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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: Our organization’s mission is to empower girls with high school education by building better school infrastructure and ensure that they are given the opportunities to succeed in life by the time they leave our school. Many rural girls have no access to high school education in Cameroon for a lack of appropriate infrastructure. By building its own school, Aumazo, Inc. will help girls stay in school by providing them with an environment conducive to learning, an environment that nurtures their capacities to make a difference in their lives and in their communities.

Results: Our first school is under construction in the rural village of Bankondji in Cameroon. To date, much progress has been made in promoting the school to the regional community. In 2012, after establishing the ZOMA the construction company which revenue will sustain the operating costs of the school, we completed the library/study building and built concrete slab floors for the entire school building. In 2013, we also benefited from a continued Pro Bono Consulting Service at George Washington University. In 2014 and in collaboration with the RM Sovich Architecture firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, we worked on the new school design that is relevant to the rural environment. The same year, we established an ongoing working partnership with the Barrie School in Silver Spring.

Target demographics: Disadvantaged Rural Girls in Cameroon/Africa

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8 families regain their financial freedom by providing job at our construction site

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Aumazo is building safe and welcoming boarding schools for girls, with well-equipped classrooms, adequate sanitation facilities, a gymnasium, a library/study and computer room. Access to a better infrastructure and an improved school environment for young women means: increased safety, a reduction in dropouts, improved learning, higher self-esteem, more self-worth, and the development of our future leaders.

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82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Abderrahmane T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The progress of this non profit foundation has been exceptional. The founder Jacqueline Audige works tirelessly to bring development and progress to Cameroon and Bakondji. She has a team on the ground constantly coordinating with her efforts. The girls to whom she is building schools are lucky to have her as an example. If you are looking to help and donate then you can not go wrong with Aumazo, Inc.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Aumazo is the real deal. This organization really does help young girls in Cameroon by building schools one brick at a time. Education is the key to a better life and I approve of this message.

Watch the videos on www.aumazo.org if you don't believe me. ;)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aumazo has been keeping its audience informed, in the loop. There have been multiple fundraising efforts in the form of events and sponsor vettings all year long. The team's diligence and efforts reflect the heart that beats and lives inside of Aumazo, Inc. Every day they get one step closer to launching the first boarding school and so many people are invested and counting on it! Go Aumazo!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is ran by a determined CEO with a very aspiring goal to grant education to those who cannot afford it. I worked with the organization more than several times, and I got very invested in helping out and seeing success for everyone out there in the struggling rural areas. Everyone deserves an education, and everyone should come out and support great causes such as this! No passionate voice deserves to be ignored, and this organization is certainly no exception.

1 Jenny86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AUMAZO est un très bon projet. Les jeunes filles camerounaises qui vont en bénéficier pourront accroître leurs connaissances et étudier dans de très bonnes conditions afin de trouver plus tard un bon emploi qui leur correspond. Ce qui profitera non seulement aux filles du Cameroun mais aussi à toutes les jeunes filles des pays limitrophes.

1 Xtel L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very great project that will enable young girls to learn, to develop and reinforce their skills and their knowledge; all this, in the best possible conditions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AUMAZO, cet organisme dont l'enjeu social des ambitions n'est plus à démontrer, reste l'espoir d'une communauté qui entend faire sa mue complète avec la ferme optique d'être un maillon à l'émergence qu'aspire le pays.
Forte de ses ambitions, AUMAZO participe à l'évolution des habitudes de la population, qui a soif de ce nouveau monde avec ses nouvelles façons.
l'envergure des évènements nous commande de penser que au delà du savoir faire ,nous avons ici tout un système d'instruction qui va ressusciter des vies entières.
Va de l'avant AUMAZO!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This Great non-profits will combat rural exodus and will enable the development of Bankondji. A wonderful Organisation which will also allow young girls from bankondji & areas an education for a profession.Aumazo inc is used to regular events in order to enlarge the impact of it.Sure of the great effects within the community & I really hope the project will achieve its goals.Happy 5th anniversary! wish you success.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aumazo est un projet excellent pour le développement de l’Afrique en général, nous souhaitons un grand succès au projet et nous vous soutenons.
Salutations distingués.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jacqueline Audige, the founder of Aumazo has been working relentlessly for the past 7-8 years to fund and build schools for girls in her native Cameroon. Great cause, fantastic work and inspiring example.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Moving forward with school project and long-term sustainability plan for the institution!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Aumazo has done a great job generating multiple streams of financial resources for the project. By following a strong and efficient business model, the organization is also ensuring its long-term sustainability. This aspect differentiates Aumazo from many projects in which the initial investment is rarely followed by a sustainable plan for the growth of the organization. Once built, the school will be able to genrateits own income by developing economically feasible business ventures. These will provide hands-on practical opportunities for the students.

