Building schools for Africa (BSFA) is a small UK registered charity, started by four friends who all live on the Isle of Wight. The charity raises funds to replace crumbling and dangerous school buildings at remote rural village schools in Cameroon, with durable, hygienic and weatherproof classroom blocks, new latrines and clean drinking water supplies.
We have helped thousands of children get a good education and have really helped to increase their life chances. Building Schools for Africa works in exclusive partnership with a small but inspirational Cameroonian based NGO, Strategic Humanitarian Services (SHUMAS).
Building hope for the future
We believe there are many people like us who wish to contribute something of our wealth to benefit others – so we provide a safe and reliable conduit for people who want to help African children aspire to a brighter future, through access to a good education and improved health.
Our initial aim was to raise sufficient funds to build just four classrooms at one rural school and we thought that might take us a year or two to achieve. Amazingly, the money was raised in only a few months and the momentum quickly grew such that, to date, we have funded the construction of classroom blocks at over 90 schools, 2 secondary school science labs, a river bridge allowing isolated children safe access to school, an accommodation block for young disabled trainees, 10 village health centres and numerous water projects.
From the beginning, an informal partnership was formed with Cameroon NGO Strategic Humanitarian Services (SHUMAS) and that exclusive partnership continues to this date. Projects are chosen by SHUMAS based on extensive needs assessment analysis and feasibility studies. SHUMAS also procures the required materials, motivates local communities to participate in projects, manages these projects and carries out long term monitoring and evaluation. As part of this process, a set of reports and comprehensive budgets are submitted to BSFA for every project that is funded by our donors.