Local Katy resident and business owner Pam Etta has taken her passion for children’s learning to new heights by promoting literacy among grade school children in under-served communities in the rural community of Bache in Cameroon, Africa. Currently serving as the owner and operator at Kiddie Academy in Katy, Pam has always felt compelled to help children in any way she can—and now, she has the chance to help those less fortunate through a new nonprofit organization, the Early Literacy Foundation (ELF).
Inspired by her parents who are from the same region of Africa, Pam started ELF to provide educational resources, services and programs to the grade school children in Bache. ELF offers students of the community a chance to develop the literacy skills they will need to excel academically, eradicate illiteracy and break the cycle of poverty.
Over 500 children inhabit the village of Bache where there are just three schools: a nursery school, a primary school and a secondary school. Prior to Pam and ELF stepping in, the primary school had only two teachers and one headmistress. In the last year, ELF has been able to pay for two additional teachers for the primary school and now, for the first time, the Bache Primary School had a 100% pass rate in the secondary school entrance examination.
Her work with the ELF and her background in education have influenced Pam to open a Kiddie Academy franchise in Katy so she can offer high-quality childcare closer to home.