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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: To improve living and learning conditions for the students and teachers in Cameroon today so that the students can successfully complete their education and then can help their country. In addition, to promote peace, cross-cultural understanding, love and unity of all people.

Target demographics: to assist mostly secondary/high school students with basic educational needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: about 500 students and 7 schools

Geographic areas served: Cameroon

Programs: providing basic school supplies, textbooks, part school fees, exam registration fees, lamps, school uniforms and bags; also assisting rural high schools with basic science lab equipment, laptop computers, short wave radios (for remote places) and more.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Fred M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My success started with my transfer from a private college in Ndu to GBHS Tatum where Mrs. Pavla Laney was my teacher. School materials are basic necessities behind good grades and success in school. I was very motivated and eager to learn due to school supplies I received from Mrs. Pavla ( Educare Africa). My education through from Forms 3 to high school was basically dependable from the help i received from Educare Africa. My love for biology started with Mrs. Pavla as she makes learning fun and easy. I am a Registered Nurse working on my master in health administration. My solid foundation in health started with supplies and equipment in biology we received from Educare Africa when i was in Forms 3.

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Fondze Joseph B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I greet you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My name is Fondze Joseph, from Ngar-Ntumbaw, a village in the Donga-Mantung Division of the North West Region of Cameroon. I knew Mrs. PAVLA ZAKOVA LANEY when I was in Secondary School at the then Government Secondary School Tatum, which is now a Government High School. Mrs. PAVLA was a Peace Corps Volunteer and my Biology Teacher. She use to help me and many other students with basic school materials like pens, pencils, colors, books and so on. She was very caring to students. In fact she was a mother to us.

Along the line she came-up with a club in school by name ''Joy and Success'' in which I was a member. I came to realized that this club was a leadership training club as we use to learn a variety of things there. Some of which include; public speaking, singing and dancing, faith sharing with the use of Daily Word and so on.

By this time, it was unfortunate that I had a snake bite accident on my left leg that later developed ulcers. One of my friends in school (MENJO JUDE) discovered that I was seriously suffering and had no means to get proper medical care. He took me to Mrs. Pavla and informed her about my situation. On the spot, Mrs. PAVLA told me to start preparing that she was going to support me to go to the Hospital during long Holidays which she did. At the same Mrs. Pavla introduced me to Dr. Bonlannder who was on a visit to Cameroon and came to Tatum where I was schooling.

It was during my stay at the Banso Baptist Hospital (during long holidays) where Mrs. PAVLA took me for the treatment that I was informed that I was going to receive help from EDUCARE-Africa. That is how I knew that Mrs. PAVLA has created an Organization by name EDUCARE-Africa.

Through this Organization Dr. Bonlannder became so concerned about me and my leg that he followed-up over the years till when I was at the University that the leg healed. I keep praying and thanking God for them.

I want to say here that I was the most fortunate and the highest beneficiary from Educare-Africa. From the time Mrs. PAVLA new about my leg issue, Educare-Africa took care of my School needs from Secondary through High School to University. I received help varying from School fees, house rents, Hospital bills, food, books, transportation, I mean full time sponsor from Educare-Africa.

I remember when Mrs. Pavla visited me in my village and still sent people twice to my village to check on my situation when I was sick with the leg.

I am alive today thanking God for EDUCARE-Africa and Dr. Bonlannder. What I know is that EDUCARE-Africa has changed and is still changing the lives of many people and communities in Cameroon. It all started in Tatum but has grown so large to many schools and communities around Cameroon.
The on-going work at the Educare-Africa Community Resource Center in Tatum is a big project that I wish to call on all men and women of good will to support. Educare-Africa is changing lives and changing the World.

I want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all those who are supporting Mrs. PAVLA and Educare-Africa in these wonderful works they are doing in schools and communities around Cameroon. May God Bless you more and more as you keep supporting these projects

My experience and story about Educare-Africa can cover so many pages. To be continued.
God Bless you all.

FONDZE JOSEPH

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Mbinta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Mbinta Fenibe James (MD, MPH) a 30 year old Cameroonian. I am one of the key beneficiaries of Educare Africa. I am a clinical and public health practitioner and researcher.