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Rating: 5

My students and I support Aumazo with our funds and prayers. Well deserved project!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An organization and a mission definitely worth supporting. The founder and board members do not just focus on achieving immediate results, they see the bigger picture. The emphasis is not simply on granting the girls access to education, Aumazo provides a nurturing environment conducive to learning and continue assisting the girls once they are done with school.
In the poverty reduction agenda, women empowerment is crucial. They are the backbone of our society.

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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an exceptional initiative to fund less fortunate young girls edication!! Aumazo, Inc work is very inspirational and original!!

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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

You help us know how we are doing with your review. Thank you J.A

Christelle D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Still a great organization and cause to support. Girl education is extremely important and its great that organizations like Aumazo, Inc. are working towards guaranteeing that every girl gets the opportunity to get a good education. Go Aumazo!!

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Poncho F.

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Rating: 5

With this being my 3rd review, I still stand my ground about this organization. I can't stress enough how this is truly a great organization. It deserves more recognition than it receives. Kudos to Aumazo, inc! I wish them continued success and will continued doing my part in helping as much as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am back at it once again to remind you why AUMAZO is still my Charity of choice. The passion and creativity this organization exudes in making a difference in the world brings hope and joy to my heart. I am so proud to be sharing in the wonders of this beautiful cause. Please, join me and take 3 minutes of your time to show your support by sharing your own thoughts.

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Collins N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've met the founder many times and every time she speaks about Aumazo, Inc., you can feel the passion and vivacity in her voice. Her dedication is inspiring. She has a true golden heart.

The works Aumazo,Inc. does truly speaks for itself. They have done so much with the limited resources they have and that is truly impressive. I can't say enough about this organization. Please join in on supporting this cause!

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mr-mark

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Rating: 5

Love the work that all that my fellow folks put into and i'm happy to lend a hand as well! Cheers for Aumazo, things're lookin' up for all of them!

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Rating: 5

Aumazo Inc. is a nonprofit organization, which it's main purpose is to promote education and equal opportunities for individuals in developing countries. In my opinion, it serves a very good purpose for opening up opportunities for others around the world. I was a volunteer at one of the fundraisers, and I was deeply moved by the presentations of young Cameroonian girls not getting fair and equal education and services. I have done the best I can to support the organization's goal of mainly promoting education and equality. I would recommend checking out the website and make a donation. Any donation made will be greatly appreciated, even if it's only a penny! But don't just donate, try to be a part of the organization and tell others about it to help Aumazo reach it's goal.

Bobolo C.

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Rating: 5

I had such a wonderful time volunteering for Aumazo! A very nice organization composed of very humble people who want to help move a new generation forward! Five stars all the way!

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Rating: 5

As a previous administrative assistant for Aumazo, Inc., I can say first hand that this organization is true to their mission and strive to help these girls obtain an education at all cost. Regardless of all obstacles, they still push through and never give up nor look back. It is a great organization and the founder is an inspirational and incredible person. This organization deserves more recognition and support for the work they are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Nonprofit Organization with an ambitious cause! I highly recommend everyone to take a look and donate a little to get one step closer to getting rural girls the education that everyone deserves!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Marie-Anne A.

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Rating: 5

As a devoted advocate of Aumazo, Inc., I can say first hand that this organization is true to their mission and strive to help these girls obtain an education at all cost. Regardless of all obstacles, they still push through and never give up nor look back. It is a great organization and the founder is an inspirational and incredible person. This organization deserves more recognition and support for the work they are doing!

