2020/2022 PROJECTS& ACTIVITIES

(October2020to September 2022)

October 2020 – September 2021:

  1. “Crossing the ‘Sheltation’ Gap”: Enhancing the living conditions of vulnerable urban dwellers, IDPs of the Yaounde 7 Sub Division (Centre Region, Cameroon)through the construction of pilot shelterand sanitation facilities for 45 households, with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINEPDED, MINAS, and other local partners.
  2. “Action for Sustainable Community Development”, on building capacities, empowering IDPs and Vulnerable Communities in Anglophone Cameroon on disaster risk reduction and adaptive capacities through training in Agro-pastoral and petite business schemesas well as in portable water purification, water resource management and strategies.
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  4. “Inclusive Vocational Empowerment of People Living with Challenges” on Agro-pastoral and Small Business Schemes. It shall be open to orphans, the girl child, the handicapped and children of handicap parents.
  5. Economic Empowerment & Small Grant Program designed for underserved entrepreneurs (women, orphans, widows, girls, boys and men) with personalbusiness ideas or involved in a micro-economic activity of the informal sector. The goal is to encourage and support them shun the cup-in-hand ‘profession’ and to get engaged in some activity however informal and small-scaled. The grant is 100% nonrefundable.
  6. Crusadingfor the rights and dignity of vulnerable city dwellers and advocating for policy makers to bridge the gap in the housing, sanitation, water supply, hygiene promotion, urban land access, resettlement, alternative settlements after demolition, and land tenure needs of at-risk populations. The campaign, backed by the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL), is intended to raise awareness in the community, among local authorities and decision-makers on the rights to housing, safety and dignity of vulnerable urban dwellers.
  7. Celebration of the International Day of the Environment with the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED). On the theme yet to be declared
  8. Celebration of the International Human Rights Day with the National Commission of Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) and the Cameroonian Network of Human Rights Associations (RECODH).

October 2021 – September 2022 Projects

  1. “Inclusive Education for Human Development” seeks to create vocational education opportunities for 40 selected children from 4 to 18 years of age living withchallenges (physical, mental, visual, auditory impairment) and the children of at-risk handicap parents in various communities and neighborhoods of the cities of Yaounde, Buea and Bamenda(Cameroon). This solutionshall be provided with the support of potential partners, sponsors and in collaboration with their parents, guardians or coaches.
  2. CEPROCUL Economic Empowerment & Small Grant Program is designed to provide small grants to disadvantaged entrepreneurs (women, girls, boys and men) havingpersonalbusinessprojects or involved in any micro-economic activity of the informal sector,as a startup or a booster. The goal shall be to encourage and support them to shun the cup-in-hand ‘profession’ and to get engaged in some activity however informal and small-scaled. The grant is 100% nonrefundable. The 2019-2020 beneficiaries shall come from Bamenda Urban.
  3. “Water for Sustainable Development in Akohndoe and Nkolmesseng, Yaounde” with the goal to strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of the populations in the face ofclimatic challenges which reduce their access to good drinking water. Through this we hope to impact the lives of thesecommunity people and thus attaining the UN SDGs.
  4. The World Habitat Day 2022 with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU). This celebration shall come at the end of our housing project with SELAVIP “Home at Last”. The programme content shall be determined by MINHDU.
  5. A one-day workshop on Sphere Standards on HUMANITARIAN ACTION in November 2021. Focus:Protection Principles, Core Humanitarian Standard, Minimum Standards in WASH, Shelter and Settlement”. Our work document shall be The Sphere Handbook (2018) and Sphere Training package (2018).Case studies shall be drawn from the Sphere experiences as well as from CEPROCUL’s 2019 and 2021 Housing Projects.
  6. The World AIDS Day 2021 with African Synergy against HIV/AIDS and other Sufferings. The programme contents and the theme shall be defined by our partner in accordance with the theme from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSANTE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  7. The International Human Rights Daywith the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) and other partners. The Commission shall spearhead the commemoration.

“Participatory Governance for Sustainable Development”to promote democratic and participatory governance as essential Human Rights culture resulting in people-focused sustainable development. This shall be through KwasenGwangwa’a’s play The Harvest Dance, conferences, and tree planting.

