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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: 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!

Ascovime Plans for the Future

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!!

100 Donors and $5000!

Today, Ascovime has achieved two major milestones  with one big donation: 100 donors and over $5000 raised.  This is a nice goal and is a testament to the grassroots nature of this small organization.  Everyone out there is chipping in a little bit and helping get much needed healthcare and educational supplies to those in rural parts of Cameroon.

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Building an Empire Through Third World Exploitation

Exploitation of the poor is a long standing tradition among empires throughout history.  From the Roman empire to that of Imperial Japan prior to World War II, killing and enslaving peoples in order to steal natural resources has been common practice.  And today is no different.

The American empire, built of collusion between the military, corporations, government, banks, and intelligence agencies, has managed to do the same as many empires of the past.  In the 1960s and 70s, our America was responsible for several assassinations as well as other orchestrated coups in order to install leaders that would be receptive to our interests in the region.  Today, we do this in the Middle East and Africa, with Cameroon being no exception.

Back in 2000, a corporate coalition led by Exxon Mobil started a project to build an oil pipeline from southern Chad through Cameroon to the Atlantic Ocean.   Continue reading ‘Building an Empire Through Third World Exploitation’

Drexel University Medical Team Headed to Africa with Ascovime

For the third year in a row, a team of students from Drexel University College of Medicine are embarking on volunteer mission with Ascovime to Cameroon. This summer they will work with humanitarian leader Dr. Georges Bwelle, who is a Cameroonian surgeon, to give free health care to over 2,000 patients in four rural villages in the jungles of Cameroon. Find out more about what they will be doing.

So far, the eight-member team has raised over $1000 in a few short weeks and has been tirelessly collecting supplies and medications from hospitals in the Philadelphia area. On April 17th, the volunteers will be holding an Art for Health fundraiser hosted by the Waterworks restaurant from 4-8pm. If you can, show up and make a donation to the great cause – overall, the team is shooting for a goal of $10,000 in donations before they leave for Cameroon in June.

If you can’t make it to this particular fundraiser, keep your eyes’ peeled or RSS feeds open for more events to come. In early May, likely the 7th, a Beef n’ Beer event is scheduled at a sports bar in Philadelphia so be on the lookout.

Best of luck to the fine medical students and humanitarians!

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Ascovime Donations

I just wanted to thank everyone again for donating to Dr. Bwelle’s missions in Cameroon, especially those who heard the story on Dick Gordon’s “The Story” on NPR.  At the moment, he’s stocking up and preparing to start all of his upcoming missions and thanks you all for the contributions.

The jungle surgeons of Ascovime

Due to other previous donations, I was able to wire him $900.00 before Christmas to help buy supplies and medications.  This new series of donations will be essential in providing more of these expensive medications for all the patients Dr. Bwelle helps.  Again, 100% of your donations will go to the people that really need the help!

Keep spreading the word, we’re almost at 100 different donors and $5000!  Go here to donate.

Thanks again!

Big Thanks to Global Links and MediFree

Donations for Christmas!

I traveled to Cameroon, a country on the Atlantic coast of Africa, this past May and June on a medical aid mission.  Upon my return, others have kept spreading the word of Ascovime, Dr. Georges Bwelle’s grassroots medical organization and have also continued donating.  NPR did a segment of “The Story” with Dick Gordon about Dr. Bwelle and Ascovime which helped bring in donations from all over the United States.  Along with many substantial monetary donations, others have expressed great interest in volunteering and donating medical supplies.

School and Medical Supplies

Global Links and MediFree have been generous enough to send two boxes worth of sutures (over 200), gauze, catheters, spinal needles, iodine swabs, as well as school supplies for African children.  This was all facilitated by the work of another small organization called Sutures Are A Human Right.  Please be sure to check these sites out and support.  Thanks again to Global Links, MediFree, and Sutures Are A Human Right!

Dr. Georges Bwelle on Public Radio

Dick Gordon in The Story on Dr. Georges BwelleHi everyone, it’s been a while since I posted something. I’ve just caught wind of an NPR story about Dr. Bwelle!  Dick Gordon of North Carolina Public Radio hosts a show called The Story and will be doing a piece on Dr. Georges Bwelle.  It should air in Vermont on Monday 10/18/2010 at 2pm. Check it out here:  http://thestory.org/

Updated 10/18 – The Story is out:

The Story producer Anita “Bekang” Woodley was in Cameroon this past summer, with a tape recorder, looking for her own ancestral village when she happened upon the doctor by chance. Today, we’ll hear Anita’s story of returning to her village, and Dr. Georges’ story of bringing health care to rural Africans.

Blog posts from my trip to Cameroon, where I was lucky enough to join with Dr. Georges, are here. By the way, he can always use your help. Here’s how donations that we raised before my trip in the spring 2010 were used.

Thanks for coming in!

The Story producer Anita “Bekang” Woodley was in Cameroon this Anita croppedpast  summer, with a tape recorder, looking for her own ancestral village when she happened upon the doctor by chance. Today, we’ll hear Anita’s story of returning to her village, and Dr. Georges’ story of bringing health care to rural Africans.

Video Update! WOooh!

The Latest African Epidemic: World Cup Fever

I don’t know how to put this, but the World Cup is kind of a big deal.  Even in the United States, perhaps as a result of hosting the 1994 World Cup, the popularity is rising, whereas in the rest of the world, it’s all-consuming.

This is Eto'o. More popular in Cameroon than God or Allah.

Cameroon is a huge soccer country.  Where ever there is a flat rectangular area, or just a flat area for that matter, children or adults have erected makeshift goals.  Young and old can be seen playing in the morning, at lunch, after school, and also when they’re supposed to be at work.  If you want to come to Cameroon, but you’re worried about not knowing French, well, learn to play soccer instead.  The most widely used language in the world is football (soccer).

Luxurious nets at the American School of Yaounde

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