Handicrafts and Appropriate Technology

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Building Practice over Time

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by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch, IPC, FPAC 

Notes on building in rural areas, incl. historic preservation

The protection against the wrongs of nature has always been the topic of construction.- yesterday, today and probably tomorrow!

In non-industrialized times, one used the available resources of the respective environment. Due to growing population and concentration, resources were increasingly used up and destroyed.

In the micro-area of ​​construction, dwellings are created, in the eyes of the builders, for a long period of time. This period was reduced over the course of the century, because the rule was meant to be generational; the growing elite built its buildings for many generations - meanwhile it has been reduced to one generation.
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About the basic misconception of NGO projects

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By Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC, FPAC, FBTC, DGFK

NGO projects are non-profit ventures, i.e. altruistic projects. The critical viewer quickly realizes whether the project is financially beneficial to the circle of contributors or a family.

If the facility is useful for a family and it finances the life of this family, which also applies to large families, so they should honestly convert it into private limited company.

The project carriers and the supporters of the project normally do not share this view, for which there are two reasons:

- the project carriers, the users and the suppliers, are simply too connected to each other to recognize this fact, and
- The supporters are too superficial, so that the of concealment is not perceived.

Another widespread problem is the inability of the participants to identify themselves as a project in the global and increasingly uniform world.

This means:

- Unknowingly, economic opportunities are transferred from A to B. These possibilities were in the past the results of colonialism, in the present it is the short-sighted spread of standards of so-called industrialized countries to the so-called developing countries.

Now it could be argued that life in a country is never one-sided, and in every country there is a gap between the upper and lower classes.

That is true, but the purpose of NGO projects is not to participate in the transfer of external values, but to preserve the peculiarities of the local values.

If this purpose is not shared by the project carriers, who operate under the cloak of selflessness, then the transformation into a serious private limited company should be undertaken and the principles of profit maximization followed.

The voluntary work, which was part of the long-term project work in various countries, was therefore discontinued and commercial consultation on usual rules for international business were offered.

Even if the above argument may seem antisocial to the reader, the rule remains: one and one is two, - not more, but also not less!

A wrong must be named as wrong!

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Special Guests

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Moses Mill

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Other information (Slide Show, movies, pictures) are available for exhibition and or research.

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Centre for Appropriate Technology

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CAT has decided to further develop its Handicraft and Appropriate Technology sectors.

The production of dolls continues independently, but an additional area is to be opened in which the art (program with Central European artists) is included and artists in residence work for their own projects, but also with local artisans and the KidsClub.

Concerning the KidsClub, targeted events can take place in the Baptist Conference Center in Nwen.
The Royal Development Corporation will also offer targeted training seminars in the conference area of Mbegwi Monastery, which is safer and accessible to those interested.

A special event will be the Slide Show Moses Mill in the Alliance Francaise, in which the activities of the network will be shown in about 20 posters. Relevant discussions were held between the AF Director, PDP and the CAT Director.

CAT and BUST (Bamenda University of Science and Technology)

The ongoing cooperation with the University was further strengthened through a visit. Renewable energy is not a technical but a comprehensive issue. The pending publication of PDP might be of interest to the BUST, - in the publication there is still the possibility of a message from the university.

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Moses Mill

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Expo Announcement

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This small exhibition shows the work of about 20 years done by the CAT. Likewise, cooperations (e.g. Akwatinuighah and Akaankang with CAT, RDC, SPATH) and special projects (e.g. weather station, drinking water tests) have been taken into account.

Particularly noteworthy are achievements of CAT in connection with the Training on the Job Initiative for young men, as well as international projects about handicrafts, as well as the national projects on alternative technology (in the districts of the NW region, but also other regions), for which various Awards and Prizes were given.

Another initiative worth mentioning is the Kids Club, where children were playfully introduced to arts and crafts and alternative techniques.

Collaborations have successfully taken place between CAT and their partners and other foreign volunteers through the initiative of Viennese designer and initiator Dr Senta Siller.


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