A new school for Cameroon - part 1

It has been a while, so I thought now would be a good time to write another blog and as it happens, I am writing this blog from the Cameroon embassy in London whilst waiting for a visa.

That’s right, the time has finally come for Fran Cox, Simon Reid, Tim Carey, Ben Silsbury and I to head off to Cameroon to see the impact our new school has had, and how we have changed the lives of people within the community.

Filled with mixed emotions of excitement and nervousness, we have begun planning our trip. Whilst feeling slightly apprehensive about the visit, the excitement is definitely winning, and after several trips to health clinics and our arms being like pincushions, there is definitely no going back now.

We have a full agenda planned for our trip with the highlight being the official opening of Bapes Mondial school that was funded through the successful completion of Monksmoor school delivered by Willmott Dixon, Birmingham. The current school consists of makeshift structures that support 215 children but suffers from overcrowding. With the new school, they will be able to accommodate and educate 400 pupils.

During this ceremony I plan to deliver a speech which I feel very honoured to do. I might regret offering to give it a go in French but as Bapes Mondial is in a Francophone area of Cameroon it seems only right we should at least attempt to speak their language.

We are also very lucky to be joined on the day by the High Commissioner for Cameroon, who kindly accepted the invitation to join us at this special event to celebrate what we have achieved together.

During our trip we will also be visiting a few schools that are still in need of funding. I am sure this experience will pull on the heart strings as well as, making us all appreciate what we have back home. It will put things into perspective, and I am sure it will spur us on to do more to support the charity and continue playing our part in changing people’s lives.

Whilst some of us have undoubtedly finished packing already, I certainly have not. But what I have packed are some very kind gifts from our supply chain partners including a plaque, books, pens and football kits which we will be delighted to pass onto the children when we visit.

That is all for now and I look forward to updating you on our return with stories, videos and lots and lots of photos.

Kevin Dundas - Supply Chain Manager
Willmott Dixon