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Itongi Basusu, Esa Retaka !

REPORT OF OROKO USA 2023 PROJECTS COMMITTEE

Members:

  1. Tata Mosongo Nanje
  2. Iya Caroline Pufong
  3. Tata Edimo Andrew
  4. Iya Diale Fomukong

Goal:

Identify vocational trades, find trainers and request for applications from interested Oroko people, to be sponsored by OCA-USA, with the aim of building capacity and growing wealth within our community.

Findings:

The committee held several meetings via zoom in a bid to reach its goals set out above and came up with the following findings:

  1. Trades: The following areas of vocational trades were identified for placement of selected candidates:
  2. Fashion designing/Tailoring
  3. Masonry
  4. Catering
  5. Motor Mechanics/Driving
  6. Welding
  7. Hair dressing
  8. Nursing assistant
  9. Survey
  10. Other: candidates were allowed to suggest areas of vocational training.

Action:

Following directives from the national President on the allotment per clan, we contacted the various clan representatives to shop for and provide us with their candidates. A draft application was then prepared for distribution to candidates. Once the applications were returned and vetted, we prepared contracts to send out to both the trainees and trainers. After receiving the contracts, we requested for funds from the national executive to the pay for the training.  

  1. Trainers/Training Centers:

The following trainers/training centers were identified/contacted for placement of candidates:

  1. Nyongo James Etongwe (Etongwe and Sons Tailoring – Fashion design/Tailoring) – Buea Road, Kumba Tel: (+237) 672-243-309;
  2. Cameroon Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) – Great Soppo Buea, Tel: (+237) 233-322-587;
  3. Swiss Association for Technical Assistance (S.A.T.A. – Carpentry, Masonry etc.) SATA Street, Kumba
  4. Okolle Justin Namangia – Agrovisc Buea-Agriculture and Animal husbandry – Tel: (+237) 674-534-786
  5. Barake Nke Brandon – TEL: (+237) 683-744-940 – Graphic Designer
  6. Bokanda Monica Otowe -Limbe– Tel: (237) 678-402-271-Beauty Salon Trainer
  7. Ngundue Gideon-Douala – Tel: (237) 676-610-506 – Motor Electrician
  8. Bekindaka Godwin –Kumba Tel: (237) 677-568-225 – Welder
  9. Nemba Alfred – Kumba Tel: (237) 679-598-974 – Motor Mechanic
  10. Naty’s Cakes and Pastries – Yaounde Tel: (237) 680-287-595 Pasteries 

     

    C. Trainees.    

      Based on the agreed selection criteria, the following candidates were selected for placement, in collaboration with the various clans’    representatives.

Nbr #Trainee / LocationVillage & ClanTradeTrainer / Address
1Niongo Naomi Nema - LimbeMasaka / Mbonge NursingA&H Institute of Health Management-Limbe +237 676-186-717
2Fomba Valerie – Buea 3 Corners Bekondo/MbongeAnimal FarmingAgnes Nanyongo Ekema – Buea +237 652-151-170
3Brandon Mosima Diange – KumbaMatondo II/MbongeWeldingOIC Buea +237 233-322-586
4Brandon Mukete Mosina – Kumba Kake II/BakunduGlassWork - LimbeSt. Glory Orphanage – Limbe +237 677-526-728
5Jean Nku Mukwelle-Banga BakunduBanga Bakundu/BakunduMotor Mechanics/DrivingNgu David & Bros Mechanics - Kumba +237 674-089-088
6Mukete Hans Noto-KumbaMbu Bakundu – BakunduMoto Mechanics/DrivingDieudonne Cholabi-Tiko +237 651-234-665
7Mokumba Christiana Lobe-KumbaEkombe Liongo/BamussoNursing AssistantRapha Health Institute-Kumba +237 676-377-244
8Faith Irene Ituka-YaoundeNgoloCateringNaty’s Cakes and Pastries – Yaounde 237-680287595
9Nanji Dionda Ngumere - YaoundeBeoko - NgoloWeldingYannick Welding Shop Yaounde +237 673-373-629
10Oroh Vincent Lakise - BueaItoki - BakunduMotor MechanicsOIC-Buea +237 233-322-586
11Anamani Stacy - KumbsDibonda - BatangaNursing AssistantRapha Health Institute-Kumba +237 676-377-244
12Esono Rene Motina-Ekondo-TitiItali - BatangaMasonryOIC-Buea +237 233-322-586
13Nekongo Sharon Nema-KumbaWeme - BalondoFashion Design/TailoringEtongwe & Sons Tailoring Kumba +237 672-243-309
14Jane Jelly Mungonge-KumbaEbobe - BalueNursing AssistantRapha Health Institute-Kumba +237 676-377-244
15Elangwe Elizabeth Ule-KumbaEbobe - BalueFashion Design/TailoringJustine Delco – Kumba +237 680-661-102
16Motale Otance Ngonde - KumbaBisoro - BalueNursing AssistanceEPVTC – Kumba +237 671-003848
17Theresia Fembe Epie-LimbeBafaka - BalueHair DressingClair Beauty Saloon Limbe+237675182682
18Nambangi Peter Elangwe-DoualaBig Bekondo - MbongeElectricityHigh Tech Bilingual High School – Douala +237 653-863-155
19Ekondo Hannah MosumeKake II - BakunduProject ManagementDione Precious Abwe Betika Enterprise Institute-Kumba +237 673-061-095

