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Tuesday
Dec072010

Keuleng School Nears Completion

For years, villagers in Keuleng, situated in the western province of Cameroon, struggled with the lack of a preschool. Young children from the village had to attend school in the much larger city of Dschang.

The village collectively decided that the construction of a tworoom preschool building, which would also serve as a community center, would greatly benefit not only the children but also the entire village and surrounding area. After more than 18 years of savings, villagers succeeded in constructing the building’s foundation and beams.

In November 2009, thanks to a generous grant from the Obakki Foundation, Breaking Ground worked side by side with the village leadership of Keuleng to re-launch construction. In the last year the walls have gone up, the floors have been cemented, and the roof has been put in place.

Now that the structure is complete, the government has agreed to hire teachers and start operating the school. All that remains is for us to raise funds for the finishing touches. Among other details, we still need to purchase tables and chairs and glass windows to protect students from the dust that rises from the nearby road. We are so close to making this 20-year dream a reality.

“Two years ago when my older son was in preschool, he got lost in town and the entire village had to go out to look for him,” says Paul Sonkeng. “As a parent, it’s terrifying to think that everyday your children are far from home in a large town they’re unfamiliar with and you can’t be nearby if there’s trouble. My dream is for my youngest to start school next year here in village, at the Keuleng Preschool.”

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