We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by empowering communities in Africa and beyond to improve their standards of living. We support this process by using a robust, adaptable and well-governed model for sustainable development that puts each community firmly in control of tailoring realistic, achievable and sustainable programmes to suit their own social, cultural and environmental context.
In 2011 Fernando & Teresa (Reignite Co-Founders) embraced the North West Region of the Republic of Cameroon and settled in the Village of Bambui.
Together with local charity BUKDA, they started a six months observation and research period focusing on the needs and problems of the village. They had the opportunity to work closely with the community in identifying critical issues that were hindering the village’s development.
Having travelled throughout 36 Quarters in a three-seat motorbike, through sunshine, rain, storms, and mud, working in conjunction with multiple stakeholders (the Fon, the Village Council, local institutions and organisations) the result came about as a joint drafting of a new Development Strategy for Bambui.
The aim, to revive Bambui and it’s People using their own resources, tools and human potential.
Such strategy included the creation of priority areas of action such as water and infrastructure, skills development and education, microfinance, agriculture and markets, environment and climate change, governance, social-culture and consultancy.
Following Fernando & Teresa’s return to the UK, their stories and experience soon inspired Mariana to take action. After a couple of months of careful thinking Reignite Action for Development was born. As a response to the problems found in Bambui; but also as an active call to deliver international development in a different, more concerted, sustainable and culturally respectful way.
Read also “The Story behind Reignite“
Operations Office (Bambui, Northwest region of Cameroon) This is where our Project Team is based and most of the projects take place. Through Bambui we manage stakeholders [community, government, NGO’s…], ensure objectives of the strategic plan are followed and support the implementation of projects.
Headquarters (London, UK) This is where our chief executive and core fundraising team are based. Through London, we facilitate access to skills and raise funds and awareness for our projects in Cameroon and beyond.
- Visit a community and meet all stakeholders [local people & authorities, NGO’s];
- Identify constraints, opportunities and priorities; Research adequate sustainable possibilities;
- With the community, develop a multi-sectoral Strategic Action Plan [3-5 years];
- Help implement the plan [prioritise projects, allocate resources, train locals, set it up…];
- Evaluate and adjust projects according to community feedback, successes and failures;
- Support & ensure the sustainability and continuation of the project by locals;
- Replicate and scale up this model to other regional communities.
We support local communities to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.
We do this by mainstreaming gender into how we work as an organization, how we design project interventions with our partners and how we engage with local communities.
We ensure people with disabilities participate in our development work and promote their inclusion in all aspects of life: education, employment, cultural activities…
People with disability are often amongst the poorest and most marginalized people in communities. We, therefore, believe that they have the right to participate and benefit from our projects.
We deliver local communities knowledge on potential climate change-related hazards and how to possibly be prepared.
We believe climate change will have wide-ranging effects and therefore, communities should learn resilience methods and techniques.
To strengthen the capacity of local communities sustainably improve their agricultural production, income generation & food security.
Professionalise and revitalize local communities’ agricultural sector by improving farmers’ agricultural skills and levels of productivity, whilst helping them to build viable agribusiness through developing their ability to reach larger more profitable markets and gain access to finance.
To support communities in developing water resource management strategies and devising water, hygiene, and sanitation service delivery systems that respond to their needs and are respectful towards the surrounding environment.
Work with local communities to identify and design water resource management strategies that balance existing water needs and promote environmental sustainability in the long-term.
Support communities to ensure a sustainable use of their natural resources.
We help communities to identify existing natural resources and facilitate strategies to manage and protect them. We focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations. Our approach brings together land planning, water management, biodiversity conservation and the future sustainability of economic activities such as agriculture, tourism, fisheries, mining, and forestry.
- Water Assessment
- Lake Study
- Water Supply
- Tippy tap
- Waste Management
- Urban Planning