SOBA America was founded in 1990 as SOBA – USA by a group of dynamic ex-students of St. Joseph’s college Sasse living in the USA, who had the foresight to understand the need for the alumni to get together and give back to their alma mater. It became clear early on that Sasse College needed significant help from its alumni to be able to continue to be a leading institution of learning in Cameroon and cater for the educational needs of the boy child. To achieve this major goal of giving back, the then SOBA USA needed to position itself to be able to raise funds.
The philanthropic/ non-profit arm – Sasse Alumni Association, Inc. – was created in 2003 as a 501(c3) Organization under the laws in the State of Georgia. The sole goal of this arm was to raise funds in accordance with applicable laws while offering donors tax-exempt benefits for their donations to help the association meet its goals.
As SOBA USA grew, its role as a leader in the global SOBA community became apparent. The difference in the lives of the many young students – future leaders of tomorrow – that SOBA USA made through projects in Sasse College saw a surge in interests from SOBANS to join the cause. SOBA USA felt the need to include our brothers north of the border into this movement. SOBA USA became SOBA America to include membership of SOBANS residing in Canada and the rest of the American continent in 2003. Our current membership includes SOBANS in the USA and Canada.
SOBA America has seen a steady growth over the past 25 years, from only a handful of chapters to eleven chapters now – with Carolinas being the newest chapter.