EVOLUTION OF THE PROJECT
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF KUMBA IN 2002
A RUIN !
The school was a ruin. The building was overgrown with vegetation and trees, as well inside as outside. There was no roof, the classrooms looked terrible, the students didn't have a school any more because in the rainy season (monsoon) they couldn't get classes in a school without a roof.
Everybody helped to clear in and around the building
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTER OF KUMBA IN 2003
A SCHOOL ... AT LAST !
With the raised amount of 2.565 € (Sponsored walk, sale of cakes/chocolate croissants and personal donations) the essential maintenance works could be done. See by yourself. It is a success.
New roof, new doors, the building (inside and outside) has been cleared of all overgrowing vegetation, the teachers have their own small room, the walls of the classrooms have been repainted and the students can attend classes again, no matter if it's rainy or sunny!
The typing machines, clothes, shoes, notebooks, bikes, ... the ULM collected were sent by containers to Cameroon. The students now have a real school.
new room for the teachers
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF KUMBA IN 2004
the foundations for the 3 new workshops
First they had to make bricks from sand, then the foundations for the 3 new workshops (mechanics, electricity and carpentry). The walls are standing but they had to wait till the end of the monsoon season to go on.
Sand to make bricks
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF KUMBA IN 2005
They still have to build the roof of the 3 new workshops and buy equipment for the 3 taught jobs: mechanics, electricity and carpentry. The works aren't finished because of lack of financial means.
the new unfinished workshops in January 2005
Which gives us a very good reason to go on with actions to raise money for the Educational Centre of Kumba.
Thanks to the sponsored walk, the sale of chocolate croissants and donations the ULM raised 4.191 € in 2005. Everybody at the ULM took part in these actions because raising money is so important to finish the workshops and also pay the teachers (because the government doesn't do it !)
The Mayor of Kumba, Ferdinand Asapngu and the Principal of the Educative Centre of Kumba, Pauline Bessem, thank you for your support. Thanks for your donations and your "massive longing" for chocolate croissants. The students of the 4th, 5th and 6th forms sold 7100 chocolate croissants in one month time!
Thanks to all the students of the ULM, their parents, friends, the teachers and headmaster for their support.
The amount of 4.191 € has been sent to Kumba on 28th June 2005. The works restarted in July. The roof of the 3 new workshops will be ready very soon !
Our partners in Kumba restarted the works as soon as they got the money !
The roof of the 3 new workshops will be finished before September !
August 2005 : the 3 new workshops have a roof.
December 2005: the workshops are finished.
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF KUMBA IN 2006
January 2006: the new building has been painted.
January 10th , 2006
The mechanic pit
February 2006 : 4000 € were sent to buy schoolmaterial, equipment for the workshops and to secure the building (see Mission 2006 "Les besoins").
some tools for the workshop "Building and Construction"
a computer and a printer
a generator and two sewing machines
a gear box
which brings a lot of enthusiasm in the "motor and mechanic" workshop
For the first time since the beginning of this project we could give the teachers a decent salary (40.000 cfa a month = 60€/month) for the last 4 months of the schoolyear 2005-2006. This should give them hope and motivation for next year.
This schoolyear started successfully. 58 students are attending school, which is more than three times as much as last year. The new building, the workshops, the new subjects for girls and the promotion campaign of the Principal, Pauline Bessem, contributed to the success of this project.
Last form students are helping the youngest in a few subjects. The solidarity between the students is fantastic and the teachers are enthusiastic for this new schoolyear.
last form student teaching to first form students
The electricity workshop is now equipped.
Many more pictures in Galerie Photos (click above left) "L'année scolaire 2006-2007 au DYAC de KUMBA"
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF KUMBA IN 2007
With the amount of 6000 € we sent in Febrary all the new workshops and classrooms are equipped with metal doors, woodden ceilings and metal window railings. The teachers and the students have made chairs and tables for the new classrooms.
thanks to these security measures they will be able to leave the schoolmaterial in the classrooms instead of having to remove it every day after school.
new chairs and tables for the new classrooms
and many more pictures in "Galerie Photos" (click above left)
The selling of the harvested corn (workshop agriculture) and the cushions (made by the students during the sewing lessons) generates some income but not enough to support the whole project. The workshop hairdressing opens its doors to the public, another way to generate income. There are 64 students at the DYAC now.
many different models of cushions, all made by the students
with the help of their teacher Mrs Tekombo.
many more pictures in Galerie Photos (click above left): "Année scolaire 2007-2008 au DYAC Kumba"
THE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE OF KUMBA IN 2008
The workshops are doing well, the students are motivated and the teachers are more and more enthusiastic.The project is really a great success. With the money we sent in May, the teachers will be able to buy material for the different workshops as sand, cement, tools for the mechanics and electricity worshops , spare parts for the mechanics practical lessons , one computer, hairdressing tools, ...
Girls and boys are interested in sewing.