With the building season underway a number of projects have begun to be realized at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage. One important event for our building season this year took place on February 4, 2016 : The laying of the foundation stone of the Learning centre dormitory/hostel.
Preparations for this significant milestone had been keeping the building crew busy. After the land was terraced, the survey crew of students from COTECC laid out the shape with string and bamboo/raffia. Then the foundation trench was excavated and leveled. Loads of stone arrived and are being shaped for the dry stone foundation that will support the building.
Better World Cameroon Director, Joshua Konkankoh described our progress, touring the notables through the Ecohut and the soon to be named two-story sleeping hut under construction.
who announced the installation of Sonita Mbah as the “Queen of Ndanifor” or Director of Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage.
The Regent of Bawum also gave his blessings to the project and joined us in celebrating Sonita’s new role.
Mayor Langsi of Bafut spoke his admiration and acknowledgement of Sonita and offered the Council’s complete support to the project.The assembly then made its’ way to the building site where the Regent and village elders prepared for the ceremony.
A stone was laid in the foundation trench and blessed, libation poured upon with significant participation of the Regent of Bawum, Mayor Langsi representing Bafut Council, Alegnwi Quarter Head Asanji, local elders, builders, Sonita and architect Elke Cole.
This traditional ceremony and celebration brings the support and blessing of the Bawum Fon, local leaders in the village the Mayor of Bafut and Quarter Head of the Alegnwi Quarter together in the creation of new possibilities and opportunities for the people of Bawum and Bafut. It marks the realization of vision through action into the physical building of a model, an ecovllage, to help transform Bafut communites into vibrant, self supporting, sustainable examples for all of Cameroon and Africa.Photo credits to Michel Olofsson and Erik Söderman