International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security



Milford, PA


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

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Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz

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PO Box 447

Milford, PA 18337 USA


secondary/high school education; Cameroon, West Africa; AIDS orphans; economic and environmental sustainability; sustainable learning





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Good Shepherd Academy; Bafut, Cameroon

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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.

To realize our goals, Good Shepherd SLF is building Good Shepherd Academy, a residential secondary/high school campus for 350 students in Bafut, Cameroon. 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) become the African Affiliate of Durga Tree International 4) developed a transformational model for educating students for economic and environmental sustainability, 5) developed a comprehensive plan to raise the funds needed to build the Academy campus 6) is building the Academy in four phases, with Phase 1 construction completed On Time/On Budget.

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, construction management, ordained leadership and 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 30 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.

Vice-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 Phase 1 of GSA On Time/On Budget and hired approximately 60 local craftsmen.

Good Shepherd SLF has a bookkeeper, administrative assistant 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 vast network of people who support projects for the children, of which Good Shepherd Academy is an outgrowth.

Phase 2 is currently under construction by Sage Construction and is On Time/On Budget.

Good Shepherd SLF has established measurable Financial, Construction, Educational, and Sustainability Benchmarks to measure our progress as we move forward together in this grassroots effort to change our world, one child at a time.


The Good Shepherd Academy compound will be built in four phases:

Phase 1: Target funding date: December 31, 2015
Phase 2: Target funding date: June 30, 2017
Phase 3: Target funding date: December 31, 2018
Phase 4: Target funding date: June 30, 2020
Good Shepherd Academy will be self-sustaining by school year 2021.

Good Shepherd Academy opened On Time/On Budget at the completion of Phase 1, with school beginning September 2016.


2016 – Form 1 and 2 enrolled
2017 – Form 3 added
2018 – Form 4 added
2019 – Form 5 added
2020 – Cycle 1 added
2021 – Cycle 2 added.
The first class will graduate in 2022.
[Secondary School in Cameroon consists of Form 1-5 (middle school) and Cycles 1-2 (high school).]


2016 – Vegetable Gardens and Pig Farm installed and operating;
2017 – Fish Farm installed and operating;
2018 – Chicken Farm installed and operating.

Good Shepherd SLF is accountable to the children they serve, to GSAA, and to each and every donor from around the world.

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 construction underway. 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 I construction in 2016, Good Shepherd SLF is on its second fund raising cycle. Additional funds must be raised to realize the dream of both Anglophone and Francophone 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 bilingual 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.

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