Who we are
Marie-Francette Dubach-Obe came from Cameroon to study at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland during the 90s. The study, as well as the linguistic - and cultural environment were very challenging. For this reason, she decided very soon to help orphans in Cameroon on their way with schooling and education.During her studies, she met her husband, Stefan Dubach, and together with him made it possible for orphaned children in Cameroon to study at boarding schools for the last 20 years. The two have earned the money for this with entrepreneurial commitment. Initially, this was exporting of old cars from Switzerland to Cameroon and were later replaced by a fruit import business (www.fruitpassion.ch).For many years we limited ourselves to looking for boarding schools and paying tuition. We ran statistics who progressed well and tried to help those where we saw potential. One of the lessons learned over many years was that the majority of teenage children wanted to leave school very early.
They seemed to simply lack the drive, the vision and the confidence to change their own destiny at their own. We came to grips with this question and then found out that important basic values (hope, confidence, trust ...) are learned by human beings during the first 2 years of life. This strongly indicates the importance of growing up in an "in-tact" environment. As a result, we decided to focus on providing
‘baby-orphans’with an intact family environment. This should help them to successfully and sustainably master the opportunities in life and especially in school.
What do we want to achieve With the above goal in mind we have started an association in Switzerland. Its purpose is to financially support the construction and operation of a "generation house" in Bissiang; South Cameroon.
In Cameroon, many parents have lost their children due to HIV / AIDS or other illnesses and/or accidents. At the same time, there are many orphans, who grow up without family structures, do not learn basic important values (love, respect, hope, trust, etc.) and therefore have only limited opportunities to ‘survive’ independently later on.
Through a family structure in the Rüschliker house of generations, orphans should receive a home and learn basic Christian values from an early age. The association has set itself the task to build a first house for about 10 children and 2 "parents”and grand parents. The aim is that this house can build an economic life of its own and thus be financially independent.
First step – economic life
The most important building block for this endeavor was the purchase of a brick machine, which was specially designed for the African continent and with which it is possible to produce considerably less expensive bricks than with the conventional production method. This machine should not only supply us with the stones for our generation house, but at the same time become the first source of income locally.
In the meantime, various garden walls and individual houses have already been built, thus generating first local income.
Later, the idea is that the "family" grows fruits and vegetables, which they can sell locally and internationally (via Fruitpassion GmbH). We are also assessing whether we can build a small medical ward that looks to the children and, in parallel, provides their services commercially to the local population and workers from a nearby planation.
What are we doing on the ground For the time being, funds have been collected for the purchase of the brick machine and the purchase of the property. Added to this was the planning work for the house (www.luv-projects.com), as well as the organization for and the implementation of the training to work with the brick machine
At the moment we are in the process of recruiting the "parents" and finishing the last construction works. The first children will move in later this year. The plan is to develop additional sources of income. In particular, the building and operation of a small
sanitary post as well as the planting and selling of vegetables and fruits. Who look after the project in Cameroon?
The immediate responsibility of our generation house in Cameroon is taken over by Etienne Bendie-Aba. He comes from the family of Marie-Francette Dubach-Obe and comleted in 2012 his studies in France with a master's degree in Finance & Accounting. Etienne has agreed to accompany our project on site.
On stand-by are nuns of the Franciscans in Kribi / Cameroon, as well as Francette and Stefan Dubach-Obe, who are on a regular basis in Cameroon. The regular visit of the project by members of the association should ensure the lively exchange and a partnership between Bissiang and Rüschlikon. Volunteer on-site by people from Rüschlikon (young and old) should be possible at any time.