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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USA: News from Kiki

Do you remember Kiki?

We helped her in her adventure for the Las Vegas Rugby 7s a few months ago. Today she plays in the AON Uni 7s that are being supported by the Australian rugby team and all the unis. This is the link where they stream all the tourneys and have tons of publicity and information.

You will see that there are already a lot of references to “American import Kiki Morgan” and how well she’s doing! She already scored 4 tries! Come on Kiki!

Here is her story:

“Like most people, I started rugby in college. The very first practice I went to I was mind blown.That night I was introduced to a sport that allowed women to be physical yet graceful, reckless but also calculated. I spent the next four years playing rugby in college and I was exposed to amazing people and got to travel to amazing places in and out of the country. After four years of playing, I thought I knew what the sport was about, I thought I knew the ins and out of the chess like gameplay, but one summer in DC proved me wrong. With the help of Toshi and Joanne I learned rugby is not something you can master in a few years, it’s a lifelong journey of learning. Knowing that, I wanted to expose myself to rugby outside of the US as a way to grow my skills and expand my knowledge. Luckily enough, I was invited by the University of Tasmania to compete with their team in the AON Uni 7s Series. It’s a four week women’s series with players of high caliber. From olympic gold medalists and international World Cup players to college students who have been playing their whole lives. Each week, my team and I will be traveling to different areas of Australia, playing the other teams in the series. 

For the next 2 months, I will be in rugby heaven. Training, growing, learning and exploring. In the last few years since I started playing, the women’s game has grown so much in terms of exposure and opportunities. And I’m excited to be a part of this series, knowing that it will only help to improve the women’s international competition even more.” – Kiki Morgan

 

Media: Vox Africa report (full version)

Thanks to Vox Africa, you may have seen the inauguration of the centre “L’Eau Claire” after we came back from Cameroon.

We are very happy to invite to watch on the same channel a complete record of our actions, together with a retrospective about Serge Betsen.

Have a good viewing !

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.

 

Cameroon: Academic results 2016-2017

We just received the results of the 2016-2017 exams from the participants of our centres. Here they are by diploma:

Baccalaureate (general and technical): 64% success

Probatoire (equivalent to Baccalaureate in 1ere): 47% success

CAP: 50%

BEPC: 50%

Exam for entry in 6eme: 100%

CEP (exam for entry in primary school): 100%

 

Regarding intermediate levels, 93% of the children get to the next level.

We are very proud of these results and of our teams, especially reading this article. According to the information published in the Cameroon press,

2017 exams reached only a 46% success rate in the country, compared to 52% in 2016.

Cameroon records 46 % success at the Baccalaureate in 2017, with 45356 admitted for 104296 registered at the Baccalaureate Office of Cameroon (OBC). Results were down compared to the provious year, where 54348 students passed their exams (52%).

The Centre Region arrived at the first place of the OBC rating with 48,99% success. It is followed by the Littoral (48,71%) and the Adamaoua (48,29%).

The English-speaking part of the country enters the OBC rating with 44,14% for the North-West and 41,16% in the South-West.”

We will keep on track next year !

 

Event: Summer 6 Stations Tournament, July 2017

For the first edition of the Summer version of the tournament, the organising team (Yann Delaigue, Stéphane Rouault, Francis Ntamack et Cedric Debrosse) chose to support Serge Betsen Academy and Rugby French Flair associations.

We enjoy the visibility offered by this event, during all this crazy week! One week allowing all these Veterans to get together over the oval ball and to share other activities with the public, especially the kids. They even walked on the water!

   

For more information about the Summer version of the 6 Stations Tournament, take a look at photos and videos on Facebook … Seeing is believing!

Unfortunately, the crowdfunding platform did not work as we expect. But we will be back for the Winter version with new ideas to collect funds and support our projects.

Testimonial: Adeline, major of the “Eau Claire” promotion

We feel intense emotions sometimes, especially when opening our mailbox and reading:

“Hello,

My name is Tchounga Tchoua Adeline. I am 18 and I was in the first promotion of the centre “L’Eau Claire” in Bangangte.

I am currently studying international business in a Cameroon’s university called IUG.

I would like to thank the association for supporting me up to this stage of my life. I will be grateful for the rest of my life and I would like to ask you to keep on doing this way, as you cannot imagine how much people you help. Words don’t come easy to tell my joy, so I can only say THANK YOU !

I am sending you my transcript of notes for this year, as a proof of my implication in pursuing my studies and because it is also my way to thank you.

Thanks again and hope to see you soon.”

It is not always easy to build the SBA, being turned down from partnership demands, managing the distance, but all the difficulties disappear against this kind of testimonial.

Thanks Adeline and congratulations for your academic year.

Donation: LaptopService provides SBA with PCs

LaptopService has always supported SBA and keeps doing a lot for us.

Following the construction of our new centre, they decided to make a donation of 10 new computers, in order to replace our old equipment.

Thanks to this donation, filling a real need, we equipped our new center of “L’Eau Claire”.

 

This donation also benefited to Adeline, 18, member of the first promotion at “L’Eau Claire”, who has been our best student at SBA for years. Pursuing his studies at the university, she needed a PC to work in better conditions.

Huge thanks to Sylvain, Julien and all the team of LaptopService !

Media: Fair-Play talking about us

When launching the new magazine Fair-Play at the beginning of the year, Serge Betsen had the opportunity to meet its director.

This new bi-monthly magazine is dedicated to the Rugby world, people and players. It also brings visibility to the women involved in this sport, those often left in the shadow. As you know we at the SBA do not compromise in this area!

In addition to all these values that we share, an association is selected by the editorial team for each edition, in order to collect £ 0,50 for each sold copy of the magazine.

Obviously, we kindly invite you to buy this magazine, supporting our association and others in the future, but also for the quality of the articles and original stories.

Enjoy reading it like Serge !