2018/2020 PROJECTS& ACTIVITIES

(October 2018 to September 2020)

October 2018 – September 2019:

I) “Home at Last”: Construction of pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 55 households vulnerable urban dwellers, IDPs of the Yaounde 6 Sub Division (Centre Region, Cameroon), with the support of SELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINEPDED, MINAS, UNOCHA-ROWCA and other local partners. [Status: Ongoing].

II) “The Road to Urbanization” a micro-project on the rehabilitation of the Wumuteck – Eben – Nukon Road with the Batibo Municipal Council and the Government of Cameroon. 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. [Status: Ongoing].

 

III) “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. [Status: Phase 1 Delivered].

 

IV) Vocational training workshop for bricklayers, builders and participants, with MIPROMALO, MINHDU, CENCOM2000, NCHRF/CNDHL and MINAS. The trainees share experiences in local material use and new cost-effective building techniques. [Status: Delivered].

 

V) Economic Empowerment & Small Grant Program designed to provide small grants to underprivileged entrepreneurs (women, girls, boys and men) with personalbusinessprojects for details [Status: Delivered].

 

VI) Crusadingfor 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 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. [Status: in progress]

VII) The International Day of the Environment with the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED). MINEPDED-organized activities focus on the 2019 theme. CEPROCUL actively participates in these activities. [Status: Delivered]

 

October 2019 – September 2020 Projects

  1. “Inclusive Education for Human Development” seeks to provide formal or vocational education, as the case may be, to 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.Thesebeneficiaries shall be both boys and girls.
  2. CEPROCUL Economic Empowerment & Small Grant Program is designed to provide small grants to disadvantaged entrepreneurs (women, girls, boys and men) havingpersonalbusinessprojects
  3. “Bridging the Housing and Sanitation Gaps in Sustainable Development”shall, in multiple phases, provide early humanitarian recovery, upgrading the insalubrious conditions of at-risk city dwellers hard hit by the on-going Anglophone Conflict in Cameroon. The pilot venture shall provide 60 selected most deprived victims in Bamenda and its environs cost-effective houses or blocks of toilets built according to ecological, economic, cultural, and environmental customs using local materials. We shall do this to the best of our ability, in cognizance with the Sphere Humanitarian Protection Principles, the Core Humanitarian Standard and the Minimum Standards in Sanitation, Shelter/Settlement and as an essential component of the UNOCHA-ROWCA-coordinated intervention in the area. A 2-day vocational training workshop, a rights-and-dignity advocacy and a crusade to promote the planting of   flowers and greenery around homes to boost the battered environment and biodiversity shall also be essential features of the project. Funding shall be obtained from potential major sponsors./
  4. The World Habitat Day 2019with 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 HUMANITARIANRESPONSEin November 2019. 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 2018 and 2019 Housing Projects.
  6. The World AIDS Day 2019 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 Day2019with the National Commission of Human Rights & Freedoms (NCHRF/CNDHL) and other partners. The Commission shall spearhead the commemoration.
  8. “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)

-         2019: “Home at Last”, building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 55 households, 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;

-         2018: “From House to Home: A Dream Come True”building pilot houses or blocks of toilets for 60 households, Training workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights & environment in Bamenda 2 Sub Divisionwith the support ofSELAVIP, 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, training workshop on local material use and advocacy for Human rights & environment in Bamenda 3 Sub Divisionwith the support ofSELAVIP, 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 rightsin Mvog-Ekoussou and Nkolmesseng, Yaounde 5 Sub Divisionwith the support ofSELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, MIPROMALO,NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MINEBASE & MINATD;

-         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 rightsin Olembe, Yaounde 1 with the support ofSELAVIP, 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 rightsawareness advocacy in Muamu, Bueawith the support ofSELAVIP, CENCOM2000, MINAS, NCHRF/CNDHL, MINHDU, MINEBASE & MINATD;

-         2013,“Assisting Communities, Saving Lives”building pilot houses for 30households, and rightsawareness advocacy in Buea, Bamenda&Sangmélimawith 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/ Conferencein collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences of the University of Yaounde I. Quest speakers came from SELAVIP, BUCREP, CIAHCAMEROUN & CONGEH Cameroun.

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

-         2009, “Transforming Lives”building pilot houses for 40 households,in Bamenda and Yaoundewith 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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