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Believing is Achieving (CREATIVE GIRLS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Women and most especially the girl child are considered as the disadvantageous group or sex because they are more vulnerable to economic hardship and violence compared to the men. In addition, most local tradition and beliefs marginalize women. This has led to increase attention worldwide on the right of women and most especially the girl child. In the world the year 2011 – 2015, women account for 59% of people living with HIV (PLW HIV). In Cameroon statistics shows that 5.3% of the young people are non- infected and 6.3% of the young girls are infected with HIV. The infection of this HIV in these young girls has led to 50% deaths related to complications and unplanned pregnancies.                        

 In Cameroon, most especially in rural community achieving women right and empowerment is still a major challenge. Many local traditions do not give the girl child equal access to education and wealth alike. This has pushed many women into situation that actually endangered their life and health, for instance, prostitution, and early marriage are very common amongst young girls. These expose them to unwanted pregnancy, and abortion leading to loss of lives. These challenges have made many women especially the girl child to loss hope in life. These play negatively on both the social and economic situation. Base on the above argument the team sees it as useful and important to build leadership among the girl child and in order to provide them with the capacity to fight against these challenges and provide them with leadership and entrepreneurship skills through our creative girls leadership program.

                                                                                                                                              Fanny Bessem

 

STAFF TRAINING PROGRAM

 

The last 10 days of May has been set aside for capacity building for RCESD Staff by the RCESD management. The capacity building program began on the 17 of May with presentations from the Executive director of RCESD Mr Mbunya Francis on team management.Staff were trained on how to manage a team as a leader and how to work in a team.

This follows presentation and lectures from Miss Irene Lenyu on strategy planning on the 18 of May. At the end of the presentation RCESD staff were giving assignments to each produce their personal strategy planned for the next five years.

On the 19 of may the training continue with Career Development by Mrs Fanny Bessem, participants were thrilled on how to choose their careers, build and developed it. The training ended with questions and answers session, and contributions. This training witnessed participation from the general public (non-staff members of RCESD)

RCESD is a research and capacity building organization.As the saying goes ‘’remove dirt in your eyes and your will see clearly the particles in the other’s eyes.” Thus, we are building a team that will impact the society for sustainable development.We are building a team that can work with directions and passion for a sustainable world. As change makers, focusing on personal capacity building is the first step toward creating change. This also explains why at RCESD Cameroon staff training is conducted on a quarterly basis.

I Will be communicating to you on how the other trainings by the 1st of June to update you on our progress and also to tell you if with met our training objectives. Until then we wish you the best of the week from RCESD CAMEROON.

 

Fanny Bessem.

 

IN HUNOUR OF THE EARTH DAY 2016

Theme: Trees for the Earth.

Let’s get planting.

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us achieve one of our most ambitious goals yet —we’re planting 7.8 billion trees and we’re starting now. Trees will be the first of five major goals we are undertaking in honor of the five-year countdown to our 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

Why Trees? Trees help combat climate change.
They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.

Trees help us breathe clean air.
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees help communities.
Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

Just to name some of the few benefits of trees. We all know we cannot survive without trees. More than 70% of the Cameroon population still relies on firewood (trees) for cooking. The question here is who is replanting these trees that we are busy cutting down for different purposes day in day out. That is the same question Mother Earth is asking us today? She is crying out loud and need somebody to come to her aid. Are you willing to save Mother Earth from dying? Then you must rise up for her right away. MINEPDED can’t do it alone, RCESD can do it alone. It requires a massive action, including your action. Start today by planting a tree for the sake of Mother Earth. It is our duty to protect our mother and as children of the Earth, we will not let our mother cry in vain.

Civil Society Organisations Form Coalition to Foster the Education for Sustainable Dev’t Agenda

A two-day workshop that took place from January 10- 11, 2016 in Kumba, SW Cameroon has led to the birth of a coalition dubbed ‘Cameroon Coalition on Education for Sustainable Development’ (CamCESD).

Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the workshop had as main objective to form a coalition among different civil society organizations striving towards education for sustainable development and to develop the terms of reverence (TOR) for the coalition.

The meeting saw the presence of some 12 NGOs, working to promote different aspects of sustainable development, amongst which the Buea-based emerging non-profit was, Resource Center for Sustainable Development (RCESD). Other NGOs taking part in the workshop included;EPGA,GRENFILD,PEP,EDC,PHODEC,GREENCAMEROON,FAAFNET,ASYOUSD GREEEN CAMEROON,CAJAD and ICENEDEV.

The workshop began with a general introduction from all the members that were present followed by a brief presentation from the different organizations on what they had been doing at their own individual level, which were all either directly or indirectly linked to ESD.

The history of ESD was presented by the facilitator from WWF, Dr. Anang. He outlined the steps on how ESD had developed over the past years. He explained that the movement started in 1988 as conservation education as its first name which targeted schools and communities and was based on Education on sustainable management of natural resources. It was later criticized and moved on to environmental education which focused on capacity building of teachers which had had four objectives notably; Awareness raising, Knowledge development, Skills development and Participation and action.

