What we do


environment
Protect the environment. Our projects fall into the following categories: water supply, watershed management, conservation and sustainable landscaping.
community
Build communities. Our projects are planned and carried out in close cooperation between the local community and SYFA. Through the shared work social bonds are created and local communities strengthened.
education
Promote education. Our projects always include an exchange of knowledge between everyone involved. Local knowledge is preserved and new insights are discovered. This also ensures the sustainability and longevity of our projects.

2016 Rong | Water supply project

Rong is a village of 1,500 people in Ndu, Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. We built two water tanks for this project. One of 20,000 litres up hill and another one of 8,000 litres, 600 metres further down in the valley. As we receive further donations we plan to add a solar pump surrounded by a stone wall for protection, seven water taps, plant trees and fence the whole watershed of roughly five hectares. We want to thank the White Feather Foundation (United Kingdom) as well as all the individuals whose donations contributed to this project.

2015 Bamenda | Water supply project

Bamenda is a commune of 500,000 people in Mezam, Northwest Region. The University of Bamenda is attended by a number of blind students who have to walk far to get clean water (especially during the dry season, up to half a kilometre). To lighten their burden we purchased water jugs and installed them in their rooms. Our volunteers clean and refill them with drinking water once per week throughout the year, except for the holidays when the students go home to visit their families. Now the students don’t need to worry about getting drinking water anymore and have more time to study.

2015 Sicia | Water supply project

Sicia is a neighborhood of 15,000 people in Bamenda, Mezam, Northwest Region. We harnessed a spring under a rock, dug pipelines, built a reservoir of 20,000 liters and constructed 7 stand taps. The community participated actively in this project and donated materials like gravel and cement, and above all, their labour, from start to finish. We thank the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church (United States), the White Feather Foundation (United Kingdom), and our individual donors around the world.

2014 Akweto | Water supply project

Akweto is a village of 1,658 people in Misaje, Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. In it lives a community of 100 Fulani. They speak the Fula language, mostly raise cattle for food and income, and adhere to Islam. We built a spring for drinking water, as well as a separate cattle drinking trough 50 metres away. Now the cattle will no longer pollute the drinking water, and the Fulani have direct access to clean water. We are interested in working with all communities, religious or otherwise.

2014 Bamenda | Conservation project

Bamenda is a commune of 500,000 people in Mezam, Northwest Region. We are collecting 100 million beer-bottle caps in order to combat soil contamination and water pollution. Furthermore we aim to raise awareness about the importance of recycling among the local population. So far, we have collected a total of 45 million (45,000,000) beer-bottle caps.

2013 Ntiela | Water supply project

Ntiela is a neighbourhood of 20,000 people in Bafut, Mezam, Northwest Region. We harnessed 9 springs and channeled them into a collection chamber. We also built a water tank of 16,000 litres with stones and 2 stand taps. In addition, we constructed steps and hand railings leading up to the site. Due to the regions water scarcity, even people from the distant commune Bamenda (Mezam, Northwest Region) carry water from the site. We thank all our donors and the Karlinger family from Austria for their support.

2013 Binju | Water supply project

Binju is village of 5,000 people in Nkambé, Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. We constructed a water tank of 5,000 litres from which the water is distributed through a system of two kilometres of underground pipes to four stand taps. Furthermore, we built a wash basin for locals to wash their clothes. We also fenced the main area to prevent stray animals from trespassing. The project is now making water access easier and reducing the distance water has to be carried daily, reducing the potential of transmitting water borne diseases as well as reducing the strain on other water sources in the area, which is especially important during the dry season.

2009 Northwest Region | Watershed management project

The Northwest Region is one of Cameroons 10 regions, with a population of 2 million. We are protecting watersheds throughout the Northwest Region in an effort to combat water scarcity. So far we have protected a total of 7 watersheds: 4 in Nkambé (a commune of 32,900 people in Donga-Mantung) and 3 in Bamenda (a commune of 500,000 people in Mezam). At each site, we planted grasses, plants and trees at varying distances around the watershed. In a range from 0 to 20 metres around the watershed grasses like kikuyu- or elephant grass and rhizomes, as well as shallow root crops like sugarcane or pineapple, were planted. From 20 to 25 metres around the watershed agroforestry trees like Acacia, Leucaena and Calliandra were planted. From 25 to 50 metres, fruit- and timber trees like Mahogany and Iroko were planted. All those grasses, plants and trees help to protect the watersheds by preventing erosion and stabilising the water table. These projects also especially focus on educational measures to sensitise the local communities to proper watershed management. The local inhabitants are now able to carry their needed water over smaller distances and even use the overflow for gardening.

2009 Nkambé | Conservation and sustainable landscaping project

Nkambé is a commune of 32,900 people in Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. We constructed a roundabout and flowerbed, which support the soil and prevent erosion, thereby conserving the soil and making traffic more safe. Furthermore it’s a beautiful sight including plants like Gerbera Durantha, Salvia, Cordyline, Spiderplant and St. Peter for locals to enjoy. We thank Yi Zhang and Masumi Hayashi Smith from the United States for their support.

