Project Education Update!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ascovime’s newest initiative, Project Education is an effort to provide children in Cameroon with birth certificates so that they can go to school.

Professor Boukar handing out birth certificates

ASCOVIME recently traveled to Cameroon’s most destitute region, l’Extreme-Nord, or Far North. The poverty in this area is astounding; most families live on less than $0.50 a day and survive the driest months on nothing more than a few handfuls of corn each evening. One of the region’s greatest problems is access to education. Roughly 30% of children there have no birth certificate, and according to Cameroonian law, this means they cannot take the entry exam for high school.

Instead, they are typically limited to the 6th grade and a life of hard labor.

ASCOVIME has been able to make a small step to change that. Each boy or girl needs $19 to cover the four steps that produce a birth certificate. These steps are:

  1. A doctor determines the child’s age and parents
  2. A judge makes those findings official
  3. 2 passport photos are provided
  4. The mayor prints the actual document

Dr. Bwelle handing a birth certificate to a young boy.

Just this past November, ASCOVIME, led by Dr. Georges Bwelle was able to provide 274 children with birth certificates thanks to your generosity.  However, the work is not done.  There are still over 4000 children that need certificates, and even small donations will get them there.

For just $5, you can make the difference in a boy or girl’s life. That’s the price of a coffee or a meal. For $19, you can cover the entire cost of one child and singlehandedly give them a new future.

Will you help us? Click here to donate.

Every ASCOVIME member works as a volunteer, so every dollar you give goes directly to a child. ASCOVIME is a registered charity in Vermont, making your donations tax-deductible.

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