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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 23:04

Cambridge Climate Protection Project

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Project Title. Cambridge BAME Climate Protection Project

Project ID: 20188065

Project Delivery Updates: Our project has now ended. We organised 6 community climate change awareness workshops with different community groups across Cambridge and took part in 4 public sensitization events as part of events to deliver the project.

We hired the services of 3 climate activists (Mr Paget Jeche, Mr Liberty Ndao and Ms Leane March) who facilitated all the workshops.

Workshop 1: On Saturday January 8 2022, we organised the first climate awareness event at Village Hall, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, with the Cameroon Cambridge community association with 25 people in attendance. The workshop was facilitated by climate activist Paget Jeche. He explained the benefits of involving everyone including black and ethnic minority communities in the fight to protect our climate. Participants asked and received a wide range of answers to their climate concerns and how they can be involved.

Workshop 2: The second workshop too place on Saturday March 12 2022 at the Sports Hall, Cambourne, Cambridge and was attended by 30 people from Ghanaian and Liberian communities in Cambridge. Liberty Ndao facilitated the 2 hours long event explaining to attendees that Bisong Foundation has created a community led climate change protection project to promote and educate individuals to adapt to the damage that climate change causes to everyone. He stated that whilst individuals alone may not be able to make drastic emissions cuts that limit climate change to acceptable levels, personal action is essential in the fight to tackle the change and that is why Bisong Foundation have organised workshops to help educate people to adopt small personal plans they can take so they join the climate change fight back. He provided some example on how people can adopt those changes. Eat less meat and dairy: He advised that avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce environmental impact on the planet.

Workshop 3: The third session took place at the Cricket Hall, Back Lane, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EQ on Saturday 16 April 2022 and was attended by 23 people mainly people from Igbo ethnic community from Nigeria. Climate activist Leanne March facilitated the workshop during which she talked about climate change and recycling. She highlighted that appropriate recycling helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption. Whilst presenting the slideshows, she emphasised that using recycled materials to make new products reduces the need for virgin materials and this avoids greenhouse gas emissions that result from extracting or mining virgin materials. She answered participants questions about recycling and how it helps protect the environment.

Workshop 4: The fourth workshop took place on Saturday July 2 2022 at The HUB, High Street, Cambourne, CB23 8AJ. 25 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds living across Cambridge attended the event. Facilitated by Liberty Ndao who did a presentation about the zero carbon streets in Cambridgeshire and how the government wants to use them as inspiration for the sustainable places of the future. He said according to statistics, transport makes up 44% of Cambridgeshire carbon footprint so rapid change is needed if the country is to play its part in helping the UK reach net zero by 2050. He said as we join the fight to tackle climate change, we should be aware that the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Commission on climate has made it clear that if action is not taken quickly to reach the target, global and local impacts will be severe.

Workshop 5: The fifth workshop took place on Saturday August 20 2022 at Story’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 1AA. 35 people from Cambridge African network group attended the event. Workshop facilitator Liberty Ndao concentrated on how everyone can reduce their energy usage and carbon footprint so less energy is used and so saving our climate. Mr Ndao explained that making small changes to the way people behave at home will help use less energy, cutting carbon footprint and energy bills. He advised participants to put on an extra layer and turn down the heating a degree or two, turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use and replace light bulbs with LEDs or other low-energy lights. A lively question and answer session followed as people wanted to know how reducing their energy use could help reduce their energy bills.

Workshop 6: The sixth and last workshop took place at Nunns Way Pavillion, Cambridge, CB4 2PF on November 26 2022 and was attended by 35 people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Mr Paget Jeche Jeche facilitated the workshop and his main emphasis was on cutting down consumerism and waste. He emphasized that everything we use from the cloths we wear to the TV sets to cars we buy has a carbon footprint on our climate. Therefore, he advised participants to avoid single-use items and fast fashion, and try not to buy more than they need. He advised participants to shop around for second-hand or quality items that can last a long time. He said people should put their purchasing power to good use by choosing brands that align with their new green aspirations as it is part of the fight against climate change.

