Davide Delvai, Italy 2017

Davide Delvai, Italy 2017

My goals were to help with the various activities concerning the different projects both in manual and intellectual way. My personal goals were to experience a different way of living, without all the comforts that I use to have and to
understand more my personal soft skills.

Concerning the Madiba project during the morning I was teaching to the teenager Italian and IT class. During the afternoon classes, in the hospital, I was assisting the IT and sometimes the English teachers. Regarding the WaLi project, since I do not speak French I was mostly the photographer and kind of assistant of the other member of the teams, the same for iciangoua.net.

I was completely out of my comfort zone. I tried to do my best to stay with everyone, to help during the various activities and to not complaining when there where something that I did not like.

Web&Development foundation give you the opportunity to do many things. First of all to stay in touch with the African culture, you will be immerse in a local village, where people live with few coins per days. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to teach different topics to kids, teenagers and adults, which give you the ability to see
how effective you are to explain things to people. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to sensibilise the local populations regarding some important issues, like having drinkable water in the house and the importance to be connected on the web for doing business. In addition to that, you will have the opportunity to share the house with local volunteering and from other people from all over the world. Therefore, it is a good opportunity to do something good, to help and empower people and to discover a different culture.

Davide Delvai, Italy 2017

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Francesca Gigliotti, Italy 2017

My goals to work with Webdevfoundation were know the new culture in the real environment and have a good experience with children and also with the others volunteers of difference country. I would like to know the real life of the persons that live so far then my city because I know several people from Africa then coming in Europe in this period and with this experience I would like to have a new informations about the real life of people in the little village.

I expected to know the Cameroonian life in the little village and the real situation of people that live in a small reality. I expected also to work with the children.

 

I participated like observator in this project:
a. Education project:
When I arrived there was a closure school party for the children, the weeks before my arriving in Bangoua others volunteers works in this project and they have organized language programs for them (English, Italian, Spanish and Chinese). There was also other project in the hospital: IT and English class.

b. WaLi:
I was also in the field for the “WaLi” project about the situation of water in the village. We went in the field and collected information with a form about domestic water situation of the village in Bangoua. This is an initial part of the project that will continue in October. This project is very interesting for help the people that live in the village to have a better live and safe life.

My experience in 10 key points:

1. Have a Cross-cultural experience
2. Know Real life in a real little village in Cameron
3. Have the opportunity to development your personal and professional life
4. Share experience with your friends when you back home
5. Have the new knowledge
6. Development own capacity to leave together and spend time to speak about the difference
culture
7. Smile with the children that weak up you with their play
8. Back home with the new experience and wonderful new friends
9. Grow up and have a new open mind
10. Have new things to share in own country

Francesca Gigliotti, Italy 2017

Madiba Cameroon Project 2017

Madiba Cameroon Project 2017

As every year since 2011, the Madiba Cameroon caravan for its seventh consecutive year lays its bags once more on the land of Bangoua, birth lands of the founder of WebDev Foundation.

It is around July 23 that the first international volunteers will tread the ground of the project, joining the group of Cameroonians present on the scene since July 3rd. We will count a total of 6 internationals and 7 nationals who in a dynamic of interculturality, exchange and sharing were able to move for 5 consecutive weeks at the Evangelical College of Bangoua about 90 young people and children from 4 to 23 years old. Activities as each year are furnished around education and capacity building in the areas of ICT, Languages, Health, Educational Games …

We have also had, as in the past, a good part of our time devoted to the relationship with the community via the Protestant hospital of Bangoua, notably in the delivery of evening classes in Computer Science and English to the employees and trainees of the institution. We shall be honored this year by the participation of the hierarchy, in particular the Secretary General and the Director. The 4 weeks spent with these people will allow us not only to initiate for some, but also to update the knowledge for other and finally to build a small network of continuous assistance to these same beneficiaries.

Improvements or innovations this year include the Italian and Spanish courses that young people have received with great enthusiasm, and the role-playing games that have encouraged young people to develop their teamwork skills, acceptance of other, but also criticism, fair play and the resolution of difficult problems or situations.

