Event: Victoria Oil & Gas Network evening for SBA, Douala, Cameroon

Serge and the Serge Betsen Academy team arrived in Doula due to an invitation from their partner Gaz du Cameroun, a subsidiary of Victoria Oil & Gas in England, to share the activities of the Serge Betsen Academy to the international community of the region.

While there they took the opportunity to visit the drill sites and installation in Douala. They were most impressive!

Here are the pictures from the visit.

This visit was also an opportunity for our rugby coordinator, Abaa, to present us with the local youth in order to possibly develop SBA rugby activity in Douala one day.  We will meet with others in order to make a decision.

Cameroon : Construction at the new Eau Claire centre

Works have begun on the construction of the SBA’s new centre in Bangangté, where Odile in September – followed by Jenna, Lionel and Francis in October – visited the site. The project’s plan, including the location of the buildings and Philippe’s workshop, has been established and is now underway after the end of the rain season.


At the end of December, progess are considerable!

Cameroon : Medical, Educational and Rugby equipment sent from HAE and Magma Aviation

Following the arrival of 60kg-worth of clothing and rugby material, brought during Lionel and Jenna’s trip, another 62kg of material (including balls, books, medicine and rugby gear) arrived on Friday 1 December in Yaoundé from the United States. The equipment will be distributed to the SBA’s different centres in Cameroon.

Event: SBA Rugby Tournament, 22 Oct. 2016, Yaoundé, Cameroon

The pictures of our 1st friendly Rugby tournament and the briefing session the day before are here!
What a day!

Memories of the really succesfull 1st edition of the friendly SBA Rugby Tournament.

Pictures : https://goo.gl/photos/XDt2291k2VpKoUG8A
CONGRATS to all the players coaches, and all people involvement in this beautiful event.
A big THANK YOU to all the sponsors

#citysport #axa #groupeArno #VoxAfrica #Aquavita #SoFaVinc#SocieteEquipementCameroun #supermarchéMahima


Cameroon : SBA to Douala

Spurred on by the results of our work in Cameroon, the SBA is looking to open a new rugby centre in Douala in 2017. During his previous visit to the country, Lionel assured us both of the quality and the desire of some young Cameroonians to play for the SBA, and Serge will decide by next spring whether or not to pursue the project.

Bafia : meeting with the mums of our children

During her visit of Cameroon in September, Odile, the SBA’s CEO, organised a meeting with the mothers from the charity’s centre in Bafia. The event addressed the role of young women in the local community, as, bound by cultural norms, mothers today prefer to send their sons to school but keep their daughters at home for domestic work. However, as explained by one of the mothers (who works at the Ministry of State Property, Surveys and Land Tenure), “once a woman is given control of her revenue, she can with greater ease make decisions with regards to her family”.

Cameroon : Cooperative SBA COOP

Aware of the potential of African agriculture in the betterment of living conditions, Odile, the SBA’s CEO, set up during her visit of Cameroon last September with the help of Dr Elisabeth a cooperative – named SBA COOP – comprised of 11 women from Bangangté. The cooperative will provide the women with the tools necessary to harvest corn and green beans, with a quarter of the production going to the SBA.

Cameroon : Prevention campaign

In light of the success of its screening campaigns in Bangangté, the SBA has chosen to reiterate its information and sensitisation campaigns at its Eau Claire centre (breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, cardo-vascular diseases and rheumatology). Furthermore, the SBA hopes to continue the trend of increasing hospital visits at its new Eau Claire centre, aiming to reach 50 to 60 monthly visits – compared to 22 visits per month today.

Cameroon : National Day and Parade

National Day is a holiday in Cameroon celebrated on 20 May.

On the 20th of May 1972, in a national referendum Cameroonians voted for a unitary state as opposed to the existing federal state. At this occasion children all over the country go to schools and celebrate this day usually by singing, carrying out parades or marches all around the different parts of their various cities

In Bangangté, in West Cameroon, SBA’s children of the centre L’eau Claire are part of the parade. And a rugby game was organised.

Cameroon : Journey February 2016, pictures & videos Vox africa

At the end of January our General Secretary, Odile, travelled to Cameroon.

An emotional journey, especially in regards to those in Bangangté, when she witnessed the final renovation of the school in Fatgo’o.

Thanks to the donations from the Foundation Sisley-d’Ornano, we were able to renovate the kindergarten class of the school in Fatgo’o and dig them a well.  The later will be completed by the end of April.  Odile’s visit to the site allowed the local officials, parents, future partners, and the television station Vox Africa to be present for the ceremony celebrating the new construction.

The Vox Africa coverage can be found here:

-At the 15’51” mark: http://www.voxafrica.com/barao-afrika/video/?v=0_hu44rgcz


Odile’s visit was also beneficial as she signed the purchase of land not far from the school in Fatgo’o in order to relocate our centre L’Eau Claire in 2017.  The administrative steps are in order and the act of sale has been signed. The demarcation should take place on 18 April.  We hope to start work this summer on the site.  Our SBA rugby men will help clear the site, which will allow them to earn a little money while helping the SBA.

You can see pictures from the trip at the following link: https://goo.gl/photos/X5eW6d9P3iDGtkd29

During her trip, Odile was able to meet with several enterprise heads in Yaoundé, both French and Cameroonian in order to find internships or jobs for the young adults of the SBA.  The clinic l’Université des Montagnes has agreed to summer internship for Roselyn and 8 CVs have been left with a building company in hopes of placing some of our resourceful students from the SBA Etoudi centre in Yaoundé.

Among other new projects put in place during Odile’s visit was a new partnership signed into being with a Cameroonian association, Arbre à Musique.   So now the children from the SBA centre Jardin Eden will share the premises with Arbre à  Musique. Its founder, who is originally from Cameroon, helps children flourish thanks to music.  Along with music it is a very enriching program that also offers extra assistance to students passing their BAC with remedial courses and support from professors of the Lycée of Yaoundé.  This is not a rugby centre, but one based on music and art with our resident artist, Christelle.

Odile also visited our Bafia centre where we offer housing to some children as you can see on the Vox Africa report.  If “life is a long quiet river” as some say, then life in Bafia can be the complete opposite.  Life in Africa shows us certain realities: famine, distress, lack of supplies, lack of clothes, incest, disease, shortage of electricity… many of these things that we take for granted in the West and that we at the SBA cannot ignore.  At our Bafia centre we share 528 meals per month, host 6 children, pay for Jacky to be trained as a seamstress so she can come work at the centre in 18 months, pay for rent for a female student and her disabled mother, as well as tuition and medical care for all the children of the centre.  Our success at this centre is due to our Chairperson in country, Dr. Ngamy, and our Centre Director, Jean Cyrille.

This visit Odile was unable to visit our centre in Zoetele, but was able to meet with the director, Abba.  In February a rugby tournament was organized and the SBA was honoured.  In November our Rugby manager and volunteer, Lionel, will travel to Cameroon to work with the rugby teams.

Overall it was a very successful and productive trip!  Odile enjoyed being back with her ‘children’.