Vocations Summary:

  1. Nursing Assistant – 5
  2. Motor Mechanics – 3
  3. Welding – 2
  4. Fashion Design – 2
  5. Electricity – 1
  6. Catering – 1
  7. Hair Dressing – 1
  8. Masonry – 1
  9. Project Management – 1
  10. Animal Farming – 1
  11. Glasswork – 1

Recommendations:

  1. That a contract be signed with each candidate, to complete the training and with each trainer to train the candidates in exchange for the training fee to be paid by OCA-USA.
  2. Clan coordinators will hold their candidates accountable while OCA-USA will hold coordinators accountable for their candidates.
  3. OCA-USA to appoint a Project coordinator within the executive to follow up project and provide feedback.
  4. That a progress chart be maintained to track the progress and performance of the candidates throughout the period of training.
  5. OCA-USA should consider purchasing tools and equipment needed by candidates to set up their own business upon completion of their training.
  6. Trained candidates who successfully complete training, pledge to take in and train other Oroko people interested in their trade at a reduced fee or for free.
  7. Trainers/trainees to take and post videos during training and at graduation, to be posted on the OCA-USA website.

Payments made for vocational training are as follows:

  1. Nanji Dionda Ngumere-$576.40 Welding in Yaounde
  2. Theresia Fembe-$334.96 Hair Dressing in Limbe
  3. Mungonge Jane Jelly-$236.16 Nursing Assistant in Kumba
  4. Fomba valerie-$575.33 Animal farming in Buea
  5. Nambangi Peter Elangwe-$575.33 Electricity in Douala
  6. Elangwe Elizabeth Ule-$395.91 Tailoring in Kumba
  7. Mukete Hans Noto-$594.30 Mechanic in Kumba
  8. Faith Irene-$206.25 Catering in Yaounde
  9. Niongo Naomi Nema-$593.91 Nursing in Limbe
  10. Esono Rene Motina $593.27 Masonry in OIC Buea
  11. Brandon Mosina $590.16 Glassworks in Limbe
  12. Motale Otance Ngonde-$437.51 Nursing Assistant (first year) in Kumba
  13. Anamani Stayci-$504.58 for Nursing Assistant in Kumba
  14. Mokumba Christiana Lobe-$504.58 for Nursing Assistant in Kumba
  15. Brandon Mosima Diange-$574.42 for Welding at OIC Buea
  16. Oroh Vincent Lakise $578.25 for Motor Mechanics at OIC Buea
  17. Ekondo Hannah Mosume $395.88 for Nursing Assistant in Kumba.
  18. Jean Nku Mukwelle $583.76 for Motor Mechanics in Kumba
  19. Nekongo Sharon Nema 291.21 for Project Management in Kumba

Total amount received $9,000

Total amount disbursed $9,124.27 (Deficit Balance $124.27)

 

Elders receive benches donated to Gov't Primary School Illor - Balondo
The Pupils of Gov't Primary School Boa-Balondo ( Bamuso SubDivision) celebrate gift of benches from OCAUSA
Bad roads hampered the distribution process

School Bench Project 2016.

