The amazing Mango tree!

Following the visit and handover of environmental educational materials by Anton Barske, Mayor of Gorinchem council Netherland, to some schools within  the Ecokids project, the boxes for the preservation of these materials was distributed  by some COMINSUD staff members to the various schools concerned in the presence of the Environmental club coordinators and


They were all amazed by the content of the boxes, but what caught their attention was the wooden ”Mango tree” with its fruits on which the expectations, action plans and guide for a school garden or environment were inscribed.

Teachers of the Presbytarian Primary School Mankon checking the handbook and the educational material.

Teachers of the Presbytarian Primary School Mankon checking the handbook and the educational material.

Linda Ngobesing from COMINSUD is discussing the usage of the ecokids box with teachers from the Baptist High School Mankon

Linda Ngobesing from COMINSUD is discussing the usage of the ecokids box with teachers from the Baptist High School Mankon

Round Table Conference in Comemoration of 2015 International Day of the Women

COMINSUD being an organisation that is equally concerned with issues
related to women organised this event bringing together women from media, health and educational institutions to identify the challenges they face in their various domains as well as in their homes and communities. They listed out reasons why women and girls face these challenges and finally ideas on how to address it in their various communities and professional domains.


Workshop on the role of Local Governance Centers (LGCs)

DEW Project: In February and March a series of sensitization workshops will take place. Out of 25 Local Governance Centers (LGCs) there are some whose capacity still seems to be low. 15-02-27_02The first workshop took place on the 26./27.02.2015 in Santa. The members of the LGC Santa were informed on the origin of the DEW project and the role and responsiblities of an LGC. The revised “Local Governance Center Guide” (2015 edition) has been distributed amongst the LGC members. Furthermore an introduction to the LGC focus areas (promoting respect of Human Rights, promoting good governance practices, promoting the empowerment of women and girl children) was given by the facilitätors of COMINSUD. For all the topics case studies have been elaborated. The next step for the LGC Santa is now to develop their own action plan for 2015, and for COMINSUD to accompany closely these activities.


Participants of the LGC workshop in Santa


Ecokids: Handing over of environmental educational material

The mayor of Gorinchem council in The Netherlands, Mr Barske accompanied by two of his colleagues, Tom Hoogerwerf and Gerda Bosdriesz, visited four schools involved in the Eco-kids project to observe what these pupils and students have done so far.

While on the field, the mayor expressed his satisfaction about the Micro initiatives implemented by the schools with very little support.


During the hand over ceremony at the COMINSUD office where they were warmly received by Mrs Chambi Julie; the board chair, the mayor explained the use of the educational materials he handed over which included four posters and wooden mango trees with their different contents.

The event was presided at by the Lord mayor for the Bamenda II council, Mrs Balik Awa Fidelis.


16 days of Activism against gender based violence

The 16 days of activism against gender based violence is an international campaign that was started by the Centre for Women Global Leadership (CWGL) in 1991. The 16 Days runs from November 25, (International Day on No violence Against Women) December 10,(International Human Rights Day) to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16 day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1, which is World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre in 1989, when 14 women students were massacred by a lone gun-man opposed to the affirmative action policies promoted by feminism at the University of Montreal.
This campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.
This year’s theme is “Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”
COMINSUD together with hercommunity based volunteers in 22 Local Governance Centres (LGCs) in the North West Region will focus on ending violence against women and girls through community education using round table discussions, street walks, drama and awareness raising over community radio stations. Orange ribbons, posters and banners will be used join the “ORANGE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPAIGN” to fight violence against women
Since it began, the 16 Days of Activism has been used as an organizing strategy by women’s groups to call for the elimination of violence against women by raising awareness about gender based violence as a human rights issue at local, regional and international levels; strengthening local work around violence against women, demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against women and creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.

Combating emergent food and nutrition problems in the North West Region

Following the Food and Nutrition Survey carried out in the North West Region by COMINSUD, findings have been presented in a regional workshop in Bamenda with a cross section of stakeholders including District Medical Officers, Mayors, Delegates and heads of institutions in related works.

Findings were presented on Friday 26 September following the survey carried out by COMINSUD from the 21st July – 15th September 2014 sponsored by SNV. The study sought to understand the stakes and vulnerability factors of population groups with the aim of supporting policy making and development.

The survey was carried out in 10 councils where 30 villages were chosen and distributed in a proportional manner based on the population size of each Division. This activity reached out to 3067 persons in 510 households.

