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Project Focal Point: Education

Kamerun4AfrikaClub e. V. awards yearly stipends to underprivileged children and teenagers.


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela -

Grammar or technical education

A recent survey on the number of needy children and teenagers conducted by us in local schools unveiled alarmingly how much help is indeed necessary. Within a very short time, we received over 500 applications, mainly from children and young people, orphans and half-orphans from a region of about 20,000 habitants in the North West Province of Cameroon.

At present, we support 80 children and teenagers. These young people attend primary, secondary and high schools. We could only pay the tuition fees since we were operating on a very limited budget. The president of the organization, Akuma Saningong, flew to Cameroon in order to accomplish this task. He spoke to the candidates and heard many heart-rending stories. He gazed into eyes filled with hope and saw hearts consumed with hopelessness. The supported children urgently need the required text books; otherwise they won't be permitted to attend classes. This in turn would mean that our help would not bear the fruits for which it was intended for. This is why we strongly appeal to everyone who has something to donate or who is interested in a sustainable membership (90 € p.a.) or in a child sponsorship (120 € p.a.) to make a goodwill move.

This assistance by means of paying for tuition, books and eventually a school uniform in case of a first enrollment is intended to be a stipend. It is limited to a year with the option of an extension, provided that the candidate does not have to repeat the class.

Project Focal Point: Vocational Training

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.
Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."

- Kofi Annan -

Not everybody has the ability "to pull" an academic education through. Therefore, we want to support such children and teenagers to undergo a vocational training or to learn a trade. "Self-help for self- empowerment"!

Learning a trade

We support a 17 year-old boy to complete his apprenticeship as an auto-mechanic. It is common in Africa that the apprentice pays his master craftsman because he teaches him and not vice versa. This is also a big problem for children without parents or children coming from extremely poor backgrounds. We could have supported many young adults to do an apprenticeship of their choice, but we did not have enough money. Thus, we also need donations for this project.

 

Moreover, we're sponsoring a 24 year old male - a native of Bafang from the West Province in Cameroon to undergo a professional training as a hotel and catering specialist. He is doing this training at the prestigious Hotel Management School - Ceforpra Hotellerie in Yaounde. The training will last 15 months at a cost of 800 €.

 

His story was a call for concern. He left secondary school in Form 4 after the demise of his father. As a firstborn in a family of 8, he became the breadwinner from nothing. He had to support his jobless mother and siblings for a livelihood. For this reason, he was forced to do a rural-urban exodus from the village of Bafang to Yaounde to perform odd jobs, where he had to share a two-room appartment of his aunt with 13 other adults. When he contacted us for assistance, we didn't hesistate after verification of the situation on the ground to grant him support. We're of the conviction that after this professional training the likelihood of getting an employment or being a self entrepreneur is high. He'll then be able to first of all have a perspective for himself and later for the people in his immediate vicinity.

Project Focal Point: Health Care

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

- Mutter Teresa
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We plan to assist seriously sick people who are unable to take care of their medication on their own. There are thousands of such cases and people die from diseases which are curable. These men and women sit there and are waiting for our courtesy to help and save their lives.

We appealed for donations for the operation of a girl with a walking disability some time ago. Thanks to an anonymous donor who paid the costs for the operation including the costs for subsequent follow-up treatments. As a result of the surgical intervention, Jacqueline Ghasarah can now walk, run and play like her contemporaries.

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