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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
Community meeting
Community meeting

Since we have only secured funding for six gardens, we are proceeding with the six secondary schools endorsed by the Ministry of Eduction

After meeting with the the Regional Delegate for Agriculture and Rural Development for support and technical assistance, I visited each of the towns where a garden is planned and whenever possible met with the mayor, members of the the local council, and rural women’s groups, to get them involved in the project.

Then I visited the schools, and worked with the principal and teacher liaisons to explain the project and brainstorm how the gardens would be organized and administered. They agreed that the focus of activity would be an after-school garden club that would meet once a week. Information about the gardens will also be integrated into curriculum activities such as math, and other students will be asked to help when needed.

Many children were eager to participate in the clubs, and the hardest part was the election of officers, because everyone wanted to have a position. To make things easier, positions for ten officers in each club were established, and the new board of officers was duly installed.

Work then began in earnest, and a workshop was held to discuss the basic principles of organic gardening and how they would be implemented in the garden plots.

Acquisition of needed materials — seeds, compost, mulch, fencing, gardening equipment –has already begun, and in some cases, the club has started clearing the ground for their plot. The kids are energized and ready to go, and very, very grateful to all our donors on GlobalGiving who made it possible.

Installation of Garden Club Officers
Installation of Garden Club Officers
Garden club workshop
Garden club workshop
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NGOUAMBE Nestor
NGOUAMBE Nestor

We just squeeked in under the wire with funds, but ended up with more than enough donors to meet our challenge goal!  Without the generous support of everyone who chipped in whatever they could, it never would have happened.  To all of you: my warmest heartfelt thanks.

We have now revised the project to include six secondary schools, at locations posted on the project map.  I travelled to Yaounde this week to meet with Nestor Ngouambe, who is the Cameroon representative for YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development), regarding the placement of some agricultural volunteers to work on our school garden projects. We explored the various ways for we can collaborate, and he and some of his collegues will visit us in Bamenda soon to see what we can arrange.  I think this is going to be a very fruitful collaboration for us!  He provided the infographic attached to this report.

We are excited that our project fits it so well with the theme of this year's World Food Day Oct. 16:  "feeding the world, caring for the earth."  Perfect timing for Global Giving's bonus day Oct. 15, when Global Giving is providing a 30% match for all contributions up to $1000, while funds last.

I will be visiting participating schools this week and will post a report about our these new partnerships next week.

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Letter of Support
Letter of Support

The Ministry of Secondary Education for the North West Region has officially endorsed our project and contacted the schools involved to urge their coorperation.  The Cameroon Government recognizes the importance of our project to "alleviate poverty and enhance third-generation agriculture."  Once we know how many gardens we can fund, we will start working with each school to build a resource team to coordinate project activities.

The schools are excited about participating.  We're keeping our fingers crossed that although the time remaining on our campaign is short, we will still be able to meet our goal and fund all six gardens.

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Cameroon Association of Active Youths

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

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