Yemgeh Valley is found in the Menchum Division with a population of about 10,000. It is made up of 14 villages each with its peculiar cultural identity. Most victims of the Lake Nyos gas disaster that occurred more than twenty years ago were resettled here. The level of education is still very low and many children don’t have the opportunity to complete even primary school. Most of the teenager boys and girls contract early forced marriages.
The building of a primary and nursery school was considered as one of the big priorities by the community, as they recognise the need to invest in the formation of the youth. Many of the classrooms will also be used in the afternoon for adult education, with a special focus on women and young girls participation. Topics to be covered in these sessions will include skills for life training (organic farming, land and water management, food preservation transformation, bee farming and microfinance) amongst others.
Head of Programme: Mariana Matoso
Project Team Leader: Teresa de Sousa
Sector Coordinator: Rev. Father Victor A. Forgoh
Applicant: Yemgeh Community
Local Partners: Yemgeh Parish
Others partners: Portsmouth Diocese Bamenda Committee
Estimated Cost: £618,900
Community Funds: £6,189
Other Funds: Portsmouth Diocese
Progress: Phase 1 complete [construction of Nursery and Primary school]. Now fundraising for Phase 2 [first cycle schooling]
Timeline: 36 months