Dick Gordon of North Carolina Public Radio hosts a show called The Story and has done a piece on Dr. Georges Bwelle!!!
A while back Dr. Bwelle was nominated as a CNN Hero with a possibility of being selected as one of the top 10 Heroes and potentially even a shot of being voted CNN Hero of the Year. Well, we are very excited to announce that Dr. Bwelle earned a place as one of CNN’s top 10 Heroes and is currently in the running for Hero of the Year! As one of the top 10, Dr. Bwelle and Ascovime have been awarded $50,000 and if he ends up being chosen as the Hero of the Year he will receive an additional donation of $250,000. This would be an enormous help for Ascovime which runs on YOUR donations and part of Dr. Bwelle’s humble salary. This is a wonderful opportunity for Ascovime (and Dr. Bwelle) to get the recognition and the support that it needs to deliver free healthcare to rural populations in Cameroon.
Here’s where you can help – the Hero of the Year is chosen by caring individuals like you. All you have to do is go to this site: http://heroes.cnn.com/ and vote for Dr. Bwelle. Better yet, set this webpage as one of your homepages to remind you to vote daily. You don’t have to sign up for anything and again you can vote every single day(from multiple accounts and from Facebook)! This is a perfect way to give a tiny amount of your time to make a huge difference and it won’t cost a thing so please, take a moment every day to vote for Dr. Bwelle and, if you feel so inclined, tell your friends and family to vote too! Results will be posted as soon as voting ends. Thank you so much!
Help support Ascovime’s major extended health and education mission from August 27th – August 31st when they will be traveling to Tiko, Cameroon and spending 5 days providing free healthcare and distributing school supplies to over 3000 kids and 200 teachers! We all know how hard teachers work, but imagine if you don’t have the supplies to teach. This is a large humanitarian mission under the looming presence of Mt. Cameroon that needs your help to provide these kids and teachers with the supplies they need for the upcoming school year, please donate here if you can.
Check out the supplemental video of Dr. Bwelle showing CNN around a typical Ascovime jungle mission!
Dr. Bwelle has been named CNN Hero of the Week today. Enjoy the video and the article by CNN’s Meghan Dunn and Danielle Berger. It is a great feature of the work Dr. Bwelle and Ascovime do on the ground in Cameroon.
Each week, a CNN Hero is profiled on the global networks of CNN and on CNN.com. In September, the Top 10 CNN Heroes will be announced. From the Top 10, viewers select the CNN Hero of the Year via online voting. That person will be revealed during a CNN Heroes Top 10 tribute broadcast airing Thanksgiving night.
Each of the Top 10 receives $50,000. The Hero of the Year receives an additional $250,000.
The voting link is not available yet, but will be posted soon!
If you’d like to help support Ascovime, click on the following link : Support Ascovime.
For those that aren’t familiar, ASCOVIME is a small, grassroots volunteer organization committed to fighting illiteracy and disease in Cameroon and eventually greater Africa. The mission of Ascovime is simple: provide free medical care and education supplies to marginalized, destitute populations in the rainforests of Africa.
There are two major facets to Ascovime’s efforts: medicine and education.
Every Friday during dry season in Cameroon, Ascovime loads up a hired or borrowed van with a team of volunteers and medical supplies, and hits the road. The team heads for some of the poorest and remote villages in the country where people may have never seen a doctor before. They set up a makeshift “hospital” and first provide locals with personal consultations, then prescribe treatments, and even surgeries under primitive conditions – all of this at no charge.
During the fall months, Ascovime again loads up vans with volunteers, but this time with mostly educational supplies and materials. Books, pencils, chalk, notebooks, backpacks, and anything that can help a teacher or a student to get a better education is distributed for free by Ascovime. Currently, Ascovime is leading a project to give more children the opportunity of secondary education by providing educational passports required to enter high school.
In 2010, I volunteered in Cameroon with the team and was blown away by the experience. When I returned to New England, I recognized the need to get the word out about Ascovime’s efforts to the North American public. I decided to establish Ascovime.org and AscovimeUSA, help those who wanted to volunteer, improve press exposure, and assist with fundraising and logistical efforts. As one example, check out the NPR story on Dr. Bwelle, the founder of Ascovime. This is an honest, volunteer-only organization where 100% of donations go directly to those in need of medical care or educational supplies. If you’d like to volunteer, help in any capacity, or make a generous donation, please visit http://ascovime.org/donate.
Mike Ursiny is a third-year medical student at the University of Vermont as well as a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Urology. His current research interests include dietary influences on kidney stone formation, healthcare funding decision analysis, and medical device innovation.
Hi all! It’s been a while since this site has been updated but I hope to keep the blog posts coming in a much more regular fashion from now on. There are some exciting things happening with the project that I wanted to share.
First, Dr. Bwelle has created a fantastic slideshow detailing where he wants to take Ascovime in the future and what the project needs to make it there so take a look and let us know what you think! There are some very ambitious ideas for what we can do and it’s exciting to see the direction this organization is moving in.
Currently we are working on getting Ascovime USA officially registered as a 501(c)3 (an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization) and will let everyone know when that has gone through.
Also, we are working on getting more information out in the media about Ascovime so if you know anyone that would be interested in doing a piece about us don’t be shy,send us a message, we’d love to work with you!
Finally, and most importantly, what keeps us running are our wonderful contributors. We will be creating a fundraising letter template that you can share with your friends and family that will have all the details on how to donate to Ascovime (any gift will be tax-deductible too!). We rely on your help and are so grateful for your continued support so thank you!!
Dr. Georges Bwelle will be a special guest on the show “Meet the Pros” on CNE Network LIVE Radio this Saturday March 31st, 2012 from 11:15am to 11:45am Los Angeles time.
You can listen by clicking the link below:
More information to follow…
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ascovime’s newest initiative, Project Education is an effort to provide children in Cameroon with birth certificates so that they can go to school.
Anselme Djeukam, who is a daily volunteer with Ascovime on the ground in Cameroon, has just published another delightful children’s book. Anselme writes and illustrates children’s books in French in the back room of his small house in Yaounde, Cameroon which are then sold by Harmattan books all over the world! The books are beautifully written and illustrated and would make a fantastic addition to any personal collection.
In keeping with full disclosure, Harmattan books (and I’m sure other publishers as well) essentially rip off African authors when offering book contracts. Typically, the authors receive a small flat fee, often a couple hundred dollars, for the full rights to their books and see no royalties whatsoever. The publishers then go off and make huge profits as a result.
Despite the financials, Mr. Djeukam’s books are terrific and perhaps someone will one day offer him a reasonable contract as they would for European or North American authors.
And the perfect time to be thinking about our newest program, Project Education. As many of us gear up for another year of High School, College, Grad School or prepare our children for a new year of learning, most of us think of school as a necessary evil. Few consider it a luxury, but to a child in Africa, getting a proper education is often too much to hope for. This is something we are working to change and you can help! Along with better education comes better opportunities for these kids and not just in the form of a higher paying job, it means better opportunities for their whole village and ultimately, their whole country. Statistics show that investing in education is the key to economic development and a stable economy leads to a higher quality of life. So next time you are out shopping for books, pencils and calculators, please consider sponsoring a child so that they too can have the education that they deserve.