Very often when it comes to aid and philanthropy in Africa, there are a lot of ulterior motives and at times exploitation. For me to truly appreciate and be a supporter of the Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation, I had to be convinced that they were pursuing a genuine mission.After talking with. Rev. Elizabeth Geitz, reading her book - I am that Child, and understanding Sr. Jane Manka'a's original vision, I feel 100% confident, and to join others in commending the marvelous work that is being done in benefit of Cameroon and humanity. If there were ever 'Angels' on Earth, then the team at GSSLF would be considered so in my book, for they selflessly provide to those whom our society has forgotten about.All I can wish is that the Lord should continue guiding the path that they have chosen to pursue.Fofeyin Yengo Bonito - Cameroon Professional Society USA
As a member and Jr. Warden of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pennington, NJ, I can say that we have been so fortunate to have both Canon Elizabeth Geitz, Founder and Chair of GSSLF, and fellow parishioner and Board Member Christina Kales visit and share with us about the vision and goals of this remarkable organization on a number of occasions. We have been inspired by the leadership and vision of Sister Jane and of all of those who serve Good Shepherd and support its mission. The work that they do, and that we are privileged to support, enables these students and their families to feel the love of God and the support of their neighbors, both locally and remotely, in their efforts to learn and to grow into productive members of their society and of the world. We are happy to support the efforts of such a well run endeavor and may be confident that our donations are being utilized in an effective and efficient manner. On behalf of myself and the parishioners of St. Matthew's, thank you for allowing us to partner with you in this process!
I am lucky to live next door to Christina Kales and have the opportunity to talk with her frequently about this wonderful Good Shepherd Academy. In today's world there are many worthy causes but this one touches my heart and soul.
The development and hard work that goes into Good Shepherd Academy in Cameroon to help these needy children of God is never ending. Locally money is raised by bake sales, items hand made and collected for sale at Christmas Bazaar and appeals for donations and supports from organizations.
Every little bit helps so I am glad to support Christina and the Academy with donations, time, sewing skills and support.
I heard about Good Shepherd SLF through a friend of mine. What appeals to me is that this group partners with the residents and authorities within Cameroon to work together to achieve something that is sustainable to benefit the children of Cameroon for many years to come. They also have an emphasis on providing a safe environment, which is so important in order for education to take place.
The Good Shepherd SLF is an amazing organization. I first heard of their work from an article in the local newspaper, and immediately I fell in love with what they are doing for our friends overseas. Students in Cameroon are subject to awful conditions as they try and get something as simple as an education. Sr Jane, Canon Geitz and the whole board have taken away that fear from the everyday lives of the students at Good Shepherd Academy. They are safely providing children with the education that they deserve.
The Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation (GSSLF) is doing incredible work on behalf of children in need. I have personally visited the orphanage in Cameroon that was the inspiration for the work of the GSSLF - the Good Shepherd Home (GSH) founded by Sr. Jane Maanka - and I know first hand the work of both Sr. Jane and the GSSLF. I was moved to create a documentary on my experience with the children being served there, and it is my hope that others, through the the work of GSSLF, will become engaged in this life changing effort on behalf of children in need.
Far too often, well meaning organizations will try to "help" in Africa, but instead take control and impose what they believe is needed, rather than partner to ensure that the outcome is empowering and effective. The GSSLF always maintains the focus on partnering with the people of Cameroon to work together toward a self-sustaining and thriving community that enables all children to receive a good education in a safe environment.
There are times in our lives when we wonder how we can possibly make a difference in the world. Sr. Jane began with nothing, but a desire to help orphaned children. Through the GSSLF, everyone now has a chance to follow in her footsteps, and be a part of changing the world.
My wife and I support Good Shepherd Orphanage in Cameroon, which does great work, including primary education, but clearly there is a need for quality secondary school education in a country where a very low percentage of students graduate from High School. I I have known the Rev. Elizabeth Geitz for years and have great respect for her commitment and savvy, which has increased as Good Shepherd Academy has moved from a dream to a reality. The school has quality leadership on site and vigorous support from this side of the Atlantic. It is thrilling to see it take shape physically as the build-out continues, and to imagine the dreams of young people moving from "wild" to "possible." When I am feeling discouraged about things going on in the world, I go back on this website to remind myself how much good is possible through vision, careful planning, quality leadership, teamwork, and commitment. I We are delighted to be donors. The Rev. Dr. Francis A. Hubbard
I was asked why would I support a school so far away when there is need here and where I had no truly personal connection. The answer is very simple; there was little or no support in Cameroon from within so when I met Rev. Elizabeth Geist and she told me of her involvement in building this school, why they were doing it, the children who were ripe for this essential first step, I had not hesitation whatsoever and I plan to contribute now for the second phase.
To see that the school was finished on time and on budget was incredible and then to see photos of those young students in their uniforms, ready to take on the world, that was the greatest gift of all. Lorraine DiPaolo
I am a strong believer in a future of renewed hope for everyone, particularly for children of Cameroon. Their wishes and longings are deeply connected to their desire to receive a quality secondary/high school education. When I discovered Good Shepherd SLF was doing just that, in partnership with Good Shepherd Academy Association in Cameroon, I knew I had found a nonprofit in which I could become seriously involved and contribute.
As Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, I serve in part as a bridge between this American foundation and their Cameroonian counterpart. You see, I was born in Cameroon and know first hand the value of schools like Good Shepherd Academy. And GSA takes it to a new level by incorporating leadership skills, critical thinking, and independent thought into a curriculum that includes the STEM subjects, English and French, Business, World Religions and Tolerance, Ethics, Art and Music, Sustainable Agriculture and more. Good Shepherd Academy is leading the way for tomorrow's leaders of Cameroon. In addition, the Academy will usher in a long-overdue turning point in Cameroonian education.
