Cameroon : some news of the SBA COOP

We presented them to you at the end of 2016, here they are again, our mothers from the SBA Co-op who gathered for a reunion during Odile’s last trip.

Today, 1 year after it was created, there have been 2 bean harvests and 1 corn harvest. Our agricultural cooperation, which brings together 11 mothers whose children are enrolled at the L’Eau Claire centre in Banganté, has given some very promising results for a first year.  Although there was not enough fertilizer for some and termite damage to others, 73% of our goals were realized.

With this experience from the first year, we will continue in 2018 with 12 mothers. Each mother will benefit from 20,000 FCFA for seeds, fertilisers, and adequate tools for cultivation. There is no doubt that our objectives will be achieved once again.

This is an excellent project, which will continue to give great results!

During Odile’s visit in June, the SBA Coop met to set the 2018/2019 targets. Cameroon is currently experiencing a severe drought which is damaging crops despite all the efforts made by the mothers who are working so hard. We anticipate being left with very challenging times after the heavy floods which are forecast. We will keep you informed, and we keep our fingers crossed that the damage will be limited. Please note that currently, thanks to the SBA COOP, two square meals are served to 100 children every week.

Success story: Philippe, towards more progress

Philippe is about to finish his training in pearl objects.

Today he’s proud of showing us his work and it’s Odile’s necklace that inspires him for his future

creations.

  

Philippe also has been following a bamboo training with a local craftsman for the past three months. According to his teacher he still isn’t quite independent but should perfect his technique over the coming months. He’s really happy to learn.

    

Thanks to the different fundraising actions organized for his cause a workshop has been built for him in the center of the “L’Eau Claire” field. This workshop has a room behind, that he showed us with pride with his communicative smile.

The SBA offered him a bed and a solar lamp that will enable him to work after the sun sets…

Success story: Ledoux, a rugbyman of Bangangté

While Serge visited Cameroon in 2011, Ledoux was already part of Bangangté’s rugby team. He remembers with a smile that he was still playing barefoot at this time. Seven years later, he now works at Yaoundé and is in charge of store shelves in the Casino supermarket of the capital. We are proud of him.

Without forgetting the SBA and his friends from Bangangté, he takes the opportunity of coming back to see his mother and to go to rugby trainings on Sunday mornings.

We love it!

Succes story: Romeo works hard at Congelcam and is grateful to the SBA for our help!

During her stay in Cameroon, Odile our CEO visited some former SBA members to find out how they were doing. She met up Romeo who has a great story to share with us. 

Romeo used to play for the rugby team of SBA Bagangté. For 1 year and 8 months, he has been working for Congelcam, the Cameroon leader in import, distribution and sale of seafood. Unfortunately, he has no longer the time to join our rugby sessions because he often works on Sundays, but he knows it’s a great opportunity for him to be part of this company. Married and father of a one-year-old child, Romeo did not go to school for a long time, but he worked hard and climbed the carrier ladder step by step. He is housed in Bagangté by his company.

Odile, our CEO, went to pay him an unexpected visit in his company and she was happily surprised to see that Romeo was wearing our SBA T-Shirt. He is indeed grateful to our association for what we have done for him and he does not forget us which warms our heart!

Congratulations Romeo on working so hard and best wishes for the future! 

Success story: Baudelaire, from unemployed to electrician!

Baudelaire has managed to get a job as an electrician thanks to the help of our charity and his hard work. He is a great example to follow for our students who want to succeed in their professional life!

Baudelaire on the left of the picture is currently working as an electrician for Aéro Mat in Bafoussam and is in charge of managing the stocks. He found this job thanks to the partnership with “Electriciens sans frontières” (Electricians without borders) and Serge Betsen Academy.

Baudelaire has been a child of SBA since 2013. He was part of a rugby team in Bafoussam which played against the rugby team of SBA Bangangté. That day he was introduced to the SBA of Bangangté and a year later, after his study (BTS) in Douala, he joined our center. At that time, he was unemployed despite his BTS in Informatics. He trained during two months with “Electriciens sans frontières” and successfully finished in 3rd place after taking the final exam which enabled him to find a job in the Aéro Mat company in Bafoussam.

