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Starting XI Projects

Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

18 September 2019

Post No. 109




The Week’s Contents


• Autumn of Freshness 

• Autumn 2019 Programme: Starting XI Projects 

• Autumn Involvement with CENFACS


… and much more!





Key Messages


~ Autumn of Freshness


Autumn is the time of natural recycling process of plants and trees.  Leaves change colour and fall.  Without reinventing the wheels, we can say that Autumn of Freshness at CENFACS is the season after the long sunny weather and break of Summer during which our body and mind naturally recycle and engage in renewed energy, strength and thoughts.  

Autumn of Freshness is the season of

⇒ making fresh start after returning back from Summer to resume our life routine, work, education and voluntary action, particularly poverty relief work

⇒ restarting after having some life and/or work experience (e.g. volunteer experience over the Summer, project visits, holiday trips, tourism, travel/expeditions of all kinds etc.)

⇒ beginning to apply or introduce and share those new experiences, ideas and discoveries we had during the Summer break or holidays

⇒ novelty, creativity and innovation to try to resolve the old, new, challenging and emerging issues of poverty and hardships

So, the keywords for our sharing and engaging contents over the Autumn are Freshness and Fresh Start which will underpin all our works over this period.



~ Autumn Programme with Starting XI Projects


Report, Refresh, Renew, Develop and Thrive  with Fresh Start Projects from the Autumn Programme

Autumn of Freshness is about working together with our users and stakeholders through helpful collection of Fresh Start projects blended together to give a new seasoned leaf of relief during Autumn 2019. 


The Autumn programme is made of 

1/ Fresh Start Skills, Tips, Hints, Tweaks and Hacks 

2/ Transformative experiences  

3/ The Season’s appeal to stand up again against poverty and hardships  

4/ A slice of Africa’s history 

5/ Fresh Start thoughts and inspirations for a better climate protection and sustainable development agenda. 

All this is flavoured with hopes, dreams and reasons to believe in the future; a poverty-free, sustainable and carbon-free world. 

So, the line up for CENFACS’ Starting XI Projects (or Fresh Start Projects) for this Autumn is as follows:

(1) Women, Children and Economic Sustainability

(2) Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (Phase 3) with Santiago Makes It Work as our working theme

(3) Capacity Development for Absorbing Climate Adaptation Investment – NEW

(4) Inequalities Reducer project

(5) Save flora and fauna

(6) Making Memorable Difference

(7) A la Une (Autumn Leaves of Action for the Upkeep of the Nature in Existence)

(8) Skills for Value Chains project

(9) Fresh Start Help 

(10) Making Zero Hunger Africa 

(11) Autumn Appeal

For more on these projects, read below under the Main Developments section of this post.



~ Starting or Renewing your Involvement with CENFACS’ Work


The beginning of every season is an opportunity either to continue to do the things we always do as they work or to think of taking on new initiatives in the new season or to do both.  There are many ways in which we can freshly start this Autumn.

For example, one can rethink on the types of organisations and projects they support.  One may find appropriate to start or increase or even reduce their support to a particular development cause.  One could also think of getting involved in CENFACS’ work or renewing their commitment to it if they have ever got involved in it before.  The decision is theirs.

Below we have spelled out various ways in which you can enhance CENFACS’ cause and make a useful impact on poverty alleviation with us.




Extra Messages


~ Back-to-the Upkeep of the Nature


~~ The Protection of the Oceans – Week beginning 16/09/2019, In Focus: Ocean Health and Technology Sharing


This second note of our work on the protection of oceans covers issues such as ocean pollution (both direct and indirect), dumping (the disposal of hazardous wastes and other substances), protection of fish stocks, etc.   

Ocean technology sharing includes a two-way transfer of scientific processes, methods and knowledge to keep the ocean and its resources in good conditions.  This sharing concerns coastal and water management skills, fieldwork and research work as well. 

In this protection process, we are working on coastal areas and islands of Africa (such as Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles and Cape Verde) on how those places are striving to keep the oceans in good health while making their ends meet; on where they need support to keep coastal ecosystems and the oceans healthy and productive. 

Our work is about taking stock, exchanging knowledge and looking forward in the process of conserving the ocean health and sharing technologies (and good practices) related to oceans. 

To add your input and or enquire about this second note, please contact CENFACS.     


~~ Climate Action Summit Follow-up: 23 September 2019


As part of our Climate Talks Follow-up project, we will be following the Climate Action Summit to be held by the United Nations on 23 September 2019 to meet the climate challenge.

You will be informed on any developments or outcomes resulting from this follow-up.  However, should you wish to share with us your own resources or materials about it, please feel free to do so.


~ Add-on relief for this September: Summer 2019 Humanitarian Relief and DRC Happiness Re-appeals


~~ Summer 2019 Humanitarian Relief Re-appeal


Summer 2019 Humanitarian Relief Appeal is still running and will end on the 22nd of this September 2019.  You can DONATE £4 to Create a 1 World of 9 Reliefs.   

To donate or support otherwise, please go to http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/

For further details and to support this project, contact CENFACS.


~~ On the DRC Happiness Re-appeal


It is a great news to read an article written by Twomey (1) from the South London Press; article  about the bravery of two nurses (Jess Joyce and Kirsty Metz) who work at the Royal Free Hospital in Camden.  These two nurses will be embarking on a voluntary mission for six weeks to help the Ebola patients in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the City of Goma. 

One could only hope that their life-saving mission goes well as planned, and they could return safely and healthily.

