About Our Organization
Lelewal has as prime objective to build the capacities of indigenous people leaders both at local and national level on diversed topics and programs to be able to determine and decide the future they want for their families and communities. Lelewal has a series of training programs for its staff , community leaders and organizers.
Working For a Sustainable Plannet
Despite the increasing demand for assistance of vulnerable children of indigenous peoples, the organization has been able to support One hundred and fifty( 150) of them since 2015. The reason being the vast scope of work and limited resources making it difficult for the organization to satisfy all demands. The organization intends to continue this activity in the future programs and wishes to reach more children.
Lelewal is an indigenous peoples non governmental, not for profit organization founded in 2003 and legalized in 2006 under the Cameroonian Law on freedom of associations and political parties.
Lelewal has been actively supporting her communities in the domain of livelihood and Alternative Skills development and in other domains like Tailoring, income generating activities and the valorization of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP). Indigenous peoples in Cameroon are around ninety nine percent nature dependent mainly hunter-gatherer and traditional livestock grazing. The advent of climate change phenomenon has devastated their livelihood and consequently their well-being. In the main time, the Mbororo community of Ngorin who are mainly Pastoralists have been [...]
Lelewal has been involve in a multitude of programs that are geared towards building strong leadership within indigenous peoples communities and the strengthening of the recognition of indigenous peoples rights as stipulated by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which are special rights and are inherent to the Universal Declaration of fundamental human rights. Through her positions on changing the “top down approach “model of development, to a model where indigenous peoples and local communities are effectively [...]
Lelewal also carries out awareness programs on education particularly adult literacy for indigenous leaders who cannot read nor write. The organization has supported around twenty indigenous leaders in getting basic education. The organization has been supporting indigenous “Mbororo” and Baka children particularly the girl child in primary schools, by distributing school materials at the beginning of every school year and also paying school fees for some of them. Despite the increasing demand for assistance by vulnerable children of indigenous peoples, [...]
Lelewal has actively participated in the domain of scientific and fact-finding research in producing documentation on indigenous people’s situation in Cameroon in the following domains; indigenous people’s traditional knowledge and innovations; Climate Change and Climate Finance; Indigenous Peoples Land Tenure and Land Use systems; Traditional Healing and Medicines etc. Through these research programs Lelewal is able to orientate the advocacy and lobbying decisions of the organization and communities’ orientation on decision making processes.