CWPP NOVEMBER REPORT TO Global Giving
On Tuesday 8th October a representative of the first widow’s group of beneficiaries in Ikata Mrs Frida Tanye visited our office following the call made by Mr. Aldous Lekeanyi to find out about their pigs business. Her visit was to appeal to the veterinarian to help them get some piglets for three empty pens that have sold their second batch of pigs and where finding it difficult to get improve piglets to restock their farms. They got piglets three days after because her visit coincided with a confirmation of piglets that we have asked some days before. Her visit gave her the opportunity to meet with Mr. Vincent Anu the coordinator of Nkong Hill Top Association for Development for the first time. Her joy was clearly visible and she said that she has seen him before when she went to save money at the micro-finance institute (Nkong Credit for Developmen), but did not know he was the coordinator of this organization. This micro-finance was creatd by Nkong Hill Top to support women business initiative.
On the other hand, two beneficiaries in Tole have sold their pigs and restock while the other two are encourage by the price their friends have sold theirs to keep a little longer to make more money in December. With the disease period over, there is no serious treat on the pigs within this one month period apart from thieves. When we express this fear, Mrs Ange Annemarie told us that by Gods Grace nothing will happen. It is worth noting that this batch of pigs in Tole have not suffer from any illness, hence we have suffer no lost this time. Exited with this success, the board Chairman Mr. Nkemka George was quick to thank the staff working on the project for the initiative to construct suspended pens that cut communication with stray pigs which is one of the major rout of infection. He hoped more funds will enable us have an impact on many lives.
When this project began, we believe that we shall find the need in a community to assist some widows to start an income generating activity (IGA) that will help alleviate poverty. Instead the communities are now demanding for the project. We have many widows waiting but means really limited. It is for this reason that we are appealing for support to enable us assist these widows.
Supporting widows through the Cameroon widows pig project is quite interesting. You see and feel the excitement of putting a smile on ones’ face with the little you do. The appreciation and joy of the widows is so remarkable, that it will be unfair if we don’t share it with all the amazing Global giving family.
Visiting the widows on June 12, 2013, according to the instructions of the board of Nkong Hll Top Association for Development; the board Chairman Mr. Nkemka Gorge and Mrs. Nkemasong Vero were very happy to listen to the widow’s testimonies on the success of the project. One widow was quick to remark that “It beat her imagination to see that few months back she thought it was a difficult activity but today she is caring for the pigs without any difficulty and the pigs are growing so well”.
On July 11th 2013, the grant period of CWPP beneficiaries ended with donations of pig’s feed and veterinary care. Subsequently, the Widows are completely responsible for the pig’s medical care and nutrition. Follow up shall occur at the end of September 2013 to ascertain the pig’s weight, determine a market and restock their pens. The widows are maintaining the pigs’ health up to the project standard with no recorded illnesses.
Due to the high demand, new places are requesting assistance from the CWPP project. Furthermore, the current project is unable to satisfy the needs of villagers within the current locations. We wish to touch additional widows but the resources are limited. We will like to appeal for more support to ensure a prosperous future for the Widows in Tole, Owe and Ikita, Cameroon.
Thank you and Blessings unto you
On Saturday 20th April 2013, the Cameroon Widows Pig Project (CWPP) concluded the project’s fifth phase of stocking pens with the piglets, providing provision of feed and treatment of the pigs. The project is about 80% realized, in Tole and Owe, given the conclusion with sensitization, selection, training, pen construction and stocking. In the days ahead we shall concentrate efforts on disease prevention/ treatment, castration and feeding of the pigs. On provision of piglets and feed, all beneficiaries of the projects where visibly elated upon the reception of their piglets with a consignment of feed. The feed will provide feeding for the piglets up to twenty-five days with subsequent feed supply following.
Chanting praises to God and Nkong Hill Top Association for Development, the women promised total collaboration for the success of the project through the organization’s staff: Mr. Aldous Lekeanyi, Miss Erica Johnson and the indefatigable Mr. Fidelex Efuetlancha.
