Bee Farming Training At Viyon village May 2014
After working for some while in the domain of Bee farming Green Care Association (GCA)has taken the option of outreach trainings to benefit the very remote community dwellers. This time around it was the opportunity of Viyon family and village located some 20 kilometres away from GCA base in Shisong. Apart from applying for assistance in the training this village caught the admiration of GCA through the fact that they have been practicing conservation of their 12 hectare forest for decades without attaching any modern reason like carbon Sink or Climate Justice Ambassador.
It’s in consideration of some of these values that GCA decided to empower this big conservation family with training as a means to encourage and improve their sources of income. The Training which was attended by women, Students and Men of Viyon turn out to be the very first formal training to ever reached the village as an alternative source of income apart from traditional subsistent agricultural practices. When we interviewed Mathew one of the student who participated in the training session he declared ‘ Am sure bee farming is going to assist my family income to enable me complete my secondary school education’
At the end of the training the family head, remarkably said ‘ Forest is for all but bee farming training is for our private benefit, thank you GCA’ It should be made known clearly that it was thanks to GlobalGiving funds that GCA was able to organize this important and most appreciated training to this remote family
Green Care Assist Remote community construct Bridge
Green Care Staff together with American Peace Corps Volunteer Katherine McNeil Offered three working days alongside some farmers to construct a bridge over River Ngweih some 30km away from Shisong village. It’s thanks to equipment (Synthetic Robes) donated by another American return Peace Corps Volunteer McRyan. The villagers had prepared the work by making available hundreds of dry Bamboo which we used for the construction. Construction work was possible thanks to the lowest level of the stream, considering that it was still transition from Dry to Wet season.
The bridge is going to save many Bee farmers, some palm wine Tappers and Sherpherds. It was with extreme joy that those who were around saw Green Care realize the bridge for them. Mr Martin Ngalim who was actively present during the construction exclaimed with joy “ I can’t believe my eyes seeing another improved bridge over this stream. I did not believe Green Care was serious when they told me about the possibility of assisting in the realization of the bridge.”
Many more farmers had surrendered the possibility of repairing the bridge due to lack of equipment and effective coordination. Upon completion Mr Devine, a young farmer from Kumbo spontaneously assisted all day long when he saw Green Care team at the construction site. He was very happy upon completion of the bridge as he said, these are projects that I like very much for my community. Thanks to Global Giving Funds part of which was used to sponsor the Donkey that helped to carry our belongings and the cost of feeding during the stay at the farm.
Green Care Association Steps up efforts to realize training facility.
Recently, Green Care Association( GCA) continued her efforts of realizing a training facility by erecting walls of their office building and roofing, a project started back in 2012. The structure which have provision for a conference, library, honey processing , secretariat and toilet rooms has been realized thanks to enormous sacrifice from GCA Staff, local and foreign volunteers and part of GlobalGiving funds. The main reason for the structure is to free GCA from having to hire halls for trainings, and paying of exorbitant house rents for the office every month, more to that its being increased every year. Also the building that is presently housing GCA is too small considering that the organization is going in strength and activities. Even though is going to take some time to complete the project, the works done so far is encouraging . Reasons why GCA has received Congratulatory messages from many friends some of whom offered free days labour during construction either to help transport mud blocks to site and plank. Dozens of villagers, some as far as from Kingomen and Mbuluf donated drinks as their support during work. Other appreciation keep coming from GCA network organizations like CENDEP, CAMGEW and Rural Transformation Centre ( RTC) We are very proud and appreciative of the support we have received so far from GlobalGiving friends. It has been our main source of motivation. One of Green Care’s senior staff Balon Donatus (Mr Danger) happily declared “with this office we can now do great things”.