Public Sensitisation Events: Public events took place at the following venues: 1st event: Open space campaigning, 29 Graham Road, Ochard park, Cambridge, CB4 2WP on 14/05/22 from 14.00 – 18.00. 2nd event: The Arbury carnival, Campkin Road, Cambridge, CB4 2LD on 11/06/22 from 10.00am – 16.00 3rd event: The Grafton Centre, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PS from 12.00 – 17.00 4th event: Autumn Festival, Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6AZ from 11.00am – 16.30

We have organised 4 sensitisation events where we educated and mobilised audiences to take action to confront the climate crisis by highlighting that everyone can play a part by raising their voice, sharing solutions, and advocating for change shaped by different experiences, cultural contexts, and underlying values. During the events, we explained to people how they could reduce food waste by buying only what they cook and eat, preserving extra food, using public transport, cycling, and walking instead of driving cars to reduce carbon emissions. We explained the scale of the climate crisis and how it is important to adopt small personal plans they can take so they join the climate fight back. In one of the events at the Cambridge Arbury Festival, The Lord mayor of Cambridge Cllr Mark Ashton and his wife attended and he praised the Bisong Foundation for its willingness to join the fight against climate change and how the action have increased public support for urgent action. Flyers were distributed during these events.

Benefits of the project: This is the first time we are delivering a project of this nature. We created increased awareness of the ravages of climate change in BAME community and encouraged more people to adopt lifestyle changes like cycling or walking to reduce emissions that destroy our climate. The positive direct effect of adopting changes to fight back the climate change have seen improved general wellbeing of participants as they are engaged in walking and cycling instead of using cars resulting in less fuel emissions.

We are grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund for providing this grant that has helped us to create increased awareness of the ravages of climate in BAME communities across Cambridgeshire and encouraged more people to adopt lifestyle changes to fight back the disasters of climate change.
Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:54

Cambridge Community Sports Project Report

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Project Title. The Cambridge Community Sports Project

Project ID 20182431

Project Final Report:

The project ended in September 30 2022. We have organised 18 of the 20 events we had to deliver. We have organised monthly football practice sessions every last Saturday of the month. About 120 people attended the different sessions. The venue of the training sessions is the Cambridge community stadium, Abbey sports field. We hired 3 coaches (Stephan Bessong, Jacques Wolani and Michael Bisong) to coach participants during the practice sessions and football matches. The coaches offered suitable training programmes to develop the psychical fitness of everyone who took part in the project. Beneficiaries participated in different activities ranging from football, running/jogging, lifting weights, press ups, walking and short sprints. The coaches understands that not everyone loves the same sport so beneficiaries were offered the opportunity to choose which activity they wanted to do as everyone have their favourites. The coaches acknowledged the fact that people have not exercised for a long time following the lockdowns so training sessions have been organised in the way that is suitable to everyone as the aim is to get people back to fitness to promote their general wellbeing and reduce the risk of major illnesses.

On Saturday 18 June, 2022, we organised a grand football tournament at the Cambridge stadium. The event attracted more than 100 people. Four football teams team took part in the community event tournament. The Cambridge University Press, The Veterans of United Kingdom (VUKA), Legends of Zimbabwe and the Cambridge local football team. A total of 3 games were played in the form of semi-finals and finals. Each team had 25 players and the games lasted 1 hour – 30 minutes each half. Teams were advised to make regular substitutions during the games to reduce the risk of accidents. Although the teams had their own coaches, Stephen Bessong, Jacques Wolani and Michael Bisong ensured the smooth running of the day by organising how the matches are played provided support to the teams as needed. We also had 20 volunteers who actively took part in the organisation of the event as over 300 people across Cambridge attended. The legends of Zimbabwe won the event trophy. The coach of the team JB stated “we are delighted to have won the trophy but more importantly we are quite happy to have attended and met our brothers and sister from other countries” “I can assure you that we will be coming to Cambridge again to all events organised by Bisong Foundation”. The team’s captain echoed this by stating that “the day was a great success and we will be attending the next event and obviously to win again”.

