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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   »

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donations of school supplies to primary schools in 12 villages in Kadey Department

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A Great collaboration between ARNO, MCT and PADK

 

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)

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école primaire de BANGA

                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.
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e 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.

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During the Final of the competion we organize in Ngotto (the team of Sangale)
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During the Final of the competion we organize in Ngotto (the team of Sobolo)
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after the final (the president anatole Bilemle giving the trophee to the team of Sobolo)

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.

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a visioning session of directed by Meghan (Education Peace Corps volunteer) with few women groups
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Meghan (Education Peace Corps volunteer) visiting farms with few women groups

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, …

4.Physical assets

a.Lands, available houses, buildings, water, sand, gravel, straw

5.Economic assets

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,

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Miss Dacia Steiner, the Vice President of the Association presenting the ABCD approach to the village Development Comitee

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.

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Mr Kenneth BELOBO the Project Manager of the Association presenting the PADK association to the village Development Comitee
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Alexander Ben (US Peace Corps Education Volunteer) presenting the ABCD approach to his students and running an asset maping exercice

to see more on our team, click on this :  »  Notre équipe   »

so, what else after the development of the asset map?

          After the asset mapping exercise with the community, we then move on to mobilizing assets for the resolution of one or more community issues.

The mobilization of assets is a practical community exercise but also of the association which consists in getting to grips with all the essential assets for the realization of this or that other project. it’s not an easy business. we must succeed in involving these assets in the best possible way in order to use them as efficiently as possible. this concerns much more individuals, institutions, associations and the economic network; because it requires the involvement of other people who will have to convince of the usefulness of the project.
Basic training session with the students of Terminale and Upper SITH at Batouri Bilingual High School. training conducted by ALEXANDER Ben, Peace Corps Volunteer; accompanied by Belobo Jean Pierre kenneth, coordinator of the association
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family picture after the presentation of the ABCD approach

 

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.

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building of four Modern Latrines for the village of Ngotto
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Laurent Marigoh, young man from the village who was personally involved in the mobilization of assets for the realization of these latrines
 

 

 

 

building a well for the MCT Camp with the help of MCT, and all the entire community of Ngotto

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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

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meeting with the development comitee of Ngotto with the Peace Corps

 

provision of cement in remote locations

 

 

 

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