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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

Awesome! We would like to hear from you often. Thank you J.A

1 Marie-Ange A.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many Great Nonprofits out there, but I have encountered very few transparent organizations in Women's Education in Africa. Aumazo is clear and trustworthy; Ive seen the donations get put to literal good use. That can only happen when the Founder IS the Cause and believes whole heartedly in the work he/she is doing because of personal experience and connectivity to the mission. I urge all that care to support Aumazo by spreading the word at least! It's an org. worth knowing and encouraging. Positivity should always trump pity.

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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

Wonderful! Do not stop reviewing our work. Thank you J.A

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very close to the founder of Aumazo Inc., Jacqueline, and can attest to the sheer drive and dedication she has invested in the organization and its cause. Jacqueline and her team work tirelessly to collect funds and advance the development of their first all-girls' boarding school in Jacqueline's native village of Bankondji, Cameroon -- a task that is proving to be much more difficult than expected.

The Auamzo team has met many unrelenting obstacles -- from environmental to political and financial setbacks -- on the road to achieving their admirable goals, and they have until now come through. This truly is one of the few honest and purposeful non-profits out there. I will continue to show love and support whenever possible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is my pleasure to congratulate Team Aumazo and its founder for their work in Cameroon since its inception in 2005. By placing the empowerment of young girls at the core of their interventions, Aumazo has undoubtedly taken humanitarian standards up a notch. It is often noted that emergency programs correspond to short-term and live-saving responses to crises whereas long-term government sponsored projects tend to suffer from bureaucratic heaviness, lack of funding and ill-governance. Aumazo fills this gap beautifully by intervening directly in rural areas through, for instance, the construction of a clean and self-sustaining boarding school for the benefit of the target community. I applaud such an endeavor and can’t help but be amazed by the monumental development efforts they have carried out so far. These crucial gender initiatives address the most pressing social issues of the day, which include lowering the risk of child abuse, reducing gender inequality and, more importantly, educating the next generation of local African female leadership. All in all, Aumazo is an inspiring example of how the combination of grassroots mobilization and private funding can yield astonishing results that will surely be felt in the many years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I believe that education is a powerful tool to better the lives of communities. Providing it to girls by building is a very good initiative and strongly encourage it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I trust the project That is why I am in; and when finish this will definitely be a dream come thru. It says that you have to dream to see your dream coming thru. This is project is for a good cause and I am happy to be part of it. That is what I call being there for our girls when they need you. Thank you to Jacqueline Audige, CEO and Founder of Aumazo Inc/ZOMA for her action: building a school for Girls in Bankondji, Cameroon, Africa. Please let support her action so her dream, our dream can be extended to more regions. Together Each one Accomplish More. Thank you mother Jacqueline

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I would like to commend Jacqueline Audige, CEO and Founder of Aumazo Inc/ZOMA B/C for extraordinary leadership and resourcefulness in establishing a girls' secondary boarding school in rural Cameroon, where only 17 percent of high school age girls are able to obtain education. The school will not only providea academic training using the national bilingual curriculum, but will also include training in microenteprise development and management, information technology, agricultural production and food processing.

She had devoted herself tirelessly to the pilot school, which nearly a decade ago was only a dream and a farm field in Western Cameroon. The school buildings should be completed and the first students start attending class in the near future.

Two things stand out about her work. First of all, her creativity. Perhaps her greatest innovation has been to use the machine that makes quality interlocking blocks out of local materials for the school construction. This machine then became the cornerstone of ZOMA B/C, a small construction materials and services business for homes and buildings. ZOMA's profits all go to support the operating expenses for the school.

Secondly, Jacqueline has build a remarkable coalition of individuals and organizations to help the school become a reality and contribute to the education of girls, a critical element in economic and social development.

