Tuesday, December 31, 2013

RUDEC Christmas Party 2013

 RUDEC supporters and their friends joined resources to give a smile on the faces of children we cared for. RUDEC always looks at a party like this every year to help the children support other children that they stay with in their homes because they stay with their family members and not in an orphanage as most people see us.
The orphan project was set to establish a bond with family members, RUDEC and the children. So RUDEC does not provide all needs of the children because we want their family bonds to stay with them and not completely depend on us.

On the 22nd December, the children attended a party that we had rice, fresh fish, soap, candies, balloons and some old dresses and shoes left by volunteers and some donated by our partners.

The children started coming to this party as early as 7am although they were told to come at 8 am. This to me signaled the importance of the party to them all as by 8am, the office was full.
Joshua, gave a talk on importance of school and encourage the children all to past exams and not to fail because they does not encourage people who give donations for their education. He also advised the children to always respect their family members as it was noticed that some do not respect their guardians... He look at the girls who are mature already to because careful at this festive period and not be fool by "coastal guys or cocoa boys"(cocoa farmers or people out of the area  who come only at this busy period with money to deceive them )because they may pregnant you and leave without you knowing. The girls were called up to preserve their virginity because God has a plan for them . The children were also told about the diseases that are found when you have sex without a  condom. The grown up boys were also won not to pregnant a girl as they could have the diseases that girls could have without sign.

At the end of the day the children took home some food to share with others who are not in their own shoes(orphans).Each child took home 2.5
litre of rice, 2kg of fish, 2 soap for washing, candies, balloons and some clothes and shoes donated by some volunteer and partners.

We at RUDEC wish to thanks all do donated to made it a success. One dollar was as important as $100... so all who donated were all equal.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Eco-tourism supporting local community and environment

RUDEC supports many children and families in Belo, Cameroon and has had such a great impact on lives since its inception. To be able to do such critical work, RUDEC is supported through a range of income sources, one of them being from eco-tourism. Eco-tourism is a more sustainable way to visit a country; it’s about respecting, preserving and supporting local communities, environments, customs and cultures.

RUDEC partners with the Cameroon Association of Sustainable Tourism (CAMAST) who takes visitors on tours and trips around North West Cameroon. The profits from these tours and trips are put back into RUDEC for program implementation, including education costs for the children RUDEC supports and providing a wage for local tour guides.

North West Cameroon is a beautiful place,with rich cultural traditions and dances, sweeping 
landscapes and natural falls. Attractions include the Bamenda Highlands, one of the most beautiful regions in Cameroon. Visitors can go on tours for one, two or 10 days depending on time and interests. RUDEC and CAMAST offer accommodation and a range of activities for visitors including hikes of all ability levels, visiting waterfalls, seeing traditional dances and song performances, home stays, local site visits and tours of current community projects.

For RUDEC and CAMAST, eco-tourism is an effective and sustainable way to bring visitors to Cameroon, and importantly, support the local community.

Recently, Joshua (RUDEC Founder and tour guide with CAMAST) took visitors on a three-day tour around the region, visiting a tea factory and the lakes and mountains of the North West. This partnership between RUDEC and CAMAST gives visitors the opportunity to really see the Cameroon while being lead by an experienced local tour guide. It also helps draw important links and build relationships between visitors and the local community in a way that is positive and sustainable.

If you’ve always wanted to go on a unique adventure, consider going with RUDEC and CAMAST. It might just be the life-changing experience you’ve been looking for.

To find out more about CAMAST and tours, visit: http://www.camast.com/  

To learn more about RUDEC’s work, visit: http://www.rudec.org/de/orphans/ 

RUDEC is in need of a volunteer house, we have got land and are looking for philanthropies that could support them in their vision. See our page on fundraising at www.betterplace.org/p14642

Friday, September 13, 2013

benches delivered to secondary school

Good news again: 58 benches were delivered to GSS Ibal-Asha, sponsered by RUDEC via „Project Solution“ which is based in the U.S. Once more, we are very grateful to cooperate with such great people and initiatives, and it is especially remarkable that they decided to finance this project just through finding RUDEC and it’s work on the Internet. We had done othe projects with them like the water extension project, benches for students in school, and roofing of a classroom at Njinikejem village school. Thanks to Project Solution in the U.S. and our great sponsors!

photos by Ida Mederos

Thursday, September 5, 2013

School is starting!

Education in Cameroon is not for everyone... it is expensive to send a child to school. People have to pay school fees, buy uniforms, books, school shoes, badges, school bags, exams fees... and not to talk about taking care of the health of children. RUDEC came up to seek ways to support these children. 
photo by Yuri Wahl Valle
This Monday, School has started and therefore bags and textbooks have been delivered to our orphans on Friday. In these days we were busy paying their school fees, packing the bags, and accompanying children to school.

