Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala

by AGAPE ASSOCIATION
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Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Refuge center for 20+ vulnerable kids in Douala
Craft workshop
Craft workshop

Manuel worship to help the youth who have left the center to earn money while studying

The idea behind this creativity is to encourage these AGAPE children who have left the center to become independent financially while studying. These boys they have reached majority or these girls stay in difficult family situations. We were led to provide them with beads which they used to make jewellery. This project will eventually be extended to the manufacture of other substances such as soap, etc.

First aid

We have integrated a first aid activity into the AGAPE Centre. This activity allows everyone to give the right gesture either to themselves or to another person in case of a problem. With the young people, we studied the behaviour to adopt in case of a snake bite. Afterwards we simulated the use of Aspi-venom. We also demonstrated what to do in case of a fractured upper or lower limb before immobilising it.

Thank you for your support during the Little By Little Campaign

AGPE took part in the Little By Little campaign launched by GlobalGiving between 4 and 8 April 2022. These 5 days of campaigning allowed to solicit the heartbeat of any donor. You responded and we can but thank each of you who contributed and spend the work. Here the important thing is not the quantity, but any donation made in this period of time was multiplied by 50% before being transferred to AGAPE.

Presentation of the results of term 2.

The young people received the report cards for term 2 on 8 April 2022. The results were not up to our expectations for all the children. We understand that a more intensive supervision is needed in this school and area of Japoma. However, we note a slight improvement overall.

Securing the Centre in Japoma.

The continuation of the work at the Japoma Centre continues with the securing of the whole building. Grilles have been installed on almost all the windows in the upper block. Only the basement of the house was secured until now. Metal doors have also been installed in the upper block. The ceiling is installed on about 65% of the house area.

Tutoring

Félicité, a young Cameroonian with a degree in the Anglo-Saxon system, is volunteering at the Centre. She gives English lessons to the young people. She helps them with their homework, with the correction of old tests for those who are in exam classes.

Donations and fundraising


The visit of the Cadets of Mary Immaculate has enabled them to donate some resources to the centre, the UCB company regularly donates juice and flour. The visit of the president of the SOLENCA Association, our partner, last February enabled us to contact local businesses which we are now following up.

Ceiling laying
Ceiling laying
Fitting of the closures
Fitting of the closures
Some donations
Some donations
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Our best wishes for this new year! May it bring you happiness, health & success. Happy New Year 2022 to you and all your loved ones. May the next 12 months be synonymous with joy, laughter, good health, goodness, wealth and prosperity.

We all had a great year in 2021 with challenges and successes. Throughout this year, you have been champions who make champions at AGAPE. We are convinced that in 2022, we will all do better than 2021

The young people you support every day had a good holiday. Their school work did not live up to the expectations placed on them in the first term. The move could explain this. The construction of the Centre is still going on, although AGAPE is living on site. We are counting on you to complete this work this year of grace 2022

Once more HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022

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Although still under construction, we moved in at the beginning of August 2021. It was the only way for us to continue to help these children who need you and us so much.

The inauguration of the Centre took place on 29 October 2021 in the presence of the authorities of the city such as the Divisional Officer of Douala 3, the assistant mayor of the city of Douala and the officials of the ministerial department dedicated to social affairs. such as The Head of the Social Affairs Centre in Japoma, the Departmental Delegate for Social Affairs in Wouri and the representative of the Regional Delegate for Social Affairs in Littoral

We thank you deeply for accompanying us during our stay in New-bell. We also ask you to continue to assist us so that we can complete the Centre we are currently occupying.

We are now in Japoma in the locality of Douala 3, about 200m from the landmark known as "Maison Blanche" behind Eglise Ebenezer Yapoma .



AGAPE Association Vice President's Speech
AGAPE Association Vice President's Speech
SOLENCA, AGAPE partner speech
SOLENCA, AGAPE partner speech
D-O Speech
D-O Speech
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Table of requirements for the start of the school
Table of requirements for the start of the school

Academic Year 2020/2020: A successful year thanks to your many supporters.

The AGAPE Center had 
-Its 1st bachelier (Melveen, Baccalauréat A4) !!!!!!!!! 
-3 children (Jores, Keye, Yanick) passed their BEPC 
-1 other young person (Désiré) got his CAP (vocational training certificate) in commercial action
-1 child (Ibrahim) got his Probatoire A4 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for having accompanied them to achieve these results. We ask you to continue to help them to go towards their destiny through your sponsorship actions.

 BACK TO SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 06, 2021


SPONSORING A CHILD AT CENTER AGAPE, A GIFT THAT CHANGES LIVES!


Since its creation 4 years ago, the school sponsorship program at AGAPE has helped more than 25 vulnerable children to grow up in dignified conditions and to better prepare their future.
The school sponsorship at AGAPE is
An education: providing a normal schooling through the provision of:
- School supplies, 
- Classroom clothing
- A sports outfit 
- School fees and official exam fees for children in exam classes.
Sponsor all or part of these items. The supervisors invest themselves on a daily basis so that the sponsor is not disappointed at the end of the year for his godchild.

Long-term support towards autonomy
Many young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds want to continue their education or vocational training. Without support, the risk that they will drop out of school prematurely is high given the precariousness in which their families find themselves. Continuing to support them at this crucial stage of their personal development is therefore essential to ensure that they have the keys to autonomy and social integration in hand.


