My work in Potsdam

Being one of COMINSUD’s volunteers since October 2016, I am currently serving a volunteer year in Potsdam, Germany under the Weltwärts programme through Bread for the World, a German based organization.

Della in her office in Potsdam

Della in her office in Potsdam

I live and work in Potsdam which is about 27 kilometres from Berlin, Germany’s capital city. I work with ‘Stiftung für Engagement und Bildung’ which is a non profit making organisation founded in 2009. Over the years they have carried out projects involving African partners.

I started my work with this organization on the 4th of September 2017 which will last until August 2018.

Interestingly enough, I am assisting the project staff in one of the ongoing projects ‘Fair Smartphones’ which is aimed at implementing 10 workshops mainly with pupils between 14-15 years old on the topic ‘Living with Smartphones’.

In these workshops, the production, final sale and disposal of smartphones along side related environmental consequences are talked about. The aim is to discuss approaches to how their own actions as young people can help improve the situations on a regional and global scale.

There are other ongoing projects covering other topics like the refugee crisis with the target group of mostly young people aged between 12 & 25 years old. Every staff is encouraged to work on new project ideas which are developed into project proposals used to seek funding for execution as previously done with older and ongoing projects.

The language barrier and some differences in the working style are some of the challenges I am coping with. Also in the upcoming months as my German gets better, I will be involved in more project outdoor activities which I will love to share with you as they unfold.

With 9-10 more months to go, I am positive and looking forward to more challenging and exciting experiences together with my colleagues here at ‘Stiftung für Engagement und Bildung’. This is a one in a lifetime experience.

Written by Bii-Mai Della Kuma (26 years old)

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Winter work in Germany – experiences from Ewokolo

My workplace is called Hoffnungstaler Stiftung Lobetal which is a social welfare organisation. The organisation offers assistance and support for around 950 handicapped people in fully residential, semi-residential and ambulatory forms of accommodation.

At the beginning I was working at the handicap center of the organization. After the first month my program was adjusted so now I work both on the organic farm with cows and also in the handicap center. I do both because the first month I was at the handicap center it was surprisingly nice to be with these people and they are lovely.

I work on the organic farm with about 200 cows (pregnant cows and calves too). The main activities include feeding the cows (different food depending on the ages of the cows), cleaning the cow barn, assisting the pregnant cows with and after birth and milking.

2016-11_ewokolo01 2016-11_ewokolo02Since winter is coming, the work on the field is over for now but when winter is over and the planting season begins, I will join to work on the field (if possible begin learning how to drive a tractor!)

In the handicap center called Kapernaum Tagesförderbereich, the main activity is doing creative arts with materials like clay, wood, paper, glue, wool and plastic. We also sing together, bake cakes, take a walk and do sports together. It is really a good experience for me seeing how much people with disabilities can do with their hands.

written by Nangoh Ewokolo Nanyongo

The making of an article for a web site

To stay in contact with you, one of our more than 4000 annual visitors. COMINSUD did her second workshop on article writing. We believe that everybody who knows how to read and write can also write an article for a website! The most important is your to presence at the event you are writing about.

These articles are intended to keep you well informed about our activities. The training was followed by the five volunteers of COMINSUD.

Sharon, Della, Lucas, Gina and Durell discussing about headlines

Sharon, Della, Lucas, Gina and Durell discussing about headlines

At the end the volunteers had to start writing articles themselves. So keep on following us and find out how we (the volunteers) are coping with the new challenge!

written by Lucas Baeyens

My first 2 days as a volunteer at COMINSUD

I started my volunteer activities at COMINSUD on the 10th of November 2016. Upon my arrival I was welcomed by the coordinator for COMINSUD. I and the COMINSUD workers started the day by cleaning the offices of COMINSUD.This helps to portray the level of cleaning responsibility of the COMINSUD workers.

At about 9:30 am a meeting was organized cheered by Mr Bruno who briefed everybody about the agenda of the week and continued with an opening prayer from Ms Sharon. It was proceed by discussion about current event happening of the previous week such as president Biya’s 34th anniversary as president of Cameroon, the train derailment at Esseka that left more than 500 persons wounded and 70 deaths etc.

Both volunteers and COMINSUD workers also reported a summary of work done during the previous week in the domains like Ecokids project, report on privatization and environmental impacts on Ndu Cameroon, and the training of peace volunteers and everybody outlined his plan of work for the current week.

After the meeting, we received lectures on a COMINSUDs demonstration during the Global Handwashing Day. I was also briefed on how to start working on youth and business development. During my second day, were taught on how to write articles to be pasted on the COMINSUD’s website.

One can conclude that COMINSUD has also an objective of training its volunteers to become effective workers of NGO’S and agents for other developmental purposes.

written by Mokom Durell

COMINSUD welcomes her staff after one year fellowship program.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

COMINSUD in mourning

† 19.12.2015

† 19.12.2015

With great sadness we mourn the passing away of our friend and colleague Mrs Akwa Helendis.

She has worked for COMINSUD since January 2015 and was a big support in the administrative unit. She was also a true friend and adviser to her colleagues in the office. We really miss her.

May her soul rest in peace and may God grant the family the serenity to manage this distressed moment.