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Kumbo Council Staff/EXCO Drilled on Child Protection Issues

Kumbo Council Staff/EXCO Drilled on Child Protection Issues

Holding against the backdrop of Kumbo Council’s partnership with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) the main objective of this workshop was for participants to gain knowledge on the various dispositions available and also to take concrete actions to protect children. In attendance were eighty (80) staff members of...
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Kumbo Council strengthens Cooperation ties with Lacrosse-Wisconsin

Kumbo Council strengthens Cooperation ties with Lacrosse-Wisconsin

A delegation of seven made up of the following persons:1) Sara Sullivan - Former City of La Crosse Council Member and Official Representative of La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat2) Nickijo Hager- Vice President of Mission and Organizational Learning, Mayo Clinic - Franciscan3) Sister Helen Elsbernd - Vice President, Franciscan Sisters...
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Kumbo Council KOICA Partnership

Kumbo Council KOICA Partnership

Within the framework of the partnership between Kumbo Council and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), a workshop on Rural Development was organized to sensitize participants on the training opportunities available in Korea and to design and provide comprehensive training programs which take cognizance of local realities for the next...
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Kumbo Council Seeks ways to curb mental illnesses

In collaboration with the Family Care Center of the Banso Baptist Hospital that treats people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders, Kumbo Council held a workshop titled ‘’No Health Without Mental Health’’. The objective of this workshop was to develop the capacity of community members to ensure sustainable mental...
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CBM's Working Visit to Kumbo Council

This visit was in line the memorandum of understanding the Kumbo Council signed with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services in 2015. The MOU has as main objective to promote inclusive development, making sure that persons with disability involved in all project stages. The CBM team therefore came to evaluate...
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Mayor's Cup, a pathway to peace and unity

The 11th edition of the Kumbo Council Mayor’s Cup Competition final was played 18th December 2016. This is an annual sports event organized by the Kumbo Council since 2006 to encourage youths and to expose their sporting talents in games such football, handball and basketball.The Football Final was played between...
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12th Edition of Mayor’s Day

As tradition demands, Kumbo Council commemorated the 12th edition of Mayor’s Day on 20th and 21st April 2017. Unlike previous edition, it was a two day event beginning on day one with a visit at the Kumbo Principal Prison where the over 129 inmates received basic needs and a grinding...
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Plans for 2017 x-rayed  during Budget Session

Plans for 2017 x-rayed during Budget Session

Kumbo Council on Thursday, December 1, 2016, voted a budget balanced in income and expenditure at the sum of FCFA 896,295,752, in an ordinary Council session. In comparison to last year’s budget, there is an increase of 11.3% worth FCFA 91.467.150 in absolute terms. This projected increase is because rigorous revenue...
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Kumbo Council Wins FEICOM Award Again

Kumbo Council Wins FEICOM Award Again

Kumbo Council again emerged victorious at the Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance, FEICOM, and National Award for Councils’ Local Development Best Practices. She won the second edition for the Regional Prize for Northwest Region launched in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, worth FCFA 2...
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Kumbo Council's Excellence Awards

Kumbo Council's Excellence Awards

Forty (40) public and lay private schools in Kumbo each received a prize of excellence from the Kumbo Council for their performances during the end of course examinations in the 2015/2016 academic year. This initiative came into being some five years ago to encourage schools that perform extremely well by...
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Kids Corner of Kumbo Public Library

Kids Corner of Kumbo Public Library

The Kumbo Council Bernard Fonlon Information Centre; the Kumbo Public Library. Nowadays, many people think that libraries are a thing of the past due to the digital revolution and the rise of a gadget captivated society, thus the role of libraries is being undervalued especially by youths. That...
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12th Edition of Mayor’s Day

As tradition demands, Kumbo Council commemorated the 12th edition of Mayor’s Day on 20th and 21st April 2017. Unlike previous edition, it was a two day event beginning on day one with a visit at the Kumbo Principal Prison where the over 129 inmates received basic needs and a grinding mill. The grinding mill goes to add to the water driven pump that was handed to the prison during last year’s edition for income generating purposes. Proceeds would be used to carter for the immediate needs of the inmates. The next stop on day one was at the Crystal Foundation where some 15 children with autism were visited. The centre was supported with some fifty bags of cement and two trips to aid in plastering the newly constructed centre.
Day two of Mayor’s Day saw the assembly of 15 groups of persons with disabilities, 10 elderly groups, the visually impaired of the Integrated School for the Blind, children from Kumbo with hearing impairments schooling at the Integrated School for the Deaf, Orphans from the Shisong Orphanage, and a family with a set of triplets. These groups of persons received gifts ranging from school fees, basic needs, food, chicks and feed, piglets and feed, soap and rice to be used as income generating activities.
Mayor’s Day is an annual program that was put in place by the Kumbo Council in 2005 to reach out to the less privileged of the Kumbo Municipality such as inmates of the Kumbo Principal Prison, Orphans of the Shisong Orphanage, the visually impaired at the Integrated School for the Blind Kumbo, children from Kumbo with hearing impairments at the Mbingo Integrated School for the Deaf, Children with autism and other disabilities at the Crystal Foundation, all the physically challenged and the elderly in Kumbo. The Mayor’s Day Program of the Kumbo Council aims to empower the less privileged (who are marginalized) focusing on social inclusion and economic integration with mainstream society.
Prior to the program vulnerable people especially persons with disabilities lived in abject poverty, surviving on public welfare assistance with economically unproductive lifestyles—degraded human dignity subjecting them to begging and dependence on benefactors and persons of good will for survival.
Society had excluded these persons, denying them the opportunities available to the rest of the communities such as access to credit and income generating activities, thus they were left behind causing them to remain in poverty.
Before this program the Kumbo Council came to realize that social exclusion of vulnerable persons will make it harder to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The fact that these groups of persons had less food, died younger, were less economically and politically involved, and were less likely to benefit from services, would make it difficult to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
These excluded groups had no access to public services, limiting their opportunities for long term economic, social and human development.
Society stigmatized these persons, causing them to lose self esteem and to live in seclusion and frustration. This situation rendered their situation worst, making them to generally look unhappy and hopeless.
The Mayor’s Day Program has directly benefited thousands of persons, improving their quality of life benefiting from council-led social policy formulation and programming that encourages income generating activities (IGA), building and strengthening economic vitality of communities, leading to long-lasting financial prosperity.
When the program began in 2005, it was, it was intended to provide an opportunity for fellowship with the underprivileged. This was done simply by providing the beneficiaries (persons with disabilities, orphans, inmates and the elderly) with basic needs such as food, clothing, school fees, office equipment, mobility aids etc.
In subsequent years and in collaboration with partner organizations such as the Socio economic empowerment of persons with disabilities (SEEPD) and the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Centre of the Cameroon Baptist health Services, there was a shift from just from just giving the child fish, to teaching the child how to catch fish. By 2010, the Mayor’s Day Program became a strategy in promoting inclusive development. It was no longer seen as fellowship but as a way of empowering the less privileged especially persons with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.

 

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