Origin and formation
In 1997, Helvetas Cameroon, a Swiss international organization realized that the Tubah upland was one of the last watershed remaining in the whole of West Africa and more to that it was a biodiversity hotspot and a center for endermism hosting quite a good number of endangered species of plants, animals, birds, insects, amphibians, e.t.c. Discovering this treasure, all the villages making up Tubah Sub-Division were contacted to give some youths to be trained on how these resources could be sustainably managed for posterity. This was effected accordingly by all the villages. Trainings on a handful of disciplines were then given to these youths to strengthen their capacities and thus empower them. This capacity building program which was both theoretical and practically inclined ended in 2001 and the disciplines included forest management, watercatchment protection, office management, improved farming systems, pasture improvement and animal husbandry, project designing and a host of income generating activities inclinding beekeeping, poultry keeping, market gardening, mushroom cultivation, tree nursery establishment and woodlot creation. Helvetas crowned the end of these exercises by assisting the various village groups to register them as community based organizations or simply common initiative groups with technical backing. SATEC was that of kedjom-keku.
Projects and activities
Since the inception of the organization our endeavours have not been relented to seeing into it that no grain of our acquired skills and knowledge is being lost. We immediately started by seeking for both local and international partners and collaborators through request letters, the media and the internet. In the same year i.e. 2001, we accidentally came in contact with a Czech team from the University of South Bohemia and Charles University who were in a scientific expedition around Santa village in the NW region of Cameroon. We did invite them to kedjom keku. After discussion with them and showing our demonstration units, they accepted to collaborate, publicize and assist us in whatsover program which will be environmentally friendly. This collaboration has lasted since then with other Czech Universities and Polish Universities getting involved. Domains of our assistance have reigned from birds, animals, plants, reptiles and insects studies. We have had a good number of permits and authorizations from the Ministry of scientific research and innovation alongside that of forestry and wildlife to assist in the field both in the Bamenda highlands, the SW, East, West and the Northern parts of Cameroon. It is worth noting here that in one of the expedition, i.e. in 2008, Martin Mikes who was by then a student of Charles University in Prague developped interest in our forests and our activities. He promised that he will one day come to our aid. This materialized in 2012 when he came under the umbrella of an NGO of Czech origin with the name kedjom-keku. This was again under our invitation and continuous plea for support to save our rich biodiversity, water resources and the last fragments of our forests. We have since agreed to work in the below attached disciplines.
- Our expertise is making our services to be hired in quite a good number of disciplines by local and international organizations to accord trainings in varying domains.
- We have had the opportunity to give presentations about our activities and programs in some European Universities.
- We are currently having one of the best world documentaries entitled “the man who plants trees” with six awards to our credit even before it will be launched.
- We won for Mezam Division the best forest parliamentary award of 2013 meant for forestry and nature conservation groups accorded by the Ministry of forestry and wildlife.
- For 5 years with the help of some Canadian conservationists who were interested to see that our chimpanzees in the Tubah forest by conserved, we were able to give scholarships (90000 FRS per student) each year to 16 best science students in Tubah Sub-Division. This was done in collaboration with the Tubah council.
- Our collaborators have donated fabulous amounts of monies to schools in kedjom-keku, equipped the science laboratory in GHS kedjom-keku, currently starting to support the same school with computers, looking for means to facilitate movement by the provision of sport bicycle to schools e.t.c.
- We have trained and provided inputs to some forest interested beefarmers, accorded capacity building trainings to a host of farmers in improved farning systems, pasture improvement, mushroom cultivation, market gardening, water catchment protection, poultry keeping e.t.c. In all domains, initial inputs are given to assist beneficiaries.