WOMEN TELLING THEIR STORIES

Nnam tem Beng Veronica                 corn beer, soap, and foods seller

Nnam is a mother of nine children who lives in Mutengene a small town in the South West Region of Cameroon.  After graduating from elementary school, she has relied solely on farming for the up keep of her family. With this humble beginnings, she faced lots of challenges to  meet up with the cost of education for her nine children. In her words “I was so happy when I lent of the Micro-Finance project carryout by RUWDEC. In order to pay my children’s school fee and improve on my life, I decided to start a small business. The money from RUWDEC has helped me to increase my capital. I didn’t have any experience in business, but i learned how to properly manage my business through a workshop organized by RUWDEC, and now I can manage my business without any difficulty. Now, i enjoy my business and can earn 6,000cfa a day.”

Nnam’s dream is to further improve her life by improving her business.

RUWDEC is proud to be part of this change.

Nnam is also a beneficiary of our training program on the domestication of snail and propagation of Eru. She looks forward to using this knowledge to establish a snail farm and increase her source of raising income.

Encouraging self help for improved livelihood

CAMEROON OPTS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

Sustainable energy today holds the key to control climate change.  Mindful of the fact that climate change together with poverty is perhaps the greatest threat to sustainable development, there is thus a need for communities to embrace this new technology and the advantages that come with it. Cameroon today has demonstrated her willingness to embrace this new, reliable and sustainable invention. RUWDEC is glad to part of this transition.

Empowering local communities through solar energy electrification initiated by late Mme. Yonga nee Bih Fonyam Beatrice, implemented by RUWDEC and funded by the Global Environmental Facility Small grant program implemented by UNDP seeks to promote sustainable development, economic empowerment and poverty alleviation of Munyange Trouble through the provision of solar system units and a prototype solar cocoa dryer, reduce forest degradation through tree planting of Non-Timber Forest Products and improve nutrition and livelihood through improved cultivation techniques of staple crops and training on animal husbandry  of snails and grass cutters.

With in the framework of this project 2 grandmothers have been trained as solar engineers in India by the Barefoot College who on return have installed about 100 households with solar system units with the assistance of 4 other women trained by them. Each household has a panel and battery of 20 Watt 12V fixed unit and 20 AH 12 Volt respectively that support 3 florescent bulbs, the charging of phones and a lantern with a smaller panel.

A Rural Solar Electrification Center has also been established 4 panels and 4 batteries of 80 Watt 12volt and 75AH 12 Volt respectively  with the capacity to support 6 florescent bulbs, computer facilities and television set.

the project has recorded the following successes

  • 100 solar panels have been provided, 98 households benefit.
  • 2 women trained as solar engineers in Barefoot College Tilonia India. Women’s right to education and prominent job opportunities promoted.
  • Community tree nursery established with over 5000 NFTP and out planted on 40 hectares.
  • 81 farmers benefit from sustainable livelihood options (25 women, 38 youths and 18 men): – 7 farmers received 250 snails each, 1 farmer received 3grass cutters, 30 farmers: – 150 kg of improved maize seeds each, 14 farmers:- 1348 improved cassava cuttings and 29 farmers: – 100 improved plantains suckers each.
  • Established Women Sustainability and Development Fund of 1000.000 FCFA. 20 women benefit from micro-loans of very low interest to support their businesses.

 

FOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY

YAMS MULTIPLICATION

Agriculture contributes greatly to the growth and survival of our continent (Africa) as a majority of its population relies on it for their livelihood. In Cameroon, at least 90% of its population relies on farming as a source of income generation with a majority in rural poor communities, but the underlying effects of climate change is grossly affecting their proceeds and productivity. Schooling farmers on better techniques to manage this current problem improve on their production and productivity as well as manage the environment and the natural resource that surrounds them, has been one of our greatest concern. It is in this light that we have established a Non- Timber forest Product nursery site to serve as a resource and training centre for farmers in the South West Region Cameroon. It grows NTFP’s (eru, cheated nuts, cocoa, bush mango, bitter kola) using improved planting techniques such as propagation, marcotting, grafting.

This nursery has a capacity of 155 eru seedling with 1000 cuttings, 65 bitter kolar, 61 bush mangos, and 3000 cocoa plant 820 cheated nuts, 17 apples, cajanus caja, pear, njangsang and an eru demonstration site of 5m by 5m.

This year 2011, a 2days training workshop was organized to train farmer on various propagation technique on NFTP like grafting, Marcotting, Budding and Cuttings of crops like Eru, Bush mango, Biter Kola, Kola nut. The methods used in obtaining mini-sets of cassava and yams as well as multiplication of maize seeds were also touched. Practical exercises were conducted to give farmers a clear demonstration on how these techniques can be applied. This training workshop brought together 15 farmers from Muyuka, Buea, Ekona, Fontem, Ikata, Bafia and Owe in the South West Region of Cameroon.

Highlight of the training: Production of local insecticide By Mr Kengafac Grigory (participant)

Ingredients: 1 cup of grinned hot paper, 2 teaspoons of kerosene in 1 liter of water, 1 savon in 10 liters of water

Mix the above components and get a locally made insecticide which cost less and is affordable for all.”

This training was very successful and resourceful as it served as a forum to share ideas and knowledge to better improve agricultural techniques.

YOUTHS4AIDS

THE POP QUIZ

 

The project was inspired by the survey carried out in 2009 to identify reasons why youths are more exposed to HIV in our community (Buea). The outcome of this survey showed that the lack of accurate information about this disease contributes greatly to the denial and the stigma and discrimination which prevails among youths exposing them more to the virus. In effect, this program was initiated with the goal to promote behavioural change, reduce transmission and the prevailing social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through increase HIV/AIDS awareness creation among children and youths between the ages of 9-19years.

Taking a new turn this year, collaborations have been established in two schools in sensitization and educative talks have been made tackling issues on HIV/AIDS (Baptist Comprehensive Collage Great Soppo (BCC) and CBC Great Soppo). Inspired by the Global AIDS theme, the theme for this program is “Zero infection among youths”. Our special thanks to the Teach AIDS animation programs which facilitated the dissemination of information.

TeachAIDS created since 2005, is an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the fields of education, public health, communications, HCI, and medicine who work together to develop rich-media applications to promote HIV/AIDS prevention despite numerous social and cultural barriers. TeachAIDS is dedicated to addressing the challenges associated with providing health education through the creation of free, research-based, culturally-appropriate learning materials.

Following the link: http://teachaids.org/blog/educate-school-children-in-cameroonto see what TeachAIDS thinks about our initiative.

CV CAMPAIGN

A curriculum Vitea commonly referred to as a CV is know for its influence and importance in our fast growing and competitive job markets as it is typically the 1st document that a potential employer encounters and reviews regarding a prospective/potential employee.  A CV is the best marketing tool for every job seeker thus it is very important to own one. Having a good CV means having a visa to getting a good job.

This CV campaign seeks to scale up youths access to job opportunities, bridge the gap and empower youth. this initiative came to light because we saw the need to increase awareness on the importance of a CV to every Job seeker.Most university students and even graduates in my community who at this point are prospective job seekers and look forward to facing the challenges of the job market, have no or little knowledge about CV’s which sets them aback  and limits their chances of breaking through in the job market.

Objectives of the Campaign

  • Raise awareness on the importance of a CV
  • Training youths on how to write a CV