5 YEARS RETROSPECTIVE SUMMARY REPORT OF THE “SOS JAPAN PROJECT”
(2015 TO 2019)
THANKS TO THE 2014 ASIAN RURAL INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN CONSIDERATION OF THE FACT “THAT WE MAY LIVE TOGETHER”
Written and submitted by -
Atomba Tegwi Titus
NOWEPFA COOP- BOD - Cameroon
P O Box 729 - Bamenda
Details of donation from Japan
Uses of the SOS Support fund
Project impact assessments on Beneficiary communities
Some pictures of the project
Difficulties encountered during project execution
What future for the pig cooperative?
For this project to have recorded a number of successes by giving us a present that
assure us of a brighter future, as we believe strongly in the beauty of our dreams, we will like to
send special words of greetings and appreciation to the following persons whose financial
support gave us the ability to say, dear past thank you for the lessons learnt.
Go Komatsu, yoko Komatsu, Megumi Izumoji, Toru Kumaki, Shu Sato, Akito Ishibashi , Satomi Nishiyama, Yukari Sato, Alan Inglis, Tazuko Arai, Shiho Matsukura, Saori Nagasawa, Rene Dudragne, and friends whose names are not disclosed from world peace, Akinchos, Miwacchi, stmphx and yaknull99rdfr.
We are sorry if we left out some ones name. We equally want to extend our sincere
greetings to all TUC friends of Go Komatsu and those of the Lutheran church, who gave him the
moral support which he actually needed to be able to mobilize these resources alongside his
job responsibilities. Go Komatsu did not only help in mobilizing the needed financial resource,
but also he help to sell the image and advertise the work of the cooperative worldwide through
his relentless efforts in building and up-dating the website of the pig cooperative with project
It is our greatest wish that God almighty continue to bless him and other supporters as well so that in the next 5 years, our cooperative will be able to stand tall amongst other civil society organizations within the North West Region of Cameroon.
This report has no details of the activity /financial report of the different
project s that received support from Japan during the past five years but rather, it takes stock of
the detail income over the period of five years, from 2015 to 2019 with specifications on the
dates of reception.
To have a detail report, one needs to take a look at the cooperative website "http//nowepifac.com" where the reports have all been uploaded.
This report also tries to situate the cooperative in terms of the benefit derived by members from the support coming from abroad. The efforts of other well appreciated partners, like our Dutch partners have not been mentioned here in detail but rather passively.
NB;- *Items 24 and 25 are projected as of 11th September 2019, in anticipation that the currency exchange rate remains same at the time of collecting those sums.
To support to the pig cooperative in putting iron windows and iron door protective cover on the uncompleted cooperative building in Bawock.
Support to a Dutch girl’s initiative in a project titled, ‘A pig from Djouke’ which is aimed at promoting pig farming by providing feed and female piglets to farmers yearly such that beneficiaries pass on the gift to other potential beneficiaries and receive feed from Djouke.
Assist in the construction of pig rearing infrastructure for some of those who are considered unable but are willing to rear pigs in rural communitie
Give support to some internally displaced person during the sociopolitical crisis in Cameroon.
Support for the church construction work of Presbyterian Church Mbomassa - Mankon.
Support to the leading common initiative group of the pig cooperative, Mobile Livestock, in the improvement of the cooperative pig demonstration farm by the construction of a bio-security fence around the farm.
Support in the organization of trainings for members of the pig farmers cooperative within the context of sustaining and promoting activities within the pig farming sector.
Support in the payment of treatment bills of some sick cooperative/community members.
Support in the rehabilitation of a damaged bike used in carrying our door to door, routine prophylactic animal health care services. Damage caused by some fighters of the on-going sociopolitical crisis within the North West region of Cameroon.
Capacity building of leadership skills through supporting international travel fairs to attend an international conference in the United States of America in order to gain greater exposure to farming field realities and create new partnerships for the cooperative.
Many pig farmers have testified that they have been able to pay school fees for their children in schools with money earned from their pig farms
Others have equally testified that they could take care of the health and feeding of their family members due to income from these pig farms.
With knowledge from the different trainings organized by the cooperative, they have been able to curb disease, and improve on their standard of piggery infrastructure.
The spread of tape worms from human to pigs have disappeared as the habit of passing out feces to pigs by human has also been totally eliminated/stopped.
Cooperative own material left in the pig cooperative building in Bawock is now safe from thieves, with the putting in place of iron windows and iron door.
The activity of door to door animal health care is maintained and sustained with the repairs of the damaged motor-bike and the farmers are happy to receive the services at the door steps.
The motto of the cooperative, ‘together we stand divided we fall’ is highly uplifted by the support fund as farmers are forced to keep coming together for meetings with expectation to benefit from the gift of piglet from Djouke /Go .
People displaced by the on-going sociopolitical crisis /war in our country, who were almost losing hope in God, now see some light at the end of the tunnel when receiving the gift of rice and soap/detergent said to be donation from Japan. In short, the spirit of the depressed is uplifted and their hearts are drawn closer to Christ with faith and hope.
