About Us

Aumazo, Inc.'s mission is best summed up by former Harvard President, Derek Bok: "If you think that education is expensive, try ignorance." Specifically, we want people to understand the importance of educating girls in rural Cameroon and other countries in Africa.

Our Mission

The organization's mission is to empower girls in Cameroon with educational opportunities to attend high school in order to enjoy more successful lives as young adults. We will help girls stay in school by providing them with an environment conducive to learning. An environment where they are constantly reminded that their actions make a difference in their lives and that of their community. Also, we will introduce an adequate and appropriate instructional program with the necessary support.

Who We Are

Aumazo, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service. Aumazo is determined to make a difference in the lives of the girls it will serve. The organization recognizes that, if given the opportunity, women and girls are often the engines of transformational economies in developing nations. Therefore, its primary goal is to make high school education and vocational training a viable option for girls in rural areas. The primary beneficiaries are rural girls in the west francophone Cameroonian village of Bankondji, where it is still uncommon for women to be educated and trained beyond middle school.

Our Goals

Founded in 2005, the organization intends to:

  • Decrease rural exodus
  • Stimulate girls' interest in the entire education process
  • Promote educational programs that strengthen girls' resolve to pursue secondary education
  • Provide organizational and curricular support to program administrators
  • Counsel groups and individuals on the best strategies for furthering their educational goals

The Project

Schooling is compulsory in the African nation of Cameroon, but Education is not free. Although a valuable asset to the present and future of the country, girls in Cameroon and in many developing countries continue to suffer the effects of educational neglect. Only few families can actually bear the burden of tuition and fees. According to the World Bank, 51% of Cameroonians live on less than $2 a day due to lack of fixed and stable income. The financial picture is even bleaker for rural inhabitants, who rarely have any incomes. Presently, seeking a high school education requires moving to urban areas, where girls are challenged / threatened by hardships such as physical or sexual abuses. These experiences of social dislocation and no personal safety lead most to eventually drop out.

The secondary education rate for girls in rural Cameroon is 17%. One viable solution is to develop community-based schools with free tuition. Project Aumazo is providing rural girls with such an opportunity.

The Boarding School

In our new high school, girls will learn and thrive in an environment that recognizes their needs and untapped potential. Moreover, family and community involvement are central to the process. Aumazo, Inc. is introducing a new tradition in rural Cameroon by extending secondary education to include high school for girls. We are proposing a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of literacy and gives special attention to the development of critical thinking skills. Moreover and given the economic challenges faced by rural communities, and in keeping with our commitment to social justice and environmental awareness, Aumazo's pilot boarding school will also include a curriculum that helps students find gainful employment upon graduation if they do not continue higher education studies. Alongside the national curriculum, we will also include vocational education such as:

  • Ecotourism
  • Information Technology, with Internet Usage
  • Agricultural Production & Food Processing

While nurturing their intelligence, our academy will also create new community leaders and positive role models with an enhanced sense of cultural pride and responsibility. Using her own funds and with the help of some investors, Jacqueline Audigé (founder) has kick-started the construction of the new school building in Bankondji (check out our News and Updates). Currently, we are concentrating on completing the school building and furnishing the classrooms of the tuition-free boarding high school for girls. We will then complete the dormitory and furnish the remaining classrooms. The school’s green design includes its own water filtration system, sewage management (possibly composting toilets), and renewable energy. The school will enroll 150 rural girls within three years, with the expected first class of 50 students when the school opens its door.

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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

Our Partners

  • Microsoft Unlimited Potential
  • Grassroots
  • Hydraform
  • Great Nonprofits
  • ZOMA Cameroon Bricks & Homes
  • Barrie School