Author: Sabine Frid-Bernards

Building the We Are Together Association (#OnEstEnsemble) to Grasp Victories!

The OnEstEnsemble association was organized on December 18, 2021, its large citizen assembly of the inhabitants of the neighborhoods where it is located. 50 people from neighborhood associations, local committees: active leaders, supporters, association leaders, neighborhood leaders, and block leaders were represented. The purpose of this assembly was to share with the participant’s information on the progress and results obtained by the Association in 2021 and to define the campaign tracks for 2022. Also, it was intended to reward with scrolls, the leaders who have distinguished themselves the most during the year.

This meeting allowed the participants to express themselves on the problems of proximity and to formulate concrete proposals in the face of the problems encountered on a daily basis. The appointment has been made for the next citizens’ assembly in 2022.

We are together

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MEETING BETWEEN THE MAYOR OF DOUALA 5 AND THE INHABITANTS OF POPULAR DISTRICTS

𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗖𝗜𝗧𝗢𝗬𝗘𝗡𝗡𝗘 𝗣𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗔𝗠𝗘𝗟𝗜𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗥 𝗟’𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗣𝗨𝗕𝗟𝗤𝗜𝗨𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗟𝗘𝗦 𝗤𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗥𝗦]: CHAT BETWEEN THE MAYOR OF DOUALA 5 AND THE INHABITANTS OF POPULAR DISTRICTS

Last Wednesday, November 23, 2021 at 2 p.m., in the Bepanda Yonyong district, the citizen dialogue between the Mayor of the district municipality of Douala 5 and its inhabitants was held.
The purpose of this consultation was to encourage the taking into account of the real needs of the inhabitants, on the development projects of the town hall, taking into account the reality on the ground and citizen monitoring of the works.
The Mayor of Douala 5, absent for mission, was represented by his municipal development officer, Mr. NGONGA Raoul Stéphane.
This citizens’ talk enabled residents to communicate on their priority concerns, particularly on the themes of access to drinking water, education, roads, the environment, public lighting and safety …
Mr. NGONGA lent himself to the question / answer game and communicated on the development projects of the town hall of Douala 5 for the year 2022.
The residents left the chat enriched and the appointment has been made for next year with the citizen consultations that will take place in each neighborhood.

together we are stronger

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FLASHMOB TO DECLARE THE LACK OF WATER IN PRECARIOUS DISTRICTS

In Douala, the absence of water in the neighborhoods irritated the inhabitants who decided to block the main entrance to the Camwater general management (public water distribution company), through a flashmob, choreography to denounce the absence communication from the Director of the company.

Tuesday morning November 23, 2021 at 9 am, twenty men and women with empty water bottles from the Bepanda petit Wouri, Makepe 1 Missoke and Maturity neighborhoods made a “flashmob”, punctuated by an artistic choreography in front of the management General of Camwater to proclaim their dissatisfaction due to the silence on the level of progress of the project to extend the water network in the neighborhoods.
Indeed, many households are not connected to the urban water network, and have to travel long distances to obtain water from the boreholes or tanks available. Several of them want to connect to the Camwater network, and pay the bills due each month, but they explain that the main network is very far from their homes.

It should be remembered in November and December 2019, Mr. BALEBA (Camwater Deido Technical Manager) carried out the footage in 3 of the districts concerned (220, 1200 and 1400 meters of extension respectively for Cacao Barry, Bepanda Petit Wouri and Makepe 1 Missoke) , and indicated having sent his report and the maps to his superiors. Long after several reminders, an official from the regional office noted that the files no longer exist in the Camwater database.

In February 2021, a delegation of members of the association again challenged the Regional Director. On March 10, 2021, the same route in terms of footage was redone in the districts identified by 02 camwater agents under the supervision of Mr. FASSU (regional technical assistant), contact person designated by the Regional Director to carry out the follow-up. After several reminders, he told us that “the file was directed to the infrastructure management, which never contacted the association to indicate the level of progress of the project”.

The mobilized residents thus hope to realize the urgency of the situation so that the general manager of Camwater makes commitments by giving the level of progress of the extension project in the neighborhoods and subsequently facilitating the household connection procedure.
Following this mobilization, the spokespersons of the association were received by the private secretary of DG Camwater accompanied by the Directors, regional and Communication, then a descent to the Makepe 1 Missoke district followed to make it possible to touch the finger the reality on the ground.
The commitments made in the field are as follows:

  • The water network extension project will begin in 2022 in the districts and a timetable will be established to follow up on consultation with the CEO;
  • The connection procedure will be facilitated in order to allow households to connect at a reasonable cost;
  • Any connections not made will be reestablished within ten days maximum.

We are together

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Complaints Filed: 178 Hospitals Fail to Provide Federally Mandated Price Transperency

Many hospitals are not doing the bare minimum to meet the needs of patients, address the inequities in healthcare, and even follow federal government rules for their operations! 

ACORN International in partnership with Labor Neighbor Research & Training Center, and Local 100 United Labor Unions in recent weeks has filed complaints against 178 hospitals in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas for failing to provide patients with price transparency, per the CMS’ latest guidelines/policy.