Thanks to our partnership, Baudelaire has a real job that he likes. When he received his first salary, he came to the rugby training of the SBA Bangangté team on Sunday and brought bread for everyone including the trainers. He is always ready to help and generously giving back to those that helped him get where he is now. 

Well done Baudelaire for your job success!

Cameroon : A successful first personal hygiene campaign!

In November 2017, we launch our first personal hygiene campaign. The objective was to teach good practices and to reinforce, in the minds of children and adults, the necessity to wash their body and teeth every day, but also the importance to wash their hands regularly with soap and by adopting the right technique.
    

Hand washing is a very simple but fundamental gesture to eliminate bacteria. It’s a reflex to have that can save lives. In fact, 80% of common infectious diseases, such as cold or flu, are transmitted by the hands. And 20 seconds is the optimal duration of an effective hand washing.

The Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé offered us soaps for our personal hygiene campaign and we are very grateful to them. This is the second time in a year that the Hilton Hotel gives us soaps which are very useful to the mothers of the children of our centers.

In addition to soaps, we received a donation of toothpastes and toothbrushes by Dr. Roshan from Georgetown Dentistry in Washington DC. They were offered to the children of the Jardin d’Eden Center.

Thank you to our generous donors for making this hygiene campaign possible!

Cameroon : Vaccination campaigns

In addition to the medical visits for all our rugby players, insured thanks to the SBA (51 today), we noticed several players were not vaccinated against tetanus. We have decided to set up a tetanus vaccination campaign with the help of two doctors, Elisabeth our president and a friend of her.

The first vaccine injections took place in June. As required for the tetanus vaccination, the second injection has been done in September for the 12 attending players. Another session will be organised soon for the absentees.

A nice operation in a lovely place !

Cameroon: Back to school with DHL and Panafrica

The children are back in school and in our SBA centres.

Thanks to our partners, DHL and Panafrica, we have received generous donations that are helping our children with education and rugby supplies.

This year, our partner Panafrica renew its confidence and will help us to support the education pole of the SBA (educational material, teacher expenses, complement of school supplies …).

DHL kindly offered for the first year a bunch of school supplies, medicinal products and materials for our Rugbymen.

A huge thanks for their support, in a long term perspective.

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Cameroon: L’eau Claire in operation

Since the inauguration in April 2017, the new centre has been very busy.

 

Especially since Thursdays have been added to the program. This extra day is dedicated to children who need more tutoring and those preparing for exams.

The new centre is closer and more accessible by the road. It is already well known by the people, as much as the dispensary, which receives more and more patients each week.

 

Regular and “Vacationer” children are numerous at the moment.

 

During holidays, activities are generally more physical (gardening) and manual (artisanal creation). The children have already been preparing the soil of the garden since the inauguration. They are numerous to be involved in this activity. We are impatiently expecting the first crops !

 

 

Last novelty this summer: François du Jardin Eden came to organise a French Theatre workshop.

 

  

 

Cameroon: our SBA driver, Merlin

You may probably have seen him before on our pictures, standing next to our students or the SBA team.

Let me introduce Merlin, the official driver of the SBA for our travels in Cameroon.

Merlin 

Or maybe should we say “Colonel VIP Prestige”, like the name of his taxi.

During travels in Cameroon, the SBA team prefers working with a full time taxi driver, to manage the always busy travel and meeting plans.

Merlin, taxi driver in the city of Yaounde, had previously worked for Elisabeth, President of the association. This is why she introduced him to us and we appointed him as our official taxi driver for his great pleasure.

Merlin has 4 children (3 to 10), including Merveille, in the arms of Jenna, and Lionel, in the arms of Lionel …

As we already mentioned, it is quite common in Cameroon to name a child according to a person encountered, or to honour this person. There are for example four Elisabeth in Bangangté. Merlin first encountered Lionel 3 years ago … and know Merlin became our “Colonel VIP Prestige”!

Thanks to SBA, Merlin and his family also benefit from primary care and school material for the children.