In 2010, it became Education for Sustainable Development which was based on critical thinking and competence based approach focusing on education that can change the mind of a child.

During the workshop, policies geared towards ESD were identified by sub groups followed by policy statements; a presentation was done by all groups. The management structure was agreed upon based on an agreement by all the organizations and the charter under which it was going to operate Membership was opened to all CSO (civil societies) covered by Cameroon law with a non-profit aim and which adheres to coalition charter. Participants at the workshop expressed satisfaction on the initiative of WWF to bring NGOs together to work together in imparting knowledge on environmental protection and sustainable development on the young and even the old.

By Dimo Cedric

Over 15 Trained On Entrepreneurship and Career Development

In an effort to make young people be more self-assertive and be entrepreneurs, The Resource Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (RCESD) has organized a one day workshop with focus on training its staff and interns on Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

The workshop took place recently at the conference room of RCESD in Buea. The main goal of the training was to groom the staff and interns on how to develop a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurship concept and how to enhance theircareer.

During the workshop which was more of an interactive and discussion session, the trainees were drilled on how to become congruent with their self, develop innovative ideas and also on the importance of investing in ones career by building and enhancing their skills and potentials daily.

The trainer, Mr. Atem Kingsley a Consultant in Entrepreneurship and Career Development made it clear to all the participants that being an entrepreneur is not just limited to starting up a business but being able to come up with innovative ideas and adding value to one’s organization is also being entrepreneurial.

He encouraged the participants to develop that drive to be good entrepreneurs, to be willing to take risk, to be creative and also to invest in their self and careers by studying wide, doing research and attending workshops and seminars.

At the end of the training, the staff and interns expressed their satisfaction for being part of the workshop. Participants were also given the opportunity to express their worries and asked questions as concerns entrepreneurship and career development.

According to Miss Nah Genevieve one of the participants of the workshop, the work shop will greatly help her to succeed in any business or organization she finds herself in the future especially dealing with people. This she says is because she got a chance to learn that building networks and cordial relationships are very important in an entrepreneurial ship career.

Water Shortage Provokes Spread of Water-Borne Diseases in Buea

In recent times, the population of Buea and its environs has woken up to the grim reality of dry taps and findings reveal this prolonged water scarcity has led to an upsurge of water-borne diseases notably; cholera and typhoid.

In some neighborhoods like Molyko, with the highest student population, potable water has become a rare commodity. As a result of the fact that sometimes households go for a week without water, people have to trek long distances just to fetch water In some neighborhoods like Check-Point and Dirty South, taps have not flown for over one year now and getting water has been a nightmare to the inhabitants.

Faced with this situation the people have turned to doubtful sources such as streams, wells and unclean boreholes and this has resulted to the spread of water-borne diseases ‘ water has not been flowing in my house for the last four months. Because we had no choice we got water from a river popularly called Ndongo and in the last two months, two of my children have suffered from typhoid’ Rose Ewake, an inhabitant in the Molyko neighbourhood told this reporter. Residents who own vehicles drive to far distances like Mile 16, Mile 18 and Bwiteva-koke to fetch potable water.

Students sometimes hire trucks or taxis to fetch them water and they have been complaining ‘ Every week I spend almost 4000FCFA just to get water. This is difficult for me because that is money I should have used to buy my handouts’ A University Student cried foul

A popular stream that runs across the town from Bonduma through Molyko to mile 16 has attracted many people in search of water and this is problematic as people use it for various reasons People living around these areas have multipurpose use of this water. Some use it for cooking, bathing, washing dishes, drinking, while others dump pit and litter the stream with household waste. Some persons misused the stream for a toilet while others transformed it into car wash. The multipurpose use of this water is what has led to the contraction and spread of these water-borne diseases.

The population are calling on the Cameroon’s National Water Cooperation (CAMWATER) to step in fast and resolve the situation before it is too late.

By Nah Genevieve

Youths Challenged To Be Key Actors in the Sustainable Development Goals

Over twenty youths drawn from different spheres related to sustainable development have been called upon to take up the challenge and make themselves key players in the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted on the 18th of September 2015 at the United Nations Summit.

This meeting which was organized by the Organization of African Youths (OAyouth) in Cameroon took place recently in Buea, SW Cameroon.
During the dialogue, contributions came from the Cameroon National Youth Council president Mr. Jean Merc Afesi, who in his opening speech called on all the youths to “own the country” as they make up more than 78% of the country’s population. He urged the youths to start by coming up with feasible implementation strategies as concerns the implementation of the SDGs.

Words also came from Mr. Jude Thadduse the Country Coordinator of the Africa Youths. Mr. Thadduse in presenting the forum objectives, called on all the 20 youths present to come up with strategies that will ensure the transparency and participatory of the SDGs.

In the course of the dialogue, the youths came up with implementation strategies as well as recommendations to ensure that goals are properly implemented. This implementations adopted by the youths were equally in line with Cameroon’s vision 2035 and the nations own sustainable development goals.

At the end of all Forum, all the participants were called on to be advocate of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at their various organizations and homes.