CLASSROOM BENCH PROJECT IN CAMEROON REPORT:

This report is a narrative of how the Oroko-USA Association managed to launch the Classroom Bench Project in Cameroon. The project should be considered to be the first phase of how Oroko-USA can help improve the dilapidated conditions of our Oroko primary schools; especially with regards to the falling classroom standards . In honesty, many critics may not see the gift of ten (10) benches to a school as a big deal, the kind of criticism I already faced in Cameroon . Their take is that an association such as ours ought to donate between 100-200 benches per school, as ten (10) benches mean nothing to schools with full enrollments. In as much as this sounded very challenging, I laughingly responded by stating that to get to a higher level, one must start from the bottom or from the scratch. The main objective was to see that the project successfully takes-off before my return to the States. For that reason and probably other reasons, I endeavored to see that “many hands were on deck”, especially the involvement of some distinguished elites. The apparent way of doing this was through meetings which at the end I satisfyingly came to a conclusion that they were a better path to take. Arrived in Cameroon on 02/03/16 and without waste of time, contacted Chief Miller Bokako of Douala on 02/05/16 to notify him that I was in the country. He told me of perfect timing because there was an upcoming meeting at Big Bekondo on Saturday, Feb 5, 2016. I did not attend the meeting due to jet-lag. Chief Miller told me that there was going to be a meeting on Sunday, Feb 6, 2016 at Vianello Hotel to welcome me and to update me on the deliberations at the Big Bekondo meeting. Sunday, Feb 6, 2016 Meeting. The meeting took place at Vianello Hotel in Kumba at 3:00pm. Four (4) people were in attendance: 1. Tata Samuel S. Diony, 2. Chief Miller Bokako of Douala, 3. Chief Obie Moleke Mathias of Mundemba and 4. Rev. Chief Ekole Edward Sona of Ekombe Bonji. They presented to me a list of the people in attendance at the Big Bekondo meeting and the issues discussed; bench project being a center piece of their discussion.

Monday, Feb 7, 2016 Meeting.

This meeting was held at the same location and started at 9:00am. The following were in attendance:

1. Tata Samuel S. Diony 2. Chief Milla Bokako 3. Chief Obie Moleke Mathias 4. Rev. Chief Ekole Edward Sona 5. Chief Dr. Blessed Okole of Big Bekondo 6. Tata Mosongo Mathias 7. H.R.H. Chief Frederick Mutanga of Bofo 8. Tata ltoe Harrison of Maromba Boa 9. Peter Diba (our Oroko man private carpenter in Kumba).

This was a unique meeting in that besides increase in attendance, a wide range of topics was covered. – How to expedite the desk project before the coming rains, considering the project to be a charitable project by involving Gov’t Technical Schools so that many of our Oroko students in the schools can be involved in the production process, looking into the cost per bench and transportation to the designated sites other related topics.

Carpenter Peter Diba who was invited to the meeting for this purpose helped give us prize analysis. He began by stating that a finished bench could cost between 17,000 francs CFA to 20,000 francs CFA. He stated that the quotes did not include transportation of the finished product to the delivery sites; adding that production cost per bench is expensive due to scarcity of planks, especially in local markets. For the purpose of getting an overall estimate per bench, I insisted that he gives us a break-down of prizes per bench. The carpenter’s break down of cost per bench was as follows: – 1plank = 8,000 francs, multiplied by 2 = 16,000 frs. He multiplied the price by 2 because it takes 2 planks to complete a single bench. – Plaining = 600 francs X 2 = 1,200 francs – Grooving =2,000 X 2 = 4,000 francs – Seizing = 100 francs X 2 = 200 francs – Nails per kilo = 1,000frs X the number of kilos needed to complete 260 benches Labor per bench= 5,000frcs X 260 = 1,300,000 francs CFA * * It must be noted that transportation & coupling costs at the site of recipient schools were not included. Besides, the idea of one carpenter to handle this bulk of production did not sit well with me and some other members. We decided to move forward with the comparable quotes.

From this point on, it became very imperative that we focus on dealing with Government Technical Schools, not only to negotiate for a better deal, but also to ensure that the bulk of the project is efficiently handled. Monday; Feb. 14, 2016 Meeting . This was a four-man meeting between Tata Samuel S. Diony, Chief Milla Bokako, Mr. Ekwoge Narcusse Ajebe – Principal of Government Technical High School Kumba and his Production Manager, Mr. Nkwelle Andreas. We deliberated on the production of 260 benches as they itemized the following: 7,000 francs per bench X 260 = 1,820,000 Francs CFA Nails per bench = SOOfrcs X 260 = 130,000 francs Sand Paper per bench = SOOfrcs X 260 = 130,000francs Labor per bench = 1,SOOfrcs X 260 = 390,000francs, CFA Total cost = 2,470,000 francs CFA ** Again, the above total cost did not include transportation and coupling costs to the recipient schools. I did not jum p into conclusion to accept this offer as I looked forward to see what other Technical Schools may offer, including coupling and transportation factors.


Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 Meeting .

