Since July 2013, BFF has been busy organizing a community watermanagement symposium. This symposium which intended drawing together10 educators and 30 water management members was finally held for twodays on the 13th and 14th July 2013.It was organised and facilitated by both BFF members and some expertsdrawn from Peace Corps Cameroon program as well as the ministry ofenvironment in Cameroon.Participants went home being highly motivated and pleaded for more ofsuch symposium to be organized in the near future. BFF thereforeintends to keep organizing such symposium as long as there are fundsin order to ensure permanent clean and safe water in Cameroon.This symposium was organized with funds from Peace Corps and GlobalGiving donations. We are presently trying to evaluate and monitor theeffects of the symposium on our community and schools.We kindly thank all those who contributed the money to make thissymposium a success. We pray that they keep on supporting us andcausing others to do same.Thanks.Mbeng Simon
Since the last report, we have been busy making preparations for the symposium. In deed we have been searching for funds and we are lucky to have had some money from Peace Corps Cameroon program. We intend to use this money to organize the first phase of this seminar. So far we are very serious holding meetings and building the manual we intend to use during the symposium. The committee charged with this is made up of BFF members, officials from the Ministry of Environment in Cameroon, a short term Volunteer from Germany and 2 Peace Corp Volunteers.
The symposium is slated for 12th and 13th August 2013 in which we intend to invite 30 community members drawn from 15 communities and 15 educational authorities drawn from the Ministries of Basic Education and Secondary Education. We have equally assigned BFF members to perform specific functions in order to ensure the success of the symposium.
This is an exciting time for Better Family Foundation (BFF) for many reasons.
1. Our work in the domain of village water systems has been busier than ever! With this comes the creation of more and more village water management committees.
2. Mr. Mbeng Simon, the Director of BFF, has just returned from The Gambia where he attended a Peace Corps/USAID WASH Conference. He has now been selected to as the chief facilitator/organizer of a similar conference here in Cameroon for Peace Corps Cameroon.
3. We have expanded our partnerships with both Peace Corps and WaterCharity and are seeing the possibility for more funding in order to carry out our work.
How do those items affect this project?
Well, we are beginning to lobby Peace Corps Cameroon to give us assistance to push this WMC Symposium forward. We are eager to obtain these funds not only to carry out this project, but to expand its scope! Ideally, this project will now encompass bring in many lessons learned from The Gambia pertaining to WASH considerations. We are realizing what a valuable tool for community outreach/sensitization WMCs can be! So, we figured, while we have them amassed together it is best to continue teaching them how they can be sanitation and hygiene leaders in their respective communities.
We are very excited about these new ideas/new approaches and look forward to having an opportunity to see them come to fruition!
Small small, catch monkey translates to “Slowly but surely, you will succeed.” This is exactly how we view this Village Water Management Committee Symposium project. When posting this project we knew too well that we will not receive the full funding amount in the matter of three short months. Also, we realize we are incredibly occupied with our many other on-going projects (we’re currently engaged in two community water projects, supervising improvements on the local orphanage and revamping our child sponsor project). So, we were exepecting to official launch this symposium when we receive much more substantial funding and have more time to appropriately devote to it.
But! This is not to say we’re not thinking about it and/or gradually planning it. We have spoke with 4 village water management committees (WMCs) already giving them the ‘heads-up’ about this program—we estimated we can launch it a year from now.
So! That is the progress of this portion of BFF’s work. We’re continuing working on many other projects while awaiting project funding and adequately planning this one for a successful symposium.
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