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Chop Fayner – New Edition

October 4th, 2015 by admin

Welcome to Chop Fayner, the new and revised Chop Fayn (we don’t claim to be original). As with the last edition, the profits will go to support the PC Cameroon Gender, Youth, and Cameroon committee’s endeavors. We hope to have included a wide enough range of recipes to suit most PCVs. This time around, we have tried to favor interesting recipes for non-cookers, for PCVs who live in places where there’s almost nothing to buy, and for people without ovens.

If you live in a village where gas is rare and food variety rarer, you can still make tasty stuff by buying the herbs and spices listed here. If you have food and fuel available, you might want to add an interesting cookbook from the States to your Chop Fayn collection. The Silver Palate series is good, as is Mollie Katzen’s. For fat- and cholesterol-conscious people, The New American Diet Cookbook is good, basic, and contains a wide variety of recipes.

We would like to thank all who contributed time and/or ideas to this project. The cover was designed by a student, Ibrahim Ahmadou, in Bertoua. Glen Torbert, thanks for allowing us to use recipes from Clueless Gourmet. Thanks to Stephen Bobenhausen for all of your fancy typing. Jen-O (Mattison), you’re a life-saver for doing all that thorough editing. Comic Dr. Bunker, you are our font man. Thanks so much!

Thanks again for supporting women and youth in Cameroon by buying Chop Fayner. The cookbook is an on-going project, with revisions about every two years. Please let the editors know, through GYC in Yaoundé, if there is anything that you would change or suggest for the next edition.

Good Luck!

Andy Kerrigan Karen McClish Hope Neighbor Karen Reed

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Vote for Anna in the Peace Corps Blog It Home Competition

August 5th, 2014 by admin

Hi! My name is Anna and I’m a current Peace Corps Cameroon Volunteer. I recently received the exciting news that my blog,
annadoespangea.blogspot.com, was selected as a finalist for the Peace Corps Blog It Home competition; the idea behind the contest is to
highlight blogs that exemplify the Third Goal. With annadoespangea, I try to be honest, respectful, positive, and entertaining in this
portrayal.

But I need your help!

Starting yesterday, August 4, Peace Corps posted a photo, blog description, and link to my blog in an album on
https://www.facebook.com/peacecorps. The direct link to my page can be found here — voters just have to follow that link and “like” the picture: https://www.facebook.com/peacecorps/photos/a.10152404780060914.1073741843.110634980913/10152404782070914/?type=1

The public can vote from now until August 10. The Office of Third Goal will use the public votes to help decide which Volunteers will win a trip to Washington, D.C. from Sept. 14-20.

Voting wraps up this Sunday, and I appreciate as many Cameroon enthusiasts as possible!

Thank you!

Best,
Anna Nathanson
Peace Corps Cameroon

Aiken native in Africa for two years

March 6th, 2014 by bobebill

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Submitted Photo Spencer Snyder with the brothers of his host family during training. Snyder, a recently enrolled Peace Corps member, is on a two-year assignment in Cameroon.

Spencer Snyder of Aiken is spending his first Peace Corps assignment in Africa, tending to the health of the residents.

Snyder, a South Aiken High School graduate, joined the Peace Corps last September. After two months of training, he was assigned to the village of Badjouma, located in northern Cameroon, Africa.

Cameroon is a country about the size of California and is located in the central western region of Africa. It is a microcosm of Africa geographically and culturally with a topography ranging from coastal beaches to mountains and rain forests to deserts.

There are approximately 200 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in Cameroon, involved in the education, environmental and health programs.

Snyder was one of 55 volunteers in the new wave assigned to Cameroon. He personally is working with a local UNICEF team, dealing with malnutrition and HIV/AIDS education.

Snyder will be on assignment to the village for the next couple years.

Getting there

When he first wanted to join, his parents, Larry and Judy Snyder of Aiken, were apprehensive. However, the extensive training and infrastructure that the Peace Corps provide helped them accept the risks that would come with Spencer’s adventure.