I am deeply honored to serve and support Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation.
Nche Zama, MD, PhD
Head of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Poconos
The work of Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation is a blessing to the children of Bafut, Cameroon, West Africa. Under the leadership of Sister Jane Mankaa, founder of Good Shepherd Academy Association in Cameroon, and the energetic and inspiring US leadership of Canon Elizabeth Geitz of GSSLF which is funding this project, Phase 2 of the Good Shepherd Academy is now underway. It is a pleasure to join in this effort with the wonderful US Board. The Board's vision of enriching the lives of 350 Cameroonian students, preparing them for living wage employment, and inspiring them to live moral and responsible lives, is now a reality. I encourage you to join this enlivening effort!
How many American nonprofits are based on a strong grassroots, cross-cultural partnership that spans continents? Not many, but Good Shepherd SLF headquartered in Milford, PA does so successfully with Good Shepherd Academy Assoc. in Bamenda, Cameroon. These two nonprofits have joined hands to change the face of secondary/high school education in Cameroon, West Africa.
Their vision is clear - to build Good Shepherd Academy in Bafut, Cameroon, a residential coed secondary/high school for 350 students with a focus on sustainable agriculture and quality academics, and to develop an innovative curriculum based on 21st century global needs. With dedicated all-volunteer boards, architects, accountants, and lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic, this nonprofit is managed transparently and effectively.
Phase 1 of Good Shepherd Academy was finished On Time/On Budget with Phase 2 well underway. With school opening in September 2016 and 12 full scholarships given to Cameroonian orphans, I am glad to continue donating to Good Shepherd SLF.
Education can change the world and change individual lives along with it. I am honored to participate in this transformation and highly recommend this nonprofit.
Good Shepard does an amazing job providing a safe a loving atmosphere for children to learn. This group has an wonderful and dedicated group of administrators overseeing the development of the school.
I was raised and educated in Cameroon thanks to the help of missionary workers who left the shores of North America with their faith to teach and empower young kids to learn how to build and transform their communities. So when I met Elizabeth and she told us about the Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation and Sister Jane Mankaa's story, I immediately wowed to become their ambassador in our Cameroonian diaspora community in the US and abroad. This foundation, thru their Good Shepherd Academy has brought wonderful changes in Bafut, Cameroon and its immediate surrounding villages by building a wonderful school that will stand the test of time. They have employed a great staff and are giving their best to educate young orphans and disadvantaged kids in the rural communities. I will encourage more people to donate to this great initiative. Giving to this foundation is a gift of love that will keep on giving thru the education and empowerment of young Cameroonian children.
The Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation is an incredible group of individuals striving to make lasting, positive change in West Camaroon, Africa. I commend their focused efforts in providing a solution to prevent child trafficking in this area, and offer a safe place for them to learn and grow. Thank you so much for all you do, everyday!
I learned about GSSLF from a friend on Facebook and was immediately intrigued. The work they have done is amazing and to see the school being built, makes my heart sing. I was in a position to donate and did. A great dedicated group of volunteers have made this foundation work. Maybe one day I will even get to visit.
Why do I give to Good Shepherd SLF? I give because this is a tremendous, well-managed grassroots effort begun by a Cameroonian woman, Sr. Jane Mankaa, who through her own steely will and deep love for the children of Cameroon, managed to build first a refuge for orphans and is now partnering with Good Shepherd SLF to build a future for children throughout Cameroon. Good Shepherd Academy, the first project of Good Shepherd SLF, will provide full scholarships with all expenses paid for 20 percent of the student body, with first priority going to Sr. Jane's orphans. Each will be educated. Each will have an opportunity for a full life. This is why I give.
If you want to put your money where it will do the most good, be spent directly on the project, and literally change a life and maybe even a country, this is it! The GSSLF board works tirelessly to continuously assess the needs, acquire what is needed, and build a school, always with a devotion and dedication to creating opportunities for the children of Cameroon. Offering scholarships for the orphans with Sister Jane and others in need, an innovative curriculum and support programs to create the leaders of tomorrow. With a dedicated team in the ground In Cameroon, including the dynamic Sister Jane, this project is well thought out, well organized, and desperately needed.
The faces of the children at Good Shepherd say it all! Their enthusiasm for life and learning despite unimaginable odds constantly reinforces my commitment to support. But it is the leadership and vision of Sister Jane and her American counterparts that sets Good Shepherd apart. We are encouraged not simply to provide resources in support but also to directly engage in a process that enables these children to create their own futures. Good Shepherd's clearly delineated and communicated goals allow me, as a donor, to understand exactly how my efforts will translate to meaningful change.
LOSS OF HOPE! I believe that loss of hope is a worldwide epidemic! Without hope, the human soul is severely diminished, societies collapse and/or got to war with each other and the world as a whole becomes a dark place!
What the Good Shepherd Foundation is accomplishing in Cameroon is the restoration of hope, one child at a time. The benefits to society are incalculable.
Ed and I are honored to know a great majority of the board members personally and happily donate, what we can, to this cause. Bless them all and their long journey!
GSSLF is an amazing organization, as it has members both in the USA and Cameroon. What they are doing here in Cameroon is such a gift for the children; the school that is being built will be attended by children from Good Shepherd Home, an orphanage started and run by Sr. Jane, and by children from the surrounding communities. Education is such an important tool for the future of Cameroon, and it is not universally accessible in Cameroon. Providing these children with the opportunity of learning and developing as individuals and members of the future of Cameroon is so important. GSSLF is to be commended for their work.