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Dolls of the World Handicraft Network

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The idea behind the Dolls of the World took birth in Pakistan when Thatta Kedona - a self help project - started in small Punjab village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka in Pakistan and NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama (AFA) was registered in 1999. Next year (2015), the Project is celebrating its silver Jubilee.

AFA has grown multidimensional over time. Now AFA cooperates with six local NGOs all over Pakistan from Karachi to Hunza and in many countries around the globe. In Pakistan, the project also enjoys cooperation of prestigious educational institutions – Bahaud Din Zakriya University Multan, Indus Valley School for Art and Architecture, Karachi, School of Visual Art, Lahore, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi – interested in heritage, culture and or agriculture.


Women from other countries heard about the success of the project in Pakistan through DGFK newsletters and other media channels as well as through word of mouth (mostly from diplomatic corps housewives) and invited Dr. Senta Siller - Mother of Dolls - to start similar projects in their countries. In Cameroon, three independent NGOs -- Akwatinnighah (1998), Akaanhong (2002) and Center of Appropriate Technology in (2001) are working where over 90 persons are involved in handicrafts and appropriate technology with support from Bamenda University of Science Technology, Bamenda.

Tanto Mejor Por La Paz, Saboya is working in Colombia in cooperation with four independent local NGOs or similar organizations since 1999. Over 60 persons are busy in handicraft with collaboration from Dept of Environment Technology National University in Bogate and AFA.


Besides, AFA has networked with International Dolls Museum Flateyri and University of Reykjavik in Iceland and Benaki Museum Greece. In UAE-Dubai, AFA is participating in Global Village Expo every year since 2001. In Germany, besides most German senior experts coming to Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka, Dolls of the World project has individual and collective support.


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Traditional Instruments Post Cards

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Traditional instruments cards are available at CAT office, Bamenda

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Doll Cards

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Will be available at CAT office, Bamenda soon. 

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Environment Training for Kids

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Some 70 kids in Bamenda have learned new ways of keeping the environment clean by recycling news paper waste in to shopping bags. The idea at the behest of the Centre for Appropriate Technology was facilitated by some three German Volunteers from the German Society for the Advancement of Culture (DGFK)- represented by Renate Perner and the Senior Expert Service SES-Germany represented by Prof. Norbert Pintsch and Marlis Bartkiewitz Schmid.


Opening the one week training workshop at the CAT head office in Bamendaon Feb. 13 -2014 the volunteers team leader Prof. Norbert Pintsch said the project was aimed at enabling children and kids to understand that they had a responsibility of keeping the environment clean at a tender age. The professor attributed the task of serving the environment to a global fight which needed all hands on deck. He said kids by their nature learned through practical observations reason why they thought it wise to bring this income training to Cameroon children. Apart from helping to keep the environment clean he said the project was going to enable kids source income for some of their needs and make them self reliant. In response to the new ideas the CAT Country director Njini Victor thanked the three volunteers for keeping Cameroon at heart and for helping to build the capacities of their kids clubs on important capital issues like climate change and environmental protection. Mr Victor said such trainings and project were helping to put CAT and children in the global map as main actors in the fight against polluted environment.


The kids drawn from within some ten CAT school clubs in the city of Bamenda enjoyed themselves during the training sessions as they overwhelmingly saw how news paper waste could be transformed in to shopping bags for an income. The children through practical demonstrations were taught why polythene papers were a nuisance to society and its disadvantages. Lecturing on the children the prof. -emphasised that because of it non degradable nature, polythene bags were a great danger to nature. He cited its impacts to pollution and some health hazards. The kids were told to inculcate the habits of proper waste disposal and to make good use of their waste news papers. In response to the training and mentoring the kids produced over 100 shopping bags which according to the Director of CAT were affordable and low cost. During the end of the workshop the kids excitedly took home their bags as souvenirs from the trainings. The bags cost in between 10-25 FCFA and can be use to carry books to shops and for local shopping. At the end of the workshop the kids were awarded certificates of merit and training as a sign of encouragement and motivation to the task of keeping the environment clean.


This year’s program for the CAT volunteers also witnessed an open door tombola and high animation with the kids. Reacting to the trappings of the Kids Mme Mbunwe Clarisse a parents for one of the kids who was fortunate to be at the Bazaar thanked the CAT and the Volunteers for being at the forefront of keeping children busy with new ideas in an era which called for self reliance development at all levels. Mme Clarisse appealed to the volunteers to make it back to Cameroon if they could next year for another remarkable and fruitful training.


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Cat Volunteers Teach Children How to Recycle Waste Papers into Shopping Bags

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Centre for Appropriate Technology

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TWO HANDS MADE WORK LIGHTER

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Wangbé is a Heifer International Cameroon farmer who wanted her family to become closer. Wangbe was schooled by Heifer International Cameroon through GIC Boyare of Goudjouing. She has been married to Watey Joseph for 15yrs and they have three children.

Wangbe and her family live in an area where farming is in a precipitous decline due to drought. Her spending income was seriously compromised. “It is true we did not have enough money to meet our needs, I was managing by selling gravel that I gather around the village; with the money I bought salt and soap for the family,” she said. Limited resources and poor communication between Wangbe and her husband led to a series of hostilities. “It started with my husband’s excessive consumption of alcohol that brought division in the family,” she said crying. The woman, too, retaliated by drinking but her financial situation only deteriorated, leaving her and the children malnourished. “I could not stay for more than three months without abandoning matrimonial home in search of solace anywhere,” said Wangbe.The Heifer International Cameroon training on integrated agriculture, gender equity, HIV and AIDS, composting, pen construction broadened her mind. The donation of pigs and donkeys to her as a Heifer International Cameron helped her put the ideas she learned in the trainings into practice.
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Gift of Education is a Gift of Hope

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When her husband died eight years ago, Agnes Behoumié, 41, was left all alone in a mud house, with a thatched roof with her five children. Agnes grappled with the daily challenges to feed and send her children to school. She had a farm, though, left to her by her late husband. This was her primary source of income. But the farm wasn’t doing so well. Over time, the land became less fertile. The widow depended upon cassava byproducts like gari and kukum for an income. She also sold fruit and groundnuts to complement her family income. Her monthly income stood at 30,000 FCFA ($60).
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