Blog: Cameroon

Progress in Spite of Obstacles

Hoja Bulbulok, Tajikistan

 

In all of our Transformational Community Development (TCD) villages here, we have the same problem – we only can work with young people from age 16 to 26. Almost all the men age 26-45 go to Russia for work to earn hard currency. In total, about 90% of the men in the villages leave.

 

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The Right Time to Teach

Ngassa, Cameroon

 

August is still a busy month for Ngassa farmers, just as June and July were, because the rains have been consistent, and the locals are really pleased about it. Most of their time and energy is focused on working the land to get good crop yields at harvest time. Farming is the main source of livelihood for Ngassa locals, so it is understandable that they give so much to it.

 

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VIP Latrine is Better

Ngassa Village, Cameroon

 

We reported that our Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrine caved in because the land was flooded during the last rainy season. Now, a new building has been put up. It is called the “Miracle Building” because, unlike the latrines the community is used to, this VIP latrine does not have an awful smell.

 

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Challenges in Completing VIP Latrines

Ngassa, Cameroon

John and his team are pleased to report the completion of their residential quarters and two Ventilation Improved Pit (VIP) latrines in Ngassa Village. The buildings have been roofed and fitted with doors and windows. They are yet to be plastered, though, and painting is not top priority.

 

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Exploring Water Solutions

Ngassa Village, Cameroon

 

The highlight of Transformational Community Development (TCD) activities in Ngassa, Cameroon within the first quarter is the visit of the Short Term Team (STT) namely Hal and Lana, Mark and Judy, and John and Doreen.

 

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Cameroon Conflict displaces families

We woke up at about 5,30 am early Monday December 3, 2018 with a fierce battle between the Separatist (local militia) and regular government security forces that lasted about 6 hours leading to deaths on both camps. These six hours were characterized by heavy gun shelling with the use of machine guns.

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Riding Out the Rainy Season

Transformational Community Development (TCD) work in Ngassa Village was greatly hampered by the heavy rains experienced in this year's rainy season which made the village inaccessible from Maroua, where John Babalola, Joshua Samuel, and Jeremiah Yohanna have their accommodation. We have yet to put up any building in Ngassa. Babalola and his team have no living quarters in the village, so they commute from Maroua to the village every time. With the floods, it became impractical to commute to and from Ngassa.

 

Laying the Groundwork

Ngassa Village, Cameroon

 

Babalola and his Transformational Community Development (TCD) team members live in Maroua and commute to Ngassa Village for TCD activities. This will go on until they are able to put up a dwelling house on the parcel of land they have in the village and then move into the village.

 

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