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:  

To learn more about RUDEC’s work, visit: 

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

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