Abbe Fessenden

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Rating: 5

I have been working with Jacqueline Audige as an Aumazo volunteer Representative in Cameroon since 2006. Despite all the challenges and the roadblocks we faced over the years, my faith in the project had remained strong.
When I met with Jacqueline in December 2006, the project was still an idea and I got hooked right away. At the time, I was a priest at St Joseph parish of Bankondji. I saw big potentials behind the project because every day I confront girls who cannot continue their education because of financial difficulties of relocation and schools fees. She made it even worthwhile when she told me that she was going to build a school building that includes toilets. I was thrilled at that idea. Although I am a priest, I also teach middle schoolers. Many girls that are young women already, always accumulate a lot of absence during a school year. I never understood why until Jacqueline drew my attention to the need of toilets at a school building to reduce absenteism and high drop out rates among girls.
This is a noble cause and I am glad to be part of it. I urge you who will read this to help us raise the wall of this school and welcome the girls. I admire the courage , determination and passion that Jacqueline Audige has for this project. It takes a soul like hers to hold tight on such dream of giving back to others. I did not and will never let her down. She has be been an inspiration to me as well and I learned a lot from her strength, her honesty and integrity. I have never stopped praying for her and the project. I have faith that things that are giving with love can only bare good fruits.

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Rating: 5

I am a highschool student at the Barrie School in Silver Spring MD. Last year, my French class collaborated with Aumazo, raising over $2,300 for the construction of their first school. It was an amazing experience, both as a French student and as a person. We worked directly with Jaqueline (the founder of Aumazo) while we planned the event and beyond. She was also asked by the senior class to speak at graduation. Jacqueline is also a parent at our school.

Because we were already working together on a long-term project, I proposed a formal partnership between our school and Aumazo. The Aumazo board and the School administration were both interested in the idea, so I worked with them to write and edit the memorandum of understanding, serving as the link between the two organizations. Our efforts culminated in a fundraiser gala, during which the partnership was signed. It was extremely rewarding to work with Aumazo, and I look forward to working with them again in the future. Aumazo has earned my highest praise and deepest respect.

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Shawnte M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The organization has overcome a number of obstacles to bring quality educational options to young girls and is doing tremendous work to make a difference in their lives.

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1 Anna77

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Rating: 5

Jacqueline worked closely with students in my French class who were interested in the Aumazo project. She was unfailingly generous with her time and showed herself to be an AMAZING educator. The kids were bowled over by the Aumazo project and took it upon themselves to propose an official partnership between our school (Barrie School) and Aumazo, and then planned and executed a gala fundraiser in the spring. I can't say enough good things about Jacqueline and about Aumazo.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jacqueline has been doing a great job over the years to be able to open this place for girls. She will succeed and I do hope others will follow.
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In spring of 2011, Jacqueline Audige Tchouassi, the founder of Aumazo Inc., and I coordinated a service-learning trip to Bankondji, Cameroon. We led a group of students and faculty from Mount St. Mary's University to Bankondji where we made friends for life. There we witnessed the energy of men and women eager to provide quality education to their children, and particularly, a quality secondary education to their young women. Jacqueline is an inspiration to us all as are the people of Bankondji. Her committment and unwavering devotion to the project of building a secondary school for girls in Bankondji have kept the project on track and moving forward despite obstacles and challenges.
This school is being built because Jacqueline and the people of Bankondji do not give up.
I am humbled and forever grateful to have been included in Jacqueline's world. Aumazo Inc. is not only a desirable organization, but a necessary one. It is an organization founded by a Cameroon native who understands her people and their needs. There is nothing more reassuring than knowing the non-profit one supports is grounded in a deep knowledge and understanding of the people it purports to serve. Aumazo Inc. is a work of great integrity, and an organization that inspires works of integrity. Thank you, Jacqueline for the great honor and opportunity to be connected with your work.

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1 Carolyn52

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Rating: 5

My visit to Cameroon 2 years ago with the Mount St. Mary's team of faculty and students began my love for Africa....specifically the people of Bankondji. Education is a powerful tool for change; and educating girls extends that positive change to their future families. This project is so worthwhile to support as it will currently build strong women and provide educated citizens in the future. During my visit one of the Sisters at the Daughters of Charity said that “Africa gets into your skin.” I feel that I came home with a piece of Africa in my heart. The land is beautiful. The people are beautiful. My memories are beautiful. I am proud to teach my students at the University about this wonderful project and how to support it with our monies and prayers.

