GRANDMA SOLAR ENGINEERS RETURN TO CAMEROON

IMG_1547It is no longer a question if women can play a productive role in the heart of sustainable development as their traditionally pre-defined roles puts them at the heart of development. Additionally, providing women the opportunity to acquire new skills will make them better change makers as it is no doubt that women’s integral participation in goals of new development frameworks has a multiplier effect on sustainable development.

Partnering with GEF, Small grant Program UNDP, the Indian Government and Barefoot College, Tilonia India, this project has proven time and again that women can productively accompany development projects in their community. It all started with two (2) women from Munyange trouble who solar electrified 98 household in their community and now currently expanding to other communities.
After the successful implementation in Munyange Trouble, two more women from Eyange Ntui and Eshobi, Mrs Ako Esther and Lucy Mengot respectively from Manyu in the South West Region of Cameroon were selected and had the opportunity to attend a 6 months training program on solar installation and maintenance in India by the Barefoot College graduating as Grandma Solar Engineers.
Six months away from children, husband and home responsibilities is an un-imaginable thing for many women which explains the enthusiasm expressed by these women as they arrived the Douala International Airport on the 2nd March 2015 in anticipation to pay a visit to Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC) implementing organization of their community solar project based in Buea, South West Region of Cameroon.
Their visit to RUWDEC was an opportunity for the organization to celebrate their commitment and dedication to IMG_1467serve their community and commend them for the sacrifices they had to make so far. They were heartily received by Mr Tatah the director of social and economic activities at the governor’s office who recognized their heroic endeavor towards the development of their communities.
With lots of excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead for them in their communities, they hid the roads on the 6th of March 2015. Waiting on the other side was an anxious community. The community road was decorated with palm frowns, stones painted white, community hall arranged and dance groups set as they patiently awaited the arrival of the women.
As we will experience at the arrival of a star in any event, these women were received like royalty. One couldn’t help but notice the excitement on the faces of the crowd hailing the return of their laureates. In that chaos, it took time for the protocols to calm down the population and stop them from hurting the women.

The reception ceremony was graced with the presence of the 2nd Deputy Mayor Mr. Ojong Priestley, the 1st Assistant D.O., Secretary General of Eshobi Traditional Council and the Voice of Mamfe community radio Journalist.
What a reception!!!

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