In efforts to better the lives of many elders interested in domesticating Sheeps and Goats in and around Shisong, Green Care Association offered a one day workshop on Pasture Improvement to members of Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance ( CDVTA) for Shisong( A group of Elderly Men and Women.
Participants were drilled on Types of Pastures, Live fencing, Paddocking and the associating benefits to improve pasture for animals. Samples of some fodder species were collected and displayed to assure proper knowledge.
The workshop attended by 15 participants of Shisong CDVTA left for their various homes with some agro forestry trees seeds, Brakaria and cuttings of Quatamala to start their various farms, supplied by Green Care Association.
Those present were very happy and appreciated Global Giving through Green Care for assisting them with the much needed knowledge and provision of seeds. Mama Emmilia Nsai, one of the happy recipients of the seeds said “am going to start my Pasture farm immediately, luckily with the wet season around.” It all ended with a big Thank you to all.from the group leader Mr Yensela Fidelis.
Tree planting at Ndzenshwai Community Water Catchment.
On the 20th June 2013 Green Care staffs together with15 local volunteers planted 250 trees at the Ndzenshwai community water catchment. This was a long awaited effort, considering that the management committee forwarded an appeal letter to Green Care Association to help in tree planting at the water catchment some close to five months ago.
The species planted were Prunus Africana, Polysia fulva, Voacanga africana, Ilexmetics, and Pitosporum.
One of the volunteers Mr Wirba Kesta after planting declared “ I remain very happy planting valuable trees in our water catchment. I am willing to volunteer planting many more trees if given another opportunity”
The chairman of the water management committee, Shey John Njinyuy, on behalf of the Ndzenshwai community was very happy and extended heartfelt appreciation to GlobalGiving for paying for the trees which are going to improve their wellbeing.
The tree planting exercise, like in most cases, gave Green Care the opportunity to educate volunteers on the values of tree planting, thereby recommending the introduction of Bee farming to reduce careless human activity in the site and generate income.
Green Care as always, is thankful to GlobalGiving.
After receiving applications from 'Laaton' group and other farmers groups to train them on Bee farming, Green Care Association on the 24/4/2013, organized a Bee farming workshop with the 'Laaton' group of Kingomen Village. A total of 16 persons attended the training amongst which was a traditional ruler of Jumsin family. After a question and answer Session progress was made with treating topics like Qualities of a good bee keeper, what to consider before locating a bee farm, Identification of Bee friendly and avoidable trees. Management of Hives, Bee pest ,Bee Stings, proper Honey, packaging, Colony requirement and many other. . At the end of the training the eldest member of 'Laaton' Group Mr Wirba Umaru extended appreciation and said the training is going to improve 'Laaton' group and the entire bee farming community of Kingomen. At the end the training Kilian Singyan was quick to declare happily that, he is going to involve his wives and children in Bee farming henceforth. The group leader Mr Julius Banlav said his group is very happy and determined to change the faith of bee farming in the area and as a consequence improve their financial status of all their families. He also extended appreciation to Green Care and most especially donors of GlobalGiving whose efforts has reached and is helping them at the very remote ends 'We shall for ever be grateful' declared Julius Banlav. He however appealed to GlobalGiving to continue assisting them. At the end the training Kilian Singyan was quick to declare he is going to involve his wives and children in Bee farming henceforth.
Paper Beads Making workshop
Green Care Association was recently trained alongside Shisong community dwellers in Paper Beads making for three exciting days, facilitated by My Beads Space Organisation from Bamenda. Glossary and other advertisement Papers were identified as the best material to be used. Some of the equipment for the training include Scissors, rulers, varnish and spirit and glow.
The workshop gave the participants opportunity to be drilled on how to used some tree seeds as Beads. After theorical lessons participants were given the opportunity for serious practical sessions and corrections. At the end of the day it was unanimously agreed that Paper Beads are environmentally friendly, design provoking and income generating. It was also brought to common knowledge the fact that Beads are also very important to the culture of Nso and many others as the type of Beads has a very symbolic reason to the community. At the end of the workshop,the participants were determined to set up their small workshop. Yekov Bernadette, one of the female participants was quick to declare that she shall never lack what to occupy herself with henceforth.
It all ended to the satisfaction of all and appreciation to GlobalGiving for sponsoring the very important workshop. One of the participants Kinyuy Marion related these words. “ Ven beri a woni foor mo” ( thank Global Giving for me).
Second Bee farming training workshop
Shisong 9th Nov.2012
With the ever increasing demand for Honey and request from some Groups and individuals to be trained in Bee farming, Green Care Association ( GCA), was able to organized the second Bee farming workshop on the 9th of November 2012.The twelve participants came from Shisong, Mbuluf, Kingomen, Kikaikom and Nkuv villages.
Topics treated include qualities of good bee keeper, Kinds of Bees, Types of Hives and where its appropriate to establish an Apiary, Hive and Bee sting management, swarming, absconding and identification of Bee friendly Trees. At the end of the workshop there was chance for question and answer sessions. Participants were also assigned to find out indigenous methods to reduce the effects of Termites on Hives and also to identify the clove plant and other herbs that could be used for harvesting of Honey.
To Mr Fon Justin, the workshop was ‘very educative’ giving him opportunity to learn many new things. He also extended appreciation to GlobalGiving and wished the training opportunity to continue from time to time in improve their skills and for the business.
Mr Wirba Hilary of Kingomen village, was very happy and said ‘He considered himself privileged for the training he has been longing for so long’.
Finally, the Traditional ruler of ‘Shu Bui’ family in Kikaikom village who attended the training extended appreciation GlobalGiving on behalf of the participants while requesting Green Care to continue in this offering the local farmers the opportunity to improve..
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