The Lord mayor of Cambridge Cllr Mark Ashton and his wife attended and was guest of honour at the football matches. He commended Bisong Foundation for promoting sports and fitness and promised to attend again even if he is no longer the Mayor of Cambridge. We also had the presence of African football hero Cyrille Manakay who Played against England in 1990 World Cup in Italy and legendary artists from Cameroon Epee et Koum to mobilise the community. The event was registered with the Cambridgeshirefa and officiated by Cambridgeshirefa officials.

Because some community members expressed interest in swimming practice, we organised 6 swimming sessions between May and August this year. Although all members who attended swimming sessions knew how to swim, they were made aware of the importance of water safety by the swimming pool coordinators. 15 people took part in different swimming sessions. Feedback from one of the members was very positive. According to her “coming out, socialising and swimming with others have indeed improved my mental health”, she said.

We have equally organised 7 tennis sessions as part of the project. 25 people took part in the different sessions playing as individuals or as in groups. We have not limited the sessions to adults only but have encouraged everyone who wants to play to join in, including children. Michael Bisong and Chika Ezegwu (experienced table tennis players) gave training lessons to people who were new to the sports. “It has really been a great fun to play and explore the different things members can do with just a racket, plastic balls and a table”, one of the participants said. Another feedback we received was from a 36 year old migrant from Nigeria “table tennis helps to improve one’s quality of life - it helps to strengthen the muscles and mobilises the joints. I have had great fun playing table tennis”.

Project part two Workshops on violence against women: On Saturday 26 February 2022, we organised first of the 3 workshops on violence against women at the Cambourne Community Hall. Leane March a domestic violence advocate facilitated the 3 hours long interactive workshop. She encouraged all the women to give their personal experiences about domestic violence and how they managed the crisis. She described the causes of domestic violence and how victims can seek help. Michael Bisong a Senior Social worker in safeguarding and project lead also speaking during the workshop said “statistics have proven that many women do not want to report domestic violence and continue to suffer in silence”. In this regard, the facilitator urged all victims to report any form of abuse so that they can get the necessary help to enable them to stay safe and healthy. Leane also looked at different forms of abuse and their impact on individuals. One of the participants Mrs Paget who works with school children said “dealing with domestic violence involving children has always been a challenge”. Leane described the three stages of domestic abuse involving children: Tension building, acute crisis phase and calm or honey moon phase. She added that without intervention, the frequency and severity of abuse involving children will increase over time and there may be changes to the cycle over a period of time. Again, she urged parents to look out for signs of abuse and report it as soon possible. At the end of the workshop, Leane stated that she was free to talk to anyone after the workshop if they wanted any further consultation with personally.

On Saturday 10th September 2022 we organised the second workshop facilitated by Moji Odewusi (Senior Safeguarding Lead) at Cambourne Community Hall. She delivered a powerful message on domestic violence during the workshop. She explained how victims of domestic violence could recognise patterns of abuse and how they could seek help. Her message was quite clear on recognising the signs of abusive relationship and knowing how to leave a dangerous situation. Participants were advised that it might not be easy to identify domestic violence at first as abusive relationships always involve an imbalance of power and control and some relationships can be abusive from the outset which gets worse over time. She explained that women are most likely to experience multiple forms of abuse and described the different types domestic abuse as; intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, physical, coercion, emotional/psychological, and neglect. She also talked about violence against women and girls which includes family violence such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and honour crimes that are often perpetrated primarily by family members with multiple perpetrators. At the end of the workshop, she provided her contact details and urged victims to contact her for further details or confidential matters.

