Three Weeks ago COMINSUD in collaboration with the regional delegation of water and Energy for the North West Region launched a sensitization campaign to promote the habit of hand washing in schools.This campaign officially ended on Friday the 14th of October 2016 during the commemoration of global hand washing day with soap in the North West region of Cameroon.
During the campaign period,COMINSUD reached out to 19 schools,approximately 4000 school children and 36 teachers with information on the importance of Hand Washing with soap.The campaign period was also used to assess facilities available in schools to promote the habit of Hand Washing and together with school children develop possible solutions where necessary.
At the end of the handwashing campaign, a global handwashing day event was organised by COMINSUD and the delegation of water and energy for the North West, and celebrated in Government high school Bamendakwe.This event which was presided at by the Regional Delegate of water and energy for the North west region brought together over 200 school children from 5 participating schools from around Bamenda 1,2 and 3 subdivisions.The event was articulated by sketches,poems and quizzes which focused on the theme of the event “make hand washing a habit”
Representatives from the regional delegation of health present at the ceremony,also staged demonstrations of proper hand washing with soap alongside students and pupils from participating schools.At the end of the ceremony,participating schools,winners of the quiz and poetry competition were awarded prizes which will also facilitate the process of hand washing with soap and clean water.
41 key stakeholders including:members of the Regional Committee on Risk management, Municipal Council Officials, Administrators, Media practitioners and Civil Society activist who hold responsibility in civil protection and disaster management in the North West Region, have participated in a one day Reflection Workshop on Peace and Disaster Reduction in Mezam Division.
Cross section of some participants
The workshop which took place at the Presbyterian Church Centre, Bamenda on Thursday 13th of October 2016 was organised by the North West Regional Committee on Risk Management in collaboration with Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD), and was presided at, by the Secretary General at the North West Governor’s Office and Focal Point for the North West Region in the National Observatory on risk Management.
Secretary General at the Governors office and Coordinator of COMINSUD At the workshop
The Coordinator of COMINSUD- Mr.Fon Nsoh in His opening statement situated the theme of the workshop within the Civil Peace Service Initiative (CPS) wherein the culture of peace is perceived as a vital pre-requisite for human and community development in the North West Region and makes a link between reducing Inter tribal Conflict sand related disasters to promoting a Culture of Peace. The address also dwelled on the lack of sensitivity to disaster by many Councils and the need for creating a system of respond.
In situating the state of Disasters, Civil Protection and Disaster Management in the North West Region alongside the Roles and Functioning of the Regional Disaster Risk Management System,the Secretary General at the North West Governors office in his keynote address stressed on the need to reflect on disaster Reduction while encouraging municipal Councillors and mayors present to establish Municipal Alert System.
M.Ambe Bruno-workshop facilitator,presents different forms of disaster
The workshop was articulated around panel discussions, presentations and exchanges of
experiences on; the state of Disasters, Civil Protection and Disaster Management in the North West Region,the Roles and Functioning of the Regional Disaster Risk Management System and its link with other actors, The role of actors (Red Cross, Army Rescue Unit, GIS) in disaster management,Recommendations and the Elaboration of a model Prototype of a Municipal Disaster Alert
At the end of he workshop the representatives from the North West Governor’s Office resolved to send out circulars to all councils instructing them to create functional Disaster Management Units at the Councils meanwhile mayors and representatives of councils in attendance made decisions to take responsibility for the creation of framework conditions that will bring villages/communities with intertribal conflicts to settle their differences in order to avoid disasters from violent conflicts.
It is worthy to note that the workshop was facilitated by COMINSUD staff Ambe Michel Bruno che.
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By Ngobesing Linda
On Friday 23rd of September 2016, current Staff and Volunteers of COMINSUD organised a social event to welcome home her staff-Ngobesing Neh,who spent the last year from July 2015 to August 2016 as a volunteer under the weltwärts fellowship program organised by the Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). During this year,she was based at the head office of Brot-fur-die-Welt protestant development service located in Berlin-Germany.
Prior to the social event The Coordinator on Behalf of the staff expressed delight and satisfaction to welcome Linda Back to the organisation.He used the opportunity to encourage interns and volunteers to make the most of the platform which COMINSUD as a human development center offers to young people to explore their full potential.
