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.
Due to the unfettered forces of globalization, the world today is facing an unprecedented rate of climatic change. The climatic and ecological devastations brought about by the unsustainable development practices of rapidly developing and industrialized countries have different impacts on indigenous peoples. . The two Lelewal pilot areas, have in recent times witnessed increase in the degradation of land and natural resources- Forest by-products, wood fuel, water and pastures for cattle. Land access, use and sustainable management of land and natural resources [...]
In the domain of health, Lelewal and her partner communities decided to valorize traditional medicine and healing systems. Mr. Nkolo Thade, chief of Nyabibete said “This healing system is from our ancestors and is highly effective and less expensive, reason why we have to valorize , maintain and pass it to our younger generation” In the case of the Baka people, traditional medicine and healing systems has remained an option to the modern medicine which is too expensive and [...]