Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS in partnership with Market Makers, Building Schools for Africa and Bamenda I council has extended its philanthropic hand to two schools, a health centre and the Community of Mobang, all in Bamenda I Sub Division by launching four projects.
The foundation stones for these projects were laid on September 18, 2015 in four different sites within Bamenda I Council area by the SDO for Mezam, Nguele Nguele Felix accompanied by other top administrative, political and traditional authorities of the Division.
While highlighting the projects, the General Coordinator of SHUMAS, Ndzerem Stephen Njodzeka revealed that Government Secondary School, GSS Bangshie will receive 3 classrooms and a toilet block likewise office equipment and assistance to the school garden program.
Government Technical High School, GTHS Bamendakwe on the other hand he said will be a proud beneficiary of two workshops, provision of six tables and also assistance to its garden program.
As for the Integrated Health Centre Mendakwe, it will benefit from the provision of medical equipment and the extension of its water supply. The community of Mobang will see the construction of a 15 m3 tank, two taps, a 900m pipeline and two valve chambers in their community.
In a welcome speech during the launching at the Bamendakwe Fon’s Palace, the visibly elated Mayor of Bamenda I Council, Caroline Bi Bongwa thanked SHUMAS for finally coming to their aid. She promised that the council will ensure that the projects are executed effectively.
Taking the queue, the principal of the three year old GSS Bangshie, Abongwa Eric Abongwa just like his counterpart of GTHS Mendakwe, Banga Grace showered praises on SHUMAS.
They were all unanimous that the intervention of SHUMAS was a stitch in time to salvage them from the shortage of classrooms and workshops which has been characteristic of most public schools.
“we are very positive that when these projects would have been realized, the educational level of the students of Bangshie and its environs must improve qualitatively and quantitatively as the teaching and learning process will move on smoothly without hitches” observed Mr Abongwa.
On his part the SDO for Mezam, Nguele Nguele Felix, while expressing gratitude to SHUMAS for the projects lauded the participative approach they have adopted in executing their projects over the national territory.
Nguele Nguele Felix beckoned on the Bamenda I council to put their weight behind SHUMAS in the execution of the project noting with optimism that life of the beneficiary community will never be the same again when all the projects will be executed.
According to the Director of SHUMAS, with the commencement of the 2015/2016 academic year they are putting into use 44 classrooms with 39 more expected at the end of the academic summing up to 800 classrooms constructed since the organization kick-started.
In health, it is currently equipping 12 health centers with three more to be equipped at the end of the year bringing the total to about 30 since they began.
As regards portable water, five communities will benefit this year bringing the total to more than 50 communities so far.
“The programs are implemented indiscriminately to benefit all communities and denominations according to their level of need and participation” noted the Director.
Created in 1997, SHUMAS is a development non-governmental organization that aims to improve lives, reduce poverty and empower people to meet their needs without compromising the needs of prosperity.
Its activities cover the national territory of Cameroon and target rural communities as well as urban poor communities. Of all the 360 councils in Cameroon, SHUMAS has succeeded to make its presence felt in well over 80 of them.
By Njodzefe Nestor