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Aumazo, Inc.

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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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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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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

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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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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

Your feedback is very important to us. We rely on it to enhance our work. Thank you

Shawnte M.

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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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gouzendeu 05/24/2015

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Rating: 5

Aumazo has made great progress toward its goal in the last couple of years. As important, it has matured enough to broaden its scope to deal with the broader issues in the village of Bankondji, such as running water. Aumazo's goals are attainable yet the weakened economy has made fundraising for the school a challenge. There is no doubt that the school will open in the near future, a matter of months at most. The founder's vision of educating young Cameroonian women as drivers of the local economy will prove to be a winning vision for Bankondji and for the rest of the country.