Some more from the Soccer Pitch- Pittsburgh Documentary Photographer

ITs been a busy past few weeks here in Cameroon working with the Cameroon Football Development Program as we were preparing to run training camps for our new leaders and project coordinators. So after weeks of preparation, on and off the pitch, and the arrival of FSS Salaberry, our training partners/first team of pen pals/ first cultural exchange team, training is finally here. This first week has gone pretty well, and you can check out photos from the training sessions over on the CFDP BLOG.

Today though, I want to show you some more photos from the soccer pitch, where we have a team member (Coach of minor league soccer team Kumba Lakers) preparing a girls team for an exhibition match against FSS on Saturday as part of a women’s empowerment program that CFDP is putting on.


A young boy walks through the field where the girls team is practicing

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A trip to Barombi Village-Pittsburgh Documentary Photographer

Not long ago, Justin the founder of the Cameroon Football Development Program, lived in a village outside of our hoe base of Kumba. He was working with the University of Dayton, in Ohio, to design and construct a water system for a farming village that is set off of the beautiful Lake Barombi. The project was quite an undertaking, and after months of hard work the project was finished. Now Justin has returned to Cameroon, for the fifth time, to start the Cameroon Football Development Program. CFDP is designed to engage the youth of Cameroon, and eventually West Africa, in life skills, and HIV education on the soccer field.

I met Justin in the late fall, and we began working together. I redesigned their website on a wordpress platform, and integrated their blog, so that as things move along, whoever is managing their PR, and online presence, can easily mange everything from one menu. They loved the results, and now I am spending two months in Cameroon photographing their project, and shooting videos to help explain the different facets of the program.

Today, join me on a trip to Barombi, across the lake in a wooden canoe that I was sure was going to deposit myself and cameras in the lake.

The trip to Barombi... Every time the "boat" aka hollowed tree trunk, shifted my stomach was in my mouth

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Nothing is quick in Cameroon-Pittsburgh Documentary Photographer

Work here in Africa is very different from back home in the U.S. Just preparing a meal takes many hours, and depending on the meal, preparation can begin days in advance. A good way to explain this is through a scene witnessed on Thursday. Mrs. Ngwane, “Momma” (the matriarch of our compound) is heading to the United States on Monday to visit family for a few months. She has been preparing food since the day we arrived in the country. This includes, drying bitter greens, smoking barracuda and pork, making cassava, and tons of other things just to be able to take some food with her to her relatives.

Momma and her friend preparing greens to go to the U.S.

While there is city water, that is expensive, so every day they pull water from the well to do all the washing in the compound. This could be a few trips a day, or on a heavy cooking day, many many trips to bring clean water as needed.

Carol draws water from the well for evening cleaning

Jayden carries water back to the house as the sun sets behind him

When we arrived home Thursday night, Momma had traveled to Douala (about 5 hours round trip on a bus) to bring home loads of barracuda to smoke before her trip to the states. The fish had to be cut by machete because it was frozen, remove the scales, clean it, and then prepare the smoker to be set over night.

Just an evening meal takes a very long time to prepare. With so much time on peoples hands, there is no surprise that a faster way has not become a way of life.

Preparing the fish for smoking

Preparing the Smoker for the night

Slow smoking over night