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Activities of NFU-Bongbati dK for 2020/21

Nso Family Union Bongbati -DK has had challenging years like any other during the covid-19 pandemic which has slowed its activities of bringing development especially in the local and rural areas. Faced with the challenge of war that has been plaguing the country Cameroon for close to 5 years now, Bongbati had to suspend its activities of applying materials from the Danish mission council (recycling for development) and its project with Hvidovre Municipality to concentrate more on relief assistance to especially the badly affected.

As if that was not enough came this dreadful pandemic Covid-19 to add to the suffering people of our nation. The war brought untold stories, many lives lost, hundred of thousands internally displaced and as many as more than 50,000 seeking refuge in neigboring Nigeria, Ghana and some countires including Europe and the USA.

In February 2020, we joined the umbrella Organization back home in collaboration with other NFU branches in Europe, USA, SA, UAE to come out with an initiative known as the “Nsoda Agriculture Renaissance Initiative ” (INRI). This had the following objectives:

A- Global Objectives

  1. Transform agriculture in Nso from artisanal to
    second generation by incorporating the value
    chain concept- From production, through
    transformation to marketing
  2. Design and deliver adapted Risk Sharing
    Finance Framework under the auspices of an
    “Agriculture Fund” to render the sector attractive
    to financial institutions and investors
    B. Specific Objectives
  3. Formally create two entities with all
    structures and strict governance oversight:

▪ First an entity to own and run a mega agro-
industrial complex.

▪ Secondly an entity (A Fund) to galvanize and
provide financing primarily to the agro industrial
structure as well as to other farmer groups,
cooperatives and individuals using risk sharing

NB- These two distinct structures will give
Business and Legal relevance to the vision as well
as offer capacity building to stakeholders

  1. Boost employment of youths by creating a
    framework that enables integration of small,
    medium and large-scale farms and livestock
    breeding to achieve industrial scale production as
    well as set up transformation units
  2. Clean up our carbon footprint and enhance
    environmental protection through organic
    farming, irrigation systems and renewal energy
    6 Leverage on Corporate Social Responsibility
    endeavours to support development in Nso
    through NSODA eg. Supporting community
    projects, paying royalties to Traditional
    Authorities (lanlords), educating the population
    on healthy diets, modern farming techniques and
    good governance in groups/cooperatives

The Project above has not been completely put on hold but has taken a very low attention to due the crisis as the region is highly hit by the conflict with lost of lives and gun exchanges on almost daily basis.

In addition to this, and with the pandemic at its peak, Nsoda had to come out with another emergency initiative known as the Covid Task Force which all the NFU branches had to player major roles to assist our people who are faced with two deadly crisis.

We mobilized, raised funds, set out a team that worked with the churches, Ngos, Local authorities, volunteers etc to provide immediate relief materials like Face Masks, Soaps, buckets, hand sanitizers, food etc.

This project had to be extended out of the country as some its population are not only internally displaced but also externally in countries like Ghana & Nigeria.

We have been able to provide some dignity Kits (pads) to women living in the bushes who use leaves during their periods. We bought and distributed food stuffs, Organized seminars on how they should take care of themselves, and provided covid-19 tips and materials. These gestures have not been able to reach up to a quarter of those in need knowing fully well that the diaspora now has more challenges, taking care of themselves as many lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and have to face the challenge of providing for their families and loved ones back home.

In Nigeria, we carried out projects most especially in Taraba state where these refugees are abandoned to themselves. Areas covered are Gembu, Yerimaru, Leme, Saar, Nkiri 1 & 2 all in Sardauna LGA & Takum, Bali in Takum LGA.

SCs Refugees in Gembu, Sarduana LGA- Taraba State Nigeria
SCs Refugees in Gembu, Sarduana LGA- Taraba State Nigeria

In May 2021, we expect to revisit some of these Refugee camps again in an attempt to reach out to some of those that are yet to benefit from our benevolence. The main challenge is setting them up and providing for their up keep as well as sustainable initiatives that can assist them fish for themselves, examples being setting up farms/gardens, purchase of farm tools, building a bakery, tailoring workshops, saloons/hairdressing, training centres & other handwork projects like making of beeds, bags, shoes etc.

We welcome any support from any group, individuals, international community etc that can go a long way to change the lives of these less fortunate and the society at large.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

NFU-Bongbati Denmark took part in the recycling for Development meeting

The Danish Mission Council Development Department has a project known as Genbrug Til Syd-GTS which in English known as Recycling For Development met this weekend 25-26 October 2019 in an Island known as Fyn in Middlefart. This meeting assembles all Organisations that carry out development projects in the developing countries with Africa often the Majority.

 This initiative is about the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs offering “financial support to Danish associations wishing to ship used equipment from Denmark to partner organisations in the South. Since 1990, this support has been covered by the ‘MFA pooled fund for reconditioning and shipment of used equipment’ budget line, colloquially termed ‘Recycling for development’ (RfD). The RfD pooled fund is managed by Danish Mission Council Development Department (DMCDD) based on an annual appropriation on the Danish government budget bill approved by parliament.”

This year’s meeting was very strategic as it pulled over 50 different Organisations with more than 30 working with Africa. NFU-Bongabti Denmark a member of ADEPT had 3 delegates and as a beneficiary of such initiative in 2016 before the conflict in Cameroon.

The friday’s 25-10-2019 program was as follows:

Coming up for the first time on the agenda was the use of sports as a tool for development in which two African Organizations made great presentations on the activities carried on the ground in Gambia and Tanzania. This left the participants speechless as many were marveled at the results and rule.

We had Renovation workshops presentation hammering on the equipment and maintenance as well as how best to apply for these materials/equipment. This then gave room for the exchange of experience among the organizations working in the same “recipient” countries.

Saturday’s program started with the Presentation of new leaflets on agriculture and GTS Apostolic Church Presentation with Care4People and their partner from Zimbabwe.

Information on prevention of sexual abuse by Karen Andersen and recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for GTS, followed by workshops & plenary session.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

NFU-Bongbati DK reached out to Southern Cameroons Refugees in Nigeria

Gembu- Sardauna LGA Taraba State Nigeria : More than 250 South Cameroonian women refugees assisted in the North of Nigeria by Nso Family Union NFU- Bongbati Denmark

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On 24-26 May 2019, NSO Family Union (NFU) Bongbati, diaspora organisation member of ADEPT based in Denmark, provided first hand reusable kits to 250+ refugee women from Southern Cameroons settled in Gembu -Sarduana LGA Taraba state in Nigeria. Implemented in partnership with the ‘Days of Girls’ Nigeria organisation and the ‘Scandy Media’ platform, the action aimed at both, providing refugee women with sanitary pads and reusable kits while training them on how to take care of themselves. Partners used this opportunity to train the Scandy media local team on providing humanitarian response, thus enabling them to extend the action and help more refugees in need in other communities and villages.

More than 100.000 refugees headed to the neighboring Nigeria in search of protection, shelter and security, trying to flee armed conflict and political crisis in Cameroun. Some of them lost their lives in this difficult journey because of hunger, lack of shelter and poor health. Women and children are the most affected by the situation and need special care. The Southern Cameroonian refugees are mainly settled in Taraba state, one of the most remote and insecure regions of the North Nigeria. It is also one of the less assisted and difficult to access locations where Southern Cameroonian refugees suffer from hunger, poor living conditions and lack of access to health services. NFU Bongbati will continue providing humanitarian response to refugee women and call all the diaspora development associations and humanitarian organisations to join the action.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem