1. Eco-Camp Project: (Funded by Lush Charity pot)
The alarming deforestation, devastating climate change and the deterioration environment puts the future of our children to questions. Children suffer most in the face of all this calamities but their voices and stories are hardly heard. Our generation is responsible for all this environment calamities but yet we are not doing enough to address them. Against this back drop, Meg Wah (My Earth) had dedicated effort towards children (Raising Young Environmental Ambassadors).Meg Wah initiated the Eco-Camp project for children (5 to 15 years) in and around the Mt Cameroon National Park for an experiential environmental education. The goal of the Eco-Camp is to Raise Young Environmental Ambassadors that will champion the course for a greener, sustainable and safer planet earth.
The Eco-Camp project ran for 2 months with over 100 children. The children received both indoor and outdoor environmental education. The children visited the Limbe Botanic Garden, Limbe Wildlife Center, Family Flower garden at Mile 15, HYSACAM head office etc. Award of prizes to top 10 and award of certificates of participation for all the participating children crown the project in a remarkable Eco-Camp closing ceremony. Some of the children are now developing orchards of indigenous fruit trees, some leading environmental clubs in school and others developing flowers gardens in their neighborhoods.
What Next: Eco-Camp is an annual project and we are calling on supporters and partners to feel very free to contact us so together we can implement the next Eco-Camp
2. Meg Wah has trained 15 unemployed youths within fako division, south west region of Cameroon as volunteer ambassadors for environmental protection. The training was aimed at giving them leadership skills and practical skills to conduct environmental education lessons outside the class room. The leadership skills among others includes; effective communication, critical thinking, project management basics, managing people and time. At the end of their training, they are presently working with Meg Wah to teach outdoor environmental education in kindergartens and secondary schools within fako division.
3. Meg Wah is currently carrying on a pilot agroforestry project in a village named Tali1, South West Region of Cameroon.
The goal of the project is to reduce deforestation and enhance livelihoods. Meg Wah wants to create a tree nursery with 3000 agroforestry trees that will benefit 30 trained cocoa farming families. Elementary school children will function as caretakers of the trees. In the long run the project will increase the carbon sink, water and nutrient retention ability of the Tali1 community. If successful, the project will be replicated to benefit other families in the region.
4. In line with our ambition to raise Young Environmental Ambassadors to champion the course for a greener, healthier and safer planet earth, we have instituted a program called “Community Orchards for Kids by Kids. This project seeks to break the cycle of deforestation and overexploitation of land by combining environmental stewardship and economic opportunity. We envisage training 3000 local children between the ages of 5 and 6 on developing and maintaining an orchard over the next 5 years.
Thanks to the support and collaboration of World Connect (a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City), we just launch the first phase of the Community Orchards for Kids by Kids project where 20 local children will plant and care for 100 fruit-producing trees. The fruit will then be sold to create economic incentives for villagers as a method in which to prevent further cutting and burning of the precious forests.
5. The survival and conservation of the last group of the critically endangered Cross River Gorillas, the endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee and the vulnerable African forest Elephant in the Wabane highlands is under threat due to pressure from the increasing population and unsustainable farming practices. According to the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), rapid population growth and unsustainable cocoa cultivation in and around the area is responsible for rapid deforestation and a threat to it
rich biodiversity conservation.
Meg Wah with the support of the New England Biolabs foundation implementing a project to harness and scale up a hidden local sustainable solution proving to be a panacea to
deforestation in and around the Tofala Hill wildlife sanctuary.