Project Background: In the last 3 decades, Cameroon has witnessed a series of erosions, floods & landslides in her natural environment as well as in her democracy& Human rights which have been eroded by a stinking political and governance disaster. Her natural resources have been abusively misappropriated. Laudable efforts to redress the situation by strengthening the democratic, governance and Human Rights institutions of the country through civic re-education and conscientization involving Government, MPs, councils, CSOs and other stakeholders need to be stepped up for more tangible positive results.

Specific Objectives: To strengthen democratic, pluralistic & participatory governance; To promote the rights of local populations to community resources; To re-educate or conscientize local populations on local resource management; To plant 4,000 pilot trees in selected zones in Buea, Bamenda and Yaounde.

Secretary General

Ghislain ABOMO

CEPROCUL CURRENT PROJECTS

(January to September 2015)

 A/. Construction of 45 pilot houses or toilets/bathrooms

From Ghetto to the City of the Future” is a humanitarian action intended to build environmentally, socially, culturally and economically sustainable low cost “basic shelter” or toilets for 45 desperate and needy households in Olembe, Yaounde (Centre Region, Cameroon) with the goal of raising awareness about the housing rights of the poor. The project also promotes the use of local building materials typical to this community including mud, wood, gutter sand, and adobe BTC, or BC construction technologies promoted by the government-created MIPROMALO. In accordance with the shared experiences in previous projects, the houses to be constructed shall range from 1 parlour + 2 bedrooms of 5m X 6m to 1 parlour + 3 bedrooms of 6m X 8m, depending on the size of the household. The toilets will be dug and built to serve the needs of several households and communities bearing in mind the Sphere minimal standards. Where possible, Quarter heads and traditional authorities shall be useful stakeholders in bringing together participating communities within unions that will ensure that the constructed structures be improved upon progressively and the pilot toilets constructed are taken care of by the community people themselves in saving schemes, thus making our dream of a future city feasible. It is hoped that this humanitarian response shall curb, however minimally, the housing difficulties of the beneficiaries as well as ignite awareness among development policy makers on housing for the poor as a crucial human rights concern.

B) Organisation of training workshops

A two-day training workshop for builders, intending builders and the participants shall be organised within the framework of the project prior to the pilot construction. With the technical and material assistance of MIPROMALO, MINHDU, MINAS and the NCHRF/CNDHL, the builders shall be trained in local material use and new cost-effective building techniques worth combining with local regional realities especially in the areas of compressed earth bricks (BTC), burnt bricks (BC), adobe bricks, stones, sticks, wood, etc. A number of local materials providing agents trained by MIPROMALO shall also participate in the workshops. The workshop shall be an appropriate occasion to officially launch the project. The vocational training and employment opportunities the workshops offer become more meaningful eventually.

C/. Vulgarisation of housing rights for the vulnerable urban populace

This project to be implemented in the nation’s capital shall be a veritable platform to promote the housing rights of the needy in urban centres. The pilot constructions shall encourage policy designers, showing the way forward for the attainment of acceptable standards of living in dignity for all in the city of the future - affordable settlements, decent sanitation, no rampant demolition of houses without compensation or without alternative settlements and easy access to urban land. The National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) which has this far spearheaded this crusade especially at the regional levels, providing technical, material and financial assistance, shall also play an active role this time around. Her participation in the SELAVIP-CEPROCUL housing projects has enkindled her interest in the housing rights of Cameroonians and she has laid a lot more stress on this in her activities. Undeniably, the right to housing for the poor is a fundamental human right whose future is promising in Cameroon.

 

 

 

 2018/2019 PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES

(October 2018 to September 2019)

 

I)   Organization of a vocational training workshop for bricklayers, builders and participants, with the assistance of MIPROMALO, MINHDU, MINJEC, SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, NCHRF/CNDHL and MINAS. The trainees shall share experiences in local material use and new cost-effective building techniques.

II)  Crusading for the housing rights and dignity of vulnerable city dwellers and advocating for policy makers to bridge the gap in the housing, sanitation, water supply, hygiene promotion, urban land access, resettlement, alternative settlements after demolition, and land title acquisition needs of the needy. The campaign, backed by the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL), is intended to raise awareness in the community, among local authorities and decision-makers on the rights to housing, safety and dignity of vulnerable urban dwellers. As inscribed in International Human Rights Law, “Everyone has the right to adequate housing”.

