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Sustainable Initiatives in Congo-Brazzaville, Mali & Togo

Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

15 May 2019

Post No. 91



The Week’s Contents


• Support Sustainable Initiatives in Congo-Brazzaville, Mali and Togo

• All Year Round Projects, In Focus this Spring 2019: The Economies of Running, Gaming and Voting

• All in Development Story (AiDS) Telling Series, In Focus between 15 and 21 May 2019: Serial No. 3 – Recovery Stories


… and much more!



Key Messages


~ Support Sustainable Initiatives in Congo-Brazzaville, Mali and Togo

As part of working in association with local people to develop sustainable initiatives, we have the following initiatives in the following three countries:

1/ Project of Social Welfare for Raped Women during Civilian Wars in Congo-Brazzaville

2/ Projects of Safe Drinking Water Supply for Needy Children and Vulnerable Population in Togo

3/ Social and Economic Promotion of Young Deaf Persons out of Schooling in Mali

As we all know, projects like these ones in developing countries like of Africa need support.  Support can be of various kinds including funding. 

Our African initiators of these projects and CENFACS would be more than happier if potential supporters considered them for support or any recommendation for support is provided.

Under the Main Developments section of this post, you will find some basic information about them. 

The full details or proposals for the above three projects are available on request.  However, CENFACS welcomes any enquiries or discussions related to them. 





~ All Year Round Projects, In Focus for this Spring 2019: The Economies of Running, Gaming and Voting

All the three components (Run, Play and Vote) of our All Year Round Projects are still running this Spring since they started in January 2019.  For this Spring and the rest of Spring 2019, our focus regarding these projects will be on their economies.

The focus will be to tackle the two twin problems of scarcity (limitation of economic resources to be allocated to these projects) and choice (a wide range of wants and needs that are required to be met to deliver them)

Organising and or taking part in projects like running, playing and voting or any other venture involve costs.  There are costs whether one does it alone or as a group or even as part of an organisation. 

To enable those who are already and would like to join these projects to meet project aims and goals, we are working on the basic economies (system of activities) of running, playing and voting to reduce poverty.  This is a support in terms of the economic aspects of running, gaming and voting projects; support for those who are experiencing some difficulties and those who want to find out the basic economic fundamentals before and while engaging with these projects. 

Under the Main Development section of this post, you will find further explanations about these basic economies.





~ All in Development Story Telling Series, In Focus between 15 and 21 May 2019: Serial No. 3 – Recovery Stories

The next sequential step in telling your renewal stories will focus in building interest in the data, facts and evidence collected in order to transform needs assessed into implementation or recovery.  It is the step of Recovery Stories.

Recovery Stories are the tales of solution design, construction, operations and maintenance.  They are as well of the process of putting needs assessed or plan into effect, execution to get recovery.

Recovery Stories are indeed those of regaining composure in the process of renewing or rebuilding lives, of regaining a former and better condition or shape after for example destruction, flood disaster, illness, economic downturn, armed conflicts, an earthquake etc.  They are or could be the tales of helping poor and vulnerable people and communities in getting back control over their lives. 

Briefly, they are the stories of

√ Conserving forest resources by reversing or stopping the continuing decline of endangered and threatened species and of renewing and ensuring the survival of wild

√ Helping disaster-affected communities to renew and reconstruct their infrastructures and livelihoods

√ Supporting disaster-stricken people to restore their economic, social, environmental and emotional well-being

√ Renewing lives through recycling of waste and goods

√ Recovery human lives and capacities from destructive wars and natural disasters

√ Helping the climate victims to gain compensation from damages caused by environmental events

√ Supporting the innocent victims of civil attacks fleeing from their attackers

√ Helping raped women during the civil wars like in the case of the project we have in the Congo-Brazzaville






Extra Messages


~ “Quadranscentenniality” and Recovery


Recovery should not be a short or medium term business only.  It should be a lasting process so that those who recover from let say destruction do not go back again to the same issue.  In other words, we can attempt to “quadranscentennialise” recovery by making it a process that lasts 25 years and /or more.  This way we can be sure that the problem experienced or poverty cannot repeat itself. 

