On the 2nd of June, 2014 Eddy was invited at the “Impulsschule Steyr” (an alternative primary school in Austria). He spoke about HIBA and his motives to found an association, about the latest HIBA activities, about the school project and the planned trip for the preschool project in November.
His sermon painted a lively picture of the life in Cameroon; the children were asking lots of questions.
“Eddy, say something in African!”
“Which language do they speak in Cameroon?”
“Are there seasons in Cameroon?”
“How long does a ride to your home town take?”
There was a lot to do! Because, of course, the children did not know that there are more than 280 languages solely in Cameroon – and that Eddy has only one of them (namely Bamileke) as his genuine mother tongue. This is how the teachers and the pupils got the chance to settle into Cameroon for about 2 hours. Of course we hope that this is going to be continued in the future!
The class 1a of the HAK Rudigierschule (a secondary school with an emphasis on trade and management) is now supporting HIBA as part of the subject “Project Management”. The class will manage the preschool project from the 2nd April, 2014 until the 30th, May 2014. The 2nd of April was also the day for the kick-off meeting.
On the 06th of March, 2014 at 08:45 o’clock, Eddy gave a speech about the Kindergarten project and the current situation in Cameroon.
Thanks to the computer middle school in Ansfelden for the support with building a Kindergarten in Cameroon. It is a beautiful thing when pupils support each other…
Thanks to Aisha Sarıkaya, the other teachers, the pupils and the principal of the school for the great engagement.
It was a great experience!
Implementation of the initial project stage
Eddy Esien spent 2 weeks in Cameroon coordinating the initial phase of the pilot project. In order to guarantee the donors the 100% handover of donations, he personally handed over the donations (backpacks, books, clothes, school materials) to the children in Bai Bikom. He had started his journey the 6th of March with 6 portions of extra luggage (150 backpacks plus clothing) towards Cameroon. From then on, networking meetings took place on a daily basis, involving highly ranked people of politics and community. The preparations for the donation handover celebration took about a week’s time and were performed together with networking partners (community of Bai Bikom, catholic church and city). Eddy also met the divisional officer (D.O.) of Mbonge, the educational inspector of Mbonge, the educational delegate of the Meme Division and the community chief of Bai Bikom, as well as representatives of the catholic church (Reverend Tchamda, youth leadership and church people). Discussions took place at the networking meetings, the foundations of “non-profit” organized working were taught, and also the HIBA association with its history and goals was introduced. The negotiations resulted in the handover of a 1,3 ha big piece of land out of the private property of the community chief to Eddy and his association, for them to be able to build a school.
Donation handover celebration
At the 15th of March, a big celebration took place in Bai Bikom. Around 12 o’clock Eddy and the HIBA-members of Cameroon came arrived in town. Many towners had already gathered and prepared the celebration. Pupils arrived together with their teachers. The pupils recited poems and songs. Important town people and negotiation partners, as the D.O. of Mbonge, the school inspector and the educational delegate of the Meme Division, the chief of Bai Bikom, representants of the catholic church, and the mayor of Kumba II were invited to take part in the celebration. The celebration was inaugurated by the Reverend with a sermon, followed by a speech by Eddy in his role as the founder of HIBA. After that, speeched by all the formally invited guests followed. The D.O. spoke and handed over a letter of approval to Eddy. After that, Eddy distributed school bags, books, writing tools, rulers, as well as clothing among the pupils of Bai Bikom. The children were rejoicing greatly, they were dancing and cheering. Two traditional dancing groups gave artistic form to the celebration and entertained the people. Also the media, like for example Equinox Television, Ocean City Radio or the newspaper “The Detective” were present throughout the celebration. A final interview was made with Eddy as the founder of HIBA and the D.O. of Mbonge. The D.O spoke about the benefits of the schooling project for the development of Bai Bikom but also about the obstacles in the ways of a Social Entrepreneur and director of an NGO in Cameroon. Eddy emphasized the importance of education as a key to take foot in society. He compared children without education to farmers without tools.
The mentoring took place on the 9th of October, 2012 at 18:30 at the WIFI (an institute for economical promotion) in Linz. Eddy spoke about his experiences as a mentor for migrants, as well as his role as the founder of HIBA and his visions for the organization. It was a very interesting day together with Laurent Straskraba. Thank you for the time together and the opportunity to share and interchange experiences
Each and every year it happens, that students of the Erasmus-programme leave kitchen stuff back in the kitchens of the student dorms. The leftover kitchen stuff is therefore auctioned by the ÖH REFI and the money is being donated to a charitable organization. This year the money went to HIBA. Thanks a lot!
Intercultural Lecture around the fasting period
The secondary school in Oberneukirchen (Upper Austrian Mühlviertel) was the location for a lecture at the 1st of March, 2012 about the living conditions of children in Cameroon. Eddy Esien, the lecturer, gave a sound report with pictures and photographs about the situation given for the everyday life of children in his home country.