This is your April newsletter. Apologies for it being so late. I got caught up in a lot of other things, particularly fund raising – see the photos below. Collecting at Dobbies Garden Centre was a great success, and got us £540, but it wasn’t just a matter of standing there from 10 am to 4 pm for two days that took the time. I had to design the big poster. It looks very simple, but trying to get it right was not a quick job.
Tiiu and Patrick Miller collecting at Dobbies Garden Centre, Edinburgh.
The other fund raising we did was at our church’s spring fair. This was not a success. Photo below, but it was on the holiday weekend and there were very few people. Besides, we had been selling our cards there recently already.
Our table at St. Fillan’s coffee morning fair. Photo Tiiu Miller.
I will be updating our website, and hope to put some of these cards and T-shirts for sale on the website. If any of you have suggestions as to how to improve the website do email them to me.
We need to do more fund raising, and we are preparing to do a Crowd Funding project on www.crowdfunder.co.uk to be launched at the end of May (see below) This will be to support environmental education, including the provision of Inga alley plots, at several schools in Cameroon.
Mr. Atanga Wilson has started work with one primary and one secondary school, but there are three more schools that would be very happy to work with him, and there is a school at Nkoumadjap that Gaston has started to work with.
The school director (front) and Mr. Atanga Wilson showing the secondary school children how to plant the seeds from the big Inga pod into little bags to germinate. Photo Atanga Wilson, December 2013.
Some months later: the Inga seedlings in the secondary school garden are now ready for planting out when the rains come. Photo Gaston Bityo April 2014.
When the rains come the Inga seedlings that the students planted at the secondary school will be planted out on a sloped plot. They have been instructed on how to plant on a slope, which requires some special attention.
This school nursery also has cocoa and palm oil seedlings. They are growing these to sell to cover the school needs, such as staff pay and food for the children, because the money the children pay cannot cover all these expenses. It is a boarding school with about 100 children, though some have dropped out because they could not afford the fees and uniforms.
The director at the secondary school, with his staff behind him. He was very keen on the Inga. Photo Gaston Bityo, April 2014.
We will tell you more about the primary school and the Nkoumadjap school in the next newsletter. However, you can find out more from our previous newsletters too, at
We will be starting a crowd-funding project at the end of May to raise money for the schools.
How crowd funding works
For these of you who don’t know how crowd funding works, we upload information about the project to www.crowdfunding.co.uk. We say exactly how much money we need to raise. Then people pledge (promise) to give whatever amount they can afford to give. If enough people pledge so that it adds up to the amount of money we have said we need then they have to pay what they pledged. But if enough money is not pledged to add up to the sum we asked for then no-one has to pay, and we get no money.
We offer rewards to people who pledge. If the fund raising is successful then they pay us the money they pledged and we give them the reward. But if the fund raising was not successful, that is, the money pledged did not add up to what we asked for, then they don’t pay anything, and we don’t give them any rewards, and we get no money.
T-shirts and cards. Some of the things we can do for rewards for our crowd-funding project for Cameroon schools (end of May launch). Can you think of other ideas? Photo and artwork Tiiu Miller 2014
LET’S MAKE A BIG EFFORT TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS.
Can you help to suggest ideas for what we can give as rewards? We offer small rewards for small pledges, and bigger rewards for bigger pledges, but none of them should be too expensive, or expensive to post. We have some ideas for rewards ourselves like the T-shirts and cards that I design and print in the photo above.But we would be very grateful for some more suggestions.
Thank you for your thoughts.
Tiiu-Imbi Miller, Mrs., PhD.