Our Eco-building community courses had their closing celebration on April 11 at Alegnwi Community hall. It was an afternoon of memories of our time spent together working at various projects. There were images of work, some candid portraits and Better World’s short documentary movies.
This was an opportunity for community members to see what we would be taking into the world.
Much talking and laughter rose when people recognized themselves and their friends.
People may see themselves in a different light when they understand that participating in these projects reaches far beyond the boundaries of this region.
It’s been a busy three months for them: many community work hours were spent on the water catchment project resulting in fresh water for drinking. Women and Youth came to learn natural building at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage where we now have a small eco-hut almost complete.
Recently community members started working toward the High Value Agriculture Project by tilling and planting the trial plot.
Certificates acknowledge those who put extra time and energy into the regular training days.
“ We have never had a certificate for working with our hands” said Dorothy Nemuluh, the chairlady of Alegnwi and one of the ecovillage builder women.
That statement means a lot to me as instructor. If we can value the hands-on skills of people similar to academic achievement we may reach a better balance in our education.
Leaving the village and leaving Cameroon, I take away a sweet feeling of connection to all those I had the privilege to work with and I carry in my heart the songs we shared and the memory of being in the mud together.
Watch us work together in the mini documentary Power of community:
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