The Pelle Foundation

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Contributing to poverty alleviation and enhancing the well-being of present and future generations through financial aids that promote sustainable education in resource-poor Cameroonian families

About the foundation

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The Foundation philosophy
An educated resource-poor person will be better equipped to fighting hunger and diseases while protecting his habitat and environment in this fast moving global world.

The Foundation mission
The foundation’s mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and to enhance the well being of present and future generations in Cameroon through financial aids and other assistances that promote sustainable education in resource-poor Cameroonian families. The foundation contributes also to the strengthening of the educational infrastructures in Cameroon.

The objectives
The Pelle Foundation is a non-religious and apolitical not-for-profit NGO devoted primarily to contribute to the reduction of the number of students leaving school prematurely due to poverty, especially amount girls and boys from poor families. It will find imaginative ways of mobilizing financial resources to promote sustainable education in resource-poor families in order to helping raise school completion rates in Cameroon.

Need or problem addressed
Analphabetism and poor education are a major factor that hinders development in Africa and in Cameroon in particular. This factor is pronounced in resource-poor families. With sufficient training of people, the needs of the poor in their own countries will be met. Education and knowledge for all is an important part of the solutions for the development in Africa (please see the Background section).

The Beneficiaries
The foundation’s primary beneficiaries are students from resource-poor families with emphasis on those who have lost one or both parents. To date, the main beneficiaries are mainly University students. The foundation also looks for external assistance to improve the educational infrastructures in Cameroon.

Methodology, plan of work describing activities to be undertaken and possible limiting factors that can affect project progress
Beneficiaries selected through existing Caritas team in Cameroon. Aid granted once a year and up to 4 years or until graduation. Performance at school is important for renewal of aid. For a good turnover of beneficiaries, aid stopped if more than one academic failure. The goal is to seek more aid to help 50 students per year. Lack of sufficient funds is the main limiting factor. Through contacts and networks, the foundation assists graduated students find Ph.D. training positions, asks for training materials that are redundant in Universities in the developed countries to help schools in Cameroon.

Timetable of activities and duration of project.
First phase: by 2004, give aid to at least 10 students in Universities in Yaounde every year, including at least 7 from 2001-02 program; second phase: in 2005, extend aid to other University centers; third phase: in 2008, extend aid to high schools in Cameroon and maintain an average of 50 students per year.
In parallel, information network for informing students of postgraduate training opportunities will be improved through a database available on all campuses.
For the strengthening of the educational infrastructures, contact will be made with colleagues from developed countries for input and assistance.
Anticipated results of the project
Students are expected to complete their undergraduate education with the obtaining of bachelor degree, master degree or equivalent diploma, or high school graduation. 5 students expected to be graduated in 2002: 4 bachelor degrees and 1 master degree.

Plan for dissemination of project results, anticipated follow-up and output
Aid is offered once a year and up to 4 years (or until graduation). More funds are needed to help 50 students per year. Linkages with NGOs (e.g.: GREDA, Yaounde, Tel: 237-2204832) involved in activities that promote post-university development will be developed.

Evaluation plan to measure how the project met its proposed objectives
The project progress report is presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation in August for evaluation. The budget and new objectives and activities are submitted for approval.
Budget for the project, showing all projected and confirmed sources and amounts of funding within the time period in question.

  • Budget needed for 3-year period: $50,000
  • Budget needed for 2002-03: requested, $17,000
  • Guaranteed by the founder of the foundation, $500
  • Aid: $500 per student per year if funds permit
  • Current level of the financial aid: a minimum of 50,000 CFA francs per student per year.

Recent budget and information about the organization seeking funds, the feasibility and sustainability of the proposed activity
The budget for fiscal year 2000-01 was $100 and $500 (or 355,000 CFA francs) for 2000-01. Two students received aid in 2000-01 and seven students in 2001-02. It was anticipated that 12 students will receive aid in 2002-03. On the Capacity Strengthening component, 2 Gilson pipetmans of $423 were attributed to the Université des Montagnes (UdM). On the Networking component, a Ph.D. student position was identified and a student was currently enrolled at ICIPE, Nairobi, with a full scholarship in 2003. The table below captures the Pelle foundation’s track record:

Academic year

Number of beneficiaries

2000 – 2001

2

2001 – 2002

7

2002 – 2003

17

2003 – 2004

12

2004 – 2005

22

2005 – 2006

31

2006 – 2007

26

2007 – 2008

34

2008 – 2009

38

2009 – 2010

44

2010 – 2011

51

2011 – 2012

51

2012 – 2013

53

2013 – 2014

38

2014 – 2015

42

2015 – 2016

65

2016 – 2017

56

2017 – 2018

57

Total to date

646

In 2001, Cameroon government recognized the potential and importance of the program by legalizing the Pelle Foundation under registration number 00681/RDA/JO6/BAPP of 15 October 2001. However, availability of funds will be crucial for future success of the Foundation.
Due to limited funds, the foundation has only few active members, all volunteers. Father Tonye Boniface, the Adviser; Mrs. Pelle Esther, the Secretary; Dr. Pelle Roger, the founder in charge of resource mobilization. Other active members are:
Bernard NKENGFAC, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Molecular Biology Research Unit (URBM), The University of Namur (FUNDP), Belgium.
Jeanne d’Arc Nimpa, Centre Catholique Universitaire (CCU), B.P. 876 Yaoundé, Cameroun
Tchuenmegne Hilaire Bertrand, Yaounde, Cameroon, email: hbtchuen5@yahoo.fr

Budget souhaité sur une période de trois ans
La Fondation recherche des financements pour aider 50 étudiants par an. Nous souhaitons recueillir suffisamment de fonds pour porter notre aide à 500 $ par étudiant et par an. Le montant du financement souhaité sur une période de trois ans est de 75000 $.

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Education for all through the Pelle Foundation