I will like to express my heartfelt and sincere gratitude to the Founder, President & Executive Director, Mrs. Pavla Zakova-Laney. To say that I am touched by your sincere devotion to the underprivileged children in Cameroon does not sufficiently express my gratitude. I am grateful for all you have done, and pledge my unparalleled commitment and an indubitable desire in continuing in your footsteps. Please accept my warmest heartfelt thanks.

"Why do people help children who are unrelated, live thousands of miles away, and differ in terms of ethnicity, language and religion?". To all the donors, through your faithful financial contributions over the years, you’ve demonstrated your deep commitment to the work of Educare Africa. Generous gifts from you provide the financial and moral support needed to keep our dream alive. Your support has repeatedly played a key role in our success especially reducing illiteracy in Cameroon. There is no way to fully express my gratitude for your loyalty. I am continually inspired by your dedication and generosity to answer the call to give again and again.

We all live in the era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a unique call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. The mission of Educare Africa is in line with these global goals.

Despite what has been done so far, a lot still has to done. I will like to use this opportunity to call on all of us (donors and beneficiaries) to contribute in any way we can to keep the mission of Educare Africa a life. Our action will have a ripple effect. Together, we will work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.

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1 Yufemo S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Yufemo Silvie, one of the many beneficiaries of this wonderful NGO called Educate Africa. I went to secondary school with a lot of financial difficulties but was opportuned to meet this group in my secondary school, the then GHS Tatum. I was privileged to receive help from this group ranging from pens, to tuition from form one right to University. I am now a holder of a bachelor degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buea all thanks to Educare Africa. It will be of immense help if good will donors can keep this organization alive through their contributions so that the lives of more children will be changed through this organization. Thanks again Mrs Pavla Zakova Laney for your kindness

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Wirba Pascal Yuven. Mrs Pavla Zakova Laney came to Cameroon as a peace corps volunteer in 1997 and was my Biology teacher in the then GSS Tatum. She was as well my class mistress and was in our school for three years. She had a lot of empathy for us students and would not relent to assist in our needs as students. When she finished her peace corps service, she felt that to reach out to many students, it will be wonderful she starts an NGO. This was how she then came up with EDUCARE-AFRICA.
I have benefited from the assistance of this wonderful organisation right from secondary school. I am now a graduate from the renowned university of Buea, Cameroon. I teach Chemistry, an author and an environmental activist. Without this wonderful organisation, i wouldn't have been this accomplished.
I therefore urge anyone who has empathy to donate be it a pencil, a pen or even a prayer for students in Cameroon through EDUCARE-AFRICA. This will go a long way to produce many more productive students, well accomplished who can join the Educare-Africa alumni and be part of a solution to the needs of students in Cameroon. This will help many like us to accomplish our dreams.Thanks immensely and remain blessed.

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1 Myra N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am YULAH Mirabel ( PhD student in Environmental Economics, Rural Development and Food processing)

I got in touch with Educare-Africa in 2016 just when I was about to enroll for my PhD program in the University of Yaounde II Cameroon. Since then till present, Educare-Africa has been so instrumental in my studies. I do assure the donors of Educare-Africa that all their support has yielded, is still yielding and will continue yielding fruits. I will forever remain grateful to the founder and faithful donors of Educare-Africa for their incredible efforts and support in ensuring that many youths like myself pursue and achieve their dreams for a brighter future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am YULAH Mirabel ( PhD student in Environmental Economics, Rural Development and Food processing)

I got in touch with Educare-Africa in 2016 just when I was about to enroll for my PhD program in the University of Yaounde II Cameroon. Since then till present, Educare-Africa has been so instrumental in my studies. I do assure the donors of Educare-Africa that all their support has yielded, is still yielding and will continue yielding fruits. I will forever remain grateful to the founder and faithful donors of Educare-Africa for their incredible efforts and support in ensuring that many youths like myself pursue and achieve their dreams for a brighter future.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Shalom. Season greetings in Jesus name. Am called Njobara Innocent Njobara, born in Mbam Ngendzen, in the North West Region of Cameroon, precisely in Nkum Sub Division. Upon completion from primary school in Mbam Ngendzen, I was fortunate to be part of the selected few to benefactor to receive aid from Educare-Africa, under the Leadership of Madam Pavla.