Meanwhile the school preparations were running we had visitors from the U.S. They have continously sponsored 10 children at RUDEC. 
Todd and Shaun from „Cameroon One“ have been visiting Bamenda and Belo to see how everything is going and get to know better RUDEC and it’s work. Their plans in Cameroon were to create a network with another project in Bamenda that is called "Mankon children’s home". 
They have furthermore promised to see what they could do to sponsor more children at RUDEC. We are very happy about this news as we are always looking for new sponsors! Thank you!
RUDEC has not relent its efforts to reach out to children that they sponsored in the remote villages around Boyo division. Joshua visited Makwa Anabel who was discovered by a pastor about her drop from school because she got no person to pay her fees because the mother is widow twice,being a small farmer in a remote village of Bolem, filled with frustration, she was looking at where to have support to give hope to Anabel. RUDEC's focus on educating a child caught up with her and visited them with one of its volunteer Kelly, she decided to sponsor Anabel. Our visit this time was to see how she is doing and progress in school. She came 2nd position in a class of 56. We gave her school bag, books, paid her fees and a toothbrush

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When there is hope there is a way

  We from RUDEC have some news: Summer School has finished now!. John, Pierrick and Ida, have been teaching for the last ten weeks and enjoyed it very much to teach the kids and have learned a lot from them ourselves by teaching as well. It was quite a challenge to keep around 30 kids of all ages from 5 to 15 interested in our subjects day by day but it has been very fruitful for them. The subjects taught primarily included maths, English, geography (including some lessons on natural disasters) and French.


Now the children will go back to school on the 2nd of September 2013 and RUDEC is preparing everything for the orphans to be ready on their first school day: New bags, school books and notebooks have been bought and sorted for every child and are waiting in the RUDEC office to be distributed.

John is going to leave us this week and goes back home after 3 months to complete his Disaster Management degree in England. It has been a very enjoyable and interesting time with him here. Although his presence here will be missed, we are very happy that he will continue to support RUDEC’s work through sponsoring one of our orphans.   

Photo by Yuri Wahl Valle

But we have good news to tell you as well: 3 new volunteers from Germany are going to arrive on the 17th of September to support RUDEC in the after school programme. It will be their first community learning experience, and we are excited to share it with them!

More good news is that Princess Martha, the youngest orphan in the RUDEC programme, is doing fine again. She has been to the hospital because of dehydration, but with the support of RUDEC and the Belo Health Centre she has recovered and is in good health again.

 We want to say a big thank you to all the RUDEC supporters, sponsors and volunteers out there wherever you are; without you RUDEC couldn’t exist and work as it does now!

And of course, we are always looking for further support on our current projects:
You can actively be helping us by donating to sponsoring a child, volunteering, spreading RUDEC’s work amongst your friends and helping us to build a new volunteer house for RUDEC to be able to host more volunteers at the same time, and to also host guest for future ecotourism opportunities in and around Belo.

Support us here:
www.rudec.org (our website)
(Crowdfunding website for the new volunteer house)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Help Remedy become a school teacher

Meet Remedy. She’s 17 years old and lives in Belo, Cameroon. Remedy is one of the 55 orphans RUDEC supports through its Orphan Education and Care program. 

Remedy lives with her grandmother and has two brothers, one older and one younger. Sadly, Remedy’s mother, who was a single mother at the time, passed away seven years ago, so she has lived with her grandmother since. Along with her grandmother, Remedy also lives with her aunt and three cousins. 
Her grandmother supports the family through farming, mostly just to feed the family and there is not much left over to make any income.  Remedy's grandmother works hard to support her family, but being older has failing health and has lost almost all of her eyesight. Getting enough food, let alone helping Remedy with her education and healthcare needs is beyond what she can provide.
Generally, Remedy and her family eat what they farm, which includes corn, yams, potatoes, beans, guava, mango and papaya. When they have money they buy rice, oil salt and spices. 
Remedy is in Form 3 of secondary school and she hopes to one day become a teacher. She just recently moved up to Form 3 and we are really proud of her for working hard in school.
Teachers play an important role not only in a child’s life, but also in the lives and development of communities. Remedy will have a great opportunity to help others in her community when she’s able to achieve her dream. 
While RUDEC supports orphans, we do not run an orphanage. Children live with their extended families in Belo and its surrounds. We think it is important for children to grow up in secure, family-based environments with their relatives or caregivers. RUDEC provides access to education, food, nutrition and healthcare services. We help families with things like school and exam fees, textbooks and school uniforms and food assistance.
We make sure children stay health and provide access to vaccinations, HIV/AIDS screening, dental/eye checks and emergency help. We also give children support in education, whether that's through school, technical college or an apprenticeship, which enables children to choose their own futures and fulfill their personal aspirations.
You can help support Remedy by sponsoring her for just 36 euros per month or 437 euros per year. Your sponsorship goes towards providing Remedy with her basic needs as well as giving her a brighter future. Sponsor Remedy today (link to: http://www.rudec.org/node/16).
For more information about RUDEC's Orphan Education and Care program, visit the RUDEC website (link to: http://www.rudec.org/orphans).