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Tanisha M.

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Rating: 5

Currently working with empowering women and children in Bangladesh through education, I cannot stress the importance of providing this type of assistance in all developing countries. There should never be a lack of support to any organization that strengthens this cause, and Aumazo is one that has well internalized and established itself into the situation. In providing resources from the bottom-level up to the top, it deserves much plausible recognition for their ongoing efforts, and more love and support from the global community.
Wishing Aumazo all the best of luck- Great work!

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Patrick E.

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Rating: 5

The first time I heard about Aumazo was through a close friend of mine. I am from one of the counties with which Cameroon share its frontier (Gabon) so when I heard about Aumazo and the goals that they wanted to reach I was more than exited to be able to volunteer. In addition it’s not every day that you come across a non-profit organization that has the ambition to bring education to Africa for this reason I strongly believe that they do need more recognition and help from anyone for the hard work that they’re doing.

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Fatim D.

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Rating: 5

Education in Africa, especially for young girls, is a cause that is very dear to my heart. I believe that it is one of the most critical factors to reducing poverty and inequality. So when I heard about Aumazo, its mission and the great work that its founder, Jacqueline Audige, is doing in rural Cameroon, I immediately thought that it was an organization that was worth supporting.

Donor

Rating: 5

The first time I heard about Aumazo was through the McGill African Student Society, as they were hosting an event for which a percentage of the proceeds collected that night would go to the organization. I read about the organization before attending the event, just to see what it was all about. It was refreshing to see an african women at the head of this initiative and the uniqueness in their approach in tackling this pending issue. People and organizations like these make me a proud African

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great and necessary project to engender social change in rural Cameroon. Investing in the education of young girls is a surefire way to empower them, and to lift communities out of poverty in the long term. Founder Mrs. Audige's relentless dedication to this cause will allow her to surmount any obstacles that may present themselves. Being of Cameroonian heritage, specifically from the region where the project is taking place, I am keen to follow Aumazo's growth as it continues to develop as an organization.

Anais Ghn G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about Aumazo through a dear friend who insisted that I checkout this cause and support. As a cameroonian girl myself, This is truly a noble cause and I am glad that Jacqueline, the Founder, is giving back to our community. She is a great role model and I encourage others to follow in her footsteps!

Yannick K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working with Aumazo Inc. Mrs Audige did a phenomenal job at getting a team together to work in partnership with the University of Maryland and spending hours taking hundreds of their chairs, chalk boards and several other school materials that were going to be thrown away and that instead we took to put in a container and ship to Cameroon to help build better schools. It was an eye-opening experience and the purpose was real. Great organization, great people. I would recommend them to anyone looking to make an immediate difference in the lives of people who need it.

Kasongo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to follow Aumazo from the start and remain impressed by the commitment of its founder to provide young Africans with the opportunity to get a decent education and a shot at a better life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Aumazo, Inc. represents hope to many young African women in Cameroon who would otherwise remain uneducated and trapped in life with no future. Thanks to this NGO, young women in Cameroon will be afforded the opportunity to get an education and engage with the world around them in a completely different way: confident, open-minded, resourceful, and ambitious. I have seen the commitment and dedication leaders of the NGO have demonstrated in their efforts to bring opportunities to the young women of Cameroon. Such efforts deserve the support of all those who believe in the education of women around the world, in general, and that of women in Africa, in particular. Please give a helping hand to a young African woman in Cameroon by supporting Aumazo.

Ese O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a fund-raising event for Aumazo and learned about its mission for the future and its achievements thus far. Education is a vital tool for the progress of our communities. Helping to educate girls in developing regions of the world, such as Cameroon, is a most worthy cause to support.

Rachel90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Aumazo through a good friend and after a bit of my own research decided that I wanted to get more involved in the cause. Educating girls is something I am personally passionate about and Aumazo has found a way to do this in an effective and sustainable manner. Having studied international development in university, I was well aware of the problem of sustainability that some non profits/development agencies have encountered. After meeting with Jacqueline and hearing more details about Aumazo's plan to educate girls in Bankondji I was curious to see how Aumazo planned to fund such a task. I was very impressed to hear about her plan to use a hydraform block making machine to not only build the school but also fund the project in general (and any future projects). In this way, Aumazo is able to be self-sustaining and thus will continue to do good well into the future. Definitely worth all five stars!

