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Thank you (D. F., W+K, Concept P., W. Knoll, and MIT Henkel) very much for the financial donations in 2014. We have been reporting the status of the women sewing centre on this page. We have been using these funds to foster this development and also our main aim; motivate and support the basic education. This gives us strength and motivation to keep doing the tasks! THANK YOU

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The Village School Project e.V. has no registered members. Our donations are mainly from friends or the wider circle of our colleagues, mates and acquaintances. This creates and shows the value of trust within our  operation. All the projects are focused to improve the education of kids in Akumalam, Bamenda, Cameroon.

We do not use donations for administrative costs or yearly visits to the villages.

The transparency of The Village School Project e.V. is accredited by Charity Watch.

The teachers at Akumalam school last received their salary in May 2013. The main reason is because of outstanding school fees from the pupils. Thus, all the fees we pay are used 100 % for the teacher’s salary. The regional education board decides the division of the total fees collected for other expenses. We have been able to communicate the need for the teachers salary (between 20 – 28,-€ /Month), and the fees will be henceforth be used only for school teachers.
This school year 118 pupils (Akumalam, Alabukam, Alatakoh and Chomba) received their school fees from Dorfschulprojekt, 7,- € per academic year, additionally 1 teacher/librarian’s salary, 550 Euro /year was paid in 2013.

All the 25 pupils in „class 6“ on this list have been supported since 6 years regularly, without the support of Dorfschulprojekt e.V. the chances to complete the primary school education minimal.

On behalf of the school, the pupils and Akumalam a big Thanks goes to all our supporters!

school fees 2013 (List of all pupils)

 school fees 2013

 

Here we go again, the update to start the future of some women, by offering them opportunities to develop their skills and create a sustainable life.

Remarks: The kick off of this project has been delayed due to lack of funds, finalizing the leasing contract for the land and the bureaucratic hurdles to obtain a building permit to realize such a great project for the community.

Roofing - sewing centre Roofing - sewing centre Roofing - sewing centre

decking

decking

decking

decking

ground floor

ground floor

foundation

foundation

foundation

foundation

site preparation

site preparation

site allocation

site allocation

site plan

site plan

An update for all supporting this project: construction started 15.03.2013.

Duration of construction is projected for 5 months. (Due to raining seasons, execution plan will be respected)

Construction team – TIBU Engineering (employment/engagement of local residents agreed.)

Construction site: next to the water supply donated to the community in 2011. Site will be leased for 75,- Euro / month.

Excerpts from leasing contract:  leasing contract duration 20 years. Site will not be sold to any third party. Site can be purchased for fix amount of 20.000 Euro within leasing period. Discount: 3% of monthly leasing fee paid will be considered upon purchased.

Land size: 14 x 13 m = 182 sqm

Status construction 04.04.2013: Site preparation, clearance, excavations, foundation trenches and ramping. see Pictures

Financing: only 90% of the finance demanded by the contractor available. Funds needed, please forward this update to your friends and donate!

General remark: a statement from one resident, when we announced this project last Feb. 2013 during our last visit to the village…“it is going to be an opportunity for us all, mothers and daughters, what an opportunity!!”. This is not the single allusion that indicates how the residents are willing to exploit this opportunity and build their future.

The basic fact, one out of 3 housewives (average 4 children) are solely dependent from the small income of their husbands and their farms. Most of these kids are being sponsored (books, school fees, uniforms….) by our organization, thus it is time for them learn a trade, improve the household income and disburden the grand parents and husbands.

 

 

Dear all at Karl-Rehbein school, thank you so much for your kind and generous donation of the atlas to our village library! At Akumalam, we strive to foster a love of reading and having books for all pupils’ and community inhabitants. We appreciate this gesture.

We still need more science books. Thank you so much.

sincerely yours,

Rita Marlong

Library Assistant in Akumalam

Atlas for Akumalam project

 

The Free Clothing program provides clothes for children, women and sports equipments to low-income families and individuals. Over 100 kg (ca. 5 boxes each 20kg) donations from friends and  partners were donated last February 2013 to the akumalam kids and women.  Sport equipments were donated to schools and individuals.
Difficult to estimate the yearly spending on clothing a growing child; but this program relieves some families. For most parents struggling to pay school fees, pay rents, health costs and other critical bills, a clothing budget may be non-existent.
Donating clothes is not an ideal solution to improve the standards of living, but if the donations are directed directly to the needy and it remains FREE – then we can improve the well-being of many families.
 Most of the clothes donated in Europe are being sold in many African and east European markets!! Please stop donating without knowing the final destination!

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