III)   “Home at Last”: Construction of pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 55 households. With the support of SELAVIP and other local partners, selected vulnerable urban dwellers, refugees and IDPs of the Yaounde 6 Sub Division (Centre Region, Cameroon), will see their housing status transformed through the use of local building materials (adobes, burnt or compressed bricks, torchis, stones, or wood). This shall be within our project entitled “Home at Last” meant to give hope and the kind of comfort found in a home to the ‘haves-not’ in Yaounde, however minimal, in the areas of housing and sanitation in cognizance with the Sphere Protection Principles, the Minimum Standards in Shelter and Resettlement, WASH as well as  some cross-cutting themes. A vulnerability and capacity assessment carried out ensures that our project “supports those who have a right to assistance in a non-discriminatory manner and who need it most” (Sphere Project, 2011, p.248). 

IV) Celebrating the International Day of the Environment with the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED). MINEPDED-organized activities shall focus on the 2019 theme. CEPROCUL shall actively participate in these activities.

V) Celebrating the World Habitat Day 2019 with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU). This celebration shall be come at the end of our housing project with SELAVIP “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps”. The programme content shall be determined by MINHDU.

VI) Organization of a one-day workshop on HUMANITARIAN ACTION in November 2018 as prescribed in The Sphere Project. Focus shall be on “Minimum Standards in Shelter and Settlement”. Our work document shall be The Sphere Project Handbook and Sphere Training package for 2015 (or 2018 if already available). Case studies shall be drawn from the Sphere experiences as well as from CEPROCUL’s 2016 and 2017 Housing Projects with SELAVIP specifically Housing for Environmental Valorization” implemented in Bamenda 3 Sub Division and “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps” realized in Yaounde 5 Sub Division.

VII) Celebrating the World AIDS Day 2018 with Synergies Africaines/ African Synergy against HIV/AIDS and other Sufferings. The programme contents and the theme shall be defined by our partner in accordance with the theme from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSANTE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

VIII)  Celebrating the International Human Rights Day 2018 with the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) and other partners. The Commission shall spearhead the commemoration. CEPROCUL shall design its programme from the Commission’s.

IX) “Tracking Gender 2019” shall be based on transforming 30 previously constructed pilot blocks of toilets/baths in Bamenda 2 and Yaounde 5 into gender-sensitive and decent resources for marginalized vulnerable families including women and children. The pilot blocks of toilets/baths consist of two toilets and a bath or three toilets and two baths, depending on the household size and shall consist of mounting shorters, plastering, painting, etc. The transformation is the core concern of “affected populations [trying desperately] to incrementally upgrade [the pilot constructed units in Phase one] and/or make the transition from emergency to durable solutions” (Sphere, 2011, p.246).

X) “Sourcing Resources 2019”: CEPROCUL shall in collaboration with its partners hold an information or capacity building workshop on human rights and the environment with focus on the place of women and girls, for beneficiaries, youth/women groups, associations, community leaders, local administrative/traditional authorities with the assistance of the regional representations of MINHDU, MINJEC, MIPROMALO, MINEPDED, MINAS, NCHRF/CNDHL and the Councils.

XI) “My Dignity, My Right” shall advocate for the respect of the rights and dignity of vulnerable urban dwellers in housing, sanitation and hygiene issues especially women and girl children: According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Human Rights Law which stand for “Everyone has the right to adequate housing, health and sanitation”, we shall continue to harp on this string until we witness change of attitude among power-wielders. The National Commission of Human rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) continues to lead this crusade by actively supporting our projects and featuring our action in her UN Human Rights Universal Periodic Review Report.

 

XII)  Supplicating for funding of 2 grand projects for 2019:

B)     “THE ROAD TO URBANIZATION” a micro-project on the rehabilitation of the Wumuteck – Eben – Nukon Road. This road requires an 8 metre-long bridge linking Wumeteck to Eben over River Igi-Eben as well as an 8 metre-long culvert linking Wumuteck to Kocheck.

C)       “PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” to promote democratic and participatory governance as essential Human Rights resulting in people-focused sustainable development.