During the two months of training, volunteers like Spencer live in remote villages with a local host family. During this time, they are totally immersed into the culture, language and primitive living conditions in order to prepare them for similar experiences in their future assignments.

During his training period, Spencer lived with a local Cameroonian family of eight. He had six “brothers” ranging in age from three to 20.

While the home provided basic shelter, there was no running water and only an outdoor latrine. “Bucket baths” were the norm, with water hauled daily from the local town’s well.

Since French is the primary language of the country, Spencer’s training also included daily French lessons.

Settling down

Spencer’s assigned home in Badjouma is typical of those provided to Peace Corps volunteers – a small, two-room concrete block dwelling with a tin roof located within a walled compound.

There is no running water, and the bathroom is a simple latrine in the back yard. Water for bathing and cooking is carried daily in buckets from a neighbor’s well.

The Peace Corps provides water filters and mosquito nets to all the volunteers.

Electricity is only on about half the time so Spencer uses a solar panel purchased from the previous Peace Corps volunteer in his village. The solar panel keeps his cell phone and other electronics charged.

Volunteers are assigned local community coordinators. This person helps the volunteer transition into the village and assists the volunteer in the project work that he or she will perform during their two-year assignment.

Spencer’s coordinator is Moussa, a local farmer who is dedicated to his role and has proven to be an invaluable asset to Spencer’s transition into his village.

The Peace Corps maintains a medical staff at each of its four regional offices and provides the volunteers with health care on the local economy. If a volunteer becomes ill, they are quickly transported to the regional offices for treatment by the in-house medical staff and, if necessary, at the local hospitals.

All volunteers are medically cleared before they are allowed to leave the country.

Getting around

All volunteers are provided bicycles and helmets for getting around their assigned villages and nearby areas.

In addition, they are provided a motorcycle helmet for riding the “moto” taxis that take them to the more distant villages and larger towns. The moto taxi is simply a small motorcycle for hire that is the primary form of local transportation throughout the country. Many motos can be seen carrying as many as five passengers at once.

For longer trips between the larger towns, there are commercial cars and buses available that are often overloaded with passengers and with all kinds of baggage and other personal belongings strapped on the roof.

The Peace Corps volunteers are not allowed to operate any motor vehicles while they are in service and can be terminated immediately for breaking this rule.

Daily life

Recently, Spencer attended a Catholic church service where one of Moussa’s sons was baptized. During the rather long service, many of the parishioners tended to doze off. One of the elders of the church would walk around continuously with a long stick and tap people on the head when he caught them nodding off.

Spencer said he managed to stay awake throughout the service.

In spite of the hardships of the primitive living conditions, Spencer says he is enjoying the challenges of his work and the once in a lifetime opportunity that it is giving him to experience African cultures and to see firsthand the beauty of the varied landscapes of Cameroon.

While electricity is sporadic, the cell phone service in Cameroon is very good. Most volunteers purchase a local cell phone as soon as they arrive in the country, and are able to communicate among themselves, the Peace Corps offices and friends and family back home with fairly reliable service.

His parents are comforted by Spencer’s weekly phone calls, when he tells them of his latest experiences.

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Missions accomplished: Oregon lands high Peace Corps rating

December 12th, 2013 by bobebill

A Peace Corps Volunteer helps Cameroonian children paint a mural about water sanitation on a well constructed by another volunteer at a school in Madouma, East Province, Cameroon
A Peace Corps Volunteer helps Cameroonian children paint a mural about water sanitation on a well constructed by another volunteer at a school in Madouma, East Province, Cameroon.

While Oregon residents are joining the Peace Corps with great fervor, they’re doing so at a slower clip than they did last year.

So says the Peace Corps itself, which, in a report that ranked which states contribute the most volunteers, placed Oregon in the fourth spot nationally.

Oregon sends 5.2 volunteers per 100,000 residents into the Peace Corps. The figure is down from the 6.1 volunteers per capita rate that Oregon logged in 2012. The state ranked third in the Peace Corps analysis last year.

