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Sustainable Development

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. Do you want to get involved? You can start by telling everyone about them. We’ve also put together some actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future.


What is sustainable development

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in many different ways, but at its core is an approach to development that looks to balance different, and often competing, needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society.

All too often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts. We are already seeing the damage this kind of approach can cause, from large-scale financial crises caused by irresponsible banking, to changes in global climate resulting from our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources. The longer we pursue unsustainable development, the more frequent and severe its consequences are likely to become, which is why we need to take action now.

So is it all just about the environment?

Living within our environmental limits is one of the central principles of sustainable development. One implication of not doing so is climate change.

But the focus of sustainable development is far broader than just the environment. It's also about ensuring a strong, healthy and just society. This means meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities, promoting personal wellbeing, social cohesion and inclusion, and creating equal opportunity.

If sustainable development focuses on the future, does that mean we lose out now?

Not necessarily. Sustainable development is about finding better ways of doing things, both for the future and the present. We might need to change the way we work and live now, but this doesn't mean our quality of life will be reduced.

A sustainable development approach can bring many benefits in the short to medium term, for example:

Savings - As a result of SDC scrutiny, government has saved over £60m by improving efficiency across its estate.

Health & Transport - Instead of driving, switching to walking or cycling for short journeys will save you money, improve your health and is often just as quick and convenient.

How does it affect me?

The way we approach development affects everyone. The impacts of our decisions as a society have very real consequences for people's lives. Poor planning of communities, for example, reduces the quality of life for the people who live in them. (Relying on imports rather than growing food locally puts the UK at risk of food shortages.)

Sustainable development provides an approach to making better decisions on the issues that affect all of our lives. By incorporating health plans into the planning of new communities, for instance, we can ensure that residents have easy access to healthcare and leisure facilities. (By encouraging more sustainable food supply chains, we can ensure the UK has enough food for the long-term future.)

How do we make it happen?

We all have a part to play. Small actions, taken collectively, can add up to real change. However, to achieve sustainability in the UK, we believe the Government needs to take the lead. The SDC's job is to help make this happen, and we do it through a mixture of scrutiny, advice and building organisational capacity for sustainable development

Training program for widow farmers

A two day training program (8-9th October 2012) carried by Nest of Hope Cameroon for widow farmers in pig rearing in the Fako District.  The main aim of this training program is to train some wVocational training centreomen on pig farming, marketing, business and farm record keeping and group dynamics. The beneficiaries are widows living in Ikata or came to settle in Ikata after losing their while in another part of the South West with the intention of carrying out farming and petty trading to take care of their orphans.

Cameroon, in the hope to fight against extreme poverty and hunger has put the agro pastoral sector in the first place in its priority list and in its development strategies.  At farmBut despite this, Cameroon is unable to encourage agricultural activities since Agriculture is considered a sentimental and cultural activity solely for rural people or a secondary activity. Those involved in practicing agriculture face many difficulties like lack of capital, land to cultivate and most especially lack of trainings. Due to these setbacks, farmers and women especially often yield less from their produce. In the agro pastoral sector, pig rearing is one of the most profitable and accessible sectors and adapted more to a local reality.

Small-scale pig farming plays an important role in the livelihood of many families in the developing world. In Cameroon and the Fako District in particular, most pigs are of exotic breeds and their crosses, and are concentrated mainly around Fako District and its environs. These areas have the advantage of favourable cliTraining with pigsmate perhaps conducive for intensive pig farming and farmers have easy access to markets. Local pig farming is a form of pig production system quite popular in southwestern region of Cameroon. In these settings, families keep an average of 1 to 2 indigenous pigs, these pigs are usually tethered or allowed to scavenge on their own. One of the animals that you are likely going to see when you enter these homesteads is a tethered or a roaming pig plus a few scavenging chicken. Pigs require minimal inputs in terms of family labour and feeding, perhaps an important motivation for farmers to raise pigs. Allowing pigs to roam freely is illegal and against the laws of Cameroon, however, farmers in study villages have continued to engage in local pig farming despite the governments call to confine pigs.


