Cameroon: An English delegation visits the centres

At the beginning of November 2011, a team of seven people from the UK came for one week with Serge Betsen to visit all the Academy centres in Cameroon.

The group, mainly composed of businessmen, won this trip with the presence of Serge Betsen during a charity dinner organised in London for Serge’s testimonial. Odile was the only woman participating in this trip. Many thanks for her patience and her good mood throughout the trip. The group could also see the functioning and work carried out by the SBA in Cameroon. As well as discovering a new culture, meeting the children was certainly an unforgettable moment for them.

Cameroon: Official opening of Jardin Eden centre

It’s with much emotion that the new  SBA centre Jardin Eden, in the heart of Yaoundé, was officially opened on 8th November 2011, by Serge Betsen and the English delegation.

On this occasion, we were pleased to welcome Miss Anne Gain who is the French Ambassador’s wife.  All 13 volunteers were engaged in the presentation by our centres to our guests including a show prepared by the children, who were very impressed by Serge. Songs, dances and snacks gave the rhythm to this afternoon of plenty of laughs and exchanges. The ceremony ended with an intense dance to folk music from a local group in the centre’s garden with all the guests, who were glad to have shared these happy moments with the children and volunteers of the centre. The centre opened in September. It welcomes more than 30 children daily. The activities are organized as follows: a scholar support workshop, a library-toy workshop, a hobby workshop (songs, dances, DIY etc…). Many thanks to Jutta and Cécile who are jointly responsible for the centre for their role in the success of this project.

Cameroon: Reception at the French Embassy

Serge Betsen and the SBA delegation were welcomed to a lunch by Sir Bruno Gain, the French Ambassador in Cameroon and his wife, on Tuesday the 8th of November 2011. This lunch gave us the opportunity to present some of the officers of the centres and most of all the actions of the Academy in Cameroon.

Cameroon: Jardin Eden or the birth of a centre in Yaounde

The centre “Garden Eden” was born from an encounter between volunteers who wanted to get involved in local life and provide practical help to disadvantaged people.

During a Carnival organised by Elisabeth N’Gamy, director of the “Eau Claire” centre, they decided to join the SBA and to open a centre on the same socio-cultural model as the “Eau Claire” centre. The aim is to offer daily workshops: crafts workshops, storytelling, sports, academic support, games and more, with the purpose to mentor 75 children aged 5 to 12. The primary goal is to help very poor children from the neighbourhood. A building to house the centre was found, and repairs are underway. We await the arrival of the first children for the new school year in September 2011.

The whole SBA team is pleased to welcome new members.