Friday, November 3, 2017

New born child of RUDEC


Simple ladies

RUDEC has give birth to a new born baby call ibiimu which means a water well in our dialect. This means that when we are thirsty to drink water and we go to a well we need to put efforts to pull out water. Looking at what we had done in the past was more charity. Now we want to see change comes from within. So our beneficiaries has to take initiatives and change their present situation. http://rudec.org/project/ibiimu-program/

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Happy Onam Festival from Kerala-India

 Greetings from the coast of India. 

 We had the Onam festival. Onam is an annual Hindu festival with origins in the state of Kerala in India. It falls in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September. The festival commemorates the Mahabali, Vamana (Vishnu avatar), Kashyapa and Parashurama-related mythologies of Hinduism (Wiki) 

This merged us with the people and culture. We ate food on the traditional leafs.

We have had many interesting discussion about our venture profiles. We have define our problems, beneficiary profile, solutions and personal profile .



We also had our two days holidays and would be moving to the next level of the training this week. We shall be learning and doing practical fundraising for our social venture, we will be learning to use media to reach our beneficiaries and how to prepare at each stage.

 

I wish to thank you all for giving me this opportunity. I have got a good learning and now my passion increases every day as i look at my projects and new ideas develop me here to help the marginalized that i am also part of them.

Friday, January 13, 2017

RUDEC Germany Visits RUDEC Cameroon

We are very happy at RUDEC to get a former volunteer and a Board member of RUDEC Germany e.V visiting us in Belo.
                                        Left to Right( Roxane-New arrival, Dominika-Board member, Joshua-                                                   Founder of RUDEC Cameroon.

She came like a mother who know what her children needs are and so brought shoes, some dresses for the children at RUDEC.

Dominika join us in 2015 as an intern on tourism development and within those three months she caught the vision and along with another Intern Mustafa and became fully involved in the development of our international RUDEC Germany vision.

Roxane has just arrive from Germany and will be working with us for 3 months on waste management for Belo municipality as we struggles to meet our moto-"Services for a healthy environment and people" Read our project at  https://www.betterplace.org/…/49647-unterstutzt-den-kampf-g…

We are a happy to receive our volunteer and  board member who has come just at a time to settle the new comer-Roxane to have more confidence in all she does.
I wish to take this time to thank for our volunteers who are working hard to refer new comers and support creation of at external branches like RUDEC Germany e.v... Be part of this strong movement of RUDEC!!!!!

         Happy new year 2017 to you all who are readers of our blog!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Joshua's community needs your hand

I was born in Belo, a small community in Northwest Cameroon, in 1975.

At the age of six, on the death of my father, I was sent to live with my aunt who took care of six children in her house. She has a humble background selling baby dresses and supported me throughout my school days. Upon leaving school, my aunt could no longer afford to support me. Although I passed my A-Levels to enter university in the hope of studying agriculture, I did not have the opportunity.

Therefore, I had to come up with an alternative profession where I could still have an impact on the region and which I could afford. I dreamt of something where I could use my hands and something that would make an independent source of income. Not least, I have always enjoyed the taste of our neighbour’s sweet honey, so I decided to become a beekeeper, I researched what was required and joined several associations to enable me to attain my full potential.

I received the certificate of the British Beekeepers Association (BBK) and developed a strong interest in training other people. Progress was slow so some friends (with complementary skills) and I formed our own organization. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful with our funding application and had to shut down the operation. I still had the thought in my head to come back to my childhood community. I knew the people, culture, traditions and environment that are unique to Belo; hence it made perfect sense for me to base my work here. As a result, I founded Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) along with some supporters in 2006; we had to surmount many obstacles to get the project off the ground.

RUDEC was formed with the mission to serve the neediest members of the rural communities of Cameroon's Boyo Division by creating educational, social and economic empowerment projects.

