Welcome to the website of the PADK association (bienvenu dans le site de l’association PADK)
PADK stands for Powerful Action for the Development of Kadey; We are a non-profit association established in the Department of Kadey since April 2017. We are governed by the law on freedom of association in Cameroon land and we are authorized by the declaration recepisse N ° 06 / RDA / B14SAAJP delivered by the Prefet of Kadey
(PADK veut dire, Puissante Action pour le Développement de la Kadey, nous sommes une association à but non lucratif installée dans le Département de la Kadey depuis Avril 2017, en conformité avec la loi sur la liberté d’association au Cameroun. nous sommes autorisé par l’arreté prefectoral N° 06/RDA/B14SAAJP.)
The PADK association operates in more than 20 villages of the Kadey Department and its main office in Batouri (head of the Department); but also has volunteer members in each village.
(l’association PADK agit dans plus de 20 villages du Département de la Kadey et son bureau se trouve à Batouri, chef lieu du Département; nous avons aussi des volontaire dans chaque villages.)
we try to answer a single question:
– Is it possible to use the assets available in a community to help this community develop?
our answer to this question is « yes we can« .
to achieve this goal, we use a development approach that has worked in many other Kadey-like communities. this approach is called ABCD
ABCD stands for Asset-Based Community Development and is an approach that has been tested in over 25 of the poorest communities in the world, successfully
to learn more, click on this : » Notre démarche »
donations of school supplies to primary schools in 12 villages in Kadey Department
In its main mission of improving the living conditions of the populations of the villages of the Department of Kadey, the PADK association does not cease to work for the implementation of activities which may have a considerable long-term impact . Education is therefore a priority for long-term development, so we have, in collaboration with the MCT (Mount Cameroon Tobacco) initiated a distribution of school supplies to students in primary schools in some villages. (It is important to note that the MCT has always used to make these kinds of donations)
Having contacted the ARNO BOUTIQUE company in Douala to place our order, we came across a motivated team committed to doing their best to encourage academic excellence among students in Kadey. It is in this context that the Director of the ARNO Group, Mr Alexis, to complete our order with a value of 200 000 francs, which allowed us to increase the value of our order and to be able to plan the distribution of supplies in 12 villages, but also to prepare a minimum package for teachers.
so, how do we use that approach to start a Community Building?
In several villages in the Kadey Department, people see the glass half empty instead of seeing it half full.
This means that the inhabitants only see the failures of their villages, which contributes to making them even poorer, much less proud of their villages, so that the few positive points of the village tend to disappear gradually.
We are therefore starting with a humanitarian study of the villages to identify the assets available in the communities. if these assets are really hidden, we implement activities to highlight these assets.
and you, what are you seeing, an half-full glass or an half -Empty glass?
For example, in the village of Ngotto, we organized a football championship and we brought the young people from the village to organize themselves into a commission for the management of this championship. what was done.
Thus, we could detect within the village leadership, carpentry, animator, great sportsmen and also we could observe conflicting relations between neighboring villages. this allowed us to propose friendly meetings of discussions between several neighboring villages, which gives very good results.
however, where do we start ?
So we begin our action in a village trying to understand what are the negative aspects of the village. these problems are known to all inhabitants; we are therefore conducting a listening campaign to have a clear idea of everything that disturbs the community. this listening campaign teaches us a lot about the community, ranging from huge problems to the most basic ones.
We also bring communities to look for the positive elements of their villages. these positive elements are considered assets.
in fact, what are the types of assets that we distinguish?
- Six types of Assets to connect in the communities
1.Talents and skills of our people
a.Drivers, architect, doctors, joiner, bricklayer, artist, graduated students
b.Internals elites; externals elites, workers, youth,
2.Associations, and our network of relationships
a.Teachers, parents, youth, artist women, men associations, conservations and development comities
3.Institutions and professional entities
a.States delegations, Town Hall, …
a.Lands, available houses, buildings, water, sand, gravel, straw
a.Shops, companies, agriculture profitability, economical groups, gold seekers, tobacco; coffee and cacao farmers
6.The culture, history, values and stories which define the community
a.Success stories, good legends, history, culture of the communities that makes the community happy; Success Story outside that one community member knows well
often, when we present these types of assets to people, they start identified themselves assets in thier villages.
if you want to learn more about the ABCD approach, click on this: Notre approche (ABCD)
after having identified the assets of the villages, we bring the members of the community to realize these assets,
When these assets are identified, we move on to grouping these assets together in a community exercise that we call the asset map.
this exercise consists in getting community members to identify the assets of the community themselves (since they will be asked to use them themselves later)
the logical consequence of this exercise is that community members feel more and more proud of their villages by seeing the incredible number of trumps in them.
to see more on our team, click on this : » Notre équipe »
so, what else after the development of the asset map?
What have we managed to do by using this approach in the villages?
Since April 2017, we have not stopped communicating with villages, conducting studies of visioning sessions.
To date, we have been able to carry out some activities with the communities that have favored the improvement of the living conditions of the populations and the capacity building of the inhabitants.
we therefore want to significantly reduce the vision of the weak community by replacing it with another vision which is that of a community that makes use of the various assets in its possession to propel its development
you can have more information by going to the section « Nos actions » or by clicking on the link below Nos projets en cours de réalisation
but among other activities, we can count:
construction of public latrines in Ngotto village with community members, and using only local assets.
building a well for the MCT Camp with the help of MCT, and all the entire community of Ngotto
working with student of the GBHS of Batouri and the entire community of Batouri to build a well in the GBHS of Batouri
work with the peace corps and the development comitee of Ngotto to get an agriculture US peace corps volunteer in Ngotto
provision of cement in remote locations