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Our Story As We Lived It The elementary school of Bameto-Bansoa in West Cameroon was started under the tree in 1973. The teacher, who was a fourth grader, would use a blackboard hang on the tree, to teach children sitting on the ground how to read and write ABC. In 1974, a one room schoolhouse was built by the parents. Promotion and graduation requirements from under the tree to the schoolhouse were set: First, the student would have to be able to reach across his head with his right hand and touch his left ear; that was to see if the child was grown enough to deserve the seat in the schoolhouse which was considered first and second grade. (It is important to mention that the first generation of students where only boys as the parents would rather have the girls follow their mothers to learn how to be a good mother and a good housewife in the future). Second, the students would have to memorize their ABC and the teacher would bring them to the front of the tree to recite what they had learned. The graduation prize from under the tree to the schoolhouse was a piece of slate chalkboard and five white chalk sticks. Discipline was very strict. Talking without permission could result in lashing, suspension or expulsion from under the tree or schoolhouse to the farm (to join your parents). Today, 43 years later, not much has changed. Visit our website (project) and see it for yourself. They still drink dirty water, go to the toilet in the open, sit in the crumbling schoolhouse. Parents still cannot afford the $6/year/student tuition, or a $20/month teacher’s salary. But, there is no doubt in my mind that our common efforts will help WELLWATER4KIDS.ORG, the non-profit organization determined to help the poorest of the poor elementary schools in villages in Cameroon and give the kids a well for safe drinking water. Thank you for being our fundraising superstar. All donations are tax deductible. Mathieu Takam



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