The Balaveng Water Project (2011-2013; Balaveng, West Region)
We partnered with the community of Baleveng in west Cameroon to build a well and install a water reservoir and electric pump. Prior to the project, the community relied on the water from a small spring into which villagers had to wade in order to fetch their water.
Completion of the Keuleng Preschool and Community Center (November 2009-August 2011;Keuleng, West Region)
The village of Keuleng collectively decided that the construction of a two-room preschool building, which would serve as a community center also, would greatly benefit not only the children but the entire village and surrounding area. The villagers raised more than $1000 towards the project. After more than 18 years of savings, they succeeded in constructing the building's foundation and vertical beams.
Construction of the Menouet River Bridge (February 2008-May 2009; Les Villages F4, West Region)
Construction of the Menouet Bridge Project finished in early 2009, connecting tens of thousands of villagers to a nearby city and increasing their access to markets.
Construction of Glory Bilingual Nursery & Primary School (January-March 2008; Ngaoundal,Adamaoua Region)
Madame Becham, a participant in the 2007 session of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Program, is a certified teacher and single mother of four. In 2004, Becham used her own savings to start Glory Bilingual Elementary School in Ngaoundal, a district where government studies estimate that only 35% of children attend school. In the first year she had only 11 students, but by visiting parents and raising awareness, Becham has expanded the school to 43 students.
Continued Construction of Doumbouo Primary School (January-April 2006; West Region)
Independent of any government funding, the community of Doumbouo made tremendous progress in constructing the Doumbouo Primary School. Because of limited funding, the work was halted with just a basic, six-room cinderblock structure in place, leaving dirt floors, walls bare of any instructional materials, and windows open to the elements. The parents and teachers identified cementing the floors as major priority, the aim being to get the youngest children out of the dirt and protected from the pervasive chiggers, insects that bore into the children’s bare feet and cause distracting irritation and dangerous infections. Executive Director Lindsay Clarke & the Breaking Ground’s early community raised $6,000 to transform and finish construction of the school, including cementing classroom and office floors and walls, installing a potable water source, expanding blackboards and affixing cabinets, and painting classrooms and adding educational murals.
School Upgrades completed:
• Classroom and office floors and walls cemented
Construction of Public Library of Bafou-Sud (May-July 2006; West Region)
The Lycée de Bafou-Sud is the premier educational facility in the subdivision of Doumbouo. It serves as a secondary school for all the primary schools of the eleven surrounding villages. In 2006, the school’s teachers and parents petitioned the African Library Project and International Children’s Awareness to arrange the shipment of English and French books for a new, bilingual community library. With the book shipments secured, the community set out to realize their long-time goal of constructing a library to support the educational needs of their youth. In just months, Breaking Ground’s community raised $6000 to fund the project’s completion. In the first two years of its operation, La Bibliothèque Publique Lindsay Clarke de Bafou-Sud lent more than 7000 library volumes to students, teachers, and community members of Doumbouo.