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”.
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.
In efforts to better the lives of many elders interested in domesticating Sheeps and Goats in and around Shisong, Green Care Association offered a one day workshop on Pasture Improvement to members of Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance ( CDVTA) for Shisong( A group of Elderly Men and Women.
Participants were drilled on Types of Pastures, Live fencing, Paddocking and the associating benefits to improve pasture for animals. Samples of some fodder species were collected and displayed to assure proper knowledge.
The workshop attended by 15 participants of Shisong CDVTA left for their various homes with some agro forestry trees seeds, Brakaria and cuttings of Quatamala to start their various farms, supplied by Green Care Association.
Those present were very happy and appreciated Global Giving through Green Care for assisting them with the much needed knowledge and provision of seeds. Mama Emmilia Nsai, one of the happy recipients of the seeds said “am going to start my Pasture farm immediately, luckily with the wet season around.” It all ended with a big Thank you to all.from the group leader Mr Yensela Fidelis.
Tree planting at Ndzenshwai Community Water Catchment.
On the 20th June 2013 Green Care staffs together with15 local volunteers planted 250 trees at the Ndzenshwai community water catchment. This was a long awaited effort, considering that the management committee forwarded an appeal letter to Green Care Association to help in tree planting at the water catchment some close to five months ago.
The species planted were Prunus Africana, Polysia fulva, Voacanga africana, Ilexmetics, and Pitosporum.
One of the volunteers Mr Wirba Kesta after planting declared “ I remain very happy planting valuable trees in our water catchment. I am willing to volunteer planting many more trees if given another opportunity”
The chairman of the water management committee, Shey John Njinyuy, on behalf of the Ndzenshwai community was very happy and extended heartfelt appreciation to GlobalGiving for paying for the trees which are going to improve their wellbeing.
The tree planting exercise, like in most cases, gave Green Care the opportunity to educate volunteers on the values of tree planting, thereby recommending the introduction of Bee farming to reduce careless human activity in the site and generate income.
Green Care as always, is thankful to GlobalGiving.
After receiving applications from 'Laaton' group and other farmers groups to train them on Bee farming, Green Care Association on the 24/4/2013, organized a Bee farming workshop with the 'Laaton' group of Kingomen Village. A total of 16 persons attended the training amongst which was a traditional ruler of Jumsin family. After a question and answer Session progress was made with treating topics like Qualities of a good bee keeper, what to consider before locating a bee farm, Identification of Bee friendly and avoidable trees. Management of Hives, Bee pest ,Bee Stings, proper Honey, packaging, Colony requirement and many other. . At the end of the training the eldest member of 'Laaton' Group Mr Wirba Umaru extended appreciation and said the training is going to improve 'Laaton' group and the entire bee farming community of Kingomen. At the end the training Kilian Singyan was quick to declare happily that, he is going to involve his wives and children in Bee farming henceforth. The group leader Mr Julius Banlav said his group is very happy and determined to change the faith of bee farming in the area and as a consequence improve their financial status of all their families. He also extended appreciation to Green Care and most especially donors of GlobalGiving whose efforts has reached and is helping them at the very remote ends 'We shall for ever be grateful' declared Julius Banlav. He however appealed to GlobalGiving to continue assisting them. At the end the training Kilian Singyan was quick to declare he is going to involve his wives and children in Bee farming henceforth.
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