Bambili Baptist Church Environmental Project
The project at Bambili Baptist marks a successful beginning to SYFA’s volunteer projects. It was initiated in 2003 while Farmer Tantoh was studying agriculture at the Regional college of Agriculture in Bambili, Cameroon. Bambili Baptist Church has a congregation of about 200 people and a small yard. The church compound was originally very bushy, but youth volunteers ploughed the yard and planted an organic lawn. The World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming (WWOOF) head office in the UK contributed $100 (US) enabling the flowerbeds to be built and the flowers to be bought. The church provided comparable support for the project.
Since then, the entire church congregation has maintained the lawns and flowers very well. The lawn around the church works both to prevent soil erosion and serve as a play area for the children. Thanks to SYFA’s efforts, the compound now looks clean and beautiful.
- The church is protected from soil erosion by the organic lawns and flowers.
- The gardens around Bmbili encourage the Church to come together to care for them.
SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROJECT
The Church assumes responsibility to take care of its gardens.
Despite significant progress, much remains to be done. More flowerbeds need to be constructed in the bare areas around the church. The yard needs to be paved with blocks to prevent erosion in the rainy season. Lawnmowers and refuse cans are also needed.