SIRDEP and Save Africa’s Children (SAC) against illiteracy

SIRDEP has for over five years now been contributing to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal No 2 – achieve universal primary education. She has been doing so by supporting orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) to complete their primary education. Recently, SIRDEP partnered with Save Africa’s Children (SAC), a US based charity, to continue to support needy children complete a primary school course. Within the program SAC awarded a grant of $3,500.00 for school fees, text books and supplies. Forty one OVCs were identified and thirty one (31) (17 boys and 14 girls) supported in Greenlight Bilingual Nursery and Primary School, Ntarikon Bamenda during the ongoing Cameroon school year (2013-2014). Each of the orphans was provided with basic text books and their fees paid. The program equally supported the acquisition of a computer and printer for the school. A ceremony was organised in the school to formalise the activity in the presence of guardians and some members of the school board.

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cross section of OVCs and their guardians

During an evaluation carried out in January 2014, 98% of the orphans supported passed their first semester exams. The school now processes and print her data on the spot unlike in the past where these had to be done out of the school. The OVCs now have a sense of fulfilment amongst their peers as they are no longer sent home for fees and do their homework with the aid of their textbooks.

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Supported OVCs with their receipts of fees and text books

However, there is still the need to support these orphans during subsequent school years and even add some from the list that was identified. The guardians of these orphans could also be trained and supported to carry out income generating activities to enable provided other basic needs (shoes, bags, uniforms, etc) of the OVCs under their care. 

 

 

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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