Project Updates

Scholarship Endowment Fund

As the cost of secondary education gets higher and higher despite increasing poverty in Cameroon, many families are left with the tough decision that no parent should have to make – Can I afford to send my son to school or should he stay home so I can feed my family? So many students are unable to complete their secondary education because of financial hardship. SOBA America seeks to help alleviate some of this burden by offering scholarships to students in Sasse College.

Our SOBA America Scholarship program will provide need based and merit based scholarships to over twenty students annually in different categories and based on specific criteria. We want to help the needy and also encourage hard work and excellence. In order to achieve this, we need to create a sustainable and viable structure that will ensure that the scholarships are available forever. Consequently, we are creating a Scholarship Endowment Fund. The endowment fund will ensure that these scholarships are always available to students. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to set up this fund. We will fund the annual scholarships with interest generated from the funds, without touching the capital. As a result of this, once the fund is fully funded, the scholarships will be self-funded.

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Sick Bay/ Victor Anomah Ngu Health Center Assistance:

The health of students is very important. Over the past several years, SOBA America has partnered with SOBA UK to address the issue of poor access to health care for the students of Sasse College. The Sick Bay project that was aimed at revamping the old, dilapidated sick bay was spearheaded by SOBA UK. SOBA America played a significant role by contributing funds towards the project. SOBA America has also contributed supplies and equipment to replace the outdated supplies and equipment in the sick bay. The sick bay was recently named the Victor Anomah Ngu Health Center, in honor of the late SOBAN Professor Victor Anomah Ngu whose work in healthcare and clinical research was pioneering and highly commendable.

We still have a lot of work to do. The building of a new sick bay has stalled. We still have outdated equipment and a dangerous shortage of basic and critical supplies needed for the sick bay to meet the healthcare needs of the students. SOBA America will focus primarily on helping out with basic equipment and supplies including medication that are a critical need. We will continue to work with SOBA UK and Sasse College authorities on the building project.

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