A very innovative and highly appreciated activity was “Suprise to my mom” propelled by His Majesty the King of Bangoua. In short, it is a day of surprise to any mother of the village. The initiative comes from the fact that there are elderly people in the village who no longer have enough strength to meet some of their necessary needs such as: Going to the field, harvesting, drawing water … then during the project, we choose among the participants one of their mother and go to her on a Saturday by surprise and carry out an activity. In 2017 we transported wood from about 2km for one of the Queen Mothers of the Bangoua Superior Chief, to show our respect to our mothers. In the years to come, we would like to carry out such actions throughout the community and this will become a habit within young people environment.

The Madiba Cameroon 2017 project will end around July 20 with a donation of +/- 18kg of essential medicines and 6 blood pockets to save lives, and finally an appointment made for 2018. It is with sadness that the team will leave this beautiful village, this paradise on earth that has welcomed us for so many years.

Linda Koenigsmann (Allemagne) 2013

Linda Koenigsmann (Allemagne) 2013

lindaCameroun…qu’est-ce que je savais avant d‘être venue ? Pas beaucoup. Bien sur, le séjour était bien organisé par Bobga Gerald et Hope Foundation/ Clotaire Ntienou et WEBDEV Foundation, quand même, je ne savais pas exactement où je vais rester, où je vais travailler avec qui je vais vivre. Une fois arrivée à l’aéroport, j’ai été frappée par la chaleur…;-) le transport à travers de Douala, la nuit dans le bus pour arriver à Bangoua, le village où je passai mes deux mois, était un tour d’un alentour jamais vu. Situé dans les montagnes, avec le sable rouge typique pour l’Afrique je me sentais dès le début à l’aise. Je n’aurais pas pu tomber mieux sur ma famille d’accueil. Je dirais que famille d’accueil n’est pas le bon mot, plutôt ma famille à l’autre côté du monde. Elle était super accueillante est tout de suite j’étais la fille, la sœur, la cousine.

Après une présentation au Collège Evangélique de Bangoua et à l’Ecole primaire de Ndepnou, je commençais à travailler un jour après. Il n’y avait pas beaucoup de temps pour s’habituer… juste deux heures d’observation à l’école primaire qui m’ont montré une manière d’éducation marqué par la force. Ca je ne pouvais pas accepter pour mes propres cours (Anglais, EPS, Allemand). Je voulais savoir si ca marche aussi sans le bâton comme deuxième maître. Je dois dire que les deux premières semaines étaient dures, je devais m’habituer aux enfants, les enfants à la blanche. Mais avec les cadeaux amenés de l’Allemagne j’arrivais à motiver mes enfants. Les cours d’EPS faisaient trop de plaisir pour moi comme professeur car je voyais des enfants qui profitaient de pouvoir se bouger pendant le long jour sur les banques. Mais je vous dis, planifier des cours d’EPS sans avoir un seul maillot, un plot, un ballon, une ligne, pas d’internet, pas de livres, c’est vraiment difficile. On apprend de travailler avec les circonstances, les conditions et il faut devenir créatif. Tout l’effort vaut le coup, les enfants te redonnent tout ! Ils commencent à s’adapter, à travailler avec toi, à sourire… La plus belle des choses était que tous les enfants du village me connaissaient et n’importe où je passais, ils me saluaient : « Bonjour Madame Linda !! ».

Avant d’aller à Cameroun, je me suis promenée par des entreprises et boutiques en demandant des petits dons. Grace à eux, je pouvais réaliser une motivation (crayons de couleur – Volksbank ; ballons, des Jojos – VEKA ; stylos, billes – Deutsche Bank) et du plaisir (donation des brosses à dents aux petits enfants du village – Zahnärztekammer Westfalen-Lippe ). Une entreprise, le VEKA AG qui m’a offert un don de 400 €, m’a donné la possibilité d’acheter six tableaux, six poubelles pour l’école primaire et le collège et de restaurer le terrain du saut en hauteur du collège. L’achat de don se passait en coopération avec les organisations qui s’occupaient de mon séjour (Hope Foundation, Berlin et Webdev Foundation, Yaoundé).

