As a youth organization, one of our primary targets is working with youth as instrumental agents of change. From the initial stage of the project design, YouthFORCE carried out an informal baseline survey to understand the needs of young people in Kribi I and Kribi II. This helped shape the project design which was carried out together with the youth population. Young people in our our scope of work are primary beneficiaries of the project, they are benefiting 40% of all project activities and will be actively involved in the execution of the project. They will also be trained as experts who will motor the project sustainability after the project comes to a close, some of the trainings and community outreach programs will be facilitated by the youth of Kribi I and Kribi II.
Our indicators have been disaggregated on basis of gender and age. Women and youth are primary beneficiaries of their role as energy users, food providers and managers. It will also give equality in the ability to generate disposable income and to reduce female dependence on their male counterparts. Nevertheless, the project isn’t gender insensitive because men have also been taken into account to benefit by 20% of the project activities. The youth population benefitting from this project will comprise of 50% girls and 50% boys
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The project has as its second objective to improve on the community livelihoods or sociology economic conditions of 25 vulnerable households by creating jobs within 20 months of the project. This objective will he realized through the provision of startup capital for green businesses. Beneficiaries will also be taught on solar panel maintenance as an alternative source of income.
The project plans on producing policy impact. We envisage engaging 2 students to carry out their research on the project. Their academic paper and publications will be a key means by which their research will be presented and analyzed. The research students will be encouraged to take up roles as expert advisers to participate in decision processes as well as present and discuss research findings in a variety of ways to different audience. YouthFORCE will also use the findings to present at national and international forums on policy reforms if the need arises.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
The projects communication strategy will ensure that logos, activities, goals and objectives will be adequately communicated through the use of posters, leaflets, banners, project board, documented results of the project, T-shirts, traditional and social media platforms.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
There will be an end of project advocacy workshop to share the implicit and explicit experiences and document results and lessons learned. Pictures will also be captured of project activities which will be shared with the community and stakeholders.
Capacity - Building Component
YouthFORCE needs to build its capacity on financial management and monitoring and evaluation. As part of the grant, YouthFORCE will hire an external consultant to train its staff on financial management and monitoring and evaluation to effectively track the projects progress, strengths and weaknesses as well as evaluate the outcome of the project.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
YouthFORCE will carry out weekly radio programs to sensitize on climate just practices. These programs will be very inclusive in its delivery as it will be done in English, French and the Local language. During training workshops, there will be a translator to facilitate sessions in the local language.
Greening Kribi (l&ll); Household Access to Low Carbon Technology, LED and Solar Panels:
* Information and education of communities on the importance to preserve the environment by reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and promote good practices through a week radio program
During this reporting period, we conducted Information and education of communities on the importance to preserve the environment by reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and promote good practices through a week radio program. To reach our target we organized Information and education of communities on the importance to preserve the environment by reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and promote good practices through a week radio program and Kribi I&II community members from diverse background are being sensitized on climate change.
At the end of this activity, 150 persons were sensitized including 70 women and 50 youths and 30 men. The gap analyses of this activity shows that all sub activities plan to reach our main target were realize, and this activity is complete during his normal period. we continue to monitor to collect short- and long-term effects and impacts
- Radio programs in French, English and Bagyeli languages have been produced and broadcasted daily for information and sensitization.
- Kribi I&II community members from diverse background are being sensitized on climate change.
* Promotion of waste management in 4 communities in the Kribi I$ II municipality: limitation of plastic and non-degradable materials and promote climate just practices through 3 capacity building workshops on waste management. (recycling, producing compost)
Seventy five (75) people consisting of 30 women, 30 youth and 15 men were trained both theoretically and practically on the following aspects
- Water, land and air pollution,
- Ozone layer depletion,
- Water and forest conservation,
- Soil erosion and land degradation
- Negative impact of climate change
- Recycling waste and compost production
- House hold waste management
- Advantages and disadvantages of using organic manure and synthetic fertilizer
- Climate smart low external input agriculture
- Sustainable development and food security
Training manuals produced and documented were used as the basis for the above training courses by the various resource persons. This activity was completed during the period under reporting and all targets were met satisfactorily. Reports and images of the training session were documented and are available.
In terms of success the participants were not only taught the theoretical basis of waste management but were able to apply concepts learned in their daily lives in terms of improving agriculture, health as well as enhancing their livelihood and incomes. The participants were also very impressed with the new knowledge learned and made commitments on personal practices to mitigate the effects of climate change in their respective homes and communities.
* Train community members on the importance of solar energy as solar panel maintenance experts
25 people were trained (10women, 10 youth and 5men) as solar community experts. Training modules produced and available
Training report produced and available
Activity 1 5: Putting in place and training of Solar management committee in Kribi I and Kribi II
Solar management committee (made up of 4 women, 3 youth and 3 men) in place and functional in Kribi I and Kribi II (2 solar committees overall)
The beneficiaries were introduced to a device called a multimeter which is used to test the voltage of a battery. They were then introduced to a solar panel and shown how to determine the polarity of the panel using the multimeter, following which they were then shown how to install the panel on the roof of the house. An inverter was also demonstrated and its use is to convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). All these were fully demonstrated and shown how to detect and rectify faults. In this way it would not be necessary to bring in a technician into the community every time there is a problem.
This activity was fully and satisfactorily completed during this period under report. Pictures and reports are documented and available for dissemination.
* Provision of start up support to 15 women and 10 youth selected for entrepreneurial initiatives.
During the reporting period, a call for request for support for green businesses was launched by the project. This saw over 50 applicants submit their request. A team of 3 entrepreneurs served as judges of the application and the best 15 were selected based on feasibility of the business idea, impact on the environment and gender. Some of the selected businesses were on agriculture, recycling of old shoes and tyres to produce new shoes, handbags and purses and recycling of plastic bottles to decorative plastic flowers.
Support provided to 15 selected entrepreneurial initiatives (8 owned by women and 7 by youth)