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SHUMAS' Procedure

SHUMAS Cameroon strongly believes that isolated actions cannot lead to any meaningful development in a community. That is the reason why she is focused on integrated sustainable rural development which is done by using a participatory approach which respects the following procedure:

  • SHUMAS makes determined efforts to let communities know about its programs and activities through newspapers, radio programs, community briefings etc.

  • Communities must have identified a problem which must be their felt need and apply to SHUMAS with pictures illustrating the problem.

  • Applications are screened and a priority list is established for feasibilities based on the problem expressed and what the community has done/ is doing to solve the problem.

  • SHUMAS carries out feasibility studies in these selected communities, during which communities are sensitized on SHUMAS´approach

  • After feasibility studies, SHUMAS together with partners select benefiting communities on a 100 points basis. (40% for the level of need and 60% for community participation)

  • The community is expected to ensure the security of the materials because any material stolen or misused is replaced by them.

  • SHUMAS expects weekly/monthly reports from communities with photos illustrating the progress of the project.

  • After the handing over, impact assessment is done every four months to evaluate the impact of the project on the beneficiaries.

  • SHUMAS develops proposals and together with partners source for funds since SHUMAS is not a funding body. This procedure sometimes takes several months.

  • All applicants must take note of this. If the funds are gotten, the selected communities are notified and given a period of about two weeks to mobilize their local contribution. The community that mobilizes her contribution first is finally selected for that project.

  • A protocol agreement is signed between SHUMAS and the community which must be endorsed by the administration, the Mayor, the Ministry concerned etc.

  • A planning meeting is organized between SHUMAS and the Community during which a plan of action is developed for the project.

  • When the endorsed protocol agreement is returned, the project begins and SHUMAS then purchases all the industrial materials and supplies to the project site.

  • During implementation, SHUMAS through her project officers goes to the site regularly to monitor and supervise the work.

  • The community is expected to ensure the security of the materials because any material stolen or misused is replaced by them.

  • On completion, the project is handed over to the community and a final report is written and submitted to partners.