Tata Samuel S. Diony and Chief Milla Bokako travelled to Bombe Bakundu for a meeting with Mr. Abunaw Casmira, principal of Gov’t. Technical School, Bombe. Not much was achieved in this meeting because Mr. Abunaw told us that he could not help us due to the age of his school; barely two (2) years old with no equipment to engage into such a big project. However, he recommended a private carpenter who he believed was efficient to do the job. He assured us that he and the recommended carpenter were going to attend the meeting of 02/27/16 so that the carpenter could do his presentation. Unfortunately, neither Mr. Abunaw nor the carpenter showed up in the meeting. Since my objective was to involve and work with many elites as possible, I got some phone #s and contacted the following dignitaries to attend the 02/27/16 meeting at Vianello hotel in Kumba: H/M Dr. Ofonda Esoh ltoh of Ekondo Titi Chief Efemba Emmanuel of Mundamba Chief John Orume of Mundamba Chief Mbile of Batanga and Chief Charles Mekanya of Bakoko.

Chief John Orume and Chief Mbile were apologetic for their failure to attend the meeting as they were engaged with other serious matters. Both praised Oroko-USA for the effort to put the bench project together and pledged to give their support for the success of the project. H/M Dr. Ofonda Esoh ltoh gave me his word to attend the meeting. It was such an honor to see him in the meeting. Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 Meeting. Start time of this meeting was 9:00am with the following in attendance: Chief Obie Moleke Mathias of Mundemba Rev. Chief Ekole Edward Sona of Ekombe Benji Mr. Nyando Valentine Asikoro, Supervisor of Primary schoo ls, Ekondo Titi H/M Dr. Ofonda Esoh ltoh of Ekondo Titi Chief Milla Bokako of Douala Tata Samuel Diony and Mr. Mukwelle Andreas, Production Manager of Government Techn ical High School, Kumba. Discussion was based on issues such as: Decentralization of distribution centers, Production cost, Formation of financial committee, etc. Decentralization of distribution centers was taken into consideration in order to reduce transportation cost and proximity to the recipient schools. That in mind, the following decentralized centers were created: Kumba, EkondoTiti and Mundemba.

The following recipient villages fell under Kumba Center: ljowe Big Bekondo Ekama Village Boa Bakundu Ebobe Esukutan Ediki Mbonge lbemi Banga Bekele Bombangi Bombele Matondo2 Konye Dikome Ekombe Benji.

** Fifteen (15) villages for One hundred and fifty (150) benches. The following recipient villages fell under Ekondo Titi Center: Boa Balondo, Bafaka llor, Mbonge Maromba ** Four {4) villages for 40 benches. The following recipient villages fell under Mundemba Center: Toko P/S Mundemba Meka Ngolo Ngenye Beoko Ngolo Lipenja 2 Ndian Town ** Seven (7) villages for 70 benches. **Total No. of benches for the 3 centers equal: 150+40+70 = 260 benches. Production cost per center: 1. Kumba Center: 150 benches for 1,695,000 francs CFA, including materials, labor transportation and coupling at the site. 2. Mundemba Center: 70 benches for 980,000 francs CFA, including transportation labor and coupling at the site. 3. EkondoTiti Center : 40 benches for 560,000 francs CFA ,including transportation labor and coupling at the site. Total amount of production cost for the Three (3) centers = 1,695,000 francs + 980,000 francs CFA + 560,000 francs CFA = 3,235,000 francs CFA.

Advance payments made to the Center Heads: 1. Kumba Center = 800,000 francs; Balance = 1,695,000 minus 800,000 francs =895,000 francs CFA. 2. Mundemba Center = 500,000 francs; balance = 980,000 minus 500,000 = 480,000 frs 3. Ekondo Titi Center = 300,000 francs; balance = 560,000 minus 300.000 =260,000 frs Total outstanding payments when project is completed = 895,000 + 480,000 + 260,000 = 1,635,000 francs CFA . ** It must be noted that the disbursement of advance payments was a decision made by the Financia l Committee which comprised of the following members: Chief Obie Moleke, M r. Valentine Nyando and Barrister Verine Ekole, chair of the committee. To enhance the supervision of the project and expedite the accomplishment in a timely manner, members agreed to put aside the sum of Three hundred and twenty {320,000} francs CFA to cover travelling costs, feeding, etc. for the volunteer coordinators to the sites.

