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GOOD SHEPHERD SUSTAINABLE LEARNING FOUNDATION

Build a School Build a Future

aka www.ImaginingTomorrow.org   |   Milford, PA   |  www.ImaginingTomorrow.org

Mission

The mission of Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation is to support the intellectual, spiritual and physical growth of coed secondary/high school students in Cameroon, West Africa; to enable them to support themselves and their families; and to foster their engagement as active citizens.

We accomplish this by:
1. Supporting construction and operation of new secondary/high schools
2. Integrating sustainable farming, animal husbandry, creative thinking, and leadership skills into secondary/high school education
3. Identifying pathways to employment and/or university after graduation

Ruling year info

2013

Chair

Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz

Main address

PO Box 447

Milford, PA 18337 USA

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EIN

46-3063026

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Cameroon, only primary school is compulsory. Although more than 90% of children attend primary school, only 55 % attend secondary/high schools with only 6% graduating. Without additional schooling children are at high risk for repeating the cycles of poverty, becoming prey to human traffickers, experiencing early & unplanned pregnancies, and surviving at a subsistence level. Even those who are able to afford school fees face dismal realities. Their Need… Finding a secondary school to attend Walking up to 10 miles to/from school in rural areas Fearing kidnap or rape along the way* Crowding into a classroom with 100 children Standing all day due to a lack of desks Being hungry because there is no lunch *2.4 million children from Cameroon's ten regions involuntarily work in forced domestic servitude, street vending, & prostitution, or in hazardous settings. An unknown number are trafficking victims. Trafficking is particularly heavy in the NW where our school is located.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Good Shepherd Academy; Bafut, Cameroon

Good Shepherd Academy is a coed residential secondary/high school in Cameroon, West Africa with a focus on academics and economic/environmental sustainability. Enrollment is 51% girls and 49% boys, reflecting the school age population and promoting gender equality. Leadership skills, entrepreneurship, tolerance, and citizenship are taught to all students. Free tuition is provided to orphans and other vulnerable children.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People of African descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Related Program

Good Shepherd Academy; Bafut, Cameroon

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

7 teachers were hired in Sept 2016. Due to conflict in Anglophone Cameroon, the school was closed Jan 2017. A successful overnight summer camp was held in July 2017. GS Academy is ready to re-open.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Related Program

Good Shepherd Academy; Bafut, Cameroon

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

GS Academy opened in 2016 w 22 students & closed in Jan 2017 due to armed conflict. GSA successfully reopened in Oct 2020 w 20 students. Today there are 41 students in spite of ongoing armed conflict

Number of children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Good Shepherd Academy; Bafut, Cameroon

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

GS Academy opened w 22 students in Sept 2016 and was forced to close due to regional violence in Jan 2017. A successful overnight camp was held in July 2017. GSA successfully reopened October 2020.

Number of students who demonstrate writing ability

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Related Program

Good Shepherd Academy; Bafut, Cameroon

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

GS Academy opened w 22 students in Sept 2016 and was forced to close due to regional violence in Jan 2017. A successful overnight camp was held in July 2017. GSA successfully reopened October 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Good Shepherd Academy addresses the specific dreams of many Cameroonian youth...
Living in a residential secondary/high school
Being safe in a secure, instructive, loving environment
Learning traditional academic subjects, as well as sustainable organic agriculture
Feeling full physically and spiritually
Knowing a bright future can be theirs

To accomplish this, Good Shepherd SLF has five primary goals: 1) to educate Cameroonian students for a changing world 2) to build lives of economic and environmental sustainability 3) to break the cycle of poverty by blending educational and food security missions 4) to protect AIDS orphans and all children from exploitation, including human trafficking, and 5) to promote gender equality in education.

In addition, 25% of all Good Shepherd Academy students receive a full scholarship, with orphans of Good Shepherd Home in Bamenda, Cameroon receiving first priority.

To realize our goals, Good Shepherd SLF is building Good Shepherd Academy, a residential secondary/high school campus for 350 students in Bafut, Cameroon in phases. Several strategies are being undertaken to ensure success. Good Shepherd SLF has: 1) formed and maintained a cross cultural partnership based on mutuality, transformation, and faith with Cameroonian NGO, Good Shepherd Academy Association 2) established a partnership with Rotary International and with a variety of faith communities 3) developed a transformational model for educating students for economic and environmental sustainability, 5) is building the Academy in four phases, with Phase 2 construction completed On Time/On Budget with residential facilities for 88 students.

The Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation has a proven track record in a variety of fields: Accounting administration, international legal expertise, fundraising on a national level, donor development and non-profit management, ordained and professional leadership/administration. The Good Shepherd SLF Board is composed of women and men who are successful in their professional fields.

The Board hired MSAADA Architects, an international non-profit architectural firm with 35 years experience which has completed over 800 schools, churches, and hospitals in developing nations. Their wealth of experience in design and project management insures the continued success of this project.

Co-Chair of the Board of Directors Dr. Nche Zama, and Board Member Joseph Fonlon, Esq. are members of the Cameroonian Diaspora in the US, providing an invaluable bridge between the US Board and the Board of Governors of Good Shepherd Academy Association in Cameroon.

The GSAA Board of Governors has a proven track record of managing the construction of buildings; establishing organic chicken, fish, vegetable and pig farms; establishing two registered orphanages for AIDS orphans in Cameroon; and exhibiting a can-do spirit of perseverance and hard work. Local Cameroonian construction firm, Sage Construction of Bamenda, Cameroon constructed Phases 1 & 2 of GSA On Time/On Budget and hired approximately 60 local craftsmen.

Good Shepherd SLF has a bookkeeper and website designer, as well as a lawyer, accountant, and other non-profit consultants. There is a network of churches in five states who have been involved with the Good Shepherd Home in Cameroon since 2000. As a result there is a network of people who support projects for the children, of which Good Shepherd Academy is an outgrowth.

Phase 2 was completed in 2018 by Sage Construction of Bamenda, Cameroon.

Good Shepherd SLF has made significant accomplishments in a short period of time with Phase 1 completed On Time/On Budget in August 2016 and Phase 2 completed On Time/On Budget in 2018. Fifteen acres of prime land were purchased. Architectural plans for the Academy compound were completed which include girls and boys dormitories, 3 classroom buildings, library, computer lab, 3 science labs, health center, dining hall/activities center with kitchen, administration building, 3 sustainable farms and a soccer field. Construction, operating, and foundation budgets are completed. This bilingual Academy opened with 2 grades in September 2016.

Having achieved 501(C)(3) status in November 2013 and completed Phase 2 construction in 2018, Good Shepherd SLF is on its third fund raising cycle. Additional funds must be raised to realize the dream of Cameroonian children to live in a residential secondary/high school with a focus on sustainable education in a safe environment. To this end, directors are meeting with a variety of potential donors; sharing information about the benefits of a secondary/high school education in sub-Saharan Africa; maintaining an active presence in social media; hosting fundraisers and informative meetings; sharing a book about the Good Shepherd, Cameroon children by Board Chair, Elizabeth Geitz called I Am That Child; and showing a documentary about Good Shepherd, The Good Mother of Abangoh, at film festivals and other venues.

In-person fundraising was halted during the Covid pandemic, with online fundraising and grant writing successfully continuing.

Financials

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Operations

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GOOD SHEPHERD SUSTAINABLE LEARNING FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 05/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Rankin Geitz

Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation

Term: 2014 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dr. Nche Zama

Nche Zama, MD, PhD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Molly Flewharty

Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation

David Farrand

Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation

Joseph K. B. Fonlon, Esq.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company

John Campbell

US Ambassador to Nigeria (ret.)

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.