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”.
Bee farming workshop in Nkuv Village
With increasing interest for Bee farming, Green Care Association on Wednesday the 11st of December offered a workshop on Bee farming to the remote farmers of Nkuv some 37 km from Shisong village. The workshop attended by 23 persons treated topics like qualities of a good bee keeper, Types of Bees and Hives, Where to set up a bee farm, Honey harvesting techniques and processing, Bee farming Calendar and Managing of bee stings. This gave Green Care the opportunity to educate and propose solutions to participants on how to handle or avoid White aunts, Honey barger, Rats attack to Hives. The use of chemicals to clean Hive surrounding was also discouraged in very strong terms, considering that it was already gaining grounds.
The remote community of Nkuv through their lead farmer Mr Peter Dzelamonyuy, was very appreciative of the training and promise to offer a site for Green Care to establish a bee farming demonstration farm. Mary Fatima one of the ladies participants declared her special appreciation by saying “am now going to become a full scale bee farmer. Thanks to Global Giving through Green Care”.
The community was so appreciative of the trainings that they offered Green Care Team some local drink ‘palm wine’ and food ‘fufu and Njamajama’ It was all joy beyond imagination.