Over the years Green Care NGO has been operating from a small two room office in the Bui division in the North West region of Cameroon. With our fast growing activities and staff there has been an urgent need to grow and move to a larger location. Green Care has recently acquired a site to construct a new office that will be a used as an agroforestry training center. This will give Green Care the ability to expand their reach to the whole North West region of Cameroon. Green Care will therefore be able to train many communities in agroforestry and environmental best practices. Major progress has been made in the last few months with the complete design of the building, and receiving approval from the local council to start construction. The first stage of this project has been completed as of the 28th of May 2012 thanks to many volunteers. This is including an American Peace Corps, a British Engineer, many local villagers from Shisong and Kumbo, along from the traditional head of Shisong “Shufai Wang”. The first stage of this project has become a reality thanks to the support and funds we have already received from Global Giving. The ability to complete the next stage of this project is mainly hindered at present by lack of finance. It is a common hope that funding can be raised to enable Green Care to continue to fulfill the needs of the community and grow as a regional training center.
The new Bui Division Agroforestry training center will have many different aspects in its entirety. The building will be equipped with a large library and a small internet café, a conference room/training room, a sanitary room for honey production, a personal office for Green Care staff, two bathrooms (in which all waste will be recycled), and a storage room. With this new building we will be able to hold workshops on agroforestry and environmental best practices, along with HIV/AIDS awareness, computer classes, continue with an environmental education club in collaboration with a local Shisong school, and also have workshops with individuals with disabilities.
We would like to thank you in advance; it is a true honor to have this opportunity to have our goals reached. This new office will enrich the lives of everyone involved, mostly the grass root villagers, and the entire North West region of Cameroon.
Fruit Tree Domestication Workshop
On the 24/05/2012 Green Care organized a training workshop in Shisong for local farmers on Fruit Tree domestication. Lessons included Air layering or Marcotting, Approach or Bud grafting and propagation by cuttings. Emphasis was on Air layering or Marcotting because its fitting to everybody and has 90% success rate.
Farmers were taught on the tools, appropriate season and how to select trees.
After the training, attended by two women and five men amongst which was the village traditional head for Shisong ‘Shufai Wang’ participants were taken for practical session and to Green Care’s demonstration site where they had opportunity to see, and touch marcots. Reasons were also advanced why Marcots are kept in the propagator and shed house before planting. One of the participants Dubila Genevieve left the training excited and promised to immediately pass on the message to her family and interested friends.
All the farmers agreed the techniques were within reach and that they were going to put the knowledge acquired to improve their family gardens and as a source of income,
Special appreciation was extended to GlobalGiving team through Green Care Association.
Community Workshop: Bee Keeping
On Saturday the 24th of March, Green Care Association organised a Bee keeping workshop in Shisong village. A total of 15 persons attended, amongst which were four (4) women and one youth. Main topics treated include, Types of Bees, Colony division and function, Qualities of a good bee keeper, Benefits of Bee keeping, where to locate a Bee farm and Honey harvesting techniques.
During the workshop samples of traditional, Top Bar and Langstroth Hives were displayed for comparison. Ideas were discussed and shared on the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of hives. .
Facilitation of the workshop was done in mother tongue, which gave many farmers the opportunity to understand more and asked meaningful question in relation to the Bee keeping. At the end of the workshop new farmers lie Mrs Sah Anna and Yekov Mary Bernadette appealed for another training opportunity, while Mr Justin Berinyuy appreciated the training and immediately requested for formation of Bee farmers Club. This was approved by the assembly and it was agreed the trained farmers shall be meeting once every last Saturday of the month to discuss issues affecting their bee keeping sector.
The training ended with a visit to Bee demonstration farm and acquisition of training handout by farmers. Four of the participants had not previously considered bee keeping but at the end of the training they were so keen they promised to start as soon as possible.
Green Care Association and the workshop participants are very happy for the sponsorship by GlobalGiving.