We’ve done it again! For the fourth consecutive year, we return to visit an African country, in search of new solidary and sporting adventures. Cameroon was the chosen country for 2017. It is called “Africa in miniature” because of its geological and cultural diversity: it has beaches, deserts, mountains, forests and savannahs.
On a sporting level, its long tradition of footballis prominent, being the African country that has competed the most times in a World Cup.It hasoutstanding players that play on an international, such as Samuel Eto’o, Roger Milla and the legendary Thomas N’kono, the current goalkeeper coach at RCD Espanyol.
On April 9, a group of 30 people embarked on the trip to the African country, where the most important media of Yaoundé, the capital, awaited us. Following a busy press conference with the main local television stations, the group went on to train and adapt itselfto the humid climate of the area.
The 11th was the long-awaited day, when we would face the Yaoundé Dragons, as classified by the Cameroonian League. Until the 60th minute, the score was 1-1 (Goal by Kevin Caballero), but finally the physical superiority of the African players took over, and the Les Franquian players scored no more goals. The final result was 5-1 but, as always, it was the least important thing. Once again, what we took home was an incredible experience.
With this trip, we have managed to break records. Thanks to the solidarity of all of the partners, friends and businesses of Vallès Oriental, we collected around €10,000 for the fine project that the Catalan NGO Insolàfrica is developing in the town of Kribi: the construction of a library at the School of Nursing.
It should be noted that 700 kilos of school and sports supplies were also taken, which were distributed among the children of Kribi and the Dragons of Yaoundé junior team.
Without a doubt, one of the key moments of the trip was the laying of the first stone of the library that will be named after the Club. The children of the NGO welcomed us with songs and dances typical of the region. They were wild with excitement to see us and play with us. It was a moment that touched us all.
One of the other special moments, apart from handing over the school and sports supplies was the delivery of our solidary book “Jan’s Dream” to several children of the Insolàfrica NGO, and draw in the black and white illustrations. The book also served to raise funds to build the library in Kribi, as well as other initiatives.
Each and every one of these adventures has been truly magical. They enrich us not only as people, but also as a club.
We have received good news from Cameroon. Six months after our visit to the country, photographs arrive, in which we can see the progress that has been made with the supplies that we took in April.
We delivered sport shirts, balls and sports equipment to our friends in the Etetack district (located in the upper part of Yaoundé), which have been put to good use to create grassroots football teams that bring children and young people together. The team, named “Ramassà Espoir de Etetack”, is already up and running and has participated in summer tournaments. It is currently in the process of joining the Cameroon Youth League.
On the professional side, the help of A.E. Ramassà will allow the supervision and training of young people in trades such as computing, mechanics, childcare, etc.
Our support has also contributed to social awareness, organizing awareness sessions and educational talks for young people, helping them to discover the concept of Ubuntu.
In the cultural sphere, they have created a theatre and dance company, “Compagnie Ramassà”, where they teach boys and girls to perform traditional African dance, as well as contemporary dance. Children also learn music (in particular, percussion) and theatre, always related to the Ubuntu ideology, a philosophy of life created by Desmond Tutu that is directed towards the loyalty of people and the relationship between them.
Here are some of the images of the group’s efforts:
The A.E. Ramassà theatre company has a very encouraging project at hand. On December 20th, the association organized a solidary cultural evening in order to raise funds for the development of a water point for the population of the Etetack district. That day, contemporary dance, traditional music (with percussion and drums) and songs were presented live. Additionally, there were other internationally renowned artists, such as Mr. Tiomela Dany Stéphane, the artist, choreographer, dancer, drummer and playwright who is in charge ofthe RAMASSA Culture Company.
Etetack is a suburb located on the outskirts of the north of the city of Yaoundé. It is a neighbourhood with a cosmopolitan and heterogeneous population. It is known for the modest quality of its buildings and the low spending power of its inhabitants. 75% of the houses are constructed of materials that are unsafe, and one of the main problems that they are faced with is a short supply of drinking water.
Not all of the neighbourhood is supplied with drinking water, raising the price for its population. This causes almost the majority of the population to drink mountain water that they must go and collect in the forest. This is a very difficult task because there is often a large crowd of people at the water point and it is necessary to wait for hours to fill a can or a drum of water from the mountain.
In addition, it should be taken into account that the location of this water point is located is very unhealthy because the implements used to channel and collect water are made from improvised supplies. The goal of the cultural evening is to acquire skill and clean the drinking water point in order to guarantee healthy conditions for the population of Etetack.
This is the view of the Etetack district from Mont Messa: