RUDEC is a business enterprise that focuses on children, women and the environmental protection with focuses on tourism development as a project.
Please note that we do not run an orphanage. The children that we support live with their extended families in Belo and outlying villages. We think that it is extremely important for children to grow up surrounded by their families in a traditional way if possible.
There are five main projects going on right now: ecotourism, women's empowerment, vulnerable children project (help needed in education as well as fundraising and project management), beehive project and piggery and fishpond projects.
We need volunteers to teach children in the following areas: English, French or other languages, maths, computer, sports, drama and any skills that may help the children. This program is for children from 4 - 15 years who come from the local community.
Women's empowerment with the micro-finance project: volunteers work with older women and single mothers to provide microloans, as well as worksh on bookkeeping, developing business management skills and evaluation of their businesses. Volunteers with fundraising skills are an added advantage to help raise funds for extending the loan portfolio and expansion of this important program.
Developing tourism: volunteers can help us develop marketing strategies for our tourism potential and identify new attractions. Volunteers with website design and editing skills would be an added advantage.
Research and help with and on income generating projects; RUDEC already has some income generating projects like pig farming, beekeeping and tourism. Volunteers can help us fundraise in order to help RUDEC add more hives, along with pigs and feeding. The volunteers would also research other income generating activities that could help RUDEC become self sustainable.
For local villagers, access to health care can be cost-prohibitive. Moreover, most Belo villagers live in remote areas far from health care providers, making access increasingly difficulty. Due to poor economic conditions and high risk for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, RUDEC strives to provide education and treatment to promote healthy communities. The community health volunteer plays an integral role in raising public awareness of prevention and treatment against illness, both for
RUDEC sponsored vulnerable and destitute children, and the community at large. While volunteer responsibilities vary based on levels of experience, passionate individuals can fundamentally improve the lives of villagers.
Professional health care providers can facilitate public health clinics, screenings and check-ups for populations determined by RUDEC staff.
Volunteers with backgrounds in prevention and education will utilize RUDEC space to facilitate community seminars on behavioral change, nutrition, sanitation, and prevention against common diseases.
Volunteers will administer on-site inspections of RUDEC sponsored children in their homes, advise on safety and health issues where necessary, and accompany them to regular health check-ups, vaccinations, and HIV/AIDS screening. Volunteers will assist local nursing schools with class instruction as needed. Volunteers arriving with specific interest in particular disease or health issues are welcome to design programs around prevention.
All of our projects are ongoing, so volunteers are needed often as they play a great part in the support of our development strategy.
We have a rented accommodation that we provide to the volunteers during their stay which include three bedrooms (2 of them with equipped with 2 queen sized beds and meant for same-sex sharing; 1 of them with a double bed), kitchen, washroom and living area. There is a fee to cover the rental cost and electricity.
RUDEC also provides a work space in the office.
RUDEC uses a cook who prepares 3 meals a day, 6 days a week in the volunteer house. Each volunteer contributes to the wages and then into a food kitty. Volunteers can also buy their food or cook together, but having a professional do it saves both time and money.
The drinking water in Belo is good and safe to drink. However, if you prefer, you can boil it before drinking. Bottled water can be purchased at a cost of 1 euro for 1.5 liters.
- From one day to three months a contribution of 275 Euros is expected.
- From four to five months 175 Euros.
- From six to nine months 75 Euros.
- From ten months to beyond no contribution is expected - free!
RUDEC is in need of a skilled volunteer with skills in online fundraising and networking to join us for a couple of months or for a pre-Christmas challenge!
RUDEC struggles every year before the school year begins to collect enough donations for all the children to be able to start a new chapter in their education. We want to change our approach for donations for the children project in three aspects.
First, we want to start collecting donations for the children before Christmas. As you know, the holidays are a good time to initiate big fundraisers anyway, because somehow the whole world finds their conscience at this time. Also, sponsoring a child's well-being is a much better and a more heart-felt gift than a book or a pair of socks.
Second, we want to become a permanent member of GlobalGiving. In order to become a member, the non-profit needs to do a challenge first: raising 5000 dollars from 40 unique donors in one month. It requires a full-time volunteer working on it and as the fundraising lasts one month, we think the duration of the stay of this volunteer should be between 6 and 8 weeks, but it is up to you.
The tasks for the volunteer:
- Registering with GlobalGiving and getting all required documents up and approved with the help of Joshua (could be done before arriving in Cameroon).
- Create the project on the website – and make it sound pretty, add photos, share details about RUDEC’s work etc needed to demonstrate how the donations will be used to make a difference.
- Networking within own networks to find donors as well as sending countless e-mails to big donors across the world.
- Joshua preparing videos, pictures etc during the month to encourage donations.
If the project is successful, RUDEC will be a permanent member of GlobalGiving, thus accessing a network of giant corporations alongside our usual donors, which will benefit the children project greatly.
- 15 painting brushes, paints of all colours.
- 57 shirts, t-shirts, pans, and shoes to vulnerable children age 3-17.
- 5 laptop computers for computer classes.
- 2 digital cameras for the community staff.
- 3 soccer balls for sports.
- 10 sunburn oilment for albinos.
- 15 beehives but not limited to 15.
- 15 T-shirts but not limited to 15.
- 200 female condoms for single mothers to use.
- 1 voice recorder for documentation.
- We need clothes, school bags and shoes for 57 vulnerable children on our list.
- 57 pencils and pens.
Visit our web page for more info!
The idea for the Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) first came about as a means of addressing the suffering of vulnerable children in communities, the need to support women whose rights were violated, and to focus on key environmental concerns. The co-founders realized that by focusing on the needs of rural people, a centre such as RUDEC could empower and benefit local communities.
RUDEC's short history has been comprised of several key milestones:
2001 - The Rural Development Centre was conceptualized in the South West Region of Cameroon.
2005 - RUDEC becomes realized in the Boyo Division of the Anglophone North West Region.
2006 - The organization is subsequently registered as a Common Initiative Group (CIG) with the Government of Cameroon.
2010 - RUDEC Germany is established as a recognized non profit in conjunction with and on behalf of RUDEC Cameroon. It operates as a satellite organization that supports the groundwork of RUDEC as partners in development.
2011 - RUDEC is upgraded and registered as an Association with the Government as a nonprofit organization with a wider operational area which enables them to be able to have branches all over the country.
RUDEC works to identify opportunities, locate resources and establish appropriate partnerships to provide solutions to communities. RUDEC operates an 'intake process' whereby communities identify local needs and consult RUDEC on solutions and strategies for addressing needs. It is understood that local people know their communities best and success is greatest when they are empowered.