These hospitals either have no pricing information available or have it displayed in such a way that it is inaccessible to patients seeking the information. The regulation requires that the information be machine-readable, so it can be compared, but many hospitals have made comparison impossible, contrary to the regulation.  

As of the beginning of this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  has a policy requiring price transparency in effect Jan. 1, 2021

  • “Starting January 1, 2021, each hospital operating in the United States will be required to provide clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide in two ways: As a comprehensive machine-readable file with all items and services. In a display of shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format.” (source)
  • Part of CMS’ actions to “address the health equity gap, ensure consumers have the information they need to make fully informed decisions regarding their health care, improve emergency care access in rural communities, and use lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to inform patient care and quality measurements.” 

Not only is there a crisis in medical costs, as longer-term research is proving, but patients and the general public cannot even access information about their procedures, price shop, or even find out exactly how much it will cost in advance, this means patients cannot “make fully informed and value-conscious decisions” 

CMS has threatened to begin finding hospitals for their impunity in not following the regulation and posting their prices transparently.  Our survey of hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas indicates that many of them will soon be facing significant penalties for consumer abuse in not filing.

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ACORN Cameroon Water rights campaign: neighborhood organizing meetings

ACORN Cameroon organized meetings between members from the neighborhoods and representatives of the Douala 5 city hall, to try to open up a dialog with the corporate decision-makers, who refuse negotiation.

Discussion in small groups to define priority issues and seek accountability from the city hall

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Amazon could give each of its workers a Covid-19 bonus of $690,000 — and still be as rich as the start of the pandemic. 

On Black Friday, join workers and activists around the world as we mobilize to #MakeAmazonPay.

Many of you are ready to mobilize on Black Friday. If you want to organize too and haven’t yet, do get in touch! Action materials can be found here, and we can connect you with other organizations in your country. If you cannot organize but want to show your solidarity and support, please do amplify the #MakeAmazonPay message and materials on social media.

OnEstEnsemble Flash Mob in Cameroon

Today in front of Camwater company: 1000 Households were represented in the demand for a network-wide extension on their water services. On Est Ensemble, a Cameroon ACORN affiliate organized a flash mob at the local company office and through the community

Regional management agreed to go straight in the neighborhoods with the members to assess the situation
It was interesting to learn that with a few tips, an un authorised action can be legitimate in the eye of the army, who accompany the delegation on the field

Regional management agreed to go straight in the neighborhoods with the members to assess the situation

ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER FOR ALL: Rehabilitation of a Free of a Free Public Fountain in Douala

In order to provide sustainable solutions in terms of access to drinking water, members of the local branch OnEstEnsemble Bepanda Yonyong called on the Mayor of the district municipality of Douala 5 for the rehabilitation of a terminal. public fountain with 10 taps. After collecting 150 signatures accompanied by correspondence, in July 2021 the district experienced a descent by city hall officials to touch on the realities on the ground. The relevance of the problem was quickly established by the 6th Deputy to whom the file was sent, immediately launching a call to march for the repair of the water point in September 2021 The rehabilitation works are presented at around 4 and a half million FCFA and lasted 56 days. To date, the 10 water taps are operational to the great pleasure of the residents of the neighborhood, who will no longer travel great distances to obtain drinking water.


ACCES A L’EAU POTABLE POUR TOUS]: REHABILITATION D’UNE FONTAINE PUBLIQUE GRATUITE À DOUALA 

Dans le but d’apporter des solutions durables en matière d’accès à l’eau potable , les membres de l’antenne locale OnEstEnsemble  Bepanda Yonyong ont interpellé le Maire de la commune d’arrondissement de Douala 5 pour la réhabilitation d’une borne fontaine publique à 10 robinets. Après une collecte de 150 signatures accompagnée d’une correspondance, le quartier a connu au mois de juillet 2021 une descente des agents de la mairie pour toucher du doigt les réalités sur le terrain. La pertinence du problème a été très vite établie par le 6ème Adjoint vers qui le dossier a été diligenté, lançant à l’immédiat un appel à marcher pour la réfection du point d’eau au mois de septembre 2021

Les travaux de réhabilitation sont présentés à hauteur d’environ 4 millions et demi de FCFA et ont duré 56 jours.

A ce jour, les 10 robinets à eau sont fonctionnels au grand plaisir des habitants du quartier, qui ne vont plus parcourir de grandes distances pour s’approvisionner en eau potable. 

#ensembleonestplusfort

#ensembleonvaplusloin

#OnEstEnsemble

TRANSPARENCY OF PUBLIC ACTION IN CAMEROON: The municipality of Douala’s consulted the ONEST Association to Propose 2022-2024 Program Budget

As part of the development of the 2022 – 2024 program budget for the district municipality of Douala 5, the OnEstEnsemble association was involved in identifying the needs of the inhabitants of each district.
4 major themes have been identified to make proposals in this case:

  • Improving the supply of basic social services
  • Promotion of economic development and environmental protection (improve
    the attractiveness of the territory and sustainable development)
  • Promotion of citizenship, culture, sport and youth
  • Governance and local administration
    Several consultations are currently being carried out in the 11 neighborhoods where the association is established. All members have been called upon to identify the problems that undermine the districts of Douala 5. These needs will be submitted to the municipal council in November 2021 dedicated to the development of the budget of the district municipality of Douala 5.
    A monitoring and watch committee has been set up in the neighborhoods to ensure the smooth running of the projects to be carried out by the town hall of Douala5.

