Contact

Skype:                                                                                                                       adknipe

Phone:                                                                                                                              +237 78-87-04-52

Mail:                                                                                                                                        Andrew Knipe                                                                                                                     Corps de la Paix / Peace Corps                                                                                           B.P. 32                                                                                                                           Lomié, Cameroon

Regarding mail or packages:                                                                                                 It helps to have religious symbols on the outside, like crosses. While both mail and packages generally get here safely and unmolested, the same standards do not exist here than in the U.S., so anything to discourage tampering is a good idea. Also, send via air mail, writing “AIR MAIL” and/or “PAR AVION” on the box. If something is sent via ground it may take months or a year to get here. [Also, there is no zip code. The entire address is above.]

8 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Hallo Andrew,

    My name is Max Janssen i´m on a school named de groene campus that stands in holland.
    With a group of 16-18 persons we are going to visit Yaounde and Batouri but we want to see some Wildlife to. and if i do understand you well than you stay in Lomie. that is a good place for the wildlife so i hoped that you maybe can help us with that. we just want to see some real cameroon nature. the time of going to cameroon is amound the first of march.
    i would like to you hear from you soon.

    with kind regars,
    Max Janssen

    ps. excuse me for my english.

    • Hi Max,
      That’s great that you are coming to Cameroon! Will you be coming on a school trip? Is de groene a high school or university?
      You’re right about the nature and animals in this part of Cameroon – there are a lot. The Dja Preserve is close to Lomie and is a great place to see wildlife (gorillas, monkeys, etc). I have not been there yet but I know there are easy access points into the park from the road between Yaounde and Bertoua. If you’d like I can ask around and give you some recommendations about where to go.

      Cheers,
      Andy

      • Hello Andrew,

        when we are coming to Cameroon it wouldn’t be a school trip, it’s more like an internship. De Groene Campus is a vocational education from 3 or 4 years.

        Sounds great that you want to ask for us about some recommendations. We really like to go to the Dja Preserve for more wildlife. But when we come to Lomie it’s also very important to know that we can stay there somewhere for the night. Do you know if it is possible to sleep there somewhere? And will you be around Lomie in March?
        I’ll hope to hear soon from you.

        With kinds regards,
        Max Janssen

  2. Hello Andrew,

    I’m very glad to hear all that from you. And i will appreciate it when you look for some recommendations for us. We want to go to the Dja Preserve but we also need a place to stay for a few nights. And De Groene Campus is a step between the high school an the university it is a vocational. Our training takes about 3 till 4 years. It isn’t quiet a school trip but it is a trainings ship. Are you still in Cameroon in march?

    With kind regards,
    Max Janssen

  3. Hi Andy,

    I am a friend of your dad’s. Known him about 25 years! I am in process of applying for a sabbatical to teach in a university in Luanda, Angola for the fall 2012 semester. I have so many questions about Africa but won’t bombard you with them now. Just wanted to touch base and introduce myself at this point. Oh and your dad says to “write home once in awhile” 🙂

    Sue

    • Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your message. A sabbatical in Angola sounds pretty fantastic. I’m happy to give more personal impressions of my experiences here (and the other African countries I’ve been to), though I’ve never been to Angola. Good luck with the university and drop a line with any questions you may have. Feel free to email me directly. Cheers.

  4. Hi Andrew,
    My name is Wanja. I am writing to thank you for letting those who are following you and your work in Cameroon know exactly what goes down on that side of the ocean. I got your contact from your Judy (your mum) just as I returned home Canada from Gulu, Uganda after having spent five months there trying to understand the impact of livelihoods support in post conflict context. Your blog comes across as written with much depth and consideration lifting many misunderstandings while providing clarity especially for those who have not experienced my Africa. What I brought out of my time there is highlighted in some of your blogs in terms of reality on the ground for locals…. I could not find organisations willing to continue supporting local women, youth and men to strengthen their current little businesses with cash like micro financing. Many groups have VSLAs but those who had not formed these will likely slip back to the cycle of poverty. Would be interesting to hear how such a challenge can be mitigated especially since your area of expertise is in Micro Finance Enterprising-unless I misunderstood. I look forward to hearing from you if you have a moment.
    Sincerely,

    • Hi Wanja,
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful message. So sorry to respond so late. Your message got lost somewhere in the depths of the e-world and I just came across it again. That’s when I realized I never got back to you. Sorry for that.

      I’ve been back in the U.S. for about six months now. Adjustment was slow at the beginning, but I’m finally fully re-integrated now. One is never the same after living in such different places, as you know. I’m so thankful for the experience I had in Cameroon, though. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. My mom mentioned you when I saw here in September… I spent a little time in Uganda, only about a week in Kampala, but I enjoyed my time there. Have you ever come across a mission group called The Zion Project in Gulu? A friend of mine from DC started it, Sarita Hartz-Hendrickson.

      I have a love/hate relationship with microfinance in Africa. It has a lot of potential, but the model that exists in many places in sub-Saharan Africa now looks nothing like the Grameen model started with groups of women in Bangladesh so many years ago. Many of them, I’ve found, only create a new debtor class and further exacerbate mistrust and misunderstanding between lenders, lendees, and international organizations who seek to fit the way money lending works in Africa in to the Western cultural paradigm. And it doesn’t, of course. I’m still involved with my friends back in Cameroon, though, and hope to continue to be.

      I can’t remember what my mom said about where you were based – Do you live in Portland, Bend, or Canada??

      Thanks for reaching out and saying hello!

      Andy Knipe

      P.S. Please feel free to email me directly at aknipe@gmail.com. Cheers!

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