The schools we have built so far – 2015
GNS Nchemba 2
The nursery children in this village in the SW Region were shocked when their little school was completely destroyed in a recent storm. They were offered temporary accommodation in a warehouse but this was far from satisfactory, so there was great celebration when two brand new classrooms and a latrine were opened by our supporter/funder Clea Gompels in November. (Cost to funders £11,369)
GSS Nchemba 2
The secondary school in the village of Nchemba 2 also benefitted from two new classrooms and an additional latrine. This was one of the most hard-working communities we have ever worked with. They learned that SHUMAS and BSFA had the funds to help them with their projects in September 2015 …. and they were finished and ready for opening in November! (Cost to funders £13,801)
This school was created with just 20 pupils in 2010. By 2014 it had 310 pupils but only four classrooms, two of which are made of planks and have gaping holes in their structure. Pupil numbers started to drop because of overcrowding in dirty classrooms.
We have provided the school with two more high standard classrooms and we hope it will start to flourish again. (Cost to funders £11,424)
St. Maria Sylvestra Technical Secondary School
This school near to Batouri in the East Region had no classrooms at all when they approached SHUMAS for help. Technical schools offer trade training as well as a full secondary curriculum to pupils and so need workshops as well as classrooms in order for their pupils to fulfil the curriculum. On learning that we would fund two classrooms for the school, other agencies also came forward to help and the school now has 6 good classrooms and is ready to expand. (Cost to funders £11,855)
This school’s 3-classroom block and VIP latrine is the first project funded by BSFA in the East Region. Salle is a small village lying 45Km from any tarred roads, deep in the tropical rainforest and before we helped with these new purpose-built classrooms, the children were studying in huts made from sticks and mud. The opening ceremony was a great occasion and the celebrations continued late into the night.
(Cost to our supporters, Positech, £18,531)
This technical secondary school had no workshops when we visited in 2013. The construction students had to practise their building skills outdoors and the roaming cattle would regularly knock their work down before it had been properly assessed. Thanks to the continuing support of Market Makers and Lead Forensics in Portsmouth they now have two proper workshops. (Cost to funders £13,403)
This nursery school has been held in a borrowed mud block building in the grounds of Mbiame palace for over six years. Pupil numbers have been dropping lately because of the poor state of the accommodation. We are hoping that many more children will now be able to attend in this new 2-classroom school with office and VIP latrine. (Cost to funders £12,743)
Although this school has been operating for 35 years, it has never had any classrooms that meet the Government standard and the 200 pupils and 6 teachers have been studying in 5 small mud constructions with dirt floors. Thanks to the generosity of school children in the USA, we were able to construct 3 new classrooms and a latrine. Our sister charity, AidCamps International, added a fourth classroom and an office – and IPS Rifem is now on the map!! (Cost to our funders £15,032)
This little primary school also has a popular nursery section and there is currently a total of 211 pupils at the school. However until this year it only had 3 classrooms and one very unhygienic open latrine. We have constructed an additional 2 classrooms for them, which should help ease overcrowding, and also a new VIP latrine with handwashing facilities, which should help to improve the health of the children. (Cost to funders £10,000)
There were no purpose-built classrooms at all for this secondary school in the village of Sabongari. 120 pupils have been borrowing 2 classrooms from the primary school since 2010, which has resulted in dreadful overcrowding in both the primary and secondary school. There was a high level of delinquency in the village and the mortality rate amongst children was high because there was no clean water supply. We were able to help with 4 new classrooms and a latrine for the secondary school and a water supply that will benefit the whole community. (Cost to funder £19,919. Cost for 20m deep well with pump £3,321)