Our Projects – 2017 and 2018
GBPS Meyomessala – opened November 2017.
Cameroon is divided into Anglophone and Francophone regions as well as being divided into tribal and religious groups and so bilingual education is both popular and important because it helps unify the many disparate groups. The number of children at this bilingual school is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. The school is in the South Region, not far from the equator: it enjoys plenty of rain but did not have clean drinking water until we constructed a borehole as part of this project. Cost to funders (Clymac and A Prankivicius – school £24,300, borehole £8,927)
Ecole Publique d’Edjom – opened November 2017.
We had to drive over 30 Kms on dirt roads through the jungle to reach this delightful primary school, set in a clearing in the forest. The three classrooms, office and latrine finally complete the necessary accommodation for the full six years of primary education – a goal which the community has been aiming for since the school was first created in 1956. There are currently 185 children attending this school and the PTA are hoping that they will now be able to employ another couple of teachers, bringing the total to 6. We were also able to provide a borehole for drinking water. Cost to funders (Clymac) – school £24,300 Borehole £8,927
GS Kungoh – awaiting handover.
This remote primary school had almost 200 pupils on its roll, all working together in three tumbledown and dirty mud brick classrooms when we agreed to help them with 3 new classrooms and an office and latrine. The building is complete and is being used by many brave children who are keen to learn despite the political crisis, which is delaying the official handover. Cost to funders (Market Makers) £21,288
GTHS Kedjom Ketinguh – opened March 2018.
This technical secondary school in the NW Region is expanding fast. Its 576 students have the choice of studying one of the following trade training subjects – Electricity, Building Construction, Home Economics, Accounting and Management – as well as a full secondary education curriculum. The new classrooms will allow the school to offer carpentry as well in the coming year. Handover has again been delayed because of the crisis but pupils have started a gradual return to study since January 2018. Cost to funders (Market Makers) £21,406.
GTC Jihibai – opened June 2018.
This technical secondary school is located in the very remote area of Djottin in the NW region. It has struggled for accommodation for its students for years but can now boast two new classrooms, complete with all new furniture, and a school office. The sanitation at the school has vastly improved with a new latrine, with hand washing facilities and a borehole for clean drinking water. This will give a real boost to the school’s sustainability – and to the health, the aspirations and the success of the students. Cost to funders (Market Makers) £20,902)
GTC Mbokevu – opened June 2018.
Two new classrooms, an office and a new latrine with hand washing facilities have been constructed at GTC Mbokevu, located in another very remote village in the highlands. Technical education is so important for the children in these areas as it offers them additional skills and employment opportunities when they leave education. The school currently offers trade training in Building Construction, Electricity, Carpentry, Accounting and Home Economics and they are hoping to offer Motor Mechanics in the near future. Cost to Funders (Market Makers) £19,794
EP Kalong – opened January 2018.
Children at the primary school in Kalong used to study in just three ramshackle plank classrooms that had dirt floors and a leaky tin roof. Jigger flea infestation was common amongst the children and, as there was no latrine and pupils had to use the nearby bushes, hook worm infestation was also common. There had been divisive social conflict within the village for many years but because of SHUMAS’ model of Participatory Development, the community agreed to come together to work on the school project. The impact has been wonderful – the project was a huge success and has led to the village fostering a new sense of unity and planning the selection of a Village Chief for the first time in decades. Cost to funders (Gompels) £24,578
GSS Sodiko – opened February 2018.
This very large bilingual secondary school, located on the outskirts of Douala in the Littoral Region, has benefitted from the construction of a fully equipped science lab and a drinking water supply. Previously, the 5th and 6th form pupils at Sodiko used to have to travel 8 kms to another school for their practical science lessons. The Principal of the school declared that it is “the best thing that has happened to this school”. Academic performance has improved exponentially and the school roll has increased by 400 since the lab was opened. Following the opening, the British High Commissioner in Cameroon and the UK’s Minister for Africa visited GSS Sodiko and were extremely impressed with what we had achieved at this school. We are fortunate to enjoy their continued support for all our projects. Cost to funders (Gompels) £31,135.
CETIC Banock – opened June 2018.
CETIC Banock is a technical secondary school in the West Region. The school offers a full secondary education curriculum plus technical training subjects in Building Construction, Accounts, Clothing Industry and Electricity. When we agreed to help them with additional classrooms and a large new latrine block, the Building students were delighted to have the chance to take part in the construction as part of their practical lessons. Then when we returned in November 2018 to assess the impact of the project, we discovered that the student numbers had already increased by 31 (to 341) and the school was attracting more girl pupils. The teenage girls were particularly keen to tell us how much the cleanliness of the school had improved and how important the new latrines were to their feeling safe to stay on at school and study. Staff commented on an improvement in pupils’ concentration on their studies and their inclination to stay after school to continue to work. Cost to funders (Clymac) £23,716.
EP Bapes – opened November 2018
The children in this village used to attend school in a collection of classrooms made from sticks with a poorly thatched roof. Every time it rained or there were high winds, the classrooms collapsed and the children were sent home. Bapes Mondial is a very poor village and the community really had little idea of how they could manage to provide decent weatherproof classrooms for the school. It took months of encouragement and mobilisation by SHUMAS staff to get the community to collect the required local contribution but, having seen the school in nearby Kalong completed, they were spurred on and now are very proud of their own modern and hygienic classroom block and latrine with hand washing facilities. The opening ceremony was very emotional and the building was handed over by the British High Commissioner together with representatives of the funders. Cost to funders (Sunesis) £25,917.
EP Kalong Borehole – opened November 2018
Following on from the successful collaboration with the villagers at Kalong in 2017, we were able to further benefit the community, and the children in particular, by providing a borehole for clean drinking water at the school. This will dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of the community by reducing the incidence of water borne diseases. Cost to funders (Clymac) £8,860.
Kevu Health Centre – opened June 2018
Kevu is a remote health centre serving a population of 10,600 people but it was severely lacking in accommodation and equipment. Fortunately, we were able to help with the funds to convert an old dilapidated outhouse into an in-patient ward and a consulting room for the doctor and to provide essential new equipment. Cost to funders (Clymac) £6,476.
Bare Health Centre Maternity Equipment – handover November 2018
Maternity facilities at this health centre had been very poor for many years. The beds were broken, mattresses torn and inadequate sterilising facilities and weighing scales meant that the safe delivery of babies was extremely precarious. This new equipment was purchased to the delight of the whole community and improved ante-natal care programmes have now been introduced. Cost to funders (Clymac) £4,495.