Cameroon : Inauguration of the new site for Centre Eau Claire, April 2017

You have followed along as we bought the land in February 2016 and then as the centre and Philippe’s artist studio were built.

We had the pleasure of inaugurating L’Eau Claire’s new location this past April 22nd.  As you remember, construction began in November 2016.  Thanks to Annick, an architect from Yaoundé, this work was realized in less than 6 months!

 Thank you!


The 255m² centre is made up of 1 medical dispensary, 1 bedroom, 1 water closet, 3 classrooms, and 1 kitchen.  We can now welcome up to 130 children for educational activities.

Thanks to the WASPS Foundation for sponsoring this centre Merci à la Station Val Thorens, partenaire depuis de longues années  

This project, which represents an investment of 92 785 €, is thanks to our generous partners:

  • The station of Val Thorens
  • The WASPS Legends Charitable Foundation
  • The WASPS Academy
  • Victoria Oil & Gas
  • Two French senators established outside of France
  • Local Cameroonian donors
  • And everyone who participated in our diner on October 8, 2015 in London

Thanks to this support, this project became a reality!  Let us not forget our loyal godparents, without whom we would not be here today.

 Les oeuvres de Philippe

Since June 2012, 8000€ (integrated in the overall amount of this investment) was collected for Philippe, thanks to the initiative of Martin and his classmates, who organized classical music concerts in London.

This little annex building will be used by Philippe, as soon as he has finished his training to create objects out of bamboo and beads.  He will come here to work on his pieces and then store them until they are ready to be sold.

April 22nd was a wonderful occasion to gather the traditional and official authorities, public and private sectors, around a beautiful inauguration ceremony for one of the biggest Serge Betsen Academy projects.

Here are some pictures of this beautiful day of celebration:

Les enfants de l Eau Claire Les musiciens du Benskin Le chant des enfants Les mamans et danseuses Mme Niat, Elisabeth et Odile La remise de la tenue traditionnelle par les représentants de la jeunesse de Fatgo o 

 Inauguration en présence de Mme Niat, femme du Président du Sénat Les mains tendues vers Serge, Merci! Une main tendue vers l'enfance Les cris traditionnels pendant les danses Elisabeth et Serge Philippe ému aux larmes pour son atelier Philippe et Serge  Collation pour tout le monde Les rugbymen et women!

On prend soin de tous L équipe de rugby donne aussi un coup de main

The children thanked us, traditional Benskin dances from this Bamiléké region in Western Cameroon were presented, and speeches by official and traditional leaders were offered before Serge Betsen cut the inaugural ribbon.  He then toured the new facility for the first time.

Serge received an enormous amount of presents for his local actions and achievements, in particular this traditional dress.  The representatives from Bangangté presented it to him as a form of high recognition on behalf of the local inhabitants.

A hand outstretched to childhood!

We cannot forget that these projects and actions would never had happened without Elisabeth and Odile…

and all those who make up the SBA: our centre directors, project manager, and volunteers.

Djibrail Jenna Geneviève

 Pulchérie Berthe

Jeanette Charles Mado



A huge thank you!


Cameroon : Donation of solar panels, Bangangté

The SBA is proud to announce that the Chiefdom Bahock Nfeuntchemtchou received their first solar panel.  Thanks to a donation from the American company GM Group International Corporation, based in Las Vegas, a solar panel was given to His Majesty the Chief Keutcha Djanda Rodrigue.  This fulfilled a promise given by the SBA at the beginning of 2016 when we attended the inauguration of the water tower we had built for the village.

This time, the SBA made a step towards green energy, which the continent of Africa desperately needs. With a billion inhabitants in Africa, 75% of the sub-Saharan population has no access to electricity. A sad record.

In Africa, electricity is a rare luxury and not equally shared.  In Cameroon, there are constant power outages.  Some groups use expensive generators, but most only live with oil lamps and candles. If the sun is free in Africa, only the small solar panels are accessible to the poorest populations. This gift to the chieftainship was not intended to connect all appliances of the village, but to recharge a computer, one or two mobile phones, which can save lives.  Located in the court of the chieftainship, it is in a place accessible for all. We must help our children and their parents. We are counting on you for our upcoming projects.

Donation : from the Hilton in Yaoundé

After meeting with the director, we were able to obtain donations of sheets and towels for our centres.


Cameroon : Visit to centre Etoudi, April 2017

After the little ones from Jardin Eden, Serge went to see the young rugby men in the area of Etoudi in Yaoundé, for their first practice with the retired international rugby player.

A training worthy of the greatest and touch rugby were on the program.


A glimpse here

Thank you to the young who were present and a mention to Abaa, the rugby coordinator, Genevieve, the director of Etoudi, Franck, their coach, and Laurent, our volunteer.



Awaiting Serge on his return, was a beautiful tunic embroidered with nods to SBA rugby by Ibrahim, a professional tailor.

Cameroon : Visit to centre Jardin Eden, April 2017

The children from the centre Jardin Eden welcomed the SBA team and “Uncle Serge” with songs and traditional dances. They had prepared this small ceremony with their directors by making their own costumes and preparing their speeches, a great educational activity.  This surprise by the “petites frimousses” of the Jardin Eden delighted the public.

A clip of the dance can be found here.

Once their shyness had passed, we were able to listen to the pretty stories and especially to see the progress of the children, especially those of Alma (CP) and Madeleine (CE2), who had significant difficulty at the beginning of the school year. Their parents did not have the resources to pay for their schooling.  Today these two girls have finished their second trimester as the 1st and 3rd student in their respective classes.  Serge and the SBA team congratulated them on their job well done.

Thank you to Nadege, Kurt, François, and Christelle, the activities leaders of Jardin Eden.

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 :
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.