Nkong Hill Top Common Interest Group

We are a Cameroonian Community-based Organisation (CBO) dedicated to improving livelihoods of the rural and urban underprivileged and marginalized, especially women and youth. We provide access to micro-financing, capacity-building, agricultural resources through a participatory and partnership approach, with local, national and international organizations involved in community development projects.
Feb 20, 2013

The Cameroon Widows Pig Project in Tole

Piglets receiving vaccine
Piglets receiving vaccine

On Tuesday, January 22, the field team visited Tole to survey the living residence/conditions of three widows residing in Tole, Cameroon. Mbe Gladys Kum, Anjeh Anne-Marie, and Esong Lydia Nyenti were the three widows selected from eleven women to participate in the Cameroon Widows Pig Project in Tole. The three widows were selected after completing a Vulnerability Index survey and scoring in the highest percentile.  Upon arrival, the field team met with the three women and discussed the residence /conditional terms of having available land were pig pens could be constructed and isolated feeding areas away from other wild pigs. These conditions would reduce the interaction and spread of disease from wild pigs and disturbance from thieves or neighbors.

After the brief meeting, the field team surveyed two of the three widows’ residences. Mbe Gladys Kum, opted out of the viewing of the residences due to her not owning any available space to construct a pig pen. Mbe Gladys Kum, was renting her home and did not believe her landlord would provide consent to use the property for rearing piglets. Moving forward, Anjeh Anne-Marie, and Esong Lydia Nyenti residences were surveyed and deemed satisfactory. In light of the small selection pool, the field will attempt another Vulnerability Index survey in order to increase the beneficiary group.

Subsequently, on Wednesday, January 30th, a field team visited Tole again to administer the second round of Vulnerability Index surveys. Mrs. Amah Ansah, Mrs. Anoh Sera Dewah, Mrs. Wanyuka Ichemambi Susan, and Mrs. Jenu Susan participated in the group of nine widows that completed surveys. The project would like to select a total of five widows to participate in the second round of piglet distribution. It is important to note that five widows that were not selected from the last survey, participated in the second round of surveys into be reassessed. The program is attracting many widows from different areas and requesting for our assistance in their locality.

On Monday, February 4th, to begin the new month evaluation,  the veterinarian administered a first round of vaccination to the piglets in Ikata.  All of the piglet are in good health and are not showing any signs of disease. Each widow displays excitement about the growth and development of the piglets. The last feed donation to the widows was done on Thursday 7th February. Meanwhile assessment of site for piglet pen construction will be done in Tole on 14th February 2013. The booster dose of the vaccine shall be done on the 25th Feb.

The project is in appreciation of your efforts and monetary support that allows our organization to reach widows with pigs rearing activities for income generation.

Thank you

Jan 8, 2013

Pig Rearing Project for Widows in Cameroon

Beneficiary
Beneficiary

On November 1st, the current three women (widows) who lost their pigs were given two new piglets and a bag of 50 kg feed. The resources were distributed to the widows after an the agreement for extra support, in terms of extra observation, to keep stray pigs away from the new piglets’ pens and sole responsibility  for any death recorded. Subsequently, the next feed of 75 kg was provided on the 1st of December.

Due to the high death toll in Ikata, the project was relocated to Tole, Cameroon.  Tole is a small locality inhabited by many widows of the former Tea plantations workers. Several of the project’s widows lost their husbands in the famous Tole Tea Crises in Cameroon.

On Tuesday, December 6th, fifteen windows were sampled and a voluntarily index questionnaire answered to score them on their vulnerabilities and hardships. The windows are preparing their local material for the piglets’ pen construction.

Piglets
Piglets
Piglet
Piglet
Veterinary
Veterinary
Oct 1, 2012

Update on Ikata Pig Project!

Dear supporters and friends, 

Sorry for the delay in reporting! This report is coming from Heather Kathrens, the Peace Corps Volunteer who was posted with Nkong Hill Top. Since our last report, I have finished my service with the Peace Corps and moved back the the U.S. I have been getting settled into life there again and regret not getting this report out sooner! As I am continuing my education and enter graduate school in the US, I will obviously be less involved with the pig project. Have no fear though! Miss Erica Johnson is my replacement at Nkong Hill Top and will do her best to provide support to the team. And of course, we still have our crucial team members Aldous, Ngoasong and Imelda taking care of things on the ground. As we transition, the future reports will likely not be from me, but I will be providing some support from the background. We look forward to continuing projects in Ikata and hopefully moving into other areas close in proximity to Ikata. 

With that said, I must sadly inform you of the recent pig famine that moved through the Ikata region. The famine got all but two of the pigs. Nkong is regrouping to see what they could have done different, but when this type of sickness moves through an area, there is not much that can be done. The women who lost their pigs are very sad and Nkong is helping them think about moving forward. The pens are still in place, so not all is lost--and now it is just a matter of restocking. 

Just a reminder of how much we apreciate you and your support for this project and for taking an interest in something so worthwhile and needed. Please continue to check in with us and to tell your friends about Nkong Hill Top!

As the holidays approach us, we are wishing you all warmth and happiness and that you are surrounded by those you cherish. 

 

Yours in service, 

Heather Kathrens and the Nkong Hill Top Team

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