Many famers have now taken their example from the Mobile Livestock piggery farm to improve on their infrastructure in terms of bio-security, no doubt.
Where money is found is usually a point of attraction and so coincidentally a cause for some family re-unions and the possible establishment of new relationships such as marriages. Also during cooperative meetings called up to budget/plan the usage of donation money, there is also exchange of pig breeds, sales and purchase of pigs and piglets between farmers.
*Farmers training workshops and community planning /coordination meetings.
*Bawock pig cooperative building supported with iron doors and windows.
*Dutch girl's project, "A Pig From Djouke" re-enforced by SOS Japan project.
*Presbyterian Church Mbomassa received assistant for its construction work.
*Over ten farmers receive support to help improve their piggery infrastructure.
*Prayers for peace, food and detergent support given to internally displaced persons by the sociopolitical crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
*Support for the construction of a bio-security fence round a demonstration piggery farm.
*Support to the sick mother of the pig cooperative project coordinator at the verge of her death. She passed away on 28rd September 2016, may her soul rest in peace.
*Children baptism, service motor-cycle repairs and group meetings animation also receives attention of the SOS Japan project initiative.
Cyber criminality has been a major threat to the life and sustainability of the SOS Japan
initiative as scammers hacked the e-mail of the Cameroon based project coordinator
and made way with the sum of 1,241,993 frs CFA,(249,000 JPY).
It is quite shameful to note that a complaint was filed in to the North West region governor's office on the 12th July 2016, with attached facts and figures,(as shown below), requesting for an investigation into the matter and since then nothing has been done.
This situation is quite challenging and painful as the donor was acting fast
enough in a bit to safe life as the impostor claimed that the child was very sick.
If not of the trust that the donor initially had on the project coordinator, this project could have long come to a stop. Considering the facts we had, we already specified two primary suspects.
Another big challenge of this project was the fact that holding coordination and
planning meetings with farmers has been very difficult due to the on-going sociopolitical
crisis in Cameroon. Communication on phone became a great necessity, thus affecting
each project cost.
With the limited financial sources, it was also a very difficult task during these five years
extending a supporting hand to the many that were in need. How to choose who
benefits became very crucial and tempting with a great need to come up with
comprehensive criteria for selecting beneficiaries and avoiding discrimination amongst
Many farmers that have received support from the SOS Japan initiative have been
internally displaced by the sociopolitical crisis in Cameroon and as they run away, most
of them have abandon their farms struggling to fight first for their safety.
We found so many dishonest farmers who would rather wish to please themselves by
working out of the project demands rather than to consider respecting what an ongoing project requires.
During the execution of the bio-security fence project, the stock of pigs within the
mobile livestock farm reduced drastically as the pigs were sold to raise money to
support the SOS initiative in accomplishing the fence project.
In preparation for a rehabilitation phase of the cooperative and its farmers and the continuous promotion of pig production in its area of jurisdiction, within the frame work of poverty alleviation after the on-going crisis, there is a great need for piglet multiplication and the organization of a number of capacity building training workshops for farmers.
The piglet multiplication project will help to put in place good breeds of sows and a breeding boar that will help to multiply good piglets from where pig farmers that will regain their premises (homes) after the crisis will re-stock their farms with female piglets. From each batch of delivery, a number of piglets from the multiplication farm will be handed for free and supported with some feed such that the Dutch girl, Djouke Elferink’s model initiative of POG (Passing on the Gift) can continue to exist sustainably without interruption.
An elaboration of the vision of the Pig farmers’ cooperative in view of benefiting thousands of the rural masses settled within the North West Region will be exposed in a number of project proposals such as;
1. “PIG FARM REHABILITATION AND PIGLET MULTIPLICATION PROJECT PROPOSAL”.
2. “INERGRATED FARM IMPUT SUPPLIES AND MARKETING/DISTRIBUTION TRUCK”.
3. “PROMOTING PIG PRODUCTION, COMPOSTING AND KITCHEN GARDENING FOR SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD/ANIMAL PRODUCTION IN BAWOCK, BABA-NDOP, MANKON AND MOMO”.
4. “PIG SLAUGHTER HOUSE/FEED PRODUCTION AND PORK SALES SERVICE”.
Potential donor individuals or organizations that may be interested in any one of the
above four project proposals of our cooperative and want a concept note prior to a complete
proposal, please, do not hesitate to contact us on any of the emails below;-
Tel;- (237) 677 57 85 99 OR,
(237) 677 40 77 11.
You may know more about some of our past activities from this website;-
”WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING FOR OTHERS “, THE BIBLE SAYS!
Go Komatsu (left), and friend at the Bethel series summer seminar in the US; 20-25 July 2019.
”COME TO ME ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TIED FROM CARRYING HEAVY LOAD AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST”
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