About Us

About RECEWAPEC

The REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE WELFARE OF AGEING PERSONS IN CAMEROON (RECEWAPEC) was created and registered in 1996 as a Common Initiative Group (CIG) which was known as THE REGIONAL CENTER FOR HUMAN WELFARE AND AGRO-DEVELOPMENT (RECEHWEDEV) with objectives to work with and for older persons.

After working from 1996 up till 2000, the African Regional Director from HelpAge International, Kenya visited Cameroon to identify NGOs that are working with and for elderly persons. Amongst all he visited, RECEWAPEC was chosen as one of the groups that were effectively working with and for the elderly persons.

Consequently, he wrote a report and from his report presented at the HelpAge International UK London, our group was admitted as an affiliate member of HelpAge International and needed to be restructured. During the restructuring process, the name was affected and changed from The Regional Center for Human Welfare and Agro-Development (RECEHWEDEV) to The Regional Center for the Welfare of Ageing Persons in Cameroon (RECEWAPEC). Since then, we have been working as partners with HelpAge International up till date.

Mission

Engaging society in sustainable elderly welfare and livelihood promotion

Vision

Bridging gaps, improving care for older

Motto

Humanity for sustainable development for disadvantaged/abandoned old persons in Cameroon.

  1. Advocate and lobby the Government to formulate and implement a good National Policy in favour of our elderly persons in Cameroon.
  2. To mobilize  community actors for dialogue and joint action in favour of rights advocacy and social protection of older persons
  3. To establish specialized Eye/Health centers offering holistic care and promotion of active ageing for older persons
  4. To establish social solidarity platforms for the improvement of the standard of living and dignity of older persons
  5. To establish a role model national organization in terms of best organizational practices in the promotion of care of older persons and disadvantaged people groups.
  6. Introduce or expand income-generating activities to active older persons for their sustainability, so as to be independent than being dependent.
  7. Work with volunteers from diverse fields including but not limited to social workers, business people, farmers, health workers, human right advocates to provide a rich set of services to disadvantaged vulnerable older persons any by this, keeping youths active and engaging within the communities.

Integrity:
We cherish truthfulness and transparency in our dealings with the communities that we serve, making sure they are served appropriately, with the fear of God.

Benevolence:
We exist for the purpose of sharing with the disadvantaged and vulnerable older people in our communities, all that we can to help them improve on their livelihoods while some people in communities can benefit indirectly.

Accountability:
As stewards of public resources, we are determined to ensure that we provide feedback on every penny received in the course of our work, as well as update the communities we serve on our work whenever we are called upon to do so.

Innovation:
We are engaged in finding better ways to improve on our work in order to be resourceful to the communities we serve, as well as developing strategies that will enable us to stay at the forefront, in order to inspire positive societal change.

Cooperation:
We are participatory in our work approach, and we value every individual’s contribution without bias of any kind and also collaborate with other organisations or associations that have interest in our activities.

  • In 1999, invitation by the Government of Cameroon to join the Government Delegation to the UN 54th Session of the General Assembly on Ageing Issues at the UN Headquarters in New York. The President of RECEWAPEC represented the organization.
  • In 1999 again, Help Age International Regional Representative from Nairobi Kenya visited Associations/groups in DEV was identified by this international body recognition dated December 8th 1999 to his Excellency the minister of Social Affairs, copying RECEWAPEC.
  • In 2000, RECEWAPEC became a member of Help Age International as the first organization to receive the United Nations award for services to the UN programme on ageing issue and has consultative status (category 4 with the Economic and Social council)
  • In 2001, RECEWAPEC was upgraded from A to An Association and registered under Cameroon Law NSO/90/053/ OF 19/12/1990 as a Non-petition, Non-governmental. Charitable or Social Organization to work with and for the benefit of ageing persons in Cameroon.
  • In October 1999, RECEWAPEC was invited by the Cameroon Government to join its delegation to the 54th United Nations General Assembly on Ageing at enormously to its deliberations from 1st - 5th October 1999.
  • In 2000, RECEWAPEC was admitted as Help Age International Associate Member.
  • From 19th - 24th March 2000, RECEWAPECW took part in the participatory, Monitoring and Evaluation workshop in Dar-es Salaam-Tanzania.
  • From 11th - 15th 2000, RECEWAPEC participated in the 9th Help Age International Regional workshop in Harare-Zimbabwe.
  • From 3rd - 7th December 2000, RECEWAPEC participated in the ADF 2000 at Addis Ababa - Ethiopia.
  • From 27th November - 1st December 2001, RECEWAPEC participated in the organization of Africa Unity / Help Age International Policy Framework and plan of action on ageing in Uganda
  • From the 21st - 25th January 2001, RECEWAPEC participated at the HelpAge International Regional Training on Advocacy in Khartoum-Sudan.
  • April 2002, RECEWAPEC contributed to the United Nations preparatory meeting for the Second World Assembly in Madrid - Spain in 2002.
  • In 2002, RECEWAPEC had the United Nations accreditation to attend the Second World Assembly in Madrid - Spain.
  • In 2002, RECEWAPEC obtained a partnership decision from the Cameroon Government.