The third workshop was facilitated by Flavia Sentamu (Senior safeguarding Lead) on Saturday 24th September 2022 at the Cambourne Community Hall. During this workshop, Flavia told participants that the only way to break the circle of domestic violence is to take action and to start by telling someone about the abuse, a loved one, a healthcare provider, a close contact or even calling the national domestic violence hotline. She told participants that she recognises it is hard to talk about the abuse at first, and reminded that victims are not alone, there are experts who are willing to help. She pointed out that victims will feel relieve and receive much needed support if appropriate action has been taken. At the end of the workshop, before distributing the safety plan she had created, she urged everyone experiencing domestic abuse to consider taking action by using the safety plan. She added that leaving an abuser is not easy and can be dangerous. Safety plan: • Call a women’s shelter or domestic violence hotline for advice. Make the call at a safe time when the abuser is not around or from a safe location. • Pack an emergency bag that includes items needed and leave the bag in a safe place. • Keep important personal papers, money and prescription medications handy to take along on short notice. • Know exactly where to go to and how to get there. • Use phones and home computers cautiously. • Turn off GPS devices, change email password frequently and clear viewing history. • Call 999 in an emergency situation. Safety plan was distributed to all participants at the end of the workshop.

Benefits of the project: Delivering this project has enabled people to stay fit and healthy after the lockdowns and ensured their general wellbeing have been maintained. The scientific evidence on the positive effects of sports and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle is overwhelming. The positive, direct effects of engaging in regular physical activity are particularly apparent in the prevention of several chronic diseases. We are grateful to National Lottery community fund for providing this grant that has helped us to improve the physical health of many people across Cambridge.

We have also been able to pass on powerful messages on domestic violence to raise awareness in a bid of keeping victims safe. We believe all survivors of domestic abuse should be able to get the support they need to feel safe and move on from the impact of the abuse. The workshops were not only for those who have experienced domestic abuse but for everyone.
Saturday, 20 August 2022 11:23

Papworth Community News

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Saturday, 20 August 2022 11:20

Cambridge News

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Cambridge News, Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Wednesday, 22 December 2021 20:41

A Big Thank You to KitAid UK

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KitAid donates Football kits to Bisong Football Academy.

The Bisong Football Academy created in 2020 by Michael Bisong, Cameroon Former International player for the Junior National Team have received an important donation from KitAid UK, a charity founded by Derrick Williams MBE in 1998, to provide kits and equipment to those who do not have access to resources across Africa and the developing world.

Sets of Jerseys and track suits have been distributed to players and staff of the Academy in Cameroon who until now didn't have enough Jerseys talk less of tracksuits. The Founder, the Management team, the head coach and players of the Bisong Football Academy, have all expressed their immense gratitude to Kitaid UK for the timely gesture.

Shortly after the distribution of the football kits at the academy's head office in Mbouda, in the West region of Cameroon, the players and officials left for Bandjoun town to play a friendly match against the junior team of a popular First Division club, Feutcheu FC. Bisong Academy won the game 4-1.

By Kelvin Nembo Njuhsop, Mbouda-Cameroon.

For Communication.
Sunday, 14 November 2021 14:02


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Bisong Foundation partners with one vocational institute to provide underprivileged girls and women in Cameroon with tailoring training.

By Kelvin Nembo Njuhsop, Mbouda-Cameroon.

It is a dream come true for hundreds of underprivileged young girls and women in Mbouda, a border town to the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon, where civil unrest that began in 2016 has caused thousands to flee and settled, though under precarious conditions. The Bisong Foundation has taken the resolve to ensure they all enjoy the right to education just like their peers in the West region where there is relative peace.

To achieve this objective, the Humanitarian foundation recently signed a partnership agreement with Unity Comprehensive College whose school officials represented by Mr. DONGMO Levis have already provided a suitable training facility where hundreds of underprivileged girls and women are currently receiving tailoring training. Just that they didn’t have industrial sewing machines to ease learning. It is under this backdrop that the Bisong Foundation provided the institution with 10 industrial machines.

