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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

31 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

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.



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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.

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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.

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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.