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Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids

by Cameroon Association of Active Youths
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
Grow hope for 150 Cameroon schoolkids
The Bamendankwe students and their garden
The Bamendankwe students and their garden

Our wonder volunteer, Pietro Clément, has provided us with his 14-18 December Weekly Report:

MondayIn Bamendankwe Primary School it was country Sunday again, apparently they are the only village to have two country Sundays in a week of 8 days. Thus, the only thing we were allowed to do was water the garden. We also prepared the final arrangements for the “Right to Play” campaign that would be held there the next day.

TuesdayToday a campaign for the Right to Play was organized. With a minibus, we brought 31 children from the Upstation school to the Bamendankwe school. We organised five stands with games for the 62 participating children. We had a sack race, an egg race, tug of war, relay and an imitation and guessing game. Four teams of six children and one of seven for each school were competing in every game in rotation. After the games were finished, we offered food to the children. The last activity was a football match opposing the two schools. Bamendankwe ended up winning at the penalties stages after the regular time finished and the score was 1-1. We donated one notebook and one pen to each of the children. The winning school also received some sweets.  

Wednesday : In the Babessi Secondary School Pietro collected all the grades from the students and did an oral exam to one which was absent during the examination. Pietro participated with the class council and travelled back to Bamenda.

Thursday : At Chomba Primary School we watered the crops and gave instructions for the watering during the holidays. The access to water is difficult in the village and hopefully the teachers and students will do their best. 

Friday : At Upstation Primary School radish was harvested. We gave it to the children, who were enthusiastic. We also gave instructions for watering.

 

 

The children playing tug of war
The children playing tug of war
Upstation radish harvest
Upstation radish harvest
Game day!
Game day!
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Bless hopes to have a garden of his own someday
Bless hopes to have a garden of his own someday

Exciting news from the field! Our wonderful volunteer, Pietro, has kindly shared with us some videos from the gardens in Bamendankwe and Upstation! The children have expressed their joy for the progress they're making with the gardens and hope to have their own gardens someday when they grow up. 

 

Check out Pietro's videos to see the progress of the children involved in our school garden projects!

 

 

 

 

 

 The children have been hard at work with their gardens and are proud of all that they have have accomplished. Be sure to check out our blog for further updates!

Erasmus loves learning about gardening
Erasmus loves learning about gardening
Laetitia keeps a watchful eye on the crops
Laetitia keeps a watchful eye on the crops
Perseverance has harvested some of the crop
Perseverance has harvested some of the crop
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planting at Ambo
planting at Ambo

Thanks to the hard work of our newest volunteer, Pietro Clement, and the ongoing assistance of CAMAAY member Ruth, the gardens are off to a strong start this year  Plantings have been as follows:

Primary School Ambo:  Tomato, cabbage, eggplant, carrot, radish, beans and brussel sprouts have been planted. The garden project here is supervised by a teacher member of CAMAAY, Ernest, so Pietro will only need to visit every other week, which will save on transportation costs.

Primary School Chomba: The teachers worked hard to get seven beds ready for planting, and the children planted tomato, beans, pepper, cauliflower, lettuce and carrot until there was no more space on the beds. The remaining seeds will be distributed to the children who are willing to plant them in their family garden.

Primary School Mendakwe:  The teachers here do some work outside of school hours, so the garden is in good shape. Pietro and the children started by forming two nursing beds and planted carrots, two types of tomato, morrow and lettuce.  After a week, lettuce and a little of tomato had already sprouted. Three more beds were dug the rest of the seeds planted.

Primary School Upstation: Morrow and the tomato plants have already sprouted. The children and teachers worked with Pietro to dig three more beds, and finished planting carrots, radish and beans. 

Secondary School Bambessi:  The garden is being prepared for the planting of morrow, carrot, beans, peas, pepper, and two kinds of tomato. 

At Medankwe, plants have started to sprout
At Medankwe, plants have started to sprout
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Orkid volunteers at work
Orkid volunteers at work

CAMAAY is excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Orkidstudio, a UK-based humanitarian design organisation, on sustainable projects in Cameroon.  Our first project together is construction of an agricultural hub in Bafoussam.  Work began this month, as four volunteers from the UK universities worked alongside volunteers from the community to build a structure that will be contain both a facility for raising livestock such as chickens, turkeys, and rabbits; and classrooms to train participating youths in sustainable agriculture practices and effective product marketing.

This hub will be an invaluable resource for this year's school gardens.  Each trainee will visit one of the participating schools to share their new knowledge with garden club members, to help them design, maintain, and evaluate their garden using the most productive and environmentally friendly practices.  Even more importantly, we hope that over time the crops and livestock raised by trainees will provide sufficient income to fund the school gardens on an ongoing basis.

This is a truly thrilling development for us, and your donation will help us provide the materials needed to get it up and running.  


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Children telling us about their garden
Children telling us about their garden

Although this year's gardens had only limited success, we have two achievements we can be proud of.

Most importantly, the children became interested in agriculture and took some of the seeds home to plant in their own gardens. They grew Chinese cabbage, watermelon, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes. These were mostly vegetables that the kids had not previously been familiar with, and introducing them to their families has significantly increased the range of nutrients available to them. The kids enjoyed the process of watching seeds grow into food, and are perhaps one step closing to considering agriculture as a career when they grow up.

Almost as important was the opportunity they had to learn about the importance of fertilizing the soil, either with manure or with compost. Although the children did not bring manure produced by their farm animals at home (not an easy task!), they did learn what a difference it can make to a site's productivity. And they learned how, when manure is not available, they can build a compost pile from brush and weeds, which is what they will be using for next year's gardens.

We have new volunteers coming next fall, and with their help, and the knowledge we gained this year, we look forward to productive and inspiring gardens that will feed much of the community in which the schools are located.

The Garden
The Garden

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Cameroon Association of Active Youths

Location: Bamenda, north-west region - Cameroon
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Patrick Chung
Bamenda, north-west region Cameroon

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