School sponsorship can take two forms:
Individual sponsorship: your contribution is paid in the form of a grant that will cover the Schooling needs of a child. Your solidarity will make a lasting difference to his or her life!
Participatory sponsorship: the AGAPE Center pools the donations of several donors. Together, you multiply your generosity by supporting several children in need.
In the second case, a donor can also in the table of need for the start of the school year 2021/2022, choose to pay for all the expenses intended for the making of class outfits for example.

How to support the AGAPE Center?

1.    -In person at the Center. Contact: Gatsi Germain +237 699 028 310 and kemdjeu Ruth +237 675 340 868

2.    -In kind (notebook, books, uniforms...) by delivering or calling us to pick up. Gatsi Germain +237 699 028 310 and kemdjeu Ruth +237 675 340 868

3.    -By money transfer (MoMo 675 340 868 Kemdjeu, OM 699 028 310 Gatsi, Western Union to Gatsi Solefack Tefokem Germain Claude or Kemdjeu Fodzeu Ruth Pauline Flore)

4.    -By bank transfer: UBA 10033 05208 08064000023 52 

5.    -By credit card through the GlobalGiving website: Make a donation

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Alexandre before his mortal attack
Alexandre before his mortal attack

HELP ME, HELP US. MAY THE DEATH OF ALEXANDRE NOT BE IN VAIN !

 

No more children's lives lost in the streets. Rest in peace Alexander !

 

Since 2013 when AGAPE was created I have not written down my personal feelings. Today I am writing, for Alexandre. My heart is heavy, my soul is deeply saddened, I am sad and cannot be silent.

I want to talk to you about Alexandre. When I started AGAPE, he was one of the boys we met. I confess that I don't even remember where I saw him for the first time, but I remember he was thin, tall and slender for his age, I remember him with a green and orange T-shirt slightly ripped, red shorts. He often smiled and dragged his leg to walk due to a previous disability. I remember he couldn't read, he had to pick up the pieces of iron to sell them; but I remember he often had a big smile on his face. I liked this easy boy ...

Tata Ruth, the supervisor, cook of AGAPE reminded me a few months ago that I went with her to meet Alexandre's father who worked in the muddy port of Youpwé. He couldn't take care of Alexander properly. Her mother died a short time ago; so that the boy hung out in the streets very often and with distant relatives.

Apparently one day, the father had returned to the Central African Republic, leaving Alexandre in the streets of Douala. Alexandre was unable to stay at the AGAPE Center despite the efforts made; perhaps I should say, AGAPE did not know how to keep Alexandre. It doesn't matter… it doesn't matter.… The result is the same today for my greatest pain. Alexandre was fascinated by football as Emma, Ruth and I had observed him. He had a target in the viewfinder; go play soccer and become a footballer. Little by little, he stopped coming to the Center, we were absorbed in the functioning of the Center with the cases of all the other children and could not follow him.

I lost his tracks, from time to time he came back to my thoughts, but I forgot him, how we forget their looks and their lives to all these children we meet in the streets ...

A few months ago, Tata Ruth told us at the weekly AGAPE meeting that Alexandre had contacted her. She tried in vain to remind me who he was, but I couldn't see who she was talking about, it's like a veil was covering my face… I don't know why… He was in jail in New Bell for being involved with a group of young people who allegedly committed theft. He was sick, he was hungry. We discussed whether this was our mandate since Alexandre was no longer with us. At the end, we agreed to help him despite a tight budget, we gathered enough to buy him a minimum to be able to sleep, eat a little warm and a supply of gari, peanuts, antibiotic treatment and other drugs prescribed by the prison doctor. Tata Ruth gathered everything with Christian books without text for some because he still could not read. Alexandre was released from prison about two months ago. We promised to follow up with him. We never had the chance, overwhelmed by the kids at the Center, the fundraisers, the fundraising, the move; to name just a part.

We were unable to follow up with Alexandre. Alexandre left the world around August 7, 2021; stabbed, worse than an animal,... in the street for a phone he certainly didn't steal; because the victim of the stolen phone having testified only belatedly that Alexander was not the author of the theft. My heart is so heavy, it's like a big pebble of tears in my heart and I who hardly ever cry have tears in my eyes. Even writing to you I have tears in my eyes. How many Alexandr lost their lives outside ???? STOP !!!!! HELP ME !!!! HELP US !!! PLEASE DON'T FORGET THEM !!!!! NEVER ANY CHILD OR YOUNG OR YOUNG ADULT SHOULD LOSE THEIR LIFE ON THE STREET.

Christophe, one of the kids we didn't keep in the center largely because of his father's refusal, also died in a robbery a few years ago. My message ends with this cry that comes from deep within me for these children:

LET'S STOP BEING INDIFFERENT! GIVE THEM A ROOF, ATTENTION, WARMTH, TO EAT, HELP THEM TO BE EDUCATED, TO HAVE A FUTURE, TO HAVE A DESTINY. HELP !!!! HELP ME ! HELP US HELP THEM SO THAT DEATH OF ALEXANDRE NOT BE IN VAIN  AND FORGOTTEN! May no child ever lose their life on the streets again!

 

REST IN PEACE ALEXANDER!

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Location: DOUALA, LITTORAL - Cameroon
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