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CAT Cameroon Blossoms at 10

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Aaron Kaah

The year 2011 marked ten years of existence for the Center for appropriate technology CAT¬ Cameroon. The center and the wish to provide handicrafts and low cost energy alternative sources to the rural people in Cameroon saw the light of day in 2001 in Bamenda Cameroon under the diadem of the present Director Njini Victor. This dream shifted gear when the center came in contact with the Prof Norbert Pintsch and Dr Senta Siller of the German Senior Expert Service SES and the German Society for the Advancement of Culture DGFK in those early days. This partnership has delivered capacity building, mentoring and material support to the CAT Staff through Prof Pintsch over the years. The need to create awareness on its activities saw CAT negotiating unprecedented cooperation with many institutions of learning in the North West region of Cameroon to expand the knowledge and was able to make alliances with an array of people across the society to markets its goods and services.

Ten years down the line the untold success story of CAT in the domain of affordable renewable energy has been unparallel. The center is a proud owner of more than ten awards and prizes won through competitions and workshops organized by the Cameroon government as a befitting tribute to his achievement and hard work. The center for appropriate technology prides itself with a vast rich digital equipment laboratory, computers, books and workshops and exhibition stands reason why the institution is the best option to research students and local community members interested in improving their knowledge and skills on renewable energy sources and handmade dolls. A team of volunteers from the German Senior Expert Service are annually visiting CAT to create awareness in schools and colleges on environmental protection and sustainability, climate change, holistic approach to housing construction and handicrafts. Hand made dolls produced in CAT have not only sourced cash for low income young girls and women in some community in Cameroon but have helped to market the cultures traditions of the Grass field of Cameroon across the boarders.

As the months roll in to more years the Center for Appropriate Technology CAT Cameroon intends to expand its existing scope to other regions of Cameroon.

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