The project I am proudest of is the "Orphan and Destitute Children Project" which aims to cover the educational, health and basic needs of 57 orphans. They stay with families of our community that take care of them while RUDEC is highly dependent on donors to provide for the children's school fees, materials, uniforms, medical bills, and training programs thus offering them a brighter future. We strive to give them a good start in life. Especially at the end of summer RUDEC often struggles to support the families, financially, because of hefty back-to-school-costs. Consequently, we constantly reach out to develop opportunities for funding.

On a long-term basis, I dream that girls would no longer have to sell their bodies just to be able to buy books. I dream education will result in a deeper understanding and awareness of poor hygiene, HIV and tuberculosis, as in many cases this is what lead to the death of their parents. I also dream of reaching even more children in rural areas and providing for their education.

If RUDEC had the means I would like to install a permanent office with permanent staff that I can connect with, rely on and where both sides have the opportunity to grow. A community centre that would become a social hub thus enabling empowerment of those most vulnerable in our community.

This scholarship that I have been selected for will help me to acquire a vast range of skills that I will be able to use to achieve the realization of these projects. 


Moreover, I would love RUDEC to become self-sustainable. Currently, we are constantly seeking financial support to enable us to fund our Orphan’s education and care.
Our current projects comprise of selling honey from our hives, pig rearing with a view to selling the animals and a women’s micro-finance project that though generating small returns is vital for the self sufficiency of these women.

Kanthari International Institute (India) educates people who are solution-driven without considering where participants come from, what social background they have or if they are physically impaired. Nor does it limit the participant’s approach to social change. This way of thinking is in line with the envisioned community centre of RUDEC, where everybody is welcomed and we make every effort to involve the whole community.

This program opens up the great opportunity of meeting, exchanging and networking  with people from all over the world that have different perspectives and approaches in terms of ethical social change in their communities.

I would welcome this chance to learn from them. In order to build a reliable funding for the orphan project I need further skills in business development planning, proposal and report writing. To reach out to donors and promote our work and volunteering with RUDEC I need to strengthen my knowledge in marketing, use of social media and public speaking.

I experienced what it is like to be partly an orphan; I faced difficulties of going to school, could not afford to graduate. Nonetheless, I am grateful I had support and directions throughout my childhood. This is why the Orphan and Destitute Children Project is the heart of our work at RUDEC.

Your support will enable me to obtain a proper education and the required skills to enable me to make my dreams for Belo, RUDEC and my community become reality.



ESTIMATED COST OF WHOLE TRIP

Flight: 800,000 XAF

Student Visa: 160,000 XAF

Student 1 year insurance: 90,000 XAF

Health check report: 60,000 XAF

Caution: 150,000 XAF

Expenses: 300,000 XAF

Transport: 55,000 XAF


Approximate Total 1,600,000CFA (2,500 €)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

LOOKING FOR A PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISER VOLUNTEER

Hello to all supporters, RUDEC is in need of a skilled volunteer with skills in online fundraising and networking to come and join us for a couple of months for a pre-Christmas challenge! This internship can be done from your home country as well as from Cameroon.

RUDEC struggles every year before the school year begins to collect enough donations for all the orphans to be able to start a new chapter in their education. We want to change our approach for donations for the orphan project in two aspects.

First, we want to start collecting donations for the orphans before Christmas. As you know, the holidays are a good time to initiate big fundraisers anyway, because somehow the whole world finds their conscience at this time. Also, sponsoring a child's well-being is a much better and a more heart-felt gift than a book or a pair of socks.

Second, we want to become a permanent member of GlobalGiving. In order to become a member, the non-profit needs to do a challenge first: raising 5000 dollars from 40 unique donors in one month. It requires a full-time volunteer working on it and as the fundraising lasts one month, we think the duration of the stay of this volunteer should be between 6 and 8 weeks (and of course – go home for Christmas knowing you have made a change...or at least tried :))

The tasks for the volunteer:
·         registering with GlobalGiving and getting all required documents up and approved with the help of Joshua (could be done before arriving in Cameroon – seehttps://www.globalgiving.org/non-profits/join-globalgiving/application.html to know what awaits);
·         create the project on the website – and make it sound pretty, add photos, share details about RUDEC’s work etc needed to demonstrate how the donations will be used to make a difference;
·         networking within own networks to find donors as well as sending countless e-mails to big donors across the world;
·         preparing videos, pictures etc during the month to encourage donations.

If the project is succesful, RUDEC will be a permanent member of GlobalGiving, thus accessing a network of giant corporations alongside our usual donors, which will benefit the orphan project greatly. If not... well, we tried. We will always manage in other ways.

As we said, this internship can be done from your home country as well as from Cameroon. If the volunteer chooses to do it online and from home, RUDEC will still give a certificate for having completed an internship with us, inc volunteering hours, so that it can be used for school applications and CV in the future.

If visiting Cameroon is a must (and it should be a must for everyone at least once in their lives), then a house in Belo and a cook are awaits. Same prices and contribution sizes as for all other incoming volunteers apply. See more at http://rudec.org/join-us/

Please share this message amongst your friends and help us find the perfect person to join us for this project and challenge their skills for the greater good! As always, there is no age limit. This could be perfect for someone retired, taking a year off, a stay at home mom or someone working half-time. Everyone interested is encouraged to contact us on Facebook or e-mail info@rudec.org

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fundraising for the children at RUDEC 2016/2017 school year

                                                 
Happy August to all our supporters! The upcoming 2016/2017 school year is closing in fast so this is an open call to everyone and anyone to lend a hand. RUDEC has been supporting orphaned and destitute children in the rural community of Belo since 2006. The orphans are placed within the homes of big-hearted local families and RUDEC takes care of their nutritious, health and general needs. At the same time, great focus is put on their education by paying for their school and exam fees, uniforms as well as books and other needed material for school.
               





Thanks to the fundraising of international volunteers, all school and exam fees can be paid for the past school year in September 2016. 10 of the orphans have individual sponsors, but 47 of them still need our help with raising enough money to buy the school books and school material for them. 











List of items needed:

47 English text and exercise books - 365€
47 French text and exercise books – 332€
47 Mathematics text and exercise books - 339€
Exercise books for every subject for all the children - 234€
6 Sets of Literature Books for Secondary School Children - 128€
47 Sets of School Material including, for both primary and secondary children- pen, pencil, ruler and eraser. Technical School children will receive further material such as calculators, drawing boards etc.  - 104€

The children of RUDEC need these important materials in order to have the same chance as other children to progress with their education, to attend school and to get especially a basic and general knowledge of important subjects such as English, Mathematics and French. 

                         
Click the "Donate now" button on our webpage, choosing the online donating version if you prefer using Paypal and choosing the offline donating version to do a bank transfer. We also accept donations via bank transfer: 
Account Holder: RUDEC Cameroon
IBAN: CM21 1003 4000 1091 1200 5000 748
SWIFT/BIC Code: ATCRCMCM
Account Number: 10034 00010 911200 50007
Bank Name: BANQUE ATLANTIQUE CAMEROUN 

or via our account in Germany:
Account Holder: RUDEC Germany Germany
IBAN: DE53 6309 0100 0314 7750 05
SWIFT/BIC Code: ULMVDE66
Account Number: 314775005
Bank Name: Volksbank Ravensburg Bankleitzahl: 63090100

RUDEC and all the 47 children already want to say thank you for your support and contribution! If you have further questions about this specific project or RUDEC and our work in general, feel free to contact us at any time at info@rudec.org!

Friday, April 22, 2016

chicken project





RUDEC Cameroon has women and children at heart and looks at livelihood activities that would continue to empower them for a better living and health of their children. In our Kom culture "one man's child is only on the stomach" join us and let better the life of women through diversify projects..

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