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.

 

NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS IN BAMENDA HAVE BEEN AWARDED CERTIFICATES TO RECOGNISE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

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’.