Sunday, October 16, 2011
We are really happy to share with you some photos to show the finished latrines that were built as part of the 2nd year of the project at École St. Albert Le Grand. The latrines were finished in time for the start of the school year, and include a paved pathway for improved accessibility. A grab bar to improve the accessibility of one of the latrines is planned (it was left out of the original construction). The school also now has a connection to the piped water supply for the village, and the hand washing station can now be constructed.
We're also very excited to share with you that Jules (our project coordinator in Cameroon) has helped to start a parent council at the school who are now becoming more involved in the school community and in our project. We're really happy that this group has formed and look forward to working with them for the rest of the project.
We were fortunate this year that the exchange rate worked in our favour and we were able to realize this phase of the project under budget. Because of that, we were able to purchase soccer uniforms for the school and are thankful that our friend Jacques Yams was able to visit the school on a recent trip to see his family in Cameroon. The uniforms and soccer ball were really well received by the children!
Here are some photos taken by Jules during construction and when Jacques went to visit the school a couple of weeks ago (October 2011).
Please remember that our third annual fundraiser will be taking place on May 12, 2012. Don't forget to mark your calendars!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
We are very happy to announce that the first donation for this year's main project has reached Bazou, and work on the new latrines has begun. Below is a glimpse of the work that is already in progress. You can see from the video that this is not easy work! Thank you again to everyone for your ongoing support. We will be in touch soon with another update.
Njacko and Valery
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Peguy has sent us the photo below to show the current condition of the latrines at the school. As you can see, there is a lot of room for improvement to have safe and clean latrines for the staff and students. We were performing at a fundraiser recently for the U of T Cameroon Working Group of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation, and had a discussion with Dr. Lynn Cockburn about the importance of making the new latrines accessible. We will work with the school to ensure that there is an accessible latrine for any staff or students who have special needs.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity. We are really excited about the work that is to be done this summer in Bazou!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The afternoon features some of Toronto’s favourite children’s performers. Included are:
- SOLI & ROB with ALISTAIR ANT!, voted Toronto’s #1 Children’s Entertainers in City Parent Magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards
- MARNI’S MOVE-N-MUSIC, integrated music, movement & yoga workshops for kids
- Story and music time with the energetic and engaging NJACKO BACKO
Everyone attending this portion of the event will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Njacko’s first published storybook (illustrated by Bruce Parsons) entitled “Baki and the Magic Egg / Baki et l’oeuf magique” before it is formally released this summer. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to this project.
We have a line-up of wonderful artists who have generously contributed their time for this cause.
- The interlocking rhythms, magical melodies and infectious joie de vivre of NJACKO BACKO & KALIMBA KALIMBA (Anne Lederman, Bwana Moto, Celina Carroll, Chip Yarwood, Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, Roberto Riveron)
- Canadian roots music legend KEN WHITELEY,
- HANNAH BURGÉ & PACO LUVIANO, dynamic and captivating jazz duo
- up and coming opera star SAHARA SLOAN with “Men Without Hat’s” founding member and classical composer COLIN DOROSCHUK
- 2011 Harry Jerome Award winner in entertainment MUHTADI and his group THE WORLD DRUMMERS
- the rhythmic melodies of THE MARNI LEVITT COLLECTIVE (with Terri Segal and Valery Woloshyn)