By Fombu Christel

Over 25 Drilled on Fundraising And Proposal Writing

In a fifth series of workshop on fundraising and proposal writing, the Resource Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (RCESD) has equipped over 24 youths with the skills in writing a proposal and seeking for funding to carry out developmental projects.

Like the previous training sessions, the week-long workshop which held recently was opened to the general public and it was aimed at building, guiding and enhancing the fundraising skills and efforts of early career professionals from all areas of specialty.

It took the form of lectures, presentations, individual as well as group working sessions and was facilitated by RCESD’s Executive Director, Mbunya Francis with assistant from Leke Tayo, Miss Lenyu Irene and Miss Fombu Christel.

During the one week training, the participants had as task to come up with attractive and innovative ideas from their areas of specialty which were used to form working topics for every participant. In the course of the training, with assistance from the facilitators, participant developed their ideas into full proposals running from the introduction to the logical framework.

Speaking during the training, Mr. Mbunya Francis urged partakers to think widely and innovatively in order to come up with brilliant and unique ideas which they can develop and raise funds for their projects as there are so many organizations as well as individuals ready to assist early career professionals’ in the pursuance of their career and in the initialization of their ideas.

At the end of the workshop, the participants were given directions on how to locate a donor and the aspects to be considered when approaching a donor especially for the first time.
In an interview with one of the participants Ms. Mofor Nadege, who is an early career professional interested in environment and natural resource management, she said ‘the workshop was a good one as I got to learn how to write a proposal that can be funded, what it entails to do budgeting and how to allocate your time and resources to be efficient in your work’.

On his part, the Co-Facilitator of the workshop, Mr. Leke Tayo , said there is always a need for funding, to develop ideas and to do research as well as to write projects. As such, there is a need to train those who are into project writing and those who have such brilliant ideas how to get funds and to pave the way for them. ‘The need for funds is inevitable for every one making the concept of fundraising very important and relevant as a way forward to all. Everyone needs funds and every good idea needs funds to develop it and help humanity in which ever direction’ he concluded.

By Fombu Christel

Research Indicates Low Knowledge on Climate Change in Cameroon

Climate change is a change in the atmospheric conditions of a place over a long period of time, caused mainly by anthropogenic activities is usually associated to global warming Both global warming and climate change are caused by the concentration of Green House Gases (GHGs); the primary ones which include Water Vapour, Nitrous Oxide (N2O), Methane (CH4), Ozone (O3), Chloflourocarbons (CFCs), and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which is the most rampant.

The talk about climate change has been both on the national and international levels for more than two decades and international agreements and treaties have been reached at and adopted by the nations in order to protect the natural environment. Cameroon has been a party to some of the treaties which help to curb the emission of some of these greenhouse gases but unfortunately at the grassroots level, most Cameroonians do not even know what the crisis is all about.

A study conducted recently by the non-profit, Resource Center for sustainable Development has revealed some disturbing information about the low level of awareness amongst Cameroonians in the Southwest region of Cameroon.

A team of researchers from RCESD administered some questionnaires in the towns of Limbe, Buea, Mutengene and Tiko and findings from this research reveals that the much globally talked about Climate Change seems not to be known by the people in these towns. Findings from this research revealed that most of the people don’t know what climate change is in the first place. More than half of the sampled population described climate change to be changes in seasons of the year. Some explained climate change in relation to a drop in crop yields and a very few could link climate change and health.

Public awareness on this subject is still very low. It is therefore incumbent forawareness and sensitization to be carried out in order to get the masses well informed so as to enable them make apt decisions about their activities that impact on the environment and adopt environmentally attitude to help fight climate change
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By: Tambe P. Besong

Health Threats Posed by Use of Chemical Fertilizers

fertilizerFifty years ago, there were fewer than half as many people as there are today. They were not wealthy and the pressure they inflicted on the environment was lower. Today with an annual population growth rate of about 2.8%, the need to improve food security is urgent, and thus greater pressure is inflicted on the environment.

With the rapid population growth, agricultural production is facing many challenges, including in particular the search for fertile land to meet the food needs of individuals.
With reduced natural capital stock every year due to unsustainable farming practices, farmers have now tended to depend on chemical fertilizers as the best way to improve soil fertility and subsequently increase yields to meet up with the food demands of individuals.

The problem here is the farmer’s knowledge on the use of these fertilizers. Most of these farmers have as qualification primary education and have received little or no training on the use of these fertilizers. Due to the improper application of these fertilizers on food crops, there have been reported health cases.

In the western region of Cameroon where the use of chemical fertilizer is acute, there have been reported cases of serious stomach problems resulting from the consumption of vegetables and doctors said this is not unconnected to chemical fertilizers in the crop. Some research has even stipulated that the excess and continuous consumption of fertilizer crops, may trigger some kind of skin cancer.

Therefore training farmers on the application of fertilizers, and even proposing best soil fertility management practices such as permanent soil cover, reduce tillage, crop rotation, integrate crop and livestock production, use of compost and animal manure, will be better ways of improving soil fertility and ensuring man’s health. This will also enable us to meet up with sustainable development goal 1, which is eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and also goal 2, which is ensuring environmental sustainability.

Together lets go inorganic, let’s go healthy.

By Naseli Okha Dioh.