Oregon ranks only behind Vermont, the District of Columbia and New Hampshire in terms of per capita volunteers.

“Oregon has a wealth of globally oriented universities and sustainably minded communities from which we find volunteers willing to make a difference in communities overseas,” said Janet Allen, manager of the Peace Corps West Coast Region, in a release.

California, New York and Texas send the most volunteers overall into the Peace Corps.

In 2013, 203 Oregonians joined the Peace Corps. That figure ranks 14th overall, tying Oregon with Massachusetts.

Andy Giegerich is editor for Sustainable Business Oregon.

FOC Friend Wins Best Male Artist Award for 2012

April 15th, 2013 by admin

The Palais de Congres was the place to be on March 30th, 2013, to witness the 9th edition of Cameroon’s Annual Music Awards, honoring the best of Cameroon’s vibrant music industry. The audience included prominent figures in Cameroon, ranging from leading stars of the entertainment industry to government ministers, Ambassadors, politicians, and stars of the music industry, past, present and future.

“C’est Notre Hollywood!” Sparkling dresses, flashing cameras, the red carpet, and anticipation in the air. There were thirteen categories of awards announced throughout the night, with many Cameroonian talents were nominated for the prestigious awards. The exciting night featured both memorable award presentations and vibrant performances by the artists. The evening drew to a heart-stopping climax when Cameroon’s Minister of Culture stepped forward to announce the final and most prestigious award, honoring the “Best Male Artist of the Year 2012.”

With suspense tugging on each word, the Minister announced the winner: Prince Ndedi Eyango, a Cameroonian musician, who launched his singing career 30 years ago. After releasing a series of best-selling albums, he toured extensively in Europe and Africa and then moved to the U.S. to expand his opportunities through performances, to study music and enhance his artistic knowledge, and produce a number of upcoming stars.

During 17 years of a music career in the U.S., Prince Eyango performed at major festivals and events in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, quickly becoming the truly international star that his fans knew him to be already. He was the headline performer for the Friends of Cameroon gala celebrating Peace Corps’ 45th anniversary, and a longtime supporter of FOC. Prince Eyango returned to Cameroon as an American citizen, with one goal–to bring his U.S. music knowledge to expand his career as a musician and producer, and to promote the vibrant culture and musical talent his country of birth, Cameroon. Recognized when he received Cameroon’s Artist of the Year Award in 1987 with his major hit, “You Must Calculer,” he has hit after hit in the years since, and released his latest hit album, “Appelle Moi” in October 2012. With this latest honor, musical historians are certain to note Prince Eyango for his lifelong achievements, just as his fans have done for years!

Discovering Cameroon, a microcosm of the African continent

February 15th, 2013 by admin

One evening last summer, as I strolled along the promenade in Limbe, a small, scenic port town in southwestern Cameroon, I was stopped by a well-dressed young man who greeted me warmly and took me by the hand. Read the full story at the Washington Post

Cameroon Project on Kickstarter.com

April 5th, 2011 by admin

I just returned to the US two weeks ago, after 2 1/2 years in Cameroon as a Peace Corps agroforestry volunteer. While I was there, I became friends a lot of the talented artists at the Garoua Alliance Franco-Camerounaise. One such group was Wam Kara, who was one of the best groups, music and performancewise, that I saw during my time in Cameroon. They are incredibly talented and popular, yet lack the funds to produce their album. Coming home, I decided to work on raising the money so that they can produce their album and become better known throughout Cameroon.

The project is on Kickstarter.com, and there are about 30 days left in the campaign to raise the money. Our goal is to raise about $1800. So far we have one tenth of that. People visit the site, look at the project, and if they are so moved, donate money online towards the project. It would be great if I could get it out to a larger audience of Cameroon friends!

Here is the address to the project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003034960/wam-karas-first-album-release?ref=live
Thank you so much!

Elizabeth Moore