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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: The mission of GoodShepherdSLF is to support the intellectual, spiritual and physical growth of coed secondary/high school students in Cameroon, West Africa; to enable them to support themselves and their families; and to foster their engagement as active citizens. We accomplish this by: 1) Supporting construction and operation of Good Shepherd Academy in Bafut, Cameroon which will serve 350 students when complete 2) Integrating sustainable farming, animal husbandry, creative thinking, and leadership skills into secondary/high school education 3) Identifying pathways to employment and/or university after graduation

Results: Good Shepherd Academy Phase 1 construction was completed On Time/On Budget. This coed residential secondary/high school opened in September 2016 with 20 students in 2 grades - US grades 6 & 7. Phase 2 construction has begun which will serve 88 students when completed. All architectural concept designs are complete for the full 4 phases of construction; MSAADA, a nonprofit architectural firm has been hired, www.msaada.com; Good Shepherd Academy Association is in place and on the ground in this grass roots effort to change our world, one child at a time.

Target demographics: At-risk children and AIDS orphans in Cameroon, West Africa ages 11-18

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 students will be served when the school is complete. In 2017, 20 students and 60 employees who constructed the Academy were helped.

Geographic areas served: Cameroon, West Africa

Programs: The mission of GoodShepherdSLF is to support the intellectual, spiritual and physical growth of coed secondary/high school students in Cameroon, West Africa; to enable them to support themselves and their families; and to foster their engagement as active citizens. We accomplish this by: Supporting construction and operation of Good Shepherd Academy in Bafut, Cameroon; Integrating sustainable farming, animal husbandry, creative thinking, and leadership skills into secondary/high school education; Identifying pathways to employment and/or university after graduation

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Fofeyin B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 RevDianaWilcox

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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
Medical Humanitarian

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.



1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.
Thomas N.

1 Kendra B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

2 Madge W.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Christina122

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

3 Daniel112

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Rock H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work GSSLF is doing over here in Cameroon is a huge blessing. I have seen it, raising the standard in Cameroon and filling a need. The sacrifice from the GSSLF staff is translating directly into a beautiful gift for the children of Cameroon. The team should be encouraged and thank you to everyone who supports GSSLF.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Geitz is a long time friend of mine and I know the passion that is behind her work for this worthwhile organization. I have met Sister Jane, and I cannot imagine a more loving, energetic, brave woman to entrust the care of these children to. I believe in their work.

3 Molly45

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Good Shepherd Home and now with GSSLF for many years. When I learned of Sister Jane's work with children in Cameroons, I immediately wanted to help. Providing both education and life skills is the most important way I know of to respond to poverty. The website and wonderful photographs help keep these children alive in my heart. It almost seems too little to simply send money and prayers. But both are so very important. There are so many needs in this world and it is easy to ignore small children in a distant land but we do so at our peril as we are all part of this global village we call Earth.
I support GSSLF and encourage others to do so that these children may be safe, healthy and have the possibility of a good future.