Eta College

Our sister school in Kumba, Cameroon, West Africa

The Eta College story began a number of years ago with a group of our senior stude00330003-150x150nts who wanted to do something to contribute to their broader world and came up with the idea of collecting used books and shipping them to Africa to start a reading room in Kumba, Cameroon (home town of one of the founding partner – map and more information here). Over the next two years, many books were collected.  Funds were raised to ship the books, to rent space to store them, and to provide a salary to employ a teacher to run the reading room.  Once the first shipment of books was sent, Kumba instantly had its first library open to the public!  The students of King’s were delighted at the difference they had made but, like so many wonderful things, this was just the beginning.  The small seed that those very few students planted over ten years ago has grown, thanks to many amazing people and, most especially, to Mrs. Pat Long, an alumni parent, into a Canadian registered charity: Eta Colleges International.

Eta Colleges has built a school dedicated solely to the purpose of “Raising African leaders to solve African problems”.  What was just a few years ago a small, storefront reading room, changed into a reading room and tutoring centre, and then to a very small school, and now to a brand-new, large school building which will eventually be able to house up to 4022_18A-150x15000 students with state-of-the-art labs and library.  Our lab in Cameroon has already been called the best in any school in all of Cameroon, and much better than those in many universities. I hope that those original students take with them for the rest of their lives the knowledge that, at a very young age, they have already made a magnificent difference.  The lesson we all need to take way is to plant seeds: you never know how many other wonderful people will come along to water them and help make them grow into something truly inspiring.

For more information on Eta College and/or to get involved please visit the foundation website.