2009 Nkambé | Water supply project

Nkambé is a commune of 32,900 people in Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. We drilled two manual wells which now provide local inhabitants with clean drinking water. Currently the pump of one of the wells needs to be repaired. We are waiting for funds to carry out this repair. We thank the Student Association for International Water Issues from the United States for their support.

2008 Ndu | Conservation and sustainable landscaping project

Ndu is a commune of 20,000 people in Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. We donated flowers to the Environmental Club of the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) and helped them to plant the flowers throughout the commune, in our effort to expand conversation- and sustainable landscaping projects. We are interested in working with all communities, religious or otherwise.

2006 Nkambè | Conservation and sustainable landscaping project

Nkambé is a commune of 32,900 people in Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. We created the Chua‐Chua Botanical Gardens. Before the establishment of the gardens, the area was laden with brush and debris. After much hard work, we transformed it into a lavish garden of local and exotic plants which now serves as an open community space to bring people together and cherish the environment. People gather at the site for various social events. Schoolchildren make regular field trips to the gardens to study plants and insects. The presence of the gardens has played a crucial role in increasing the community’s interest in understanding and preserving the environment. In response to the building of the gardens, local residents have started cultivating their own organic gardens. With your financial support we would like to continue the work in the gardens including:

– installing an irrigation system,
– planting various additional trees and plants,
– installing solar lamps to light the gardens in the evening and during celebrations,
– constructing a washing point to protect the nearby river from pollution,
– installing benches and huts for rest and relaxation,
– building two small bridges and paving all paths with permeable pavers,
– fencing the gardens and eventually
– opening a canteen and handicraft workshop to create income to sustain the gardens in the future.

We thank Albert Onega from the United States for his support.

2003 Bambili | Conservation and sustainable landscaping project

Bambili is a village 25,100 people in Tubah, Mezam, Northwest Region. In 2003 Farmer Tantoh initiated a project at the village’s Baptist church. The project is now continued by SYFA. The bushy and unkempt yard around the compound was ploughed through and transformed into a beautiful organic lawn including several flowerbeds. This not only helps in protecting the church from soil erosion, but also created a space for children to play and members of the congregation to gather together. The project received financial aid from the church. With your donations we are looking forward to further this project by paving the yard to make the church more accessible as well as planting trees and flowers in order to provide shade and protect local biodiversity. We thank WWOOF UK for their support.

2001 Northwest Region | Conservation and sustainable landscaping project

The Northwest Region is one of Cameroons 10 regions, with a population of 2 million. In 2001 Farmer Tantoh started running sustainable landscaping services throughout the department. He and other locals started to plant organic lawns for members of their communities on the condition that they would later donate their seedlings for future projects, thus conserving local biodiversity. In addition, the creation of organic lawns and the plantation of plants with deep roots conserves the soil by protecting it from erosion, which also adds significantly to the structural integrity of the houses. The project is now continued through SYFA for more than 100 homes in local villages. It’s growing popularity has also led many local inhabitants to plant organic lawns independently. Prominent examples in the area include:

– Nkambé’s hospital and petrol station (Nkambé is a commune of 32,900 people in Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region)
– Kumbo’s Integrated School for the Blind (Kumbo is a commune of 80,212 people in Bui, Northwest Region)
– Bambili’s Student Development Centre (Bambili is a village 25,100 people in Mezam, Northwest Region)

2001 Binju | Conservation and sustainable landscaping project

Binju is village of 5,000 people in Nkambé, Donga-Mantung, Northwest Region. In 2001 Farmer Tantoh initiated a project at the village’s Baptist church. The area around the church was bushy, inhabited by wild animals and filled with broken bottles and litter before he began his work there. He and other members of the local community ploughed the yard and planted organic lawns and flowers, some of which came from Farmer Tantoh’s own collection while others were collected from the wild and some were donated. The grass and flowers make the place pretty, while their roots prevent soil erosion which threatens the structures stability. Their seeds are now used for various other sustainable landscaping and gardening projects in the area. Members of the congregation thereby also learned about the importance of environmental protection and sustainability. The church provided materials for the project and assisted in fencing the area. After completion, the renewed area around the church was proudly named «Garden of Eden» by the members of the congregation. The project is now continued by SYFA. We thank Gregor Moray Smith and his family in Scotland as well as WWOOF UK.

A huge forest was on fire. All the animals were running for their lives, except a tiny humming bird who said: “We can do something to stop this fire.” So it flew as fast as it could to get water with its beak to sprinkle it on the fire. The other animals were laughing at it. “Who do you think you are? You are too small to stop this fire!” said the elephant with its large trunk. The humming bird replied: “I am doing the best I can. To me, this is what everyone should be doing, for if everyone was doing a little, no one would have to do a lot.”