As part of its social program called “Tout cœur” (All heart), Canal Plus has given FEDEC a donation worth five hundred thousand (500,000) francs as well as school kits consisting of notebooks, boxes, pens, bags, etc. for Bakola/Bagyéli students at the Ngoyang residence.
A ceremony to receive the donation was organized at the Ngoyang residence on December 22, 2020.
Conceived as a team-building center par excellence for Bakola/Bagyéli/Bantou cultures, the purpose of the Ngoyang residence is to welcome and accommodate young Bakola/Bagyéli students near the school and give them the opportunity of education as well as integration into society.
Not only will the Canal Plus donation make these young people happy, it also gives them hope for success.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, Cuso International and FEDEC signed a partnership agreement.
The objective of this partnership, set for a period of seven years, is to combine the efforts of the two organizations in implementing several components, including improving the living conditions of vulnerable populations.
As part of this partnership agreement, Cuso International will make volunteers available to FEDEC to provide support in various areas of the Foundation. The partnership agreement will be evaluated annually so as to establish potential areas for improvement.
A fresh breeze has blown into the Foundation’s Board of Directors with the arrival of Professor Bonaventure SONKE, who was co-opted during the 45th meeting held on December 17, 2020 in Yaoundé. A man of many hats, Professor SONKE heads the Biology Department at the École Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé I, and is associate researcher at the Missouri Botanical Garden (U.S.A.) as well as the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). A plant taxonomist, he has devoted a large part of his research to classifying the Rubiaceae family. Professor SONKE is also author of a book on the vegetation of Dja East Cameroon entitled Forêts de la Réserve du Dja (Cameroun) and co-author of numerous works that identify tropical forest plants and describe more than 60 new species for science, in addition to numerous other publications.
December 2020 marked the end of Professor Louis ZAPFACK’s mandate as a member of FEDEC’s Board of Directors. Throughout the seven years he served as a Director, his experience helped improve implementation of the Foundation’s programs and projects. A specialist in ecology and botany, he helped ensure the establishment of best environmental practices in Campo-Ma’an and Mbam-Djérem National Parks. A hands-on man, he worked alongside populations living near the Parks and indigenous peoples, with whom he discussed sustainable solutions likely to boost their development.
On December 17, 2020, FEDEC’s Board of Directors held its 45th meeting, chaired by Mr. René BILIOK. The main focus was to examine the activity reports and financial statements of the Foundation’s Administrative Office as well as of its implementing organizations for 2020. The Directors also reviewed action plans and budgets for 2021. At the end of the meeting, the Board of Directors approved the purchase of a piece of land to construct a residence for indigenous Bakola/Bagyéli students in Lolodorf. The Board of Directors also congratulated the Administrative Office for the high quality of its financial management and presentation of accounts.