REFERENCE

  1. Mrs. Svetlana Basthtovenko
    Director of Resource Centre for Elderly Persons.
    Kyrgyz Republic
    Tel: 996(3944) 24901 Mob: 0(502) 525266
    Fax: 996 (3944) 24165
    E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Mr. Ahmat Madeyuev
    Chairman of the Advisory Board Centry for Public Policy
    72001,Bishkek, Manasav, 28, 1st Floor, Room101
    Tel: +996(312) 21-65-32
    Fax: +996(312) 61-04-18
    F-mail: [email protected]
  3. Mr. Litvinov Igor
    Deputy Director, Adventist development and relief Agency Kyrgyzstan
    167, Usenbaeva Str. Bishkek, 720011
    Tel: (996-312) 66-53-19, 66-65-70
    E-mail: [email protected]
  4. Mr. Valentin Borisovich Bogatyrev
    Assistant President of the Kyrgyz Republic
    Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
    Tel: +996-312-429338
    Mob: +996-312-585549
    Fax: +996-312-544312
    F-mail: [email protected]
  • In 2005 RECEWAPEC represented Africa region at the United Nations headquarters in New York in IDOP panel and presented papers on poverty on poverty reduction strategies for the elderly persons in Africa, “Regional Perspectives”. It was seen live, worldwide on TV. Click on website: www.un.org to see while at United Nations as a Panelist. RECEWAPEC lobbied the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division to support Cameroon to formulate and implement a good national policy on ageing issues. The impact was that, in 2006 the government of Cameroon was invited to the UN Regional office in Bangkok Thailand for a consultative meeting for the implementation of Political Declaration of the Madrid International plan of action on ageing issues, in Spain Madrid in 2002 while RECEWAPEC organization represented the Civil Society in this very important International meeting.
  • In September 11th - 15th 2006, RECEWAPEC in collaboration with the Cameroon Government and HelpAge International. Hosted the Help Age International Africa Workshop in Cameroon.
  • In 2007, RECEWAPEC represented Cameroon at Management training for Eye Care Programmed at LAICO Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Maduria India (Asia). This training course was for prevention of avoidable blindness that falls in line with WHO International plan for Version 2020. While at this important training course RECEWAPEC succeeded to lobby Right to Sight and Aravind Institute Community Ophthalmology at Madurai India to support RECEWAPEC organization and Cameroon Government in eradication avoidable blindness from millions of Cameroon which falls in line with WHO plan of action for version 2020.
  • On 19th June 2007, A delegation from Right to sight led by the Chief Executive Mr. Simon Hampel and the Chief Executive from Aravind Institute, on Government invitation for this project, visited Cameroon and had discussions with key officials and some health officials of Cameroon so as to understand the health system in Cameroon, meeting with key Eye Care services managers in Cameroon.
  • In November 2007, RECEWAPEC was invited to the Help Age International Consultative meeting in Da-es-Salaam. Tanzania on Social Protection strategies.
  • Prince Bengha Ngochia Martin represented the organization and delivered a paper on “Social Protection Strategies in Cameroon in the case of RECEWAPEC” The direction of Care Centres and Homes in Berlin. The chairman Prince Bengha N, Martin who represented the organization delivered a paper on “Strategies to Improve lives of the seniors in Cameroon”. This paper was very captivating and drew RECEWAPEC into establishing relationship with other representatives of International NGOS. At this cross, very important contacts were established.
  • RECEWAPEC got land in Bambui for the construction of a Vision 2020 Eye Hospital and tried to collect data as a prelude to creating Eye Camps in the North West Province.

Our Team


Strengths

  • Signed Government partnerships and memorandum of understanding with the ministries of public health, social affairs and territorial administration
  • Constructed head office
  • Trained health staff/eyecare staff
  •  A competent and experienced board of directors in place
  • Network with international partners and local organizations e.g. HelpAge International, Right to Sight U.K., Africa Platform for Social Protection, Ministry of Public Health Cameroon, Ministry of Territorial Administration Cameroon, all associations and NGOs working for and with elderly persons.
  • Equipped health facility for older persons’ eye care

Opportunities

  • National Policy on Older Persons validated by the Cameroon government, although yet to be presented to parliament and promulgated into law.
  • Older persons are receptive to RECEWAPEC interventions.
  • More regions in the country available for extension of activities (nine regions)
  • Few organizations in Cameroon working with older persons