Reignite in Bambui
In 2011 Fernando and Teresa (Reignite Co-Founders) embraced the North West Region of the Republic of Cameroon and settled in the Village of Bambui. With a local Charity as partner (BUKDA– Bambui UK Development Association) they started a six months observation and research period focusing on the needs and main problems of the Community and Village.
From November 2011 until May 2012 they had the opportunity to work closely with the community in identifying critical issues that were hindering the village’s development.
Having traveled throughout 36 Quarters in a three seat motorbike, through sunshine, rain, storms and mud, and having worked 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.Such strategy included the creation of priority areas of action such as: water and infrastructure, skills development and education, micro finance, agriculture and markets, environment and climate change, governance, social-culture and consultancy. Its aim: to revive Bambui and its People using their own resources, tools and human potential.
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.
Our motto became: “Work with the less privileged, for the less privileged and through the less privileged. For 6 months we traveled in a motorbike through Bambui’s 36 quarters: every day we listened to people, everyday they shared their worries with us, everyday we felt we had to do something.