I was bless to receive this aid for three years which deeply set a solid base and good foundation for my great future. After form Four, I was suspended from the program. In September 2015, I re-applied for assistance for a degree program of which this time I was unfortunate to receive. However, by the special grace of God I made it through.

I am what I am today thanks to help from Educare Africa for setting the foundation. I remain humble to this great program, project and to all the sponsors especially Madam Pavla and her team for setting the great base for my life.

God bless Educare Africa and I pray this organization never wind up or closed down, but to continue to exist so as to put hope and set the base for many orphans like me in my country and let the peace of God reign in this beautiful country.

Jesus is Lord.
Njobara Innocent Niobara

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1 Rev. Christian

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Name is Rev. Christian Fai the senior Pastor First Baptist Church Isua in Rivers state Nigeria. I was born in Tatum the village where Madam Pavla poured her body soul and spirit on poor students that are not biologically related to her in any where. I have seen many lives change in my ministry and by God's Grace I have also assisted a handful of students with basic needs both in seminaries, primary schools ,and university such as fees , hospital bills, rents etc. Every time I looked backed I keep saying if not for Pavla . my parents were not even able to afford my basic needs in primary school talk less of secondary school. so they never wanted me to go the secondary school due to poverty. but I insisted not because I had faith that i was going to go through but because I wanted History to record that I also visited secondary school. My parents were ready to see me come back home but when I got to Secondary School even though Pavla was not teaching my class since I was a junior Student but she found me and became everything to me. she became my sponsor, providing all my needs, such as fees uniform, text books and everything that a student needed. I am strongly convinced that it was because of me that Educare Africa was founded because all support to me started when Educare was not yet in existence and the support continue even through the Educare plat form. I shall for ever be grateful to Educare Africa for making me who I am today.

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1 Etienne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Etienne Tawong. As a peace corps volunteer in Cameroon, Mrs. Pavla was my biology teacher at the then Government Secondary School (GSS) Tatum for 3 years. Before Educare-Africa was born, Pavla had already started helping many students with their school needs like books, school uniforms, school fee, etc. including me. Beyond her acts of generosity was a vision to start this Nonprofit organization Educare-Africa. For me, Educare -Africa was there just at the right time. I reached points where my family could not afford my school fees, and Educare-Africa was my helper. After graduating from High School, I didn't know where to go, but Pavla, with the help of Donors of Educare-Africa sponsored my training in a computer school as a Computer advanced user, technician, and network administrator. This was the right seed planted in me, and I still see the harvest today. I am just one of the hundreds or thousands of students who have benefited from the generosity of Mrs. Pavla, Educare-Africa and it's kind donors.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Etienne Tawong. As a peace corps volunteer in Cameroon, Mrs. Pavla was my biology teacher at the then Government Secondary School (GSS) Tatum for 3 years. Before Educare-Africa was born, Pavla had already started helping many students with their school needs like books, school uniforms, school fee, etc. including me. Beyond her acts of generosity was a vision to start this Nonprofit organization Educare-Africa. For me, Educare -Africa was there just at the right time. I reached points where my family could not afford my school fees, and Educare-Africa was my helper. After graduating from High School, I didn't know where to go, but Pavla, with the help of Donors of Educare-Africa sponsored my training in a computer school as a Computer advanced user, technician and network administrator. This was the right seed planted in me, and I still see the harvest today. I am just one of the hundreds or thousands of students who have benefited from the generosity of Mrs. Pavla, Educare-Africa and it's kind donors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am Ndzeidze Thomas Maika, former student beneficiary and presently volunteer to Educare-Africa.
Educare Africa was established in 2000 after Madam Pavla Zakova (founder) finished her Peace Corps service as a teacher in the present day Government Bilingual High School Tatum. She taught me biology for three years and experienced the hard and unbearable conditions which students had to endure to learn (lack of text books, uniforms, school fees, shelter, laboratory equipment, and basic studying materials). Even before the creation of the NGO, she helped so many students with scholarships of various kinds.
At creation, the NGO made several visits (mostly trekking) to several remote villages to understand the plight of the students. I was part of the team.
My advanced level studies, Undergraduate and post graduate studies were heavily supported by the NGO either financially or materially. I sometimes wonder what would have happened to my studies in the absence of the NGO and these kind donors. I will ever be grateful. At the university, I formed a subgroup under NGO (Educare – Africa Buea Branch) which coordinated students receiving assistance from the NGO. Many students benefited and many have come out to be responsible persons in all walks of life.
I have worked as a volunteer all along assisting in project writing, execution, reporting and accounting. We have won grants from the VWR Foundation (to equip labs in the North West Region), from the Riverside Church (to provide books and uniforms to several schools, from the Ten Dollar Club, Friends of Cameroon, Ears to Our World and others. After all the hard work done, I was voted in as Board Member.
Presently, we are working on a giant project – our building (Educare-Africa Resource Center). This structure will contain the main building (sleeping rooms and a parlour), the computer building, Public library, bakery and picnic grounds. Work is ongoing on the main building.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

