The community is situated about 40 km from Kribi in the South Region of Cameroon, in the Ocean Division.
In Cameroon, our priorities are to support the indigenous people and to restore the rainforest’s ecosystem. We are committed to supporting the Pygmies communities, giving them access to safe water, sanitation, etc. We want to restore and safeguard the natural habitat where the Pygmies live, the Congo Basin rainforest that is devastated by deforestation. The two issues are strongly interconnected and we believe that we have to solve both to be successful in this big challenge.
Pygmy people are a very ancient ethnic group of Central Africa. In Cameroon they are facing an increasingly uncertain future as their traditional lands, the forest, have almost entirely been taken away from them, mainly as allocations to international logging and mining companies and numerous forestry concessions. As a result, most pygmy communities have been forced to leave the forest. They are today located on roadside settlements, facing discrimination and rejection due to their cultural and social difference.
The Congo Basin contains the first largest area of contiguous rainforest in the world, more than the Amazonian forest, yet for various reasons has received relatively little attention in terms of the climate change issues. It is the house of thousands of fauna and flora species and also the house of the Pygmy people. Here deforestation is increasing massivly. Forests are key to the prosperity and well-being of all of us, current and future generations.
Our Action with the “Warka Village” meets the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and it is addressed to the implementation of some of the 17 global challenges we are facing including poverty (1), clean energy (7), inequality (10), sustainable communities (11), climate change (13), environmental degradation (15), clean water and sanitation (6), etc.
We aim with the Warka Village to : • Decrease in infant mortality. • Inprouve healt conditions. • Improve safety in the living environment. • Give women more time to caring for children. • Preserve Pygmies culture. • Preserve the Rainforest ecosystem. • Teaching children basic health practices. • Train people to sustainable construction methods.
Our action is conducted in collaboration with the national and local authorities and various government bodies. We collaborate closelly with the selected Pygmies communities and other local ethnics groups. We are in partnership with international companies and foundations that share our mission and support our work.