Donor

Rating: 5

Jacqueline is one of the most hard working and committed women I have had the pleasure of knowing. She has single handedly worked tirelessly to build AUMAZO to the level where it is right now. She can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. I realize that she still needs support and encouragement from all walks to see this project to it fruitful completion. I know that those who care about this project, will do their level best to continue to support Jacqueline. Brave to you!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 3

AUMAZO? A noble project, a gladness for the people of this village with millions of wealth.Young people will discover with AUMAZO that their old dreams of going on higher studies are about to come true. AUMAZO is giving them a happy consciousness of their own importance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aumazo truly makes a difference in the lives of the girls of Cameroon. Small and spunky, the organization continues to progress, year after year. Now they are purchasing a machine that makes clay bricks in order to save money and get people involved in the process of buiilding the school. They have great ingenuity and perseverance. Kudos to the entire board and especially to Jacqueline!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Sabrina Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Ellen R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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jacqueline4 06/15/2010

Nathalie, I am so glad that you are keeping up with the penpal program. The ongoing challenge we are still facing is the completion of the school building. As you know, the foundations of the school and the dormitory were built two years ago. The program cannot exist without the students who are waiting to enter the school. We are making progress and are still seeking funds to build the wall, put the roof and open doors to the first 50 girls by fall 2011. Bear with us and continue to work on the penpal program. We will fulfill the dream together. J.A

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

It is easier to create mind-spinning ideas, but absolutely very challenging to act on the plan. What this organization has done in rural communities of Cameroon to support and empower these young poor women through education is laudable. However, more work has to be done in completing the school buildings to house these girls. I sincerely encourage you to donate towards this objective whenever possible. Surely, education is expensive, but try ignorance! Maurice Anichebe

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jacqueline4 06/03/2010

Thanks Maurice for your supporting words. We are working hard to make the dreams of many of our prospective students a reality. With the continued support of people like you, we will reach our goals soon. In five years we have done the unthinkable. The milestone for making the impossible happen has just begun. Stay the course. Thank you. J.A

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Donor

Rating: 5

Six years that we've been following this organization, since the beginning actually, and we are very proud to see all the work accomplished so far.
This year, the organization has taken another step forward as Aumazo was officially invited to the famous Oprah show. Jacqueline came along with another great idea for fund raising with the Aumazo Winter Wonder Raffle, and of course this was a success.

Congratulations to all of you supporting Aumazo, we can see progress and accomplishments.

Let's not give up now! The girls are counting on us.

Thank you Jacqueline and all Aumazo team for all these efforts.