For example, if one looks at the historical cycles (trends) of some of the crisis in some parts of Africa like the conflicts in Rwanda in the 1960s and 1990s, the droughts in the African Sahel with foods and water shortages, the Ebola cycles in the Democratic Republic of Congo etc; they repeat themselves after some times.  This could suggest that these parts of the world have never fully recovered from these problems.  Therefore, having a quadranscentennial recipe or view on the recovery process can help to a certain extent in nullifying the forces of return to the conflicting or destructive situation.

To support and or enquire about the Quadranscentennial Year and Project, please contact CENFACS.

~ Sustainable Nature Trajectories Advocacy: a New CENFACS Initiative

The Sustainable Nature Trajectories (SNT) is CENFACS’ new initiative to advocate for the conservation and sustainable use of the nature in order to achieve sustainability.

Indeed, many reports including the last Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Nature Report, from the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) converge to argue that many of the goals and targets for nature may be off track by 2020 if the world continues to move in the same direction or trajectory as far as climate change is concerned.  There is a greater need to take bold steps at all levels, however small it may be, to reverse this trend or change the trajectories. 

So, the SNT initiative will be part of CENFACS’ a la une (Autumn Leaves of Action for the Upkeep of the Nature) campaign in the next Autumn.  There will be further details about this new advocacy when we re-launch our a la une campaign in Autumn.

To join and or enquire about SNT advocacy, please contact CENFACS.





Main Developments


Support Sustainable Initiatives in Congo-Brazzaville, Mali and Togo


• • Project regarding Social Welfare of Raped Women during Civilian Wars in Congo-Brazzaville

This is a great and valuable initiative to empower women and protect women’s rights by providing by them with humanitarian and professional assistance in order to advance the status of women.   As part of this project, there is the building of rehabilitation centres for victims of rapes and tortures.

This project is run by Association Coeur Africain (ACA) of Congo-Brazzaville.  So far, this organisation has managed to secure a sum of US$8,500 coming mainly from individual contributions.  To achieve this humanitarian project the organization needs additional aid of US$65,000, but they would not mind any support given to make up a partial aid, that is to say US$25,000.

For monitoring purpose, ACA will provide an evaluation report each semester evaluating their activities for healing the wounds of raped women and daughters.  They will be additional monitor via CENFACS.

Anyone who is interested in supporting this project, they can contact CENFACS.

• • Projects of Safe Drinking Water Supply; of Needy Children and Vulnerable Population in Togo

These projects, which are from a Togolese NGO called CETAAD (Centre of Technical Studies for Development Actions) working in the south of Togo, are to be developed in association with CENFACS

These initiatives seek to help children and people who are still suffering from water-borne diseases. .Some children don’t have access to school because they are orphan or their parents cannot pay their school materials.  The projects, which will have a strong positive impact, will support these needy children and vulnerable population in Togo.

Anyone who is interested in supporting these projects, they can contact CENFACS with their support.  Thank you!

• • Support to the Social and Economic Promotion of Young Deaf Persons out of Schooling in Mali

This is another deserving cause to be rolled out by AREM (Association pour la Réhabilitation de l’Environnement du Mali), which is  a non governmental organisation, in association with CENFACS.

The project aims at contributing to the efforts of the Malian association of deaf (ANASOURD) in permanent search to improve the life conditions of its members.

It is the project for social and professional integration of young people with hearing impairment or deficiency.  The beneficiary will be the leavers of AMASOUDS school (Malian association of deaf people) 

Anyone who is interested in supporting this project, they need to contact CENFACS with their support.  Many thanks!.