In Tole the handing of piglets and feed was witnessed by neighbors and the former Regional Delegate of Youth Affaires for the Southwest Region. The joy expressed by the women made the Delegate interested to learn more about the CWPP. In response, Mr. Aldous explained the project mission’s to tackle poverty from the roots by providing alternative sources of income to women headed homes. The selection of the project’s widows was in response to the harsh conditions undergone by this group of people in the society due to the lost of their husbands.
At this level of project implementation, the final stage includes the nurturing of piglets to ensure market sizes, restocking the pens and future participation of the widows in pig production as an alternative source of income. Most importantly, the final stage depends heavily on the future contributions of the viewers of Globalgiving. Your future donations are truly essential and appreciated. Please help us provide funding to ensure a prosperous future for the Widows in Tole, Owe and Ikita, Cameroon.
On Tuesday, January 22, the field team visited Tole to survey the living residence/conditions of three widows residing in Tole, Cameroon. Mbe Gladys Kum, Anjeh Anne-Marie, and Esong Lydia Nyenti were the three widows selected from eleven women to participate in the Cameroon Widows Pig Project in Tole. The three widows were selected after completing a Vulnerability Index survey and scoring in the highest percentile. Upon arrival, the field team met with the three women and discussed the residence /conditional terms of having available land were pig pens could be constructed and isolated feeding areas away from other wild pigs. These conditions would reduce the interaction and spread of disease from wild pigs and disturbance from thieves or neighbors.
After the brief meeting, the field team surveyed two of the three widows’ residences. Mbe Gladys Kum, opted out of the viewing of the residences due to her not owning any available space to construct a pig pen. Mbe Gladys Kum, was renting her home and did not believe her landlord would provide consent to use the property for rearing piglets. Moving forward, Anjeh Anne-Marie, and Esong Lydia Nyenti residences were surveyed and deemed satisfactory. In light of the small selection pool, the field will attempt another Vulnerability Index survey in order to increase the beneficiary group.
Subsequently, on Wednesday, January 30th, a field team visited Tole again to administer the second round of Vulnerability Index surveys. Mrs. Amah Ansah, Mrs. Anoh Sera Dewah, Mrs. Wanyuka Ichemambi Susan, and Mrs. Jenu Susan participated in the group of nine widows that completed surveys. The project would like to select a total of five widows to participate in the second round of piglet distribution. It is important to note that five widows that were not selected from the last survey, participated in the second round of surveys into be reassessed. The program is attracting many widows from different areas and requesting for our assistance in their locality.
On Monday, February 4th, to begin the new month evaluation, the veterinarian administered a first round of vaccination to the piglets in Ikata. All of the piglet are in good health and are not showing any signs of disease. Each widow displays excitement about the growth and development of the piglets. The last feed donation to the widows was done on Thursday 7th February. Meanwhile assessment of site for piglet pen construction will be done in Tole on 14th February 2013. The booster dose of the vaccine shall be done on the 25th Feb.
The project is in appreciation of your efforts and monetary support that allows our organization to reach widows with pigs rearing activities for income generation.
On November 1st, the current three women (widows) who lost their pigs were given two new piglets and a bag of 50 kg feed. The resources were distributed to the widows after an the agreement for extra support, in terms of extra observation, to keep stray pigs away from the new piglets’ pens and sole responsibility for any death recorded. Subsequently, the next feed of 75 kg was provided on the 1st of December.
Due to the high death toll in Ikata, the project was relocated to Tole, Cameroon. Tole is a small locality inhabited by many widows of the former Tea plantations workers. Several of the project’s widows lost their husbands in the famous Tole Tea Crises in Cameroon.
On Tuesday, December 6th, fifteen windows were sampled and a voluntarily index questionnaire answered to score them on their vulnerabilities and hardships. The windows are preparing their local material for the piglets’ pen construction.
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