President of Educare Africa, Mrs. Pavla Zakova-Laney, is an inspiration to many. Her non-profit organization helped so many children in Cameroon to reach their dreams, to become teachers, doctors, engineers,... Her loving and generous heart is guided to give these beautiful young people an opportunity to change their villages,their country and the world.

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1 MJ W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am Wirmvem Mengnjo ­Jude from Cameroon. Mrs Pavla Zakova Laney was by biology teacher during her peace corps service in Cameroon.

Since 1996, Pavla has been supporting many of us from secondary school to university by providing school materials­ like shoes, books, p­ens, pencils, rulers; ­paying school fees, sewing unifor­ms, paying house rents and electric bills. Since her personal allowance could not satisfy the increasing number of needy and good students, Pavla later created Educare Africa. Through this NGO, she has helped many more students across Cameroon, thanks to the lov­ing care and generous­ support from many ki­nd donors. 

I am­ now a PhD holder and­ just completed my po­stdoctoral studies in­ Japan. I will foreve­r remain grateful to ­Pavla and Educare Afr­ica for making me wha­t I am today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I am Ngoran John Paul Leinyuy.
When i finished high school, the path to the university was never clear. I remained stranded at Buea until a beneficiary of Educare Africa decided to equally share with me all he got as support from Educare Africa. Thanks to him, I moved to Yaounde, Started my studies, got to know many very inspiring people through Educare Africa. Learnt to be positive and move forward. i am still to complete my studies. Thanks to all the Above, i am getting successful in business. I now employ "at my level" Four other cameroonians. It is great to know Educare. I hope to be a benefactor to Educare Africa in the nearest future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pavla has put her life and soul into this organization. If it weren't for her it would not exist. She has helped a lot of people.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have helped numerous students stay in school and even go on to university. One thing I like about EduCare's operations (and why I keep donating) is that they have an annual check-in with every child to make sure the money is really being used for purpose and that students are making progress. All the money I donate goes to kids.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Educare-Africa is doing a great job and i served in the organisation. They are real and have accomplished a lot for so many poor children. I recommend them for any form of support to making change real. I was the country director in Cameroon, now i run a new organisation called Leéiyen. We intend to partner with her so they should contact us through our site or email or anyone who needs to make a difference. www.leeiyen.com or can send us a direct email at info@leeiyen.com join us in facebook or twitter let us make a difference in the world through love

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support this program because the money goes directly to the students and the school and its projects. Moving from Peace Corp worker to lifelong sponser, Pavla's nonprofit is an outstanding example of how cooperation, inspiration and generosity can make a difference in empowering individuals and communities. Education is the best gift we can give to empower others intellectually, economically, and socially. She personally meets and interviews students and parents to determines needs, motivation and abilities. This program can be used as a highly effective and successful model for other educational nonprofits.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Little did I know that my compassionate and brilliant student would become Madam Pavla and establish Educare Africa. She has kept me informed of its continuing growth and the amazing results for its students. I applaud her and her students and all who are part of this amazing adventure in education.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By Educare-Afrida assisting those in need in Africa, humanity is assisted and uplifted. Hope and someone to care enough to take action is a powerful healing for all. The ripples return to each of us. Bless all connected with this effort with infinite blessings now and forevermore.