2017-12-01 / Travel

Cameroon, Mobil Oil, and Richland One

By Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D.


Cameroonian children pose for a photo. Cameroonian children pose for a photo. The Mobil Oil Chad/ Cameroon development project included a pipeline system to transport crude oil to a marine terminal in Cameroon for export. The project completed pipeline modification which will support economic development for many years to come. Each country now owns its pipeline company.

The ExxonMobil Foundation provided construction of 130 community schools, 95 wells to provide safe drinking water in villages, malaria prevention/treatment programs, HIV/AIDS prevention programs, and training for women’s cooperatives in Chad and Cameroon.

In 2014, two major projects were completed, and Mobil Oil committed to a multi-year program to drill new wells.

I was involved in this project by organizing and operating a school for the children of the Mobil Oil workers through Richland County School District One’s superintendent Gordon McAndrew and Dr. Connie Buford.


Children at American School of Doula, Cameroon, prepare for swimming class. Children at American School of Doula, Cameroon, prepare for swimming class. The school had 20 classrooms, science lab, gymnasium, sports field, computer lab, library, and auditorium. Instruction was in English, and all students received French instruction. There were after-school activities and opportunities for parent involvement.

I made arrangements for the school to be accredited by the Middle States Association, the Association of International Schools in Africa, and the West African International Schools League.

During my two years in Douala, I was able to develop long-term friendships and travel throughout Africa. A wonderful experience!

Continued Next Week



Principal Warner celebrates the Fourth of July! Principal Warner celebrates the Fourth of July!

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