Against All Odds: Outreach for Learning, Inc. is a small, family-run organization raising money for scholarships and school supplies for Baligham, Cameroon.
Keep this number in mind: 20.
Our co-founder, Pierre Nzuah, was raised in this small farming community and managed to work his way through school (there is no free schooling in Cameroon), and, through incredible perserverance, made his way to the U.S. where he completed a four-year engineering degree before entering a graduate program in fall 2015.
During our Round 1 campaign in 2015, we raised enough money to purchase 150 student benches and provide 88 scholarships, which we distributed across the six elementary schools in Baligham.
Now, we want to provide a second round of scholarships for the 2016 school year--continuing our support to the 88 students already on scholarship (assuming their academic work is good and they still have the financial need), plus beginning scholarships for a new group of students.
In addition, we want to purchase more benches and other supplies for each of the schools, including chalk, books, toys, pencils and notebooks.
Why is 20 important to our campaign? Because $20 is what it costs to cover school fees for one child for one year; $20 is what it costs to build and deliver one student bench; $20 is what it costs to buy a box of notebooks or a crate of pencils.
Think of it this way: $120 puts a child through elementary school--a child who would receive no education without this support.
Please visit our website aaool.org for more information about our 501c3's history and mission. You'll find many photos, audio and video clips, plus the story of Pierre, his American family and our trip to Cameroon during the summer of 2015. It's a remarkable story of family to family, friend to friend collaboration and love.
Keep checking back here or at our website for updates as our campaign and our work continues.
Special thanks to everyone who contributed to Round 1 and made it possible for AAOOL to do so much work in such a short time.
Thank you--from Pierre, Ellen, Laurie, Jake, Job and the whole Cameroonian and American team.