Growing vegetables in our backyard has been a practice our villages. Unfortunately, many of us who live in rural communities or cities turn to neglect this practice even with extra space in our backyard. Consequently, we rely on our local grocery stores or farmers market for our vegetables and fruits.
Growing your own vegetables not only lowers the cost of providing your family with chemical free, healthy and organic vegetables but also provides wholesome activity and lasting memories in our children. Having kids plant seeds, watch them sprout and grow into large plants and then harvest the vegetables that they must eat teaches them that hard work, determination and sticking with projects is great and beneficial. It also instills in our children an understanding of the natural cycles of weather, growth and renewal.
On these bases, BACDU-USA has a small demonstration unit in Georgia, USA to serve as a classroom for our kids and a motivation to our Bakundu Families to grow their own vegetables.
The pictures and videos show on-going field actions in this unit.
BACDU-USA School Project
The Bakundu Cultural and Development Union-Cameroon (BACDU-Cameroon) is a partner in Cameroon. Has a defined structure headed by a President General. It was formed in 1974 and has evolved and gained recognition at regional and national level in Cameroon. Membership is comprised of more than forty (40) Bakundu villages located in the entire South West Region of Cameroon.
Every year delegates from all these villages converge in one of the villages not only to show-case their rich tradition and culture but to also plan on how to project the tribe forward towards development. In one of these meetings, the people decided to invest in their children’s education. Two secondary schools were established with great infrastructures. One in Kombone Bakundu village and the other in Ndoi Bakundu village.
But over time the government of Cameroon created government secondary schools in these areas where these Bakundu schools are established. Consequently, these Bakundu schools could no longer compete with these government schools in population. Managing these schools became a problem since enrollment was low to generate enough funds.
BACDU-USA identified the need to raise the competitiveness and standards of these schools considering how much our parents have invested in the schools.
At the BACDU-USA general assembly meeting in July 2017 funds were allocated and the first phase of the project (i.e. information gather to better understand the depth of the problems, key players or stakeholders and other issue that will help define measurable project objectives and high-level activities to reach the project goal) was initiated by our field volunteer, Dr. Doreen Mekunda (lecturer at Buea University) and team.
However, this project has been put on hold due the current Anglophone crisis. With time BACDU-USA is determined to her goal.
See progress report attached (included are pictures)
BACDU-USA: Strengthening Collaboration with Partners:
In our July 2018 convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, JRFI-USA-INC. (John Retreat Foundation International USA, Inc. and with Gideon Ticha, current Chairman, President and CEO of this organization) was our Quest Speaker. Thanks to Tata Daniel Esoe facilitating the meeting. To confirm our determination to partner with this organization, BACDU-USA Executive Committee representatives met on April 14, 2019.
At this meeting, JRFI-INC extended her invitation, Saturday May 11, 2019 BACDU-USA to participate in an event titled “Light of Cameroon Festival” in the city of Tyrone, Georgia and to lead in the Coronation of the founding member of JRFI-USA-INC.
Scholarship related Information going on in the Bakundu Area
Training related Information going on in the Bakundu Area
Survey related Information going on in the Bakundu Area