Project Background: In the last 3 decades, Cameroon has witnessed a series of erosions, floods & landslides in her natural environment as well as in her democratic & Human rights tenets which have been eroded by a stinking political and governance disaster. Her natural resources have been abusively misappropriated. Laudable efforts to redress the situation by strengthening the democratic, governance and Human Rights institutions of the country through civic re-education and conscientization involving Government, MPs, councils, CSOs and other stakeholders need to be stepped up for  more tangible positive results.

Specific: To strengthen democratic, pluralistic & participatory governance; To promote the rights of local populations to community resources; To re-educate or conscientize local populations on local resource management skills; To plant 4,000 pilot trees in selected zones in Buea, Bamenda and Yaounde.

 

 

2016 PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES

(February 2016 to March 2017)

 

I)   Organization of 2 vocational training workshops for bricklayers, builders and participants, with the assistance of MIPROMALO, MINHDU, MINJEC, SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, NCHRF/CNDHL and MINAS. The trainees shall share experiences in local material use and new cost-effective building techniques.

II)  Crusading for the housing rights and dignity of vulnerable city dwellers and advocating for policy makers to bridge the gap in the housing, sanitation, water supply, hygiene promotion, urban land access, resettlement, alternative settlements after demolition, and land title acquisition needs of the needy. The campaign, backed by the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL), is intended to raise awareness in the community, among local authorities and decision-makers on the rights to housing, safety and dignity of vulnerable urban dwellers. As inscribed in International Human Rights Law, “Everyone has the right to adequate housing”.

III)   “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps”: Construction of 50 pilot houses or blocks of toilets or land acquisition through reclamation for later construction. With the support of SELAVIP and other local partners, 50 vulnerable urban dwellers, refugees and IDPs of the Mvog-Ekoussou and Nkolmesseng quarters of Yaounde 5 Sub Division, will see their housing status transformed through the use of local building materials (adobes, burnt or compressed bricks, torchis, stones, or wood). Some of them will be assisted in land reclamation. This shall be within our project entitled “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps” meant to breach the disparity between the ‘haves’ and ‘haves-not’ in Yaounde, however minimal, in the areas of housing and sanitation in cognizance with the Sphere Protection Principles, the Minimum Standards in Shelter and Resettlement, WASH as well as  some cross-cutting themes. A vulnerability and capacity assessment carried out ensured that our project “supports those who have a right to assistance in a non-discriminatory manner and who need it most” (Sphere Project, 2011, p.248). The constructed structures shall “enable affected populations to incrementally upgrade and/or make the transition from emergency to durable housing solutions” (Sphere, 2011, p. 246). The ultimate goal is to restore the dignity, safety, health and rights of the participating households and give them renewed hope. This way, we aspire to close up the gap in housing between the poorest of the poor urban dwellers and the haves, to the best of our ability in accordance with the recommendations of The Sphere Project minimum standards in WASH and Shelter/Settlement. Indicators realized will greatly determine success level.

IV) Celebrating the International Day of the Environment with the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED). MINEPDED-organised activities shall focus on the 2016 theme. Ceprocul shall actively participate in these activities.

V) Celebrating the World Habitat Day 2016 with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU). This celebration shall be come at the end of our housing project with SELAVIP “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps”. The programme content shall be determined by MINHDU.

VI) Organization of a one-day workshop on HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE as prescribed in The Sphere Project. Focus shall be on “Minimum Standards in Shelter and Settlement”. Our work document shall be The Sphere Project Handbook and Sphere Training package for 2015 (or 2016 if available).case studies shall be drwn from the Sphere experiences as well as from Ceprocul’s 2015 and 2016 Housing Projects with SELAVIP specifically  “From Ghetto to City of the Future” implemented in Olembe, Yaounde 1 Sub Division and “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps” realized in Yaounde 5 sub Division.

VII) Celebrating the World AIDS Day 2016 with Synergies Africaines/ African Synergy against HIV/AIDS and other Sufferings. The programme contents and the theme shall be defined by our partner in accordance with the theme from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSANTE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

VIII)  Celebrating the International Human Rights Day with the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) and other partners. The Commission shall spearhead the commemoration. Ceprocul shall design its programme from the Commission’s.

