Dear Friends and Family,
My next five months will be filled with lots of projects, reports, and sad goodbye’s. Time is short and I realize this more and more every day. Which is why I feel such a responsibility to complete the work I started, in the same manner in which I started them- through faith and love for the people in this country of Cameroon.
My projects include: teaching at the high school, teaching teachers English in the community, hosting a weekly educational radio show, setting up correspondences between the high school of Bare and a high school in Wisconsin, Club Success (a club which teaches life skills to motivated high school students), the Water for Orphans project in Badzuidjong, West province, and lastly but perhaps most importantly the CEBEC School Development Project, in the centre of my own village of Bare.
In the honor of Bare, my children, fellow teachers, and my counterpart and best Cameroonian friend, Ernest Fondja, I am determined to complete the already-started construction for a school office and visitors center, opening up a classroom for students and encouraging everyone involved to keep up the hard work, as well as leaving them with a sense of hope in the development of their school.
This is why I am going to make a promise that I hope will motivate everyone to give a little. To every person that makes a donation of 25 dollars or more, I will personally see to it that they receive a gift– an African souvenir! Just be sure to list your name with your address on the donor’s list when you are contributing on the Peace Corps website, which is a secure, official website.
Just go to www.peacecorps.gov
Click on DONATE NOWThen from the donor page, click on VOLUNTEER PROJECTS.
A page will come up that asks you to search, iether by Volunteer or Country.
After searching iether CAMEROON or TARA SMITH, you will see a list of projects appear.
One of them will be titled, SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.
Click, read the summary to learn more about the project, and click on the link to make a contribution.
Please help me finish this project by May, when I will be closing out my service, packing up and returning to Texas!!!
We are together!
Tara Lynn Smith
Peace Corps Education Volunteer
2007-2009 Bare, Cameroon