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.

 

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 !

 

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 !

Cameroon : Visit to centre to Bafia, April 2017

Our time in Cameroon ended with a visit to our centre in Bafia. We were welcomed by Jean Cyrille, the centre director.

We found our 4 boys, who we host at the centre, as well as Amina whom we have also been helping this past year.  Their academic results have gotten better.  We wish them a strong end to their school year!

This passage through Bafia offered us some beautiful moments.  The young people had the chance to ask Serge questions, which allowed them to know him better.  We also worked on empowering these adolescents by encouraging them to affirm their dream, vis-à-vis their parents, and to prioritize their studies over working in the fields.  There are still a few problems related to absenteeism, but it is diminishing little by little.

  

Here are two beautiful smiles for you to enjoy by Justin and Audrey.  They have attended the SBA Bafia centre for the past several years and despite fluctuating grades, they are always very motivated to give the best of themselves in order to thank the SBA in the best of ways.

 

Enjoy the centre song that was sung by the adolescents with a surprise!  Since January 2016, English courses have been added to the centre activities.  You will see the progress that has already been made.

Cameroon : Rugby in Bangangté, April 2017

Following the L’Eau Claire inauguration, Serge of course attended and coached a training at the Bangangté rugby centre.

There were many tips and techniques shared with these young players who had won the inter-SBA rugby tournament a few months ago in Yaoundé.

They had taken the opportunity to review their positioning, played 2 and 4 hand touch rugby, but also….

 

…. They learned to communicate on the field, which was particularly beneficial for the new recruit, Lucrece, who is still integrating himself within the team.

 

    

To finish, a spreadsheet was prepared so that the team can track their progress and improvements.

  

  

Before leaving, an original dance was done…..