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Help to provide material and finance for a primary school in Cameroon

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Searchligh School

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

In the autumn of 2006 we privately founded the “Searchlight School” in Mamfe in the south west of Cameroon. Through this school, which is led by our partners in Mamfe, our goal is to try and help underprivileged children, mostly girls, in order to give them a chance to go to school and improve their education. However, although most of the children’s parents are separated, sick, deceased, out of work or underage (without forgetting that in Mamfe alone more than 5000 children are registered as being fully or half orphaned), the students and their families have to pay school fees and various self-financing ventures. Unfortunately, due to the costs, we are each year forced to restrict the number of registrations of socially underprivileged students.

What is your project and how will it help?

Our project is simple: we think the children are the future and the parents of tomorrow, notably the girls because ’the schoolgirls of today are the mothers and breadwinners of tomorrow’. Up to this point the project has mainly been enabled and financed by Swiss donations, and the help received has not allowed us to care for as many underprivileged children as we hope to. We need some help to provide material and finance for our school. We are sure about the changes this help will achieve, especially the fact that good quality education for the less privileged will assist the children if they are worried about school fees. With your donations you can directly and effectively improve the prospects of many children in need, by allowing them access to school.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

They can sponsor us by giving us some school materials so that we can redistribute them for free to children. They can help us financially by making a single donation or donating regularly. This way we can add some additional things like a new school bus, or pay the teachers and so attract more of them to help us in the education of the children They can help us by sending some volunteers to help us at school work.

Please detail the resources that you need.

help for school :12 computers
help for teachers: didactic material
help with funds: to pay both the teaching and support staff
help with finance: assisting us in purchasing the second school bus 1
help with finance: assisting us in the provision of food in the cooking department

We would be thankful for
– donations,
– sponsoring
– or voluntary service

1/About donations

The school attendance per child and year costs: CHF 200.— US$ 203
The salary of one teacher is CHF 2,700 per year. US$ 2751

Donations account:
Waisenkinder Kamerun
PC-Konto 87-379678-7
8032 Zürich

The Donations to our association are tax-deductible. Don’t hesitate to claim your contribution receipt at


Since the owner of the currently rented school building does not want to sell, we saw ourselves forced to build a new school building. Two new class rooms were already erected during the school year 2009/2010. Thanks to this two classes are already taught in this new school building. For the year 2010/2011 we are planning the construction of a further 3 school rooms.

A class room, sized 9 × 7 m2, brick construction with wooden roof, should comfortably accommodate one class.

The price of a school room built by local workmen costs CHF 12’000.-

For further information about both projects please contact us at

2/About voluntary Service

We offer voluntary service opportunities to qualified people for the duration of at least six months. Accommodation near the school as well as a mentor can be arranged. However, no charges will be accepted by our organization. The time of your voluntary service as well as any other details will be discussed individually.

If you are interested, please contact us at

Further information

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Cameroon

Global issues

Education and training


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