Dear Global Giving Donors,
We are still encountering major difficulties in transporting our plantains crop to the market. That has cost us a lot to loose many bunches of plantains in this harvest season. We are still struggling to harvest some of the plantains and sell and using the proceeds to give as stipends to our volunteers to clear the farm and replant more suckers.
While we can do this without your generous support, we still are soliciting for your support to enable us get a 4x4 vehicle to beef up our effort for this sustainable project. Thanks very much for your continuous introduction and recommendation of our project to others for donation. So as to enable us finally achieve our global goal.
Pictures are attached to show you the progress we have made.
Amah Susan Tamba
APWCR General Commissioner/CEO Mr. George Abang Tawoh who was offered a place and awarded full scholarship to attend the first ever London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Progamme for African Leadership (PFAL) that took place from the 17th March through the 4th April 2012 at LSE.
The programme which was very enriching that brought in brave proffessors from this great university,a wide range of experience African young Leaders covering the public and private sectors, civil society and the media, increased the leadership skills of APWCR CEO in a global perspective and more focus in the African Continent.
As any aspiring leader who will never want to misused any given opportunity, APWCR CEO uses this programme to shoot three birds; held many meetings with some advisory board members of APWCR in UK, Sarah Williams and Jacob Hipps and more importantly the successfully meeting we held in a coffee snack around Tavistock Square by 10:50am with this two distinquish staff of Global Giving Zdravka M. Sen and Jenni Tomlin about some of the difficulties APWCR has in fund raising for our project Grow plantains and support human rights in Cameroon and the handicappness APWCR has in internet accessibility.
The meeting ended by 11.00am same 5th April 2012 were Jenni and Zdravka assisted me with the backs that I was carrying after checking out in the LSE accomondation in Passfield Hall to Auston Station to Highbury Centre were I had to be there, three more days to enable me catch my return flight to Cameroon on the 8th April which I did and am now pulling on well with my work in APWCR in Limbe - Cameroon.
On our plantains project, APWCR volunteers are still suffering in transporting harvested plantains on their heads and backs. We are still appealing for our donors to donate to this our project to enable us purchase a 4x4 vehicle as you can see in the photos attached on how we are still struggling even at this twenty first century in carrying heavy load like plantains on our heads and backs, this continuous strainous activity has scared most of our female volunteers.
What can we do other than really on your contribution to enable us overcome this difficulties in purchasing this vehicle.
After receiving the powerful delegation from GlobalGiving USA in the person of Meg Dallet and Lurel Chor in APWCR office and in her project site titled "APWCR GLOBAL GIVING PLANTAINS FARM" in the outskirts of Bimbia in the month of June 2011, there has been some drastic changes in the area of pursuing some of the objectives of APWCR.
Immediately after their departure to other partners organizations in Cameroon via USA, APWCR volunteers continued the clearing of the plantain farm through the period of July and August. The first two weeks of September were used to start the hanging of robes on the upper parts of the plantains with newly bunches to avoid them to fall. Currently about 15 plantains have giving new bunches thanks for your sacrificial continuous support to our project.
Another fear we are having now is on how soon, our volunteers will continue transporting the plantains crop to the market on their heads and backs, we desperately need a 4x4 vehicle to enable us overcome this and increase productivity. We are also appealing to any of our donor who may be having a used 4x4 vehicle in any part of the world and desire to donate it to the services of APWCR, should without any hesitation endeavor to contact us, it may be for necessary arrangements for shipment to Douala - Cameroon the nearest port to Limbe APWCR project site.
With other assistant from devoted members, APWCR website www.apwcri.org which has been down now for some months because of financial difficulties is under serious construction and within two weeks time it will be online, thanks to these generous contribution.
18 selected observers of APWCR will join other 209 observers in different human rights organization making a total of 227 observers in the umbrella of the Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations (CNHRO) based in Yaounde that has been accredidated by the Ministry of Territoral and Decentralization MINTD to observe the October 9th Presidential Elections in Cameroon. Our observation will be published latter.
Once more thanks very much for recommending our project to your family members, friends and associates members and other organisations.
My name is Meg Dallett, and I’m an In the Field intern with GlobalGiving in Cameroon this summer. I’m traveling around the country visiting all the GlobalGiving-partnered NGOs, and I’m writing this postcard to pass on some of what I’ve seen to the donors who have given to this organization. ... Like so many other children, George Abang Tawoh grew up in an abusive home. As a young boy he saw his grandfather sell his aunt (also a child) into marriage to repay a debt, an injustice that always stayed with him. When he got his hands on a copy of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in secondary school, he realized that his experience wasn’t the way life was supposed to be, and threw himself into readings and seminars on human rights theory and conflict management. Still in secondary school, he founded a nonprofit organization: the Association for the Protection of Women and Children’s Rights (APWCR) in Limbe, Cameroon. Now, APWCR responds to rights abuses of all kinds, using negotiation and reconciliation techniques to work within the system rather than antagonizing communities. APWCR works closely with local chiefs and women’s rights groups to identify problems and design solutions, and solicit feedback from other women on how they could improve their program. Their work is almost entirely self-funded through a nearby plantain plantation, where the staff raises and sells plantains to a women’s market group (and gives extras to a local orphanage). That’s why GlobalGiving donations mean so much to them—a sign at their plantation reads “APWCR PARTNERED GLOBALGIVING PLANTAINS FARM.” Unfortunately, George and his team can’t afford internet access frequently enough to do much online fundraising. But he’s not discouraged—as he put it, “I have a vision, and I don’t know how long it will take me to reach there, but I know I will reach it.” George and four of his volunteers took us on a long hike to the plantation, which involved (1) a road, (2) a grassy field, (3) a muddy forest, (4) a rocky beach, and (5) an ascent up an extremely steep plantain-covered hillside where George and Richard notched footholds for us with machetes. They even let us harvest some of the plantains with them! It was an exhilarating experience, not least because of Cameroon’s stunningly beautiful landscape. The trek also made us aware of just why APWCR is fundraising for a vehicle—that hike was hard enough without having to do it every day or carry huge bunches of plantains for 7 km. Even without much funding, APWCR is making a huge difference in so many lives. They told us about one woman who was cheated out of the land she should have inherited from her father for years because of her gender; when she asked APWCR to get involved, they got her land back within two months. Imagine what they’ll do as the organization grows!
We are happy to inform all our donors and the general public that after planting 1200 plantain suckers and latter doing the felling down of some big trees that where disturbing sun light on the plants and carried some policing activities in Cameroon; APWCR volunteers have been waiting for about 10 weeks for the felt trees branches to decay and give way for the plantains to sprung up, which are growing well now.
Thanks for your generous contribution to enable us reach this level of successfully having 1200 plantains suckers, though our target is to plant about 9500 plantains suckers as we desperately need a 4X4 vehicle to enable us transport the plantains and help us track child trafficking in the bordering towns and villages in Cameroon. We are still appealing for you contribution to enable us achieve our goal. Your 01 - 10,000.00 Dollars that you donate to this project, we assure you will course a great impact in promoting the human rights activities of APWCR and sustaining our organization.
We are currently clearing grass from the plantains and working to redesign the website of APWCR and collaborating with the Cameroon Police Boss to launch the first ever report of the Police station Visitor's Week that our organization organized in October 2010 as you can read the global report on the link attached.
Thanks for your support!
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