This task was carried out by 20 trained field staff with the expertise of Nutrition specialist and Data analysts. The Surveyors administered two sets of questionnaires to community households; Food security questionnaire which covered households in general and Nutrition questionnaire which covered children (5-59months) and women while taking weights, heights and arm circumference of mothers and children.

The survey used the SMART Methodology, a generic method that provides timely and reliable data in a standardized way for prioritizing human assistance for policy and program decisions.

Mr. Kacho Charles WASH Supervisor of SNV, elaborated on the fact that Nutrition security became a thematic issue consequently there was need for SNV to work on this to device strategies to combat emergent Food and Nutrition problems.

The presentation elaborated on the fact that Food insecurity is generally one of underlying causes of malnutrition or nutrition insecurity. Nutrition security is however a condition when all people at all times consume food of sufficient quantity and quality in terms of variety, diversity, nutrient content and safety to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life, coupled with a sanitary environment, adequate health and care (CFS 2012).

The survey recorded a prevalence rate of global acute malnutrition of 2.6% and 1.0% for severe acute malnutrition. Boys had a lower global acute malnutrition rate than girls by 1%, while severe acute malnutrition was highest in age group 30 – 41 months. A number of primary and secondary causes can account for the high food insecure and malnourished population ranging from poor food consumption patterns, outdated agricultural practices, low education levels, poor sanitation practices alongside distant and inadequately equipped health facilities.

17.6% of the households in the surveyed area face alarming situation of food insecurity. This contrast with the Comprehensive Food Security Vulnerability Analysis Report for Cameroon carried out in 2011 which reported only 0.7% of the population in the North West Region with poor food consumption and 5.5% in 2007.

The population could have a low level of household food production and less diversity, poor storage and conservation system and high poverty levels to access sufficient quantities of food items from other sources consequently leading to food insecurity.

Mr Matoya Cletus, North West Region Delegate of Commerce emphasised on rejuvenating mindsets of farmers to do things with long term vision citing the case of the Bamenda- Ekok high way leading to Nigeria where buyers come right into the farm to purchase farm produce.

Following presentation findings, a number of recommendations were put forward for action some of which were;

A broad multi-sector and integrated approach is implemented in the North West Region to improve food security and reduce the vulnerability of both rural and urban households.

An increase agricultural output targeting agriculturalists and develop vocational skills and capacities targeting labourers and vulnerable small holder farmers such as limited access to land

More research to find out methods used in food preparation which could influence the nutritional content and sensitization on food preparation methods to retain required nutrients

The need to educate adults especially in rural communities on disease prevention including treatment of drinking water through boiling as 89% of households reported not using any method of treatment on drinking water.

And on mother and child health, families should be educated on the importance of hospital deliveries that ensures specialised medical attention not leaving out Constitution of balance diet using locally available food stuffs.

It is worth noting that similar studies were also done in the East and Far North Regions and all three results will be presented in a National Workshop to be held in Yaounde this October.


COMINSUD has officially ended the National volunteer program that trained and engaged 15 youths in the northwest region to volunteer within specific structures and contribute to community development. The program ended on Monday the 31st of March 2014 with a final experience sharing meeting which brought together 13 of the initial 15 National volunteers and some line managers of volunteers host organizations. The initiative which lasted 5 months was promoted with financial support from VSO Cameroon.

The meeting was facilitated by the coordinator of the national volunteering program coordinator Bih Pascaline. In separate addresses presented by the representative of the VSO geographic manager and the coordinator of COMINSUD, they expressed gratitude to the host organizations for their support to the National volunteer program and to the national volunteers’ most of who have been retained in these organizations.

Mr. Fon Nsoh in a specific address to the national volunteers enumerated 3 guiding principles; Proper time management, focus and productivity which he said were the most essential factors for the volunteers to consider in their respective structures and beyond. The line managers and national volunteers also had the opportunity to share their experiences in the last 5 months. Line managers expressed the desire to have another similar program and also made some recommendations to ameliorate future projects. Making reference to day 3 of the training in November, Bih Pascaline asked the volunteers if their previous perceptions of volunteering were still the same after 5 months of engagement as volunteers: for most of them it was the same but for some, volunteering involved work and lots of challenges but from a general perspective the volunteers acknowledged that the process was rewarding.

The meeting ended with the award of certicificates to the national volunteers, presented by line managers to acknowledge their participation to community development.

The sum of 50000 Award of outstanding volunteer was handed to Mbah Sonita of Better World Cameroon to acknowledge her distinguished effort in the execution of her micro project ‘Allegnwi water catchment project’.