All our support and best wishes for their courage, bravery and special gift to the Ebola victims in the DRC.


(1) Twomey J.: Nurses take unpaid leave to treat Ebola patients in Congo in South London Press, Friday, 13 September 2019, p. 3  (james@slpmedia.co.uk)



~ Data Analytics about All-Year Round Projects (Play, Run and Vote projects)


Generally these projects are run separately.  In this Autumn, as part of tracking data we would like to look at if there is any relationship between the three of them.  To do that, we will be tracking data about them, especially from those who managed to undertake the three of them.  So, the aim of this data tracking exercise is to combine data about them to generate an increased relief against poverty and hardships.  In doing so, we will be able to discover if there are some interactions or correlations between them.

For further details about this tracking data and or to communicate your actions-results about them, please contact CENFACS





 Main Developments


Autumn Programme with Starting XI Projects (Fresh Start projects)


Please find below the projects making CENFACS’ Autumn of Freshness 2019.




~ Save Flora and Fauna projects, including the Big Beasts sub-advocacy (advocacy)

~ A la Une (Autumn Leaves of Action for the Upkeep of the Nature in Existence), which will includes our new sub-advocacy work which is Sustainable Trajectories for the Nature (Campaign)

~ Autumn Fresh Start Help (Resource)



~ Autumn Appeal to Support projects (Humanitarian appeal)

~ Making Memorable Difference (History project): Health History with How Africans Managed to Eradicate the Deadly Epidemics and Diseases of the Past Times (Learning and Development)

~ Making Zero Hunger Africa (Campaign) – A continuous campaign to support Africa feed Africa, to make the decision between buying food and paying energy bills easier, and to reduce food poverty while making the zero hunger goal becomes a reality not only a dream  



~ Climate Protection and Stake for African Children (Phase 2): with “Santiago Makes It Work” as our working theme (Child Protection and Climate Advocacy project)

~ Women & Children FIRST Development Day (Thoughts): Women, Children and Economic Sustainability

~ Inequalities Reducer Project: – A sustainable development initiative aiming at reducing the difference in levels of poverty reduction by working with local poor people in parts of Africa where there is uneven poverty reduction in order to establish equal right and address the roots and causes of this type of inequality in a sustainable way. (Equality project)



~ Skills for Value Chains project – A project that helps to reduce poverty linked to poor or incomplete skills, knowledge, information and capacities amongst African organisations and those who are running these organisations living in deprived areas and anxious improve their skills in order to enable them to meet the poverty relief challenges of their users and beneficiaries while developing themselves.  (Skills Development project)

~ Capacity Development for Absorbing Climate Change Adaptation Investment, which aims at enhancing people’s ability and capacity of African organisations to absorb any incoming investment for climate change adaptation.

Note: Although the above is scheduled for Autumn 2019, we may slightly alter our initial plan and or introduce occasional initiatives to cope with the reality of the unpredictability and complexity of development situations (e.g. humanitarian and emergency situations), in which case we shall let you know as early as we can.


Getting the Most of your Involvement with CENFACS into Poverty Alleviation Work from Autumn 2019 and Beyond


Where to start: Sign up!

√ Register with us and or update us with your contact details

√ Respond to our communications and communicate with us when occasion arises


Stay in touch with our…

√ Newsletter, and other paper and free-paper communication materials

√ Regular updated and upgraded resources and supporting information


Involving us in raising awareness of the poverty relief issue

√ Advertise with us for helpful good causes

√ Pass our relief messages on to interested third parties 


Share your transformative experience

√ Tell us what you think and or your development story

√ Help us improve with your voices, comments, reports & feedbacks 


Boost your support

√ Support us according to your means and limits as every support counts

√ Add value to your support, if you can, by improving your support to us to support you and or others


Get noticed to go further with your involvement

√ Register and keep up to date with information about your event, project, activity etc

√ Join up our network of poverty relief and development work 


Stay ahead of the game with us

√ Communicate with us before hands and when the needs arise

√ Often read our news alerts, tweets and switch to our new developments 


Deliver on your promises 

√ If you promise to do something for or with CENFACS and others, please do it

√ If you can’t do it, please let us know.  Don’t just stay silent!


Make our communications with you to be a two-way process and multi-channel approach

√ Talk to CENFACS and CENFACS will talk to you as well and vice versa

√ Help us improve the flow of information on poverty relief and development using a variety of channels and platforms 


Be contactable and present via

√ E-mail, (tele or mobile) phones, physical address and social media platforms

√ Word-of-mouth recommendations, outreach and other means of contact


Get the word out on your communication channels

√ Spread the word about CENFACS’ work on your social media links

√ Promote CENFACS’ work in what and where you think we can fit in


Keep your involvement with CENFACS digital and on papers

√ Up-to-date information on to your mobile by our free text alerts and messages

√ Check CENFACS’ website and make enquiries online 24 hours 7 days a week


Act upon information received from us

√ Don’t just read or hear them and do nothing about them.  Please react!

√ If they are irrelevant to you, please pass them onto an interested and committed party


Continue the legacy of CENFACS’ work

√ It is now 17 years and two months that CENFACS has been working on poverty relief and sustainable development since it was registered in 2002.  You can continue this legacy with us.

√ You can be the face of CENFACS to those looking for a lifeline of support from us.


The above ways of getting involved in CENFACS’ work may not be exhaustive.  Should you have any other way, please let us know.



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Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

Thank you as well to those who made or make comments about our weekly posts.

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

With many thanks.



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