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Our Mid-year Evaluation (2018)

Goal 1: Outreach and Visibility:

Milestone: Scale and get indirect beneficiaries

Outcome: Goal Achieved. We successfully created the website and increased our visibility by 67%, granting us access to more users, partners and grants. We are now serving a broader online community and scaling through onsite. In the same vein, the e-culture project saw the participation of more than 500 youths (university students), which was far above our milestone. We had a total of 16321 likes, clicks and shares on our online resources.

Goal 2: Empowerment and progress:

Milestone: Empower 1500 youths

Outcome: Goal not completely achieved. The year ended with us reaching out just to 988 youths directly. This was due to the increase in our activities and the fact that the Ministry of culture who promised to support our green culture project didn’t show up. On the contrary, many women than planned were empowered.

The most important achievement in this endeavor is the increase in the number of volunteers to 80, from 31 the previous year.

Goal 3: Community support and partnerships

Milestone: Soil our roots in the local community

Outcome: we secured a partnership with the Dschang University foundation in June, which gives us access to a community of 30000 persons (students, alumni, staff and authorities). We are thus listed as a strategic partner. We also liaised with the Dschang city council. As the lone organization working purely on the civilization and modernization of culture while fostering sustainable development, we received endorsements from 8 traditional chiefs. We signed partnership and MoU with renowned organizations as mentioned earlier.

Major awards and listings 2017/2018:

 Tony Elumelu Award (http://tonyelumelufoundation.org/programme/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TEF2017_1000_NAMES-1.pdf )

Dschang University foundation award for excellence and support

Culture pro.

 

Gala Match for integration with la source orphanage

ICAD received a special invitation from AHVEC to take part in a gala match against the orphans of “la source” in AHVEC. This match was organized by OKSANA MARADAN as a send off, after she spent three months working on how to restructure the educational programs of AHVEC as part of partial fulfillment to obtain her Masters degree. The gala match went on well with conviviality and fair play. ICAD sent 11 participants. All is well that ends well as ICAD signed a partnership with “la source” orphanage as part of their activities within the W4D project.

Results: 5 orphans received scholarship from us.

Workshop on PRA

As part of a training on participatory methods in local development, was a capacity building workshop on Participatory Rural Appraisal, a development method which uses the local and rural knowledge to diagnose problems and seek for sustainable solutions. When correctly applied, an inclusive development is attained, contrary to the top-bottom approach where everything is imposed. This training therefore will be of utmost importance to the 21 communities of intervention of ICAD.

The Performing arts version of the e-culture Cameroon project (Traditional dances – street)

This was at its first phase and the main activity involved was valorizing Cameroonian dances. This phase had as theme “Revealing the unseen choreography” which simply had to do with showcasing dance steps that has never been seen before. These young competitors mainly between the ages of 18-25 had to carryout research to reveal dance moves that has never been seen before. In general, a plethora of the participants were Dschang resident and more than 80% of them were students from the University of Dschang. Most of the innovative dance steps were then documented at the end for archives.

The Green Culture

This project entails greening culture by planting trees around sacred forests. This project has been existing for 3 years after we received a 25000 USD fund to run it in 2013. Today, we are simply scaling the projects to other localities and ensuring sustainability of the project.

 

Result: in 2017, 5000 trees were planted in sacred forests around Ndop.

ICAD sent a three man delegation in the IAS conference in Paris

Building on the successful participation of ICAD, with its emblematic blind chat app in the Networking exhibition zone during the 21st International AIDS conference that took place between the 18-22 July 2016 in Durban, South Africa, ICAD has once more been invited to take  part in the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) on 23-26 July 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France (http://www.ias2017.org). This biennial gathering is the largest open scientific conference on HIV and AIDS related issues – bringing together a broad cross-section of more than 6,000 professionals from around the world to meet and examine the latest scientific developments in HIV-related research with a focus on moving science into practice and policy.

It is against this backdrop that three (03) young advocates/ volunteers have been delegated to represent ICAD in different capacities. We have Ms Ruddy Awa Edale Takere, the liaison officer of the project, who will liaise with other researchers and pundits for more visibility and outreach of the project. The second delegate is Lomo Melingui Catherine whose good will and outstanding wits earned her a ticket to Paris as a volunteer. The last is Kemshi Suleman who is an IT expert, working with Mr Kamnga Orielien on the development, administration and content upload of the mobile app. Their participation is going to be a groundbreaking one as they will all act as young ambassadors during the upcoming summer boot camp in Dschang, Cameroon.

 

Interculturality and the modernization of Cameroonian culture

ICAD strides to promote the modernization and popularization of cultural activities in Cameroon. In this regard therefore, we promote arts, craft as well as performing arts (Dance and Theatre). It is against this backdrop that we initiated 2 projects (E-CULTURE and GREEN CULTURE) E-CULTURE project, which entails creating a mobile app and website aiming at digitalizing the Cameroonian culture. We have been able to collect data on distinct cultural activities, which we intend to create a data base, with the objective of keeping the Cameroonian culture alive and in a digitalized and modernized state.

 

The Website

Initially, ICAD was operating under a sub domain. 3 years after its creation, ICAD was hosted under YOLA SITE as a subdomain, with the address www.icad.yolasite.com . During the December 2016 General assembly, the board members of ICAD decided to have a professional website and a domain name. It is against this backdrop that we succeeded to obtain www.icadorg.com .  Today, the new website looks more professional and has attracted a plethora of persons as illustrated below: