Green Care Assocation

Green Care Association(GCA) is a Cameroon-based non-governmental organization that, since its inception in 1998, has targeted the promotion of proper environmental management and sustainable agriculture in the region surrounding its base of operations in Shisong. GCA's focus is in proper environmental management through the nursing of indigenous tree species and fruits trees for out planting to protect water catchment sources and in degraded community forest sites. As well as demonstration sites for bee farming and non-conventional livestock farming of quails, cane rats and snails. As part of its mission to promote public understanding of environmental management and sustainable agriculture,...
Jul 9, 2014

Bee keeping Training at Viyon

Bee Farming Training At Viyon village May 2014

 

After working for some while in the domain of Bee farming Green Care Association (GCA)has taken the option of outreach trainings to benefit the very remote community dwellers. This time around it was the opportunity of Viyon family and village located some 20 kilometres away from GCA base in Shisong. Apart from applying for assistance in the training this village caught the admiration of GCA through the fact that they have been practicing conservation of their 12 hectare forest for decades without attaching any modern reason like carbon Sink or Climate Justice Ambassador.

It’s in consideration of some of these values that GCA decided to empower this big conservation family with training as a means to encourage and improve their sources of income. The Training which was attended by women, Students and Men of Viyon turn out to be the very first formal training to ever reached the village as an alternative source of income apart from traditional subsistent agricultural practices. When we interviewed Mathew one of the student who participated in the training session he declared ‘ Am sure bee farming is going to assist my family income to enable me complete my secondary school education’

At the end of the training the family head, remarkably said ‘ Forest is for all but bee farming training is for our private benefit, thank you GCA’ It should be made known clearly that it was thanks to GlobalGiving funds that GCA was able to organize this important and most appreciated training to this remote family

May 12, 2014

Lack of Collecting Tank results in Water scarcity

Lack of Collecting Tank results in Water Scarcity

For some while now the villagers of Shisong have been slow in realizing the final phase of their water project. A situation that is affecting the community so much that there is water scarcity. This was particularly noticed during peak dry season (February and March) Increased efforts to raise funds for the construction of water collecting tank  has been slow. The project which was started with a lot of enthusiasm is experiencing some difficulties due to poverty and donor fatigue. The villagers have been doing voluntary work, donating cash, food and drinks for the project. Its for these reasons that Mr Wanyu with determination said ‘Am very worried about this water project and do not know where to begin again, but we must do something to improve the situation.’

May 5, 2014

Bridge construction for remote farmers

Green Care Assist Remote community construct Bridge

Green Care Staff together with American Peace Corps Volunteer Katherine McNeil Offered three working days alongside some farmers to construct a bridge over River Ngweih some 30km away from Shisong village. It’s thanks to equipment (Synthetic Robes) donated by another American return Peace Corps Volunteer McRyan. The villagers had prepared the work by making available hundreds of dry Bamboo which we used for the construction. Construction work was possible thanks to the lowest level of the stream, considering that it was still transition from Dry to Wet season.

The bridge is going to save many Bee farmers, some palm wine Tappers and Sherpherds. It was with extreme joy that those who were around saw Green Care realize the bridge for them. Mr Martin Ngalim who was actively present during the construction exclaimed with joy “ I can’t believe my eyes seeing another improved bridge over this stream. I did not believe Green Care was serious when they told me about the possibility of assisting in the realization of the bridge.”

Many more farmers had surrendered the possibility of repairing the bridge due to lack of equipment and effective coordination. Upon completion Mr Devine, a young farmer from Kumbo spontaneously assisted all day long when he saw Green Care team at the construction site. He was very happy upon completion of the bridge as he said, these are projects that I like very much for my community. Thanks to Global Giving Funds part of which was used to sponsor the Donkey that helped to carry our belongings and the cost of feeding during the stay at the farm.

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