HISTORY OF SURDEV

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HISTORY OF SURDEV

Sustainable Run for Development (SURUDEV) is a non-profit, non-denominational, and apolitical organization that was created in 2007 against the backdrop of persistent environmental issues in the Bamenda highlands in particular and Cameroon in general. Our efforts initially focused on addressing climate change and its impacts on ecosystem, economies and communities of the rural Bamenda.

To restore and rejuvenate the degraded ecosystem, SURUDEV with the active support of local communities, students and volunteers started large scale plantations of (endemic and indigenous) forest species, especially in the highlands of Bamenda.

SURUDEV firmly believes that community participation in planning, implementation and monitoring plays a critical role in ensuring sustainability of development projects in the long run. Therefore, a series of awareness camps have been organised on the importance of forest protection and sustainable natural resource management at the village level. Prime focus has also been given to sensitization and empowerment of women as they play a key role in the management and control of natural resources. In addition to this, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) were established and capacitated with regular training, workshops and exposures to promote ownership of the program.

Within a span of just 9 years of it’s history, SURUDEV has achieved several tangible milestones in ensuring livelihood, food, and nutritional security through promoting sustainable agriculture, and introduction of climate smart crops among the rural farmer’s communities. The success are even more phenomenal when evaluated in terms of conserving biodiversity, protecting forest resources and endangered wildlife, promoting value and right based education among children, youths, adults at family and community levels for inclusive development.

Gradually, all these initiatives taken up by SURUDEV has caught attention at the local, regional and national levels and is well admired. Several national and international organisations have been stepping forward to provide the much needed support to SURUDEV to carry on its development mission. With the awards of USD 1500 from the ‘Intelligent use of water Awards (Rain Birds)’ based in the USA, it was supported to form farmer’s group in the highlands to plant trees with an aim to revitalise denuded landscapes for agriculture, check soil erosion and boost soil health. With partnership from ‘Trees For the Future’, USA, and the Country Representative in Cameroon, the plantation program was raised to a full agroforestry project resulting in plantation of around 50,000 trees annually.

Some of the tangible achievements of SURUDEV:

150 rural women were trained and supported for sustainable livelihood;

20,000 youths and students were trained and sensitised on importance of environmental conservation.More than 20,000 trees were planted with the help of these students;

40 water catchments areas were developed and protected

Two forest areas comprising 20,000 hectares has been conserved;

Provided alternative livelihood support to 200 forest users;

Two MoUs were signed with two councils to jointly protect water catchments areas to support rural farmlands;

4 hectares of Sustainable bio-demonstration farm has been developed in Bongom Village, Donga Mantung Division.

The initiatives of SURUDEV have been recognized and published by numerous reputed media like The Guardian Post, The Eden Newspaper, The Eye Newspaper, The Scoops, and many more.

SURUDEV have received several recognitions from the media. These include:

Guardian Post: Best NGO of the Year 2015.

The eye Newspaper: Best results oriented Organization of the year 2015.

The Lifetime Press Award as Best Organization proficient in the fight against Climate Change.

The Scoops Newspaper: Best Environmental Ngo of the year 2016

The World Echoes Press awards: Best Grass root Development Organization of the year 2016

We believe in the concept/principle that successful protection and conservation of the environment is not feasible without training the communities around the environments being protected. It is required to make these communities realize that the resources they protect and conserve belong to them and they own those.

We invite all concerned individuals and development institutions, agencies to extend support to the underprivileged communities for a just and equitable world, and save our planet from unsustainable consumption, and the looming hydra of climate change.