Meet one of our Chimpanzee Conservation Scholarship Scheme (CHICS) recipients for the 2016/2017 academic year.
Read her story
‘My name is Effem Mariana Mbenda from Esoki bima village’. ‘I am 14 and the second from a family of 5’. ‘My mum is a house wife and my father has been a peasant farmer/hunter till he became visually impaired two years ago when I completed primary school in the village. Since then my elder brother received support from my paternal aunt and is undergoing vocational training in Mundemba while I have been left at home to support my mum and even other relatives to baby sit and perform other house chose. I wondered why my case was different whenever I saw other young girls like me in secondary school uniforms going to school. I will shed tears sometimes.
…'Then my mum came back home one evening and told me an unbelievable story, one that will make my dreams come true'. ‘The village has nominated you for a scholarship to attend secondary school in Mundemba’, she said. ‘What?’ I asked in disbelieve as I could hardly believe what I heard. When she repeated herself and explained that it was coming from the ‘Korup animal people’, I could not hold my excitement as I sobbed in the comfort of her arms. ‘Since I came to Mundemba and put on that secondary school uniform, I feel very proud and different. Though we have had no regular school, I have learnt a lot already from the private classes and other activities and I can’t afford to take this opportunity for granted’.
‘I thank all those who made this possible for me; the Korup Rainforest conservation society, the PSMNR-SWR, Buea, and Rotary Club of Peace River, Canada. I still wonder how I would have ended up in that village without this scholarship but now I can hope that if I work hard and continue to get support from this scholarship, I can become a nurse or even a doctor and help my father and community one day.’
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KRCS launches first ever conservation scholarship scheme for less-previledged kids in the Korup National Park region. The scheme is providing full scholarship (fees, accommodation and living expenses) for kids through their seven (7) years of secondary/high school education in Mundemba. With a target of 30-50 kids in the next 3 years, we aim to increase literacy in the area for both girls and boys, enhance local participation and support for conservation and empower locals for livelihood opportunities that reduce pressure on the parks rich biodiversity. Starting this academic year, with a rigorous, participatory and transparent selection of 10 kids, this scheme has been made possible thanks to a partnership with the Programme for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the Southwest Region (PSMNR-SWR) Cameroon, and part funding from the Rotary club of Peace River, Alberta, Canada. Tackling conservation problems through such schemes that target and benefit local people is our core concern. We need your support to make this work so our Chimps, Drills, Elephants and other threatened species can continue exist for our children. No support is small.
CALL FOR APPLICATION
PA NAMATA FERDINAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
Following the recent death our conservation hero, Pa Ngomoh Namata Ferdinand, the Korup Rainforest Conservation Society (KRCS, Mundemba) hereby informs the general public from the Korup National Park region that applications are now accepted for the selection of beneficiaries for the above mentioned scholarship scheme.
Academic year: 2016/2017
Female applicants are encouraged to apply.
Deadline for applications: 5th October 2016.
We sincerely appologise for the short notice this year.
Applications should reach our head office opposite Santa Barbara in Mundemba on or before the deadline. Emails can also be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.