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March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

I met Jacqueline several years ago, and was immediately struck by her vision and her passion.

Her personal story is so compelling: Because she was denied a secondary education simply because of geography and gender, she made it her mission to make sure that girls in rural Cameroon,
starting with her home village, have access to secondary education. When women/mothers are educated, they can lift their own household and their village out of poverty and ignorance. Multiply that by many villages, and you have a better community/state/country/world.

While raising five children of her own, Jacqueline managed to earn two college degrees. With her determination, creativity and charm, she has founded a nonprofit, Aumazo, that will soon make it possible for the girls in her home village to receive a secondary education.

Her fundraisers are creative and inspirational. Her entrepreneurial bent is constantly at work, thinking of ways to finance and sustain the efforts in Cameroon.

Two years ago, I suggested that Jacqueline apply for a spot in a year-long leadership class, and put her in touch with Leadership Montgomery. Once accepted, she has put her talents to great use, and has leveraged her contacts and lessons to benefit Aumazo.

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I have seen her vision remain strong, despite the very real economic impact that the recession/depression has had on fund raising efforts. Jacqueline has invited me to come and see the school in action, and I am certain that I will have the chance to visit in person. She has just seen a way to create an opportunity for the villagers to be involved by creating bricks. Those will not only be used for the school itself, but can also be sold for the construction of other community buildings.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... try to have a stronger Cameroonian connection on the Board of Directors on the US side. Apparently that isn't as easy as it sounds, since the tribal connections aren't necessarily strong across different tribes.

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

Aumazo contacted Aguayuda to provide clean water to the whole community of Bankondji. This shows that Aumazo is not only looking at their focus area - education - but also at the larger picture to help Bankondji break the cycle of poverty.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting Bankondji and working closely with Aumazo to improve the standard of living to Bankondji.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep working hard!

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

I first became in involved with Aumazo, Inc. through a class project that required us to volunteer with a non-profit organization in October 2010. I was very intrigued with Aumazo’s mission to provide women with an education to empower them so they can in turn better their own situations and stimulate their communities. But what intrigued me more so was founder Jacqueline Audige’s personal connection to the mission. Aumazo was founded in 2005 by Audige who was raised in the village of Bankoji. Like many other girls before her, Audige was forced to drop out of secondary school due to financial pressures that made it difficult for her to purchase the necessary books and materials to complete her education. Knowing how much dropping out upset her father, she promised him she would eventually complete her education. In 2000, Audige was living in the United States taking classes at Montgomery College. She eventually moved on to the University of Maryland College Park and earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees. When I talked to Mrs. Audige about completing her education, she stated that it was like “traveling to the moon”. Earning her education meant that much to her and wanting to make a difference in other girls’ lives she decided that she would open a school in the village. Although the organization has been up and running since 2005, and the foundation of the school was completed in 2007, the school in Cameroon has yet to be opened due to a lack of funds. However, Audige has found possible ways to complete the building and raise funds. While discussing the project with her neighbor, Mrs. Audige learned about a company that manufactures brick making machines. Investing in a brick machine will help Aumazo finally complete the building of the school, cut costs in half, and also stimulate the village’s economy by providing jobs. There is a possibility that Aumazo may be a school as well as a brick making company in the future. Also, Mrs. Audige was selected to be an audience member in Oprah’s Favorite Things show. This opportunity not only benefits her family but also the organization. In an attempt to raise money Aumazo organized a raffle and raffling off some of the gifts she was given. Not only was this a fun way to raise money, it was also a way to educate the community about the project and a way to broaden the support system around Aumazo. During my duration at Aumazo, I had the task of searching for grants to provide funding for the school. Using the database Grant Station I search through hundreds of organizations who offer grants for education, construction, books, and the empowerment of women and young girls I worked at Aumazo on Tuesdays and Thursdays ranging from 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours. Working at Aumazo has been informative because I learned something new every time I went and I became more aware of the world around me. For example, Mrs. Auidge told me that the main reason girls are forced to drop out of school in Cameroon is due to their menstrual cycle. It shocked me to see the cultural aspects associated with dropping out of school and the fact that in America, it does not hinder one from going to school. Ultimately I believe that this has been an invaluable experience for me as it has forced me to acknowledge that if you really want or believe in something it is often a long process that can take years. Working in a non-profit, or even trying to earn a degree, requires patience and the will to look past all the obstacles to eventually reach the end goal. These are all aspects that Audige and Aumazo embody. Mrs. Audige resilience has been an inspiration not only to me but the community. Audige has been working on this project for 5 years and continues to advocate for the project in spite of all the challenges she has had to face. It is an honor to be able to see her hard work paying off as Aumazo continues to grow and progress. She is an extraordinary woman and I respect her giving and welcoming attitude which made working for her enjoyable. Her knowledge, optimism, worth ethic, and innovation is admirable and traits that I, as a young women, hope to emulate.