The details or proposals for the above three projects are available on request.  CENFACS welcomes any enquiry or discussion related to them.  We also appreciate if this message can be passed onto somebody who may be willing to consider them for support.  Thank you!  .


All Year Round Projects, In Focus this Spring 2019: The Economies of Running, Gaming and Voting


• • The economies of running, playing and voting


For those engaged or will be engaged with the above mentioned projects, they will achieve more and better if they take into account the following elements for each sub-project making All Year Round projects.


a) The economy of Running or organising a Run Event to Reduce Poverty in 2019


The elements to consider for this economy include: market for runners, reading runners’ literature (such as runners’ magazines and newspapers), parity between male and female runners for a group of runners, digitalisation (if you do digital running), new forms of race to reduce poverty and raise awareness of good causes, what motives you running (for example help reduce poverty, raise awareness of climate change etc.).


b) The economy of playing the CENFACS League for Poverty Relief


For those who are playing CENFACS League for Poverty Relief, they can consider the following:  their basic budget, equipment or resources, information they need for each African country (making the CENFACS’ League) in the process of reducing poverty, records of their fixtures, scores and results as the project progresses.


c) The economy of Voting the 2019 African Poverty Relief and Development Manager


For those who are casting their 2019 vote, there are as well elements to consider such as the cost of voting, computerisation or mobile vote, research costs to find the manager of the year, results presentation costs etc.


Briefly, whether you run or play or vote, there are economic data one needs to work out before and sometimes after they start as the following examples show.


If you want to run; you may need a short or track suit, a t-shirt, a pair of trainers, a watch to time yourself and a bottle of water.  


If you want to play the CENFACS’ League; you need data and statistics about each country of the league, information about their performance on poverty reduction league tables, the current definition of poverty and hardships or the definition of poverty reduction you are using.


If you would like to vote the 2019 manager; you need to know their poverty relief work and outcomes, their achievements, the organisation they worked with, if they have or had criminal records or convictions especially if they are working with children and vulnerable adults, if they can be vetted and pass the baring criteria etc.  It is not only about their professionalism but also their social behaviour in order to be considered as role models in the poverty relief and development fields.


With the above supporting economic information, one can engage with the 2019 Edition of All-year Round Projects.


• • The 2019 Edition of All-year Round Projects


You can Run or Organise a Run Activity to Reduce Poverty in 2019 


You can Play the CENFACS League for Poverty Relief

You can Vote your 2019 African Poverty Relief Manager.

After running or organising a run activity, playing the CENFACS’ League and voting your Manager of the Year 2019; we would like you to share with us and others your experiences, stories and reports regarding these projects.  Your share will be a kind of Action-Results report 2019.


If you are Playing the CENFACS Poverty Relief League and its sub-project Le Dernier Carrẻ, there are 16 team countries in this Poverty Relief and Development League playing each 32 matches/games each against the other. 

If you are Running for Poverty Relief and Development, you can do it alone or as a group. 

If you are casting your Vote for an International Development and Poverty Relief Manager of 2019, you can only vote yourself. 

Whether you are Gaming or Running or even Voting for Poverty Relief and Development, please keep a track record (including the facts, data, videos, audio tapes, reviews and images) of your activities to make and share your story with us and others by the end of the year.

To keep at track record, you do not need sophisticated technologies or a third party.  With your mobile phone only –  if you have one  – you can text, record voices, make a video, take pictures, phone, and make a short film  to capture and communicate the impacts of any event or activity you did, are doing or taking part by the end of this year. 

We would be more than happier to hear your Action and Results to feature and include in this year’s results and record.  Don’t forget to tell it!


What we would like to hear the three Bests of 2019

We would like to hear from you about


√ The Best African Countries of 2019 which best reduce poverty

√ The Best African Global Games Runners of 2019

√ The Best African Development Managers of 2019

The deadline to tell us your bests is 23 December 2019.



For more information about these projects, please contact CENFACS.


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We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support throughout 2019.

With many thanks



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