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Vote Dr. Bwelle for CNN’s Hero Of The Year!

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: 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!

Ascovime in Action

Check out the supplemental video of Dr. Bwelle showing CNN around a typical Ascovime jungle mission!

Dr. Bwelle, CNN Hero of the Week

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 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.

Dr. Bwelle on “Meet the Pros” on Saturday 3/31

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…

Project Education Update!

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.

Professor Boukar handing out birth certificates

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Ascovime Volunteer Publishes Children’s Book

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.

It’s the start of a new school year!

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.


For those of you who don’t know me (I’m guessing everyone!) my name is Chantal Mendes and I wanted to introduce myself as I am just starting to get involved with this project on the multimedia end. A little bit about me: I graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Print Journalism from Boston University and have had experience working for newspapers, blogs, and grant projects with USAID. I’m currently taking classes at Harvard to satisfy my pre-med requirements so that I can apply to medical school next year. In between studying and trying to have a life outside of Chemistry, I am hoping to use my experience with social media to reach out and get more people involved with this amazing project so definitely expect to be hearing a lot more from me over the next few weeks!


PS I’m hoping to make a blog post every week to keep you all updated on what’s going on as well as let you know what you can do to help/get involved yourselves. Even something as simple as visiting our Facebook page (coming soon!) is greatly appreciated. A little bit of effort really does go a long way in making a difference.

Making a Difference in Cool Way

The mission of Ascovime is to provide rural populations in Cameroon with healthcare and educational supplies, all free of charge.  Ascovime functions to achieve this goal in a rather unique way compared to other humanitarian organizations – all members contribute on a volunteer basis, so all the money raised goes directly to those who really need it.  With this model comes the need for great grassroots efforts from all over the world.

Cool Students in Yaounde

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I Graduated! Now what?

Right about now, there is a plethora of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduating seniors on college campuses everywhere.  However, as they all slowly return from the four-year stupor in  which they became experts of herbal experimentation and yeast-based inebriation, the realization will come that the $100,000 in debt needs to be paid off somehow, and soon.  Perhaps it wasn’t the best decision, see alternatives.

New York Times Bestseller

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