Future in Our Hands Cameroon Network

Future in Our Hands Cameroon Network
With the help of Mrs Billian Nyuykighan, Alfred Wingo, Emmanuel Wirsy, Gisela Beri and Mike Thomas (FIOH International Network Coordinator), the Future in Our Hands Cameroon Network was launched at Mile 6 Nkwen-Bamenda on 10th May 2014.  See video of the event:

This was made possible through the good will of the non-government organisation Strategic Humanitarian Services (SHUMAS) led by Billian and her husband Ndzerem Stephen Njodzeka.  Stephen could not be present as he was opening new schools built by SHUMAS in the north of the country. Gisela Beri was appointed coordinator of the Network.
The meeting was attended by 30 people representing womens cooperatives, local government, non-government organisations, village development groups and traditional leaders.  The meeting was held in the SHUMAS conference room.
After introductions by Billian and Mike about the origin and philosophy of the FIOH movement ideas were invited about how the meeting should be conducted.  The facilitators, Billian, Emmanuel and Beri emphasised that it was important for everyone present to be given the opportunity to participate in the discussions which followed.  Michael Thomas emphasised the need for those involved in the Network to reflect the values of sharing, cooperation, fellowship, solidarity and honesty in their interaction with each other and in their everyday activities.  He stressed the importance of honesty and hoped that when people see the name ‘Future in Our Hands’ they will associate its members with fair dealing and trust.  He maintained that corruption and dependency attitudes were a significant barrier to sustainable development in Africa.  He suggested that the principles of the Network should be kept simple and based on human values and the politically agreed United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.

Participants started arriving at 7.30 am and registered. Each person was handed a file consisting of the proposed FIOH Network principles, programme of the day, exercise book, pen and group number from 1 to 4 (to encourage participants to be in groups with those people they did not know).
In her introduction Billian described the work of SHUMAS including the rehabilitation centre for the vocational training of people with special needs which took place in the same building now hosting the seminar.

The discussions
Discussions were organised in 4 groups which were all tasked with discussing (i) statements and activities reflecting the term ‘sustainable development’
(ii) statements and activities reflecting unsustainable development (iii) ‘grey areas’ (iv) the advantages of a network (v) the disadvantages of a network.
Each discussion group appointed someone to provide feedback from the discussions.
Participants started arriving at 7.30 am and registered.  Each person was handed a file consisting of the proposed FIOH Network principles, programme of the day, exercise book, pen and group number from 1 to 4 (to encourage participants to be in groups with those people they did not know).
In her introduction Billian described the work of SHUMAS including the rehabilitation centre for the vocational training of people with
special needs which took place in the same building now hosting the seminar.

Activities in the rehabilitation centre include sewing, shoe and jewelery making, basket making and joinery.

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