Wish you success.
-A&G L

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my friends told me a lot of positive things about this organization. Jacqueline Audige wants to build a school in rural areas in developing countries (Cameroon) for young people who do not have access to education. I find that this is an AMAZING opportunity not only for them but also to show the example to people around us and finally break this vicious circle. I also recently watched a documentary regarding the social conditions there, which are deplorable!!! I am revolted by seeing people having to suffer because of the fact that they've been born in poor families. We do not choose our family, but at least we can try to show a little bit of compassion by trying to fulfill some of their basic needs such as education. Thanks a lot for being there for them! This gives me faith that there are people that care abut others and want to put smiles on those little girls' faces. Please help AUMAZO! PLEASE HELP MAKING OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Aumazo Inc. was a great chance to show case my camera and editing skills. I enjoyed every second that I worked on the fundraising video and hope that it aids in changing peoples lives and opening peoples' hearts as it has mine. God bless Aumazo and all that make it it the wonderful organization that it is. I urge everyone to check out the video and how to donate at www.aumazo.org.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having spent some years in Cameroon as part of the french Cooperation, I consider that the AUMAZO project is exceptional as it focuses rightly on helping the most vulnerable segment of the population; girls from remate rural areas. I wish full success to the endeavor and I know the enrgy spend by both the founder and the Board to make it a reality.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I first got wind of this nonprofit organization in 2006 when the founder's daughter explained to me Aumazo's mission statement. Empowering girls through education is a brilliant idea that has gained more and more attention (yet not enough) since the inception of the UN's Millenium Development Goals. Indeed, Aumazo, Inc's mission targets several of the MDGs and provides a better future for a large number of girls. However, there is a really big need for improvement and especially more numerous organizations taking on that challenge because progress is taking too long. Aumazo, Inc, which was started not so long ago, is one such organization that has grown and accomplished many things with little financial support. I am really impressed with everything they have done up to this day, from raising awareness and promoting the Aumazo name to opening an actual school in Cameroun in the very near future. Aumazo, Inc. is the epitome of a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people by empowering them through education so that they can finally break the vicious cycle they are trapped in and go on to achieve their dreams. Again, I repeat my utmost respect for this NGO that has come a long way since it's inception.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Through a friend, I have just heard about this organization and I feel it is a great initiative to empower rural women in Cameroon through education. I hope that the initiative continues since education is the key to success.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Aumazo, inc. through my mother, the founder. I believe that it is a great cause and I'm not just saying that as her daughter. The Aumazo objective is to provide an opportunity for girls in the rural areas of Cameroon through access to secondary education. This is achieved by the installment of schools in these rural areas. Education isn't a privilege, but a right, and the fact that their objective is to provide free education to these girls is wonderful. These girls didn't choose the life they were given and they should be awarded easy access to vital resources as well. Aumazo Inc. is providing a solution to the issue of poor education, free of charge. The highlight of my implication in this organization will be to see the faces of those girls when the school will open. It might sound ridiculous to those who take it for granted, but i am very grateful for having been given an education. Therefore, i will keep on raising awareness for this cause as i believe it is a noble one to support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was contacted by Aumazo in September 2009 because they saw the need to not only provide education to Bankondji but also safe drinking water. It did not take long to notice the enthusiasm and commitment Jacqueline and Francis have to provide a better future for the community of Bankondji. Aumazo is not stopping at their mission to provide higher education for the girls in Bankondji but they also are looking for additional ways to improve the conditions of the community. Due to the engagement and personal commitment of Jacqueline and Francis and their onsite contact Sylvester, we at Aguayuda took on the project to provide safe drinking water to the community. We are very proud that we can support this excellent organization by working together to provide a better life to the 5,000 people in Bankondji. At a site visit to Bankondji, we experienced the dire need for quality education for girls and safe drinking water first hand. I am proud to be able to support Aumazo in helping the people of Bankondji who struggle on a daily basis.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aumazo, Inc is a wonderful organization that is geared towards helping young girls from Bakondji obtain an education which will allow them to be better equipped for higher education or a profession. This organization is attempting to combat poverty, and rural exodus which is a problem that affects virtually all of Africa. This organization is tackling a problem in one specific area of Cameroon in the hopes that this might create a global movement. I believe that the objectives of this organization is well needed in Bakondji and many parts of the world and hope that it will achieve its goals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a student of politics and economics, I realize the importance of helping people, and in particular the young, to help themselves. A community must be sustainable and equal in order to thrive, and this is just what Aumazo is aiming to do. By giving young girls the opportunity, ability and hope to succeed within their own environment, Aumazo is sowing the seeds for progress in a nation that needs it. The necessity to empower women has been proven as crucial in steps toward development, as a woman tends to have stronger willpower in improving her family's situation, by putting her family's needs over her own. By educating young women, Aumazo is giving them a voice and equality to their brothers, ensuring sustainable development. With proper support Aumazo will be able to reach its goals, one village at a time. I must also emphasize the importance of the passion that has driven this project. I grew up with Jacqueline's eldest daughter, and understood how much the founder cared about the education and success of all her children. It is evident that she is truly passionate about the improvement of women's place in society and because of this won't give up and will succeed. Finally, this project will not only promote equality and empowerment to women but will also have/is having knock-on effects within the community as the school will generate new jobs. This will improve the well-being of those involved and subsequently the rest of the village as members will re-invest their rents. This project is more than worthy and I truly hope it will continue in achieving its goals.