Orphans scolarship program

With A 40ft container shipped to Cameroon from Japan from the Crossroads Foundation worth  US$3524/ TOTAL GROSS WEIGHT of contents: 7646 Kg, Nest o Hope was able to support some few Orphanages, children's homes,  handicap centers etc...Nest of Hope giftsNest of Hope Container

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In Nest of Hopes’ endeavor to improve the lives of orphans infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the community, we have continued to partner with local schools to secure scholarships that enable orphans to obtain an education. An additional 20 orphans have been enrolled in this implementation year, bringing the total number of orphans under Nest of Hope’s  orphan sponsorship project to 50.

We have also provided school uniforms and scholastic materials to each of the orphans under this project.

While Nest of Hope is unable to fund the education of all the orphans in our community, we have recently started a small program where individuals (from the community and internationally) can help us sponsor orphans. Under this arrangement, 8 orphans have been fully sponsored: 6 are in nursery and primary, while two have just started their first year at secondary level of education.Nest of Hope games

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 15:33

In Cameroon, Nest of Hope helps women access micro finance loans so they will be able to start small business ventures to enable these women especially Aids widows, orphans and child headed families to earn a living to support them and their families. In rural communities of Cameroon, women have few skills, little education and no means of earning a living. A switch from aid dependency to self-sufficiency is impossible without help. Nest of Hope helps these women acquire skills training to be successful; one skill is learning how to sew. The women go to school to learn the trade and then use the sewing machines to make clothes to sell in the market and for their families. The money they earn goes back to pay for the education and to provide for their family and themselves.

But there is a profound reality that for every twenty or so women knows, there is only one sewing machine to share. In other words, once they have the skill to support themselves, these women have a very difficult time starting a profitable business.

To us, this is not acceptable and I hope you would also agree.

So what can we do to help these women?

These women have suffered greatly because of the violence that has ravaged so much of the African continent and Cameroonian society as a whole. In most cases, these women who are widowed, have been abandoned or violated, and are often powerless and voiceless. Several others factors make it difficult for women in Buea to achieve their full potential. Limited schooling is one factor, along with a high rate of pregnancy among women entering child-bearing age. Women are also affected by domestic violence and by the disintegration of families; fathers are absent in 60% of Buea households, leaving women as the sole responsible person for maintaining the family. These factors contribute to the deterioration of health, housing, and economic conditions of the household. For women having to support their households, a reliable source of income is crucial. If you think about that for just a minute, it seems unreal. Can you even imagine trying to survive on one dollar a day? It seems impossible, doesn’t it?

The sewing Machine Project

We will initiate a project to help single mothers and widows to get skills through training in dressmaking to help them integrate into the textile industry.  We will start by renting a center in Buea where 16 widows will be trained per session of six month on how to use sewing machine to make dresses.Those who will graduate from this program will be benefiting from taking contracts with schools by making uniform for their children as well as making dresses for sale to the general public. The result of this project will compel us in the future to propose a project that would benefit 300 single mothers in a single year.

The local materials contribution will include:

·       Eight manual Sewing machines and accessories

·       Workrooms for the women.

·       Fabric, thread and other materials

·       Financial help for the shipment of 50 sewing machines to Cameroon


Nest of Hope needs support to buy 50 sewing machines more of which 25 will be electric and 25 manual. We also need salaries for three (3) teachers for one year.

We’ve formed a planning committee to explore the many ways we can raise funds to provide sewing machine kits. Over the next months, we will be putting together several fund-raising events and we need your ideas and your help. Feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or directly by phone. You can also keep up with our progress by following us on Nest of Hope's Facebook page and Twitter.

If, like us, you feel that this situation is just not acceptable, join us in making a difference in the lives of the women of Cameroon. Donate to this Project

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:03