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Fundraising for a Viable alternative to Tree-felling for Survival – Cameroon

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Centre for Income Generating Activities: A Viable Alternative to Tree-felling for Survival - Cameroon

PROBLEM

The Far North of Cameroon is the poverty capital of the country. From the Lake Chad area down to its administrative capital, Maroua, and beyond, the region is severely impacted by desert encroachment, which continues to worsen the conditions of already-poor populations. Doyang, the village, host of this project, is inhabited by a poverty-stricken population who make tree-felling a second source of income after subsistence agriculture. In fact, this village is known in the entire region for supplying wood as fire fuel to cities. This activity takes a heavy toll on the environment, the vegetation cover, and the productive capacity of the soil. As the vegetation cover of thousands of hectares is under serious stress, agriculture which is the main activity of the population is severely impacted and their poverty level is worsening by the year as they impoverish their farmlands by exposing them to all types of erosions.  Climate Change Resilience Foundation (CCRF) is deeply concerned with the environmental devastation and the soil fertility depletion of the village of Doyang and its environs. The rapid desert encroachment and the grazing of elephants in the area compounded the endemic poverty of the village, which cannot be sustained by its own farm harvests in a year.  This is clearly reflected in the fact that many households are left permanently food insecure and poor with many children kept out of school. The case of girls is even more disturbing because less than 30% of the handful of them who enroll for a primary school reach the secondary level. The very few boys who, against all odds, succeed in completing their secondary education find it difficult to make it to university  

SOLUTIONS

After critically observing the environmental and socio-economic situation of the village Doyang in particular and the Far North region CCRF noted that tree felling is both the cause and effect of poverty. In other words, the populations resort to tree-felling because they are poor and at the same, they expose themselves to greater poverty because this impacts their livelihood, which is agriculture and their farm harvests.  The only workable solution that can have a quick and direct impact is the provision of alternative decent and sustainable sources of income to the villagers to replace tree felling as income generating activity and the creation of a critical mass of tree planters to regenerate the vegetation cover not only in Doyang but in the entire region. We are dealing with a vicious circle that cannot be broken with a one-off or stop-gap solutions.   In Doyand and neighboring villages the environment can only be protected through the eradication of endemic poverty by providing lasting solutions. Thus, CCRF purposes to erect an Income Generating Activities Centre (IGAC), which, in fact, is a skills acquisition center. It will be saddled with the responsibility of training community members (youths and women) in a large spectrum of activities:
  • the management of tree nurseries (mandatory),
  • tree planting (mandatory)
  • cooperatives management (mandatory)
  • Forest guards
  • fish farming,
  • poultry,
  • animal feed production,
  • fish feed production,
  • hairdressing,
  • catering,
  • tailoring,
  • market gardening,
  • financial management,
  • entrepreneurship, 
  • online marketing and trading, 
  • remote working,
  • soap making,
  • peanut and sesame oil extraction, 
  • etc,
 

The size of the Income Generating Activities Centre (IGAC)

IGAC is a multi-purpose job creation Centre, which will offer training: in class and practicals on farms or in workshops. 

EXPECTED RESULTS

This project will certainly pull tens of millions of villagers out of poverty and will revegetate thousands of hectares of wastelands. The productive capacity of the farmlands will be significantly increased.  It will ultimately cover the entire region and the whole country and neighboring countries that are facing the same challenges as well. Its aim of protecting the environment, and improving soil fertility for better agriculture will be achieved. Hundreds of millions of trees will be planted on millions of hectares. Families will have enough income to send children to school. Villagers will be organized in cooperatives to empower them and build their capacities in various sectors so as to enable them to find other sources of income and completely withdraw from making tree cutting a source of income.  

Contribution to the sustainable development goals

Partners

Seven Billion Homes Limited.

S/N NAME NUMBER CAPACITY COST
1 PLOT OF LAND 1 2 HECTARES OFFERED
1 CLASSROOMS 5 25 seats x 3; 50 seats x1, 100 seats x 1  $100,000
2 ACCOMMODATION 100 50 single rooms and 50 twin bedrooms $200,000
3 RESTAURANT  1 100 seats $200,000
4 KITCHEN 1   $100,000
5 OFFICE SPACES  10 10 $200,000
6 COMPUTER CENTRE 1 1 $200,000
7 FISH PONDS 12 1000 FISH $75,000
8 POULTRY 3 1000 BIRDS $75,000
9 FISH DRYING SPOT 1 500 $100,000
10 A STABLE 1 3 $100,000
11 MARKET GARDEN 1 1 $100,000
12 ANIMAL FEED PRODUCTION CENTRE 2 $100,000
13 BOREHOLE 1 $10,000
14 TAILORING WORKSHOP 50 SEWING MACHINES $100,000
15 CATERING UTENSILS $75,000
16 PEANUT AND SESAME OIL EXTRACTION TOOLS $75,000
17 BIG OVERHEAD THANK $100,000
18 GRAND TOTAL $2,000,000
  Contact Information:
  • Organization Name: Climate Change Resilience Foundation (CCRF)
  • Contact Name: Michel Haman Aoudi Address: No 9 Asamankese Street, off Mambolo Street, Wuse Wone 2, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Contact Title: Founder
  • Contact E-mail: info@ccr-foundation.org
  • Phone: +2348062141794
  • Website: www.ccr-foundation.org 
  •  Project Site: Doyang Mindif, Cameroon,
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