to the community in March 2018. Cost to funders – £19,541.
Ecole Publique Zouaye is located in the Extreme North Region, close to the border with Chad. The school serves 25 villages and currently has a roll of 770 children, who all used to squeeze into three small classrooms and a number of grass huts. We have now added an extra three classrooms, with benches and tables, an office, a new latrine and by the end of February 2017 there will be a borehole for clean drinking water. Cost to funders – £31,121.
Ecole Publique Mayel Ibbe was started in 2009 with 62 pupils – by 2015 it had 185, with the vast majority being girls. This is such a promising development in a predominantly Muslim area – but school was often disrupted because of the high winds which blew dust into the straw huts which served as classrooms. These new classrooms are a major improvement and the clean drinking water has transformed the children’s lives. Cost to funders – £28,554
CES Dama Just over 200 secondary school pupils were studying in grass huts and borrowed rooms at this school before we found the funds to help build these lovely new classrooms. The school is in the Extreme North region where the semi-desert conditions mean that sand blows into the classrooms but during the short rainy season, there are flash floods. This project was delayed for many weeks because of flooded roads and a waterlogged project site – but it was finally finished and officially opened in November 2016. Cost to funders, inc. borehole – £30,795
St Patrick Technical Secondary College This school was created in 2014 but has never been given any classrooms or workshops in which the children can learn. For the past couple of years, the 60+ pupils have been using rooms in a village house as their school. However, once BSFA and SHUMAS became involved and found the funds for three new classrooms and a latrine, the Archbishop of Bamenda was able to apply for additional funding for this school, which has built a second large building that can be used as a hall/workshop and also classrooms. Cost to Funders – £30,000
Lycée de Mogon Technical Education is very popular in Cameroon because children not only receive good general education to secondary level, but they also learn a trade by which they can earn a living. This Lycée in the Extreme North region has been growing fast over the past few years and now has around 350 pupils. As the school already had a borehole for drinking water, we were able to help them with two additional permanent and hygienic classrooms (plus all the necessary furniture) and also a wall around the borehole to keep animals from wandering in. Cost to funders – £13,422
G.S. Nketisoh This small primary is set to grow and grow. Although it is not far from Bamenda, the capital of NW Region, it is very remote from urban facilities. The original mud-block school building finally collapsed during the rainy season, just as work on the new classroom block had started. The school has also benefitted from a new borehole, which has united two neighbouring communities and has resulted in greater harmony and the growth of the school roll. Cost to funders – school £18,079 borehole £8,592.
GSS Ichim This secondary school is in the glorious mountain region of Oku in the NW Region. BSFA partnered with Rotary Canada to undertake this project which comprises three classrooms, an office, solar lighting, a new 6-room latrine and clean drinking water. It has been a great partnership and we look forward to hearing that the new facilities have been handed over to the community as soon as the political situation has been resolved. Cost of the classroom block £24,537