Dick Gordon of North Carolina Public Radio hosts a show called The Story and has done a piece on Dr. Georges Bwelle!!!
Dr. Georges Bwelle will be a special guest on the show “Meet the Pros” on CNE Network LIVE Radio this Saturday March 31st, 2012 from 11:15am to 11:45am Los Angeles time.
You can listen by clicking the link below:
More information to follow…
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ascovime’s newest initiative, Project Education is an effort to provide children in Cameroon with birth certificates so that they can go to school.
Anselme Djeukam, who is a daily volunteer with Ascovime on the ground in Cameroon, has just published another delightful children’s book. Anselme writes and illustrates children’s books in French in the back room of his small house in Yaounde, Cameroon which are then sold by Harmattan books all over the world! The books are beautifully written and illustrated and would make a fantastic addition to any personal collection.
In keeping with full disclosure, Harmattan books (and I’m sure other publishers as well) essentially rip off African authors when offering book contracts. Typically, the authors receive a small flat fee, often a couple hundred dollars, for the full rights to their books and see no royalties whatsoever. The publishers then go off and make huge profits as a result.
Despite the financials, Mr. Djeukam’s books are terrific and perhaps someone will one day offer him a reasonable contract as they would for European or North American authors.
And the perfect time to be thinking about our newest program, Project Education. As many of us gear up for another year of High School, College, Grad School or prepare our children for a new year of learning, most of us think of school as a necessary evil. Few consider it a luxury, but to a child in Africa, getting a proper education is often too much to hope for. This is something we are working to change and you can help! Along with better education comes better opportunities for these kids and not just in the form of a higher paying job, it means better opportunities for their whole village and ultimately, their whole country. Statistics show that investing in education is the key to economic development and a stable economy leads to a higher quality of life. So next time you are out shopping for books, pencils and calculators, please consider sponsoring a child so that they too can have the education that they deserve.
For those of you who don’t know me (I’m guessing everyone!) my name is Chantal Mendes and I wanted to introduce myself as I am just starting to get involved with this project on the multimedia end. A little bit about me: I graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Print Journalism from Boston University and have had experience working for newspapers, blogs, and grant projects with USAID. I’m currently taking classes at Harvard to satisfy my pre-med requirements so that I can apply to medical school next year. In between studying and trying to have a life outside of Chemistry, I am hoping to use my experience with social media to reach out and get more people involved with this amazing project so definitely expect to be hearing a lot more from me over the next few weeks!
PS I’m hoping to make a blog post every week to keep you all updated on what’s going on as well as let you know what you can do to help/get involved yourselves. Even something as simple as visiting our Facebook page (coming soon!) is greatly appreciated. A little bit of effort really does go a long way in making a difference.
Today, Ascovime has achieved two major milestones with one big donation: 100 donors and over $5000 raised. This is a nice goal and is a testament to the grassroots nature of this small organization. Everyone out there is chipping in a little bit and helping get much needed healthcare and educational supplies to those in rural parts of Cameroon.
The mission of Ascovime is to provide rural populations in Cameroon with healthcare and educational supplies, all free of charge. Ascovime functions to achieve this goal in a rather unique way compared to other humanitarian organizations – all members contribute on a volunteer basis, so all the money raised goes directly to those who really need it. With this model comes the need for great grassroots efforts from all over the world.
If you’re wondering how Ascovime does its work on the ground, this video pretty well encapsulates it. The scenery, music, makeshift equipment and transport, and a jovial attitude are all represented in this fine work. Credit to TristanChampion for putting this video together.
For those of you that understand French out there, here is a nice little slideshow that was put together by the folks in Paris. They are the original Ascovime and have been working diligently throughout the years to support the medical teams on the ground in Cameroon. Check out the slideshow!