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[TRANSPARENCE DE L’ACTION PUBLIQUE AU CAMEROUN] :

  LA COMMUNE D’ARRONDISSEMENT DE DOUALA 5 CONSULTE L’ASSOCIATION ONESTENSEMBLE POUR APPORTER DES PROPOSITIONS AU BUDGET PROGRAMME 2022-2024

Dans le cadre de l’élaboration du budget programme 2022 – 2024 de la commune d’arrondissement de Douala 5, l’association OnEstEnsemble a été associée à l’identification les besoins des habitants de chaque quartier. 

4 thématiques majeures ont été identifiées pour faire des propositions en occurrence : 

– Amélioration de l’offre des services sociaux de base

– Promotion du développement économique et protection de l’environnement (améliorer

l’attractivité du territoire et développement durable)

– Promotion de la citoyenneté, culture, sport et jeunesse

– Gouvernance et administration locale

Plusieurs consultations sont actuellement réalisées dans les 11 quartiers où l’association est implantée. Tous les membres ont été mis en contribution pour identifier sur les problèmes qui minent les quartiers de Douala 5.  Ces besoins seront soumis au conseil municipal de Novembre 2021 dédié à l’élaboration du budget de la commune d’arrondissement de Douala 5. 

Un comité de suivi et de veille a été mis sur pied dans les quartiers pour s’assurer de la bonne marche des projets à réaliser par la mairie de Douala5. 

#OnEstEnsemble 

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Cameroon: Access to Drinkable Water for All! Rehabilitating a public drinking and 10 sinks for free in the Bepanda Yonyong Neighborhood in Douala


Before the Fountain was rehabilitated

For several years, the problem of access to drinking water has arisen acutely in Bepanda Yonyong. After a few brainstorming meetings aimed at finding lasting solutions to this problem, the members of the OnEstEnsemble antenna Bepanda Yonyong Association decided to grab the bull by the horns by calling on the Mayor of the district municipality of Douala 5 by asking for the restoration of the drinking water supply point located in front of the Consulate of Benin.


This interpellation was then very quickly made in July 2021 by mail accompanied by a petition of more than 200 signatures. In view of the determination of the members, who never ceased to remind the Mayor on this issue, the relevance of the problem was quickly established by the 6th Deputy to whom the file was sent. The latter then organized working sessions with the leaders of the local branch.


The rehabilitation works are around 4 million FCFA and began on September 1, 2021 to the great satisfaction of the inhabitants. The restoration of the water point will last 60 days. In a few days, it will be the end of the ordeal of these residents who travel long distances to obtain the precious liquid. A monitoring committee has been set up to ensure rigorous monitoring and the smooth running of the work.

Beginning of the Rehabilitation

together we are stronger

[𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗘𝗦 𝗔 𝗟’𝗘𝗔𝗨 𝗣𝗢𝗧𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗣𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗦] : 𝗥𝗘𝗛𝗔𝗕𝗜𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗗’𝗨𝗡𝗘 𝗕𝗢𝗥𝗡𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗘 𝗣𝗨𝗕𝗟𝗜𝗤𝗨𝗘 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗔 𝟭𝟬 𝗥𝗢𝗕𝗜𝗡𝗘𝗧𝗦 𝗔𝗨 𝗤𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗥 𝗕𝗘𝗣𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗔 𝗬𝗢𝗡𝗬𝗢𝗡𝗚 A DOUALA

Depuis plusieurs années, le problème d’accès à l’eau Potable se pose avec acuité à Bepanda Yonyong. Après quelques réunions de réflexion visant à trouver des solutions durables à ce problème, les membres de l’Association OnEstEnsemble antenne Bepanda Yonyong ont décidé de tenir le taureau par les cornes en interpellant le Maire de la commune d’arrondissement de Douala 5 en demandant la restauration du point d’adduction en eau potable situé en face du Consulat du Bénin. 

Cette interpellation a alors très vite été faite au mois de Juillet 2021 par voie de courrier accompagné d’une pétition de plus de 200 signatures. Au regard de la détermination des membres, qui n’ont cessé de relancer le Maire sur cette question, la pertinence du problème a été très vite établie par le 6ème Adjoint vers qui le dossier a été diligenté. Celui-ci a alors organisé des séances de travail avec les leaders de l’antenne locale. 

Les travaux de réhabilitation tournent autour d’environ 4 millions de FCFA et ont débuté ce 1er Septembre 2021 à la grande satisfaction des habitants. La restauration du point d’eau va durer 60 jours.

Dans quelques jours, ce sera la fin du calvaire de ces riverains qui parcourent de longue distance pour se procurer le précieux liquide.

Un comité de veille a été mis en place pour assurer un suivi rigoureux et la bonne marche des travaux. 

#ensembleonestplusfort

#ensembleonvaplusloin

#OnEstEnsemble


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