Green Care Association gets “Climate Justice Ambassadors”
Green Care Association(GCA) in partnership with Plant –for –Planet organisation recently organized an event with three Primary schools in Shisong. The schools include Catholic Primary School Shisong, Government primary School Shisong and Government Primary School Bamgam. Assistance was given to the event by Teachers of the these schools, GCA staff and some other community volunteers. A total of 70 pupils attended. Apart from planting 200 trees at the Ndzenshwai water catchment donated by GCA, lessons were presented on world distribution of wealth, Population and industrialization by the German volunteer Pauline attached to GCA who doubled as co-moderator of the Plant-for-Planet academy. Group work also featured during presentations in which each group was developed its plan of action.
At the end of the event participants received a book each on Climate Change and Certificate as” Climate Justice Ambassadors”
The event was graced with the presence of the Deputy Mayor for Kumbo Council, parents of Pupils and many German Volunteers in and around Kumbo. The pupils and their Teachers left the event very satisfied. The Deputy Mayor happily declared “Kumbo is privileged to host the event, and I remain very proud being part of the story”
The Plant-for-Planet is an international Children’s initiative to support the Billion –Tree- Campaign of the United Nations Environment Program with a goal of planting 1,000billion new trees by 2020, GCA is very proud of putting to use Global Giving funds to compensate for the trees planted and other expenditures even though there is still need to plant more.
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
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.
Green Care Association Steps up efforts to realize training facility.
Recently, Green Care Association( GCA) continued her efforts of realizing a training facility by erecting walls of their office building and roofing, a project started back in 2012. The structure which have provision for a conference, library, honey processing , secretariat and toilet rooms has been realized thanks to enormous sacrifice from GCA Staff, local and foreign volunteers and part of GlobalGiving funds. The main reason for the structure is to free GCA from having to hire halls for trainings, and paying of exorbitant house rents for the office every month, more to that its being increased every year. Also the building that is presently housing GCA is too small considering that the organization is going in strength and activities. Even though is going to take some time to complete the project, the works done so far is encouraging . Reasons why GCA has received Congratulatory messages from many friends some of whom offered free days labour during construction either to help transport mud blocks to site and plank. Dozens of villagers, some as far as from Kingomen and Mbuluf donated drinks as their support during work. Other appreciation keep coming from GCA network organizations like CENDEP, CAMGEW and Rural Transformation Centre ( RTC) We are very proud and appreciative of the support we have received so far from GlobalGiving friends. It has been our main source of motivation. One of Green Care’s senior staff Balon Donatus (Mr Danger) happily declared “with this office we can now do great things”.
Bee farming workshop in Nkuv Village
With increasing interest for Bee farming, Green Care Association on Wednesday the 11st of December offered a workshop on Bee farming to the remote farmers of Nkuv some 37 km from Shisong village. The workshop attended by 23 persons treated topics like qualities of a good bee keeper, Types of Bees and Hives, Where to set up a bee farm, Honey harvesting techniques and processing, Bee farming Calendar and Managing of bee stings. This gave Green Care the opportunity to educate and propose solutions to participants on how to handle or avoid White aunts, Honey barger, Rats attack to Hives. The use of chemicals to clean Hive surrounding was also discouraged in very strong terms, considering that it was already gaining grounds.
The remote community of Nkuv through their lead farmer Mr Peter Dzelamonyuy, was very appreciative of the training and promise to offer a site for Green Care to establish a bee farming demonstration farm. Mary Fatima one of the ladies participants declared her special appreciation by saying “am now going to become a full scale bee farmer. Thanks to Global Giving through Green Care”.
The community was so appreciative of the trainings that they offered Green Care Team some local drink ‘palm wine’ and food ‘fufu and Njamajama’ It was all joy beyond imagination.
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