La vie quotidienne ? Je l’aimais beaucoup parce qu’on passe beaucoup plus du temps avec sa famille (il n’y pas l’entrainement, les cours de musique, les rendez-vous avec les amis etc.…). Déjà l’heure de se lever et de se coucher est décalée, on se lève beaucoup plus tôt, vers 6h et on se couche vers 21h. Laver la lessive et les chaussures avec les mains, faire la cuisine sur le feu du bois, cultiver les champs (j’ai eu cinq ampoules ! 😀 ), prendre la douche avec le sceau, aller chercher de l’eau, avoir toujours une torche avec soi au cas de coupure…Les dimanches on va à l’église qui prend trois heures et je n’aurais jamais pu imaginer comment les Africaines sont croyants (Merci Tata Trésor). Ils rendent la grâce au Seigneur.

Après les deux mois je devais dire au revoir à mes sœurs Jojo et Manu, à Maman Jacky, à Billy et Trésor. Dire aux revoir à mes enfants en savant que je ne vais peut-être jamais les revoir, ca fait du mal…

Merci à vous, Clotaire et Bobga, pour l’organisation !!

Linda Koenigsmann, Allemagne. Volontaire 2013

Tanja Aumer (Germany) 2013

Tanja Aumer (Germany) 2013

tanjaDespite of some difficulties, it was interesting to see how a NGO in Africa is working and I learnt to learn out of my mistakes and mistakes of others. So I see it nevertheless positive as an experience where one can learn from. I also think that everyone did a lot of efforts for the project and everyone tried to give the best.
Tanja Aumer (Germany) 2013

Robert Hör (Germany) 2013

Robert Hör (Germany) 2013

P1060268The first days we spent at the school were used to deliver the same sessions like in the orphanage. In workshops adapted to the classes we implemented them. Afterwards we split us up. Everyone had one class to teach a language.

I had the oldest children and tried to deliver them the German language. Therefore the teachers made us two hours available. So we spent Monday, Wednesday and Friday in school. Although was the Wednesday an exception because on Wednesday there was always the sport day. During the sport day we delivered German games like “British bulldog one two three” or “Völkerball”.

In addition we spent every day in school around 30 minutes to play with the children of the “ecole maternelle”. I taught them some easy songs. At the end of our time there was a big closing ceremony. During this ceremony we showed the parents what we taught the children. For example sang my children a German song and spoke some dialogues about the basics of a language.

During the four weeks I taught them how to greet, to speak about their feelings, to count, the fruits, how to say where they live and the family structure. Grammatically I explained them the present conjugation of verbs ending in –er and some irregular verbs.

Furthermore the children showed us traditional dances and dresses during the ceremony. Finished by warm words of saying thank you and self-painted pictures we closed our project in the school with a common traditional lunch.

Robert Hör (Germany) 2013

Ana De La Barra (Brazil) 2013

Ana De La Barra (Brazil) 2013

anaMy personal goal was to have an impact on the children, teach them subjects that would be usefull and inspire them. Also encourage them to be curious and interested in the world different cultures, news and information, but mostly to study, that way they can change their life for better, to be ambitious and think big. I also wanted to see the real life in Africa and visit the country that is known for being Africa in miniature.

On Monday and Friday mornings we gave health, language and culture sessions in the school (my sessions in particular were washing hands and brushing teeth), assisted the teachers in everything they needed and played with the kids during break. On Wednesdays mornings we successful implemented the sports day at school, a day in which we danced and played different sports with the pupils.

On Tuesdays and Thursday mornings we worked in the administrative part of the ngo, mostly planning the next project, the Summer Project 2013, designing booklets and dropping letters for possible sponsors.

Every working day from 17h to 19h we were at the orphanage, either delivering sessions or playing with the children. Until the 3rd week of the project we only went to one orphanage but on the last two weeks we worked also on a second orphanage (every Wednesday and Friday afternoon and Saturday morning), so on Wednesday and Friday we splited the team in 2 in order to go to both orphanages.

Ana De La Barra (Brazil) 2013