In Summary, on 02/28/16, Barrister Verine Ekole, chairman of the financial committee , received from the treasurer the sum of Two Million CFA (2,000,000 CFA) for advance payments and traveling expenses. A receipt was issued to the treasurer for the amount withdrawn from her coffers. In conclusion,the statistical figures in this report are subject to correction,just in case there are erroneous calculations. Second, it’s with some dismay to point out that to undertake a project in our homeland, we should not take things for granted; everyone has his/her interest. It’s just the norm of the day; “Nothing goes for nothing”. On the other hand, Ihave to admit, there was much cooperation and enthusiasm for the project as a whole. Schools can’t wait to receive their benches. Note: Attached is a handwritten document reflecting the signatures of Barrister Varine Ekole for the monies he was responsible to give out.

Report By : Tata Samuel S. Diony

National Vice President. OROKO-USA.

Gov’t Secondary School, – Dikome Balue

Pens & Raincoats Project 

Oroko Cultural Association is a not-for-profit/tax exempt organization as defined by IRS Code 501(c) (3) in the United States of America serving the people of America and Cameroon. It was engaged in numerous projects to provide assistance to Oroko people motivating them to reach their full potential by wrestling with the causes of poverty. It promoted Oroko culture by exposing the culture to society in general.

Oroko cultural Association assisted either by creating and operating projects that will directly engaged Oroko people or by partnering with other groups to help Oroko peopleIn addition, we assisted the less privileged with their medical and educational needs in Cameroon. We completed pen, pencil, raincoat, and book projects; itemized as Pens 23,745, Pencils 17,062, and Raincoats 5,200. The pens, pencils, and raincoats were presented to students to assist them with their school supplies.

We recently shipped a 40 ft. container of books for a project entitled “Books for Knowledge and Empowerment” to establish community libraries in the remote areas of Oroko land in Cameroon. Books for Africa partnered with us to ship a 40 ft. container of books to Cameroon. In addition, International Goodwill books donated and shipped 10, 000 books to Cameroon. We believe that with the assortment books the students can empower themselves with knowledge and break the circle of poverty and ignorance, paving the way for a better future. With support of Books for Africa, shipment sponsorship of First Presbyterian and individuals, we were able to ship over 40, 000 books to Cameroon to establish reading rooms/libraries in Oroko areas. 

 

Medical staff at Ekondo-Titi Gen. hospital welcome and pose with Tata Ati Adolphus as he tries out the scale donated to the Divisional Hospital
Volunteer - Dr. Ati Stanley offloads donated beds for shipment to Cameroon

A 40 ft. container of medical supplies was shipped to Cameroon. Besides medication, there were 27 Baby cots, 66 beds, 200 adult mattresses, 100 Walkers and 30 Crotches.

OCA–USA DONATES TWO 40 FT CONTAINERS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO OROKO-LAND.
By Andrew Edimo

The Oroko Cultural Association (OCA ) – USA, after shipping over 58000 books last year to the Oroko homeland for the reading rooms/ Libraries project christened, ‘ Books For Knowledge and Empowerment,’ embarked on a medical supplies project this year.

With the diligent vision of their President; Iya Dr. Mercy Mabion OCA – USA (the national body) in collaboration with one of her affiliates (Oroko Cultural Association Georgia Chapter)  were able to ship two 40ft containers of medical supplies to Cameroon to help improve the medical serves in the Oroko area

On August 10, 2012, orokos from the four corners of Cameroon gathered at the Kumba Urban council multi- purpose hall for the distribution of the consignment of the shipped medical supplies as the pictures on this link can tell the story better.

Sincere gratitude goes to the Medshare organization of Atlanta – Georgia, Med wish foundation of Cleveland, Ohio for believing in us and accepting to work with us and making available the consignment of assorted medical supplies which shipped to Cameroon. We thank all our friends and well-wishers who supported us financially or otherwise to see that we accomplish our dream of given medical supplies to our people. We are indebted to all those who supported our 2011 book project because your unflinching support to the realization such major project, was the inspiration that empowered us to undertake a bigger project like medical supplies.

We are indebted to the members of organizing committee in Cameroon who volunteered their time and money to see that the two containers were cleared from the Douala seaport, transported to Kumba, arranged and carried out the distribution diligently.  Last but not least, we are thankful to the few members OCA – USA who stood firm to see that our focus to achieving the project is not derailed.

The Oroko Cultural Association ( OCA) is a canopy organization for all the descendants of the Oroko ethnic group living in the United States of America.  The organization was initiated in 1997 in Atlanta – Georgia and for over a decade, it was able to accomplish little or nothing to impact the Oroko people back home, until the first female President Iya Dr. Mercy Mabian was elected to man the affair of the organization.  She tabled a proactive agenda for the organization and worked selflessly to achieving her goals for the good of the Oroko homeland.

Thanks to her vision and hard work today, Oroko Cultural Association USA is a house hold name in Orokoland

 

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