The courage and motivation which empowered us to undertake this project is the same which has been guiding our work, and the same which will drive us to the completion of the Rising Education Project.
Two years ago, Hope Foundation identified a fundamental need of the people in the East region of Cameroon which was not being met; basic education and further training infrastructure. After multiple feasibility studies the Rising Education project was created in partnership with other external organisations with the objective of constructing a new fit-for-purpose primary school and training centre to serve the community of Bertoua, Cameroon.
To begin, the Rising Education project in partnership with a group of dynamic students from the Technical University Berlin. They had to plan, fundraise and even travel to the construction site in Bertoua to implement the first phases of the project. Over two further trips, where the students joined hands with the local community in erecting some of the walls, we are proud to have built the administrative block, a multipurpose hall and two classrooms!
Now it’s time to take on the next stages of the project which consist of building the other classrooms and the sanitary installations which will bring the school to completion and ready for opening. The completed structure will simultaneously be used as a primary school for local children and a training centre for the local older generation. Furthermore, the facility will be opened to the community on weekends where the library, playground, community hall and computer room will be offered for free use. We want the facility to positively impact as many people in the community as possible!
The nursery and primary school expects to receive close to 500 children per year from different economic backgrounds and with a special focus on encouraging female school participation. Additionally, more than 600 trainees per year will benefit from the training centre, which will offer full-time and part-time sustainability workshops to improve skills and enhance job opportunities in the local area.
We have only been able to get this far as a result of the incredible support and donations received from companies, families, foundations, student groups, and people like you, though we can only reach the conclusion of the project with your help in our final push!
“Yes! We stand for the support of the migrants and refugees in western countries, but one of the solutions to limit such large movements is to empower local communities in developing countries through granting better access to education and training opportunities for the people in these areas.”
Gerald Bobga Fonkenmun – Director, Hope Foundation.