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Plant A Seed News!

Hello Friends and Supporters,

It is my earnest hope that you are well, otherwise, don’t hesitate to email, text or Facebook me if you need me.

I am writing to tell you that the University of Notre Dame Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA has adopted the Sangmelima Water Project. They are planning the first assessment trip from December 28th to January 4th

The purpose of this assessment trip is to gather sufficient information to allow the chapter to:

  1. Assess the economic, social, environmental and technical viability of the project.
  2. Assess project sustainability; the potential for the project to last long-term.
  3. Make a “go/no go” decision about continuing with the project.
  4. Enable future design and analysis of the proposed infrastructure at the site.
  5. Serve as baseline data for monitoring and evaluation of the project in the future.

I am hoping to join the team during their time in Cameroon to increase the possibility that the team will find the project viable. It is important that I be there to help with communication between the team and the predominantly French-speaking members of the community. Also, because I am from Cameroon, I can not only bridge the cultural gap but while there better organize and manage the team and their time in Cameroon, as opposed to trying to assist them from here.

While in Cameroon, I will also start the process of getting Jespa Ngong (the boy that was burned in a fire as an infant[see below for more info]) a passport and visa so we can bring him to the USA for medical evaluation and possibly treatment. If you would like to support me on this trip, you can do so by

  • Writing a check to Plant A Seed, P.O Box 90102, Los Angeles, CA
  • Donating online through our website: Donate Page
  • or use paypal

All donations are tax deductible. Thank you so much for your time, prayers and thoughts.

Best Wishes,

Ruth Akumbu CEO/Founder, Email


Kid of the Month

Ngong Jespa

Ngong Jespa is 12 years old and a son of a single mother, Lustina, who is a farmer. At the age of about 10 months old, his parents left him with his brothers and sister who also were children to go to the farm. There was a big fire in the kitchen where the baby was sleeping set up to dry newly harvested corn (Imagine a flaming hot camp fire except inside a small building). While the parents were at the farm, the younger ones went off to play leaving baby Jespa alone in the kitchen with the blazing fire and heat. When they remembered to check on him, he was in the flames. They tried to drag him out of the fire but not being old or strong enough, they could not pull him out. They ran out, cried out to the neighbors for help. When the mother and father finally came home and rushed him to the nearest health Center which was miles away, he had sustained third degree burns. Unfortunately, Health Centers are not equipped to deal with such severe burns and his parents did not have money to take him to a better hospital for further treatment. The father died soon after, bringing any hope of helping Jespa to an apparent end. He has bravely attended school for the past six year and is in class 6 at C.B.C primary school Chucku. It will be wonderful to not only help him educationally but medically. If you know any doctors/organizations that might be interested in this case, please forward this to them or contact us through our website

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