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a personal way. From the time that I began working at Aumazo in October 2010 until December 2010. In that time alone, Aumazo gained more community support and acquired more funds.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Aumazo needs more volunteers, hard workers, and innovators. Audige along with her family and Board are currently the only ones working to inform the community, raise funds, and open the school.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned so much from my short time at Aumazo

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt part of a greater purpose while working at Aumazo

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

Working with Aumazo, Inc. was one of the most fulfilling and heart warming experiences of my life. Not only was I a part of an organization dedicated to building a school for young women in Africa, but I was helping to promote world peace. Research consistently shows that ensuring educational achievement among the masses helps in the universal cause of humanitarianism that ultimately benefits us all. This organization is definitely well worth all that one can contribute in human and financial resources. I continue to applaud and support its efforts. It was and remains a pleasure to support fundraising and promotional causes within the organization


Gwen Bethea, Ph.D.
Former Board Member and Volunteer

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the foundations for the school building infrastructure put into place

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to increased efforts in partnerships

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

I just returned from visiting the work of Aumazo and of its tireless and dedicated founder, Jacqueline Tchouassi Audige, in Bankondji, Cameroon. There, Aumazo, Inc. is building a secondary school for girls. I was deeply touched by the energy of hope stirred among the people of Bankondji by the work of Aumazo. From village leaders to the smallest child, all villagers of Bankondji are invested in the completion of Aumazo's school project. It was clear to me that the school is necessary and wanted by its people. $200,000.00 have yet to be raised to complete the construction as well as furnish the school. I have returned more than ever committed to support the efforts of Aumazo in Bankondji, Cameroon. Efforts that are relevant to the people of Bankondji, that are grounded in the needs and desires of the people of Bankondji. The founder, Jacqueline Tchouassi Audige, receives no pay for her tireless work. All moneys received by Aumazo are directly invested in the building of the school. This is a truly honorable organization--an honest organization led by a woman of great integrity, a native Cameroonian herself.

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As faculty in the field of education, I have been personally transformed by my visit to Bankondji where I witnessed first hand the building site of the secondary school for girls and the hope in the hearts of the people that Aumazo'a project stirs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps a more active and engaged board would help the organization locate the necessary funds for its project(s).

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

Aumazo's staff, board, and volunteers are singularly dedicated to assisting to educate girls in Bankondji.

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March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

AUMAZO
A gladnes for the people of this village with millions of wealth. Young people will discover wih AUMAZO that their old dreams of conquering outer spaces are about to come true. AUMAZO is giving them a happy consciousness of their own importance.

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Lives of this population are changed. Every effort should be made to ensure that persons be enabled, on the basis of merit, to go on higher studies, so that as far as possible, they may take on responsibilities in human society in accordance with the skills they have acquired.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not yet

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

Aumazo, Inc. has a strong vision that seeks to empower young women living in rural parts of the Cameroon. Adolescent girls encounter serious danger when attempting to become further educated in the city, and therefore need a school they can attend closer to home. Aumazo, Inc. has started building a secondary school in the village of Bankondji that will allow young women to receive the education they require and deserve in order to become successful.

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my life as a university student. I was fortunate enough to travel to Bankondji and see the critical needs of the young women and the true desire they have to learn. They deserve this chance and Aumazo, Inc. is giving it to them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask for more support from those persons who truly believe in the power of young women.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I have already made one point about this empowering organiztion elsewhere, but I will make that point again: This organiztions unlocks many opportunuites for the people in the developing countries who have not have had the chance to experience a high-edge education beforehand. I recommend you should at least take a look into it before judging.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working alongside the CEO in filing and looking into the developent of the organization and work.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not at the moment; the organization is growing well.

June 7, 2010

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June 7, 2010

Aumazo is a great organization that is run by a truly caring and involved individual. While I am merely a high school student living in a small US town, I have always felt like I could be involved, even in small ways, in helping this organization, allowing me to help empower women just like me half way around the world. Being able to begin making a difference at a young age leaves an incredibly strong impression, and I feel like I can go on and really help make a difference. I am currently working on setting up a penpal program between a school in Cameroon and my own high school. Through the help of this organization, people at my school will gain a better understanding of what the educational opportunities are in other parts of the world and hopefully further inspire others to aid in the prevalent education problems that exist around the world.

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I have been involved online and have been working to help bridge the gap between education in Cameroon and education here in America, and I hope to be able to implement this program in my school during the next academic year.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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