Fruit Tree Cultivation in Cameroon- UT

 
$2,676
$824
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Remaining
Jun 27, 2011

Fruit Trees Helping Widows To Help Themselves

Fight against the stomach devil, the sign said. Fruit tree domestication nursery is for you!  

The people of Njinikom have come up with ingenious and eco-friendly ways to better their community. "Pa Sala" is a respected community leader and the director of "Mboyni Farming Group". The farming group grows seedlings that are then distributed to those who need it, including the Widows' Group. Pa Sala is a wizard when it comes to nature: he has single handedly planted many trees to make his village much greener than before, devised his own irrigation system using a stream from the mountain, and has even grown three types of mangoes on one tree. He even has an apiary, allowing him to collect honey while the bees help pollinate the trees that he planted!

The Widows' Group, part of a local NGO called Berudep, is headed by Anna, a smiling and friendly woman. Local culture dictates that when a woman is widowed, she is married off to her deceased husband's brother or closest relative. Despite being a tradition, these women are often neglected in their new households. Seeing this, Anna decided to bring these women together to be support for each other. She has taught them about planting medicinal herbs that has helped them become healthier, while they also act as therapy for each other during tough times. Most recently, they are working on planting fruits and vegetables on a plot of land, enabling them to support themselves while also allowing them to sell any surplus. They also hope that the Working side by side on their own plot of land (currently rented, and hopefully to be bought soon with the help of Nourish International!) has given them a priceless sense of purpose, camaraderie and hope.

The volunteers of Nourish International have spent the last month helping out at the tree nursery and at the fruit tree farm. Both Pa Sala and the widows expressed how grateful they were to have these volunteers help them, and how much it meant to them to have people come all the way from the US just to work with them in the fields. I think Anna said it best in the video (link at the bottom). 


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May 20, 2011

Project begins in two weeks!

To all of our wonderful Donors,

 

The project team with students from the University of Texas is leaving in two weeks for Cameroon to work with the community to community to plant 5,000 fruit trees and teach the local women to care for their orchard. Volunteers will also teach the women basic business skills to run a sustainable business from the surpluses in fruit.  If you are interested in following our project this summer as we work in Cameroon, you may do so at this link: http://nourishinternational.org/blog/.  We will be continually posting blogs about our experiences living and working with the community. Our project page will be taken off of Global Giving at the beginning of June when we make our final donation to the community. If you are interested in making a final donation your support would be greatly appreciated in the next two weeks.

 

Thank you for helping us engage students, empower communities, and eradicate poverty.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nourish International

Apr 26, 2011

Pre-Departure Update

To all of our wonderful Donors,

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in support of UT Nourish International’s project Fruit Tree Cultivation in Cameroon.

The project team with students from University of Texas is gearing up to travel to Cameroon and work with African Roots. The students have been preparing their travel arrangements, reading up on Cameroonian history and culture, practicing gardening skills and creating basic business lesson plans for the work they will be doing in Cameroon. Your support for this project is greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for more updates!

Thank you for helping us engage students, empower communities, and eradicate poverty.

 

Sincerely,

Nourish International

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Organization

Project Leader

Audrey McKenna

Austin, TX United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Fruit Tree Cultivation in Cameroon- UT