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Embassy Inaugurates New Classroom in Nkolfoulou Village

Luke Ortega and school officials

Luke Ortega and school officials open the new classrooms. [USEYde Photo]

Greeting School children

School children greet Embassy officer. [USEYde Photo]

On Tuesday November 20, 2012, Political Officer Luke Ortega took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate a classroom constructed under the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Program.   The classroom will serve orphans and children from low-income families enrolled in the Bitame Lucia Primary School, Nkolfoulou village, on the outskirts of Yaounde. The Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC) initiated this project on behalf of the community by applying to the Self Help Program for funds to construct the classroom.   In February 2012, Ambassador Jackson signed a grant awarding 3,905,640 FCFA in Self Help Program funds for the project.  The school has eight existing classrooms constructed from temporary materials (wood boards), that serve 255 pupils. The newly constructed classroom is the school’s first that uses permanent materials.

Following the inauguration ceremony, Luke Ortega took a few questions from members of the press covering the event:  the host of CRTV’s “Hello” program and journalists from “Radio Centre FM”. The questions were in both French and English

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program funds small-scale assistance projects initiated by Cameroonian communities and tailored to improve their living conditions.  The U.S. Government (USG) provides financial aid while community members agree to provide labor, materials, or other contributions to the project.   For more information, see http://yaounde.usembassy.gov/self_help_fund.html.