 

IX)  Supplicating for funding of two grand projects for 2017:

A)      “HOUSING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VALORIZATION”. Through “Housing for Environmental Valorization”,we set out to valorize environment-found resources in the provision of durable solutions to the housing and sanitation questions of urban communities in Bamenda (the 3rd most populated city in Cameroon) in cognizance with the Sphere Protection Principles, the Minimum Standards in Shelter and Resettlement, as well as WASH. It is intended to raise awareness in the community, among local authorities and policy-makers on the rights to housing, safety and dignity of vulnerable urban dwellers. With the support of administrative and traditional authorities, SELAVIP and other local partners, 50 vulnerable urban dwellers of Nkwen Quarter of Bamenda 3 Sub Division.

B)     “THE ROAD TO URBANIZATION” a micro-project on the rehabilitation of the Wumuteck – Eben – Nukon Junction Road. This road requires an 8 metre-long bridge linking Wumeteck to Eben over River Igi-Eben as well as an 8 metre-long culvert linking Wumuteck to Kocheck.

 

Secretary General

Ghislain ABOMO

 

CEPROCUL PAL MARES (Major)

-   2020:    “The Road to Urbanization” a micro-project on the rehabilitation of the Wumuteck – Eben – Nukon farm-to-market Road with the Batibo Municipal Council and the Government of Cameroon (In progress).

-   2019: “Home at Last”, building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 55 households, Vocational Training workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights & environment in Yaounde 6 Sub Division with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, MINEPDED, MINHDU, MIPROMALO, NCHRF/CNDHL, UNOCHA-ROWCA;

-     2019: “What is Living without H2O”, upgrading a water catchment in Bamenda 3 to supply denizens with clean drinking water;

-         2019: “Our Environment, Our Biodiversity” Celebrating Peace, Environment and Biodiversity through conference and field trip to the Nkolbikoh Cave on the occasion of the International Day of the Environment, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED). MINEPDED-organized activities focused on the 2019 theme. CEPROCUL actively participates in these activities.

-         2018: “From House to Home: A Dream Come True” building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 60 households, Empowerment workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights & environment in Bamenda 2 Sub Division with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, MINEPDED, MINHDU, MIPROMALO, NCHRF/CNDHL, Bamenda 2 Council.

-   2017, “Housing for Environmental Valorization” building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 45 households, vocational training workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights & environment in Bamenda 3 Sub Division with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, MINEPDED, MINJEC, MINHDU, MIPROMALO, NCHRF/CNDHL, Bamenda 3 Council;

-       2016, “Building Bridges across Housing Gaps” building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 50 households, training workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights in Mvog-Ekoussou and Nkolmesseng, Yaounde 5 Sub Division with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, MIPROMALO, NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MINEBASE & MINATD;

-          2015: “Water is Life”, Cleaning and treatment of 6 Wells and construction of 1 borehole in Olembe Yaounde 1;

-         2015, “From Ghetto to City of the Future” building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 50 households, training workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights in Olembe, Yaounde 1 with the support of SELAVIP, BESIX Foundation, CENCOM2000, MINAS, MIPROMALO, NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MINEBASE & MINATD;

-       2014, “Housing for Community Development” building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 20 households, and rights awareness advocacy in Muamu, Buea with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MINEBASE & MINATD;

-         2013, “Assisting Communities, Saving Lives” building pilot houses for 30 households, 2 boreholes clean water and rights awareness advocacy in Buea, Bamenda & Sangmélima with SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MIPROMALO & African Synergies against HIV/AIDS and other Sufferings;

-         2013:“Cities, Poverty and Slums in the Developing World – Lessons Learned” public lecture/ Conference in collaboration with SELAVIP and the Faculty of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences of the University of Yaounde I. Quest speakers came from SELAVIP, BUCREP, CIAH CAMEROUN & CONGEH Cameroun.

-  2012, “Sustainable Housing to Alleviate Poverty” building pilot houses for 16 households, and rights awareness advocacy in Sangmélima with SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MIPROMALO & African Synergies against HIV/AIDS and other Sufferings;

-     2009, “Transforming Lives” building pilot houses for 40 households, 3 Wells for clean water in Bamenda and Yaounde with SELAVIP, MINJEUN, CENCOM2000 & MINAS.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Ministry of Social Affairs

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education

Ministry of Public Works

BATIBO Council

UNESCO Yaounde

 

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