It’s not an easy task for our partners at SHUMAS, to find a suitable school project for our funders and then bring it all to completion without any hitches. There can be any number of incidents that can cause a project to have to be abandoned – and the collection of local contributions towards the project is one of the common stumbling blocks. Such was the case at Ecole Publique Njimbong earlier this year. It was obvious that there was real need for a solid and durable classroom block at this primary school in a remote part of the Littoral region but, although the community was very keen, it just wasn’t able to get its local contribution together, despite being given extra time.
The school building at EP Njimbong
However, Njimbong’s loss has become EP de Sogum’s gain! The project was relocated to the Far North region and the Sogum community there was ready to go. They had seen how SHUMAS/BSFA had been able to help a neighbouring village, Zouaye, back in 2016 and were very aware of what was required of them. The building project started in the middle of May and has been going up very fast, but now the rains have come to this semi-desert region and the trucks carrying cement and zinc roofing can’t get through until they ease. Like we said … it’s not easy!
We will be delighted to post pictures of the school once it is finally completed.