The conflict in Cameroon began in Nov. 2016 when teachers' and lawyers' trade unions initiated strike action over policies and poor working conditions.
The strike action called for suspension of services in schools and courts until the issues at stake were addressed by government. English separatists, in this mostly French speaking country (approximately 85% speak French), seized this opportunity to further their cause for outright independence of the English speaking regions of Cameroon. This has reuslted in serious ongoing outbreaks of violence. For the past two years, most schools in the English speaking northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon have remained closed and children remain at home.
Wealthy families have moved children to the safe regions of the country to continue their education. Sadly the poor, who are in the majority, including our Chalice sponsored children at our Sabongari sub-site, cannot afford to do this. While our sponsor site has tried to continue educating these students, the increase in insecurity and violence has made it very challenging and risky. The insecurity keeps mounting every day and the children risk being injured and/or kidnapped for military service, labour, and even prostitution.
St. Therese Catholic Comprehensive College, Sabongari, is one of the facilities provided by the Sisters of St.Therese of the Child Jesus for the education of the underprivileged children in Cameroon. This same congregation operates our Chalice Sabongari sub-site. In a desperate effort to help these underprivileged children resume their education in a safe environment, the Sisters, with help from our sponsor site, want to use a temporarily closed college that they operate in the French region to resume classes for 100 students from 81 families. The college is located over 500 km from Sabongari and will be run as a school and dormitory so that the children will be safe. Students range in age from 15 to 18 years, and 77 are sponsored through Chalice.
The teachers will make every effort to cover the work that has been lost due to the school closures while keeping abreast with the scheme of the work for the 2018/2019 academic year. The teachers and caretakers will be accommodated in the school campus to ensure availability for follow-up support for students after classes.
The cost for a six-month school term commitment has been budgeted at $39,495 and includes the cost of transporting the students and staff, food and accommodations, rent and salaries, and other miscellaneous items. The poor families of these students are totally committed to the project and will be paying a total of $20,240, but do not have the resources to pay the remaining amount.
Our sponsor site director, who will oversee this activity, has come to Chalice with a plea to have Chalice fund the remaining amount of $19,255 to help ensure continuity of educaiton for these 100 underprivileged children.
Funding request: $19,255.00
Critical Need: CKS1118
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other critical need emergencies that may arise.
Education of Vulnerable Children, Kumbo
- Category: Critical Needs