I will credit Laura Golakeh, a Liberian friend, who first told me about World Pulse. This very introduction has born fruits that nourish a whole community and a nation. These tree that bears fruits will surely continue bear more fruits that will make my community proud, make Cameroon proud.
It all started like a joke in October 2013 when I announced right here on World Pulse that I will be giving scholarship to Secondary School Girls in Bai Kuke. This was at the close of our Voices of Our Future training programme. You can read the announcement following this link: http://worldpulse.com/node/78732 . I prayed over this and begged God to give me the resources to make this happen. And yes, it happened.
As I made my announcement, I shared the World Pulse link on Facebook as well. Many people clicked the link and offered to donate. Several people indicated their willingness to donate. Even though in the end not everybody donated, I ended up raising 310,000frs ($620) from six donors. What is surprising to me is the fact that I was able to make fellow Cameroonians to donate their money for the development of Cameroonian girls. It is no doubt that getting donations from Cameroonians in such a project is hard. People believe that funding can only come from donors from developed countries. I am glad I made strides to change that. All thanks to World Pulse.
I finally went to Bai Kuke and spent the following amount:
- Tuition + PTA for the girls = 301.000frs
- Uniform + stitching = 48,000frs
- Excercise books = 32, 300frs
- Pens, Pencils, rulers = 9000frs
- Alphabeth/reading classes = 20,000frs
- My to and from Bai Kuke transportation (2 trips) = 50,000frs
- Food + drinks for the launching = 72,000frs
- Hiring of chairs = 4000
- Motivation to Identification Committee = 5000frs
- Dance group = 2000
Total = 543,200frs ($1,087).
How nice. I was moved to tears when in the course of reading my speech, I had to talk about how my family struggled to send us to school. You can read about my educational struggles following this link: http://worldpulse.com/node/69230. I cried even more when a representative of the beneficiaries, in her speech, made it clear that they had no hopes of going to secondary school until the scholarship came. I felt really touched.
I was more moved when the traditional head called the Sanga Moki, in his speech mentioned that they have never seen a situation where an individual comes to give scholarship to children. He made it clear that the last time he heard of a scholarship was when an oil company called Pamol used to give scholarship to children way back in the 1980s. He congratulated the initiative. I couldn't help crying.
The Chief of Bai Kuke, on his part thought it was one of the best things that has happened to his village. He made it loud and clear that the boys shouldn't feel left out, he promised doing something significant for the little boys too.
The guardian/parents of the beneficiaries, and the whole community all poured positive comments on this project and joined me to pray that the beautiful project continues and continues.
As I say a big thank you to all those who donated to my project, I shout out a BIG Thank You to World Pulse for making a change agent in Cameroon. WP removed the speck in my eye, and showed me the way to positive development for women and girls. I will continue to shine the light in my community and in Cameroon as a whole.
Once more, thank you World Pulse
Attached: - Photos of launching -Speeches