Welcome to the American Association for the Development of Bangou (AADB) website. AADB is an organization that helps share the culture and tradition of Bangou and helps in its development. Our mission is to make Bangou the best village in Cameroon! All donations go into development projects for Bangou. AADB was founded in 2007 by Peace Corps Volunteer Angel Velarde while posted as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer in Bangou.
I want to help Bangou