Jacqueline Audigé

Our Founder

Founder and CEO, was born and raised in Cameroon. She moved to the United States in 1991 with her family. While raising five children, Jacqueline successfully completed both her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Robert H. Smith School of Business and her master’s degree in Education with specialization in International Education Policy at the School of Education at the University of Maryland College Park. With an extensive training at the Foundation Center in Washington D.C, she has founded and served as the Executive at Aumazo since 2005. In June 2009, she graduated from Leadership Montgomery, a nine-month program during which she learned, shared, grew, changed, and strengthened her own leadership skills. She has acquired skills in Nonprofit start-up and Management, Quickbooks Software, Web Management, Project Management and Sustainable Tourism Destination Management.

Aumazo was inspired by her personal experience. Jacqueline once walked in the shoes of the girls she is now determined to help. Growing up, she struggled with the lack of real advancement opportunities. Nowadays, school buildings are sprouting everywhere in Cameroon, whereas many villages lacked the appropriate educational institutions in the 60s. At age 8, Jacqueline’s parents sent her to live in the city and pursue her education. This was a common practice among village parents. In search of a better future for their children, they were confronted with such a heartbreaking and difficult decision. The heartbreaking was shared both by the parents, who felt powerless and disarmed before their no-choice decision, and the children, who were forced to grow up too fast. Jacqueline endured severe hardships as a child, like home-sickness, coming home from school countless times to a foodless house, and tending to endless domestic chores. Lack of financial and emotional support was commonplace, yet she still managed to strive in school.

Unfortunately and like many girls in her situation, and despite her willingness to succeed and pursue a Higher Education degree, she was forced to drop out of high school. Jacqueline claims that her late parents, who were both illiterate and perfect representatives of not-well-to-do parents, were instrumental in her education. This is not unusual; most financially poor parents have high expectations for their girls and want them to go and succeed in school. In Jacqueline’s case, her parents’ unconditional love, encouragement and belief in her educational potentials stirred her passion in Education and her desire to take advantage of the endless educational opportunities available in the United States. And so, she courageously pursued her education with one goal in mind: giving back to other rural girls who still lack the financial support necessary to fulfill their educational potentials.

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