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School Construction Status

January 1st, 2009 The first phase of construction – the building of the school’s foundation – was completed in late 2007, using private funds from the founder and individual donors. The construction is overseen by a local foreman (also serves as a Catholic priest), who carefully monitors expenses and ensures the proper care of and accountability for Aumazo funds.

Accountability Status

Local laborers were hired from the Bankondji community, and local raw materials are being used in the making of bricks and other building supplies. The school’s design is “green,” including its own water filtration system, sewage management, and solar-powered electricity.

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About The Construction

The first school building is currently under construction in Bankondji, a small village of about two thousand inhabitants located in West-Francophone Cameroon. With the purchase of the hydraulic block machine, we are anticipating its grand opening with exciting new facilities that will provide an environment conducive to learning for our students.

Girls will learn and strive in an environment that recognizes their needs and untapped potential, an environment where families and community involvement is central to the process. Project Aumazo is a lifetime opportunity for rural girls to depart from neglect, isolation and marginalization.

The New Hydraulic Machine

Given the difficulties of establishing steady goals in a volatile and changing financial environment, and to address our funding challenges, we invested in a hydraulic block machine that produces interlocking dry stacked soil-cement and environmentally friendly blocks. This machine will help us produce our own bricks to complete the construction of the boarding school and also provide a revenue stream that will allow us to sustain the operating costs of the school for years to come.

“Aumazo’s ultimate goal is to build a boarding school that will become self-sustaining.”

The machine that we acquired in 2010 produces 1,500 interlocking dry stacked, soil-cement environmentally friendly blocks daily. In 2012, we used the machine to manufacture 26,000 blocks that allowed us to complete the library/study building. In 2013, we finally finally established and officially launched operations. We use the machine to produce and sell blocks as well as build houses, thus raising additional funds for reinvestment and sustainability of the business and later the school operating costs. The machine is ideal for working on remote sites where the use of electricity is not an option. The “block making machines hydraulically compress soil that contains a small amount of clay and silt mixed with cement into soil cement blocks. When cured, these can be dry-stacked with no mortar.” As a result, HYDRAFORM machines are ideal for sites where transport costs for cement and sand are high. The machine is mounted on wheels and can be moved from one site to the other. It has a diesel engine and requires 8L for a daily production of 1,500 blocks. The environmentally friendly nature of our blocks, their interlocking proprieties and the cost-effective use of our interlocking blocks set us apart from the competitor cinder blocks.

AUMAZO, INC. will measure the success of the block business and its potential in generating revenue to cover the operating costs of the school as soon as we open the doors of the school. This new instrument will help us decide on the expansion of our program beyond the borders of Cameroon to other African countries. According to Hydraform the manufacturer of our hydraulic block machine, many benefit can accrue to all clients. As a replacement for conventional brick and mortar these dry stacking blocks ensure:

  1. Minimal material costs – Little mortar is needed, because 75% of a Hydraform wall is dry-stacked. In addition, Hydraform walls contain up to 50% less cement than conventional cement brick walls.
  2. Reduced transport costs – Blocks can be made on the building site, which considerably reduces transport costs.
  3. Construction speed – A block layer can lay up to 800 blocks per day; the equivalent of laying 2 400 standard stock bricks per day.
  4. Versatility – All window, door, slab and roofing systems that are used with conventional systems can also be used with hydraulic blocks.
  5. Great ease of use – The hydraulic block system, because it uses dry-stacked Soil Cement Blocks, can be easily and simply taught to unskilled laborers.
  6. Genuine eco-friendliness – An average hydraulic wall has a carbon footprint that is as low as 40kg CO2 per square meter.

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

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