Discover Cameroon

Slightly larger than California, the present Cameroon was the result of the merger between the former French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon in 1961. Cameroon has generally enjoyed stability, which has enabled the development of agriculture, roads, railways, and a petroleum industry. The official languages are French and English.

Population
21.7 million (2012)

Literacy Rates
(age 15+ can read and write, 2012 estimates)
Total population - 71.3%
Male - 78.3%
Female - 64.8% (2010 est.)

Religions
Indigenous - 6%
Christian - 70%
Muslim - 21%
Other - 3%

Languages
English & French (both official)
+ 24 major African language groups

GDP per capita (PPP)
$2,400 (2013 est.)

GDP
Country comparison to the world
188

Population below poverty line
40% (2007 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
55 years (2012 est.)

Adult HIV/AIDS prevalence
0.8% (2012 est.)

Trade & Economy

Cameroon boasts a wide array of abundant natural resources, and its economy is largely dependent on primary commodity exports—notably, crude oil and petroleum products (which make up over half of all Cameroonian exports), timber, cocoa beans, aluminum, coffee, bananas, and cotton.

However, Cameroon’s economy is thought to perform far below its potential, and socio-economic indicators are poor. Poor economic performance has been linked to weak infrastructure; policies seen as posing barriers to foreign trade and regional integration; regulations and bureaucratic procedures seen as un-conducive to business and investment; and the impact of the global economic crisis.

Cameroon is eligible for trade benefits, including apparel benefits, under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA; Title I, P.L. 106-200). The United States maintains a trade deficit with Cameroon, largely due to U.S. imports of petroleum products.

(Source: CIA World Factbook 2010, Cameroon)

Cameroon & Bankondji

Bankondji is located at about 15km/9.3 miles away from the main city of Bafang recognized as the "Ville étape" or "Gate Entrance" to the West Province of Cameroon. As the economic bright spot and one of Cameroon’s more developed regions, the West Province (14,000 km²) has the highest population and is home to the enterprising Bamileke tribes. Agricultural prosperity and the enterprising traditions of the Bamileke people make the region one of the soundest economic ones in Cameroon.

A strong traditional culture still persists among Bamileke who fought hard during the colonial period to preserve their traditions. Many chieftaincies scattered around the region have stood the test of time. They offer a spectacular insight into the lives of the ancestors and are worth visiting.

Bafang, located at about 1,100 m / 3,608.924 feet above sea level, welcomes visitors with a variety of sites: Mouamkeu Falls, Banka Falls, Bankondji Falls, and the most impressive of all is Ekom Falls. All are accessible by car and usually by foot traffic, which leads to a better view. A great panoramic view of the valley of Bana and the visiting of many caverns make Bafang a particular point of attraction.

In the region, the soil varies greatly. The soil throughout is mostly red in color due to high iron content. The entire region is dominated by a few mountains and many high plateaus with large hills, separated by deep valleys. The climate is equatorial, averaging a cool 22°C / ~73°F during the sunny seasons and moderate rainfalls during the rainy season. Visitors can appreciate magnificent scenery, learn from diverse cultural traditions, and most of all, meet hospitable and compassionate people.

Sweet Testimonials

I am currently a volunteer for Aumazo, lending a hand to help with fundraising strategies and strategic planning. Aumazo has come a long way from a mere idea to a full blown, not for profit organization. Its founder is an amazing enthusiast and determined woman who will undoubtedly make a boarding school for rural girls in Bankondji an imminent reality. I think combining the funds raised for this purpose with the proceeds of a striving brick business in her hometown was a terrific idea. I truly have high hopes and only praise for Team Aumazo.

Aissata Thiam, PhD, International Condultant in ICT

My visit to Cameroon 2 years ago with the Mount St. Mary's team of faculty and students began my love for Africa....specifically the people of Bankondji. Education is a powerful tool for change; and educating girls extends that positive change to their future families. This project is so worthwhile to support as it will currently build strong women and provide educated citizens in the future. During my visit one of the Sisters at the Daughters of Charity said that “Africa gets into your skin.” I feel that I came home with a piece of Africa in my heart. The land is beautiful. The people are beautiful. My memories are beautiful. I am proud to teach my students at the University about this wonderful project and how to support it with our monies and prayers.

Carolyn, Volunteer

The first time I heard about Aumazo was through a close friend of mine. I am from one of the counties with which Cameroon share its frontier (Gabon) so when I heard about Aumazo and the goals that they wanted to reach I was more than exited to be able to volunteer. In addition it’s not every day that you come across a non-profit organization that has the ambition to bring education to Africa for this reason I strongly believe that they do need more recognition and help from anyone for the hard work that they’re doing.

Patrick E., Volunteer

I heard about Aumazo through a dear friend who insisted that I checkout this cause and support. As a cameroonian girl myself, This is truly a noble cause and I am glad that Jacqueline, the Founder, is giving back to our community. She is a great role model and I encourage others to follow in her footsteps!

Anais G., Donor

I had a great experience working with Aumazo Inc. Mrs Audige did a phenomenal job at getting a team together to work in partnership with the University of Maryland and spending hours taking hundreds of their chairs, chalk boards and several other school materials that were going to be thrown away and that instead we took to put in a container and ship to Cameroon to help build better schools. It was an eye-opening experience and the purpose was real. Great organization, great people. I would recommend them to anyone looking to make an immediate difference in the lives of people who need it.

Yannick K., Volunteer

During my experience with Aumazo, I learned about the Cameroonian economy and educational system. Aumazo is ensuring that girls in Cameroon have access to education and they have a strong culture built on the empowering women and improving the country of Cameroon.

Patrick Legendre, MBA Candidate at GWU

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