During the handing over ceremony marked by a series of stage performances, one of the trainers, NGORAN Mathilda praised the Bisong foundation and the founder, Michael Bisong for the humanitarian gesture saying; this donation is very timely, we have been in dire need of such state-of-the-art equipment to impart knowledge to these underprivileged persons including IDPs and you came in as our messiah. We promise to make good use of it, she concluded, putting on a smiling face.

The Coordinator of the West regional chapter of the Bisong Foundation, Mr. WAMBO Marcellin seized the occasion to passed across a strong message from the founder, Michael Bisong. He told the beneficiaries that, ‘Mr. Michael Bisong has sent me to give you these industrial machines which will facilitate your studies. He said, you should make the best out of these gifts, embrace education wholeheartedly and be responsible youths, ambassadors of peace. The future of Cameroon and Africa lies in your hands.

The head of each group of trainees received one industrial machine from the hands of the members of the Bisong Humanitarian Foundation. Some of the beneficiaries include AWAH Clarissa ATEH, CHENDJOU Orchelle, MBOU Megane, NKONGNI Pascaline just to name a few. Their joy was immeasurable. They have all expressed their immense gratitude to their benefactor promising to work harder. After receiving the machines, they unanimously echoed this message, thank you Bisong Foundation, we shall not fail you.

The trainees were made to understand that at the end of their training, the Bisong Foundation, whose greatest ambition is to help transform these particular group of people from job seekers to job makers will provide outstanding trainees with new sewing machines and financial assistance to help them open their own workshops in a bid to be self-reliant. The population of Mbouda, the headquarters of the Bamboutos division have praised the Bisong Foundation together with their partners for the initiative that will permit hundreds of adolescent girls and women to be able to receive in-depth professional training with high tech sewing machines.
Friday, 03 September 2021 10:22

Press Release - Cambridge News

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Press release from the Cambridge News.
International Day of the African Child 2021.

Over 200 underprivileged children including Internally Displaced Persons have received school needs donated by one NGO called, Bisong Foundation in collaboration with the ministry of Social Affairs. This was on the occasion of this year’s edition of the International Day of the Child in Mbouda with calls to protect and promote Children’s Right’s especially the right to education.

Children in the Bamboutos Division face various forms of abuse including physical, emotional, sexual as well as parental neglect but in access to quality education, remain one of the greatest challenge. The Bmaboutos Divisional Delegate for Social Affairs, Solange GNOUPEYOU said such disturbing issues can only be fully addressed through a concerted action. The Bisong Foundation through the Co-Founder, Hortence MANTO BISONG, Godmother of the underprivileged children responded positively to her call by donating school needs and financial assistance to over 200 primary and secondary school children including Internally Displaced Persons.

Beneficiaries joined administrative, municipal and religious officials to hail the Bisong Foundation for their countless humanitarian actions in support of the underprivileged, saying it is a veritable example of participatory development. The children received acclaim for a range of stage performances during celebrations to mark the International Day of the African Child in the Bamboutos division.

By Kelvin Nembo Njuhsop
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 17:56

Multi-Media Centre Goes Operational

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The Bisong Foundation has set up an ultramodern multimedia centre for the underprivileged.

The Center is situated in Mbouda Town, West region of Cameroon. The Founder, Mr Michael Bisong says, the centre will serve as a veritable tool to help bridge the digital divide in Cameroon. Many people who do not have the means to access such facilities will be able to do so free of charge.

The staff are now busy teaching both adults and young people, the basics of Information and Communication Technology skills. Most of the beneficiaries are from the majority English-speaking regions of Cameroon; where reports from the UN shows that around 530,000 people have fled their homes due to the ongoing crisis which broke out in 2016.

At the end of the training, the first batch will receive end-of-course attestations and financial support from the Bisong Foundation to start a business of their own. The Bisong Foundation would have contributed in her own way in combating youth unemployment in Cameroon which is said to be one of the factors responsible for irregular migration. The center is equipped with over 10 desktop computers, automatic laser printing machines, scanners, Heat Press T-shirt and mug printing machines amongst, others is now fully operational.

By Junior Levi

President - Bisong Foundation West
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