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Merry Christmas to CAPEC!

Education should not be a luxury; it is a must for individual’s and society’s development. Unfortunately not everyone has access to education or goes to school every day. To provide equal opportunities for all to education, busuu.com works with the NGO ‘Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child‘ (CAPEC).

CAPEC has built a school for orphans and children from poor families in the area of Nkolfoulou. Since it was built in February 2009, the school has grown a lot. Its objective is to offer a classroom for each of the six grades. The school is still missing the last classroom and is hoping to be able to include it in time for the children to reach the last grade. In September, the first generation finished the fourth class. You can support this project, too, simply make a donation online.

In December 2009, busuu.com won the European Language Label and donated the prize money to CAPEC. Since then, we have been supporting the project and this year we will again make a special Christmas donation to CAPEC to keep the school growing.

You can help, too! If you make a donation before the 31st of December 2011, you even help CAPEC in the Open Challenge of the GlobalGiving Foundation. This foundation offers a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations working around the world. If CAPEC raises $4,000 from 50 donors in this challenge,  they will be given a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving’s website and this way have much more possibilities to raise permanent funds for their projects.

Take this opportunity and donate now! Your donation will help the school project and CAPEC raise their chances to get a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website.

A huge thank you to everyone who has already donated.

busuu.com wins the Education category of The Europas!

The winners of The Europas were announced on the 17th of November 2011 and we are thrilled to announce that busuu.com won the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’. This is fantastic news and we are honoured to be the best European Education Startup. This would not have been possible without you, a BIG thank you for all your support!

This was the third year that The Europas took place, in 2010 we received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. The advisory board, formed by 22 key European VCs and journalists, selected the finalists from 400 candidates which then went to the public vote and generated about 40,000 online votes. Almost 500 people attended the award ceremony in London to celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs.

Thanks again for your votes and this important award! This is an amazing recognition which motivates us to continue working hard and to keep improving busuu.com!

busuu.com is in The Europas finals!

We’re very excited to be in the finals of The Europas – the European Tech Startup Awards! This is the third year that The Europas celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs and you are the one who chooses the final winner!

Voting is easy: Go to the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup‘ and vote for busuu.com. In 2010 we were ‘Highly Commended‘ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. This year we want to do even better. Help us win the award for ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’ and vote for us now!

Online education has grown strongly in the past few years. In the case of language learning, it makes sense to go online: busuu.com connects people from over 200 countries worldwide who teach and learn languages in our online community.

In only 3 years we have grown to become a community with over 4 million users. Let’s keep up the good work and show the world that we really are one of the best European Tech Startups! Vote for us and tell your friends, too!

The winners will be announced on 17 November 2011 in London. We will of course let you know if we are selected.

Update: busuu.com collaborates with NGO in Cameroon

As you probably already know, in September 2009 we won the European Language Label for innovative projects in language learning.

The award was compensated with 1,500 EUR, which we donated to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The money was used to construct a classroom for underprivileged children.

Children school

The work has now been finished, and we are very proud that we could make our small contribution.

Christmas is the perfect time to help others, so if you are also interested in supporting the impressive work done by CAPEC, you can find more information here. You can collaborate in several ways like sponsoring a child for a school year, financing summer programs for the orphans, or even volunteering in their school as a teacher.

We already wish all of you, the team of CAPEC and the little children from their school a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!