In her own words,Linda expressed delight to be back and thankfulness for opportunities which she has had to improve her potential.
“I feel delighted to be back to an amazing team,who wouldn’t be?.Of course it was interesting to be away for one year experiencing another culture and society but also it feels good coming back to a results oriented, focused team of young professionals who are passionate about their work and do it well. Working at brot-fur-die-welt protestant development service equipped me with incredible knowledge and tools and exposed me to the next level of development service.I hope to continue to share,learn,grow and above all to serve the communities with even more passion.
At least 30.000 persons are expected to benefit from a two week sensitization campaign organised to promote the habit of hand washing.
The campaign which is organised by COMINSUD in collaboration with the Regional delegation of water and energy for the North west-MINEE kicked off today at Government Nursery School Mbingfibeh Mankon, reaching out to 256 pupils and 4 teachers.
During the sensitization session pupils and teachers were equipped with knowledge on the importance of hand Washing with soap and steps to wash hands properly as an affordable means of preventing diseases.
At the end of the session the pupils participated in practical demonstrations to prove their understanding of the steps for proper hand washing with soap.The pupils where delighted to participate in the exercise and expressed need to have hand washing facilities in their schools to promote the habit of Hand washing.As their own step to promote the habit of hand washing,some of them proposed to bring a bottle of water and soap to school daily while others promised to channel request for hand washing facilities from their parents,through their headteacher.
The Campaign is organised as part of activities to commemorate Global Hand Washing day on the 15th of October 2016,and will be carried out in schools around the Bamenda I,II and III council areas and via social and traditional media.
By Ngobesing Linda
Twenty seven schools were visited and P.S. Mendakwe in Bamenda I Sub Division is one. At this point in time the school can be noticed of many environmental improvements and changes.
With assistance of the COMINSUD staff, pupils and teachers planted 27 shady trees and many flowers. The school garden has crops and the school orchard is cleared. The pictures below will show the present situation of the school environment, and toilets being improved.
Tilling and clearing of the school surrounding
The lone poor dilapidated school toilet kept very clean
Pupils planting flowers and trees
written by Derick Banadzem
Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique paid a visit to Mbessa on Thursday April 21st, 2016. He is the first Governor to visit Mbessa since the conflict started over 30 years ago. This visit had in attendance over 450 women and 100 men of Mbessa alongside the traditional and administrative authorities of Oku and Mbessa. They all assembled at the Mbessa Community Hall seeking for a lasting solution to the boundary dispute.
The Governor called upon the Regional Boundary Commission to delimit the boundary between the two villages following the August 28th 2008 Ministerial Decision. He said the conflict has caused untold human and material damage and it was time everyone abides to the peace process.
A local committee was put in place to carry out the demarcation process. Among the members are two peace volunteers, trained and accompanied by COMINSUD.
The Fons of Oku and Mbessa reiterated their passion for the need for a peaceful coexistence between the two villages as they shared the common position that “there is the need to think of Oku and Mbessa people as one person because they all have a common origin”.
The Governors’ visit came just a day after the Fon of Mbessa led a Delegation to Oku to discuss ways to end the conflict. The women of Mbessa at the end of the meeting remained optimistic as they look forward for a fair and just boundary demarcation process.
The launching ceremony took place on the 11th of March 2016 at the Municipal Circle in the nation’s capital Yaounde witnessed by a good representation from Civil society organizations of the North West Region.
The theme for the launch was “to contribute to the resilience of food security in Cameroon”. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country representative outlined that Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) was created as part of the United Nations Environment Program to contribute to food security and to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Continental coordinator also mentioned that EBAFOSA seeks to combat food insecurity, climate change, ecosystems degradation and poverty in Africa. To achieve this it is usind an innovative approach that decentralizes the development and application of the policy solutions in the least bureaucratic channel to ensure immediate results are recorded at the grassroots in an inclusive, participatory way towards achieving the SDGs.
As part of the launching ceremony, there was the display of regional agricultural products. The North West regional delegation made up of 6 members from 4 different organizations (COMINSUD, NOWEFOR, Terre des Jeunes, and FAP) exhibited products like honey, honey wax, rice, coffee, processed soy beans and ginger, irish potato, spices and bitter cola.
With our experience in the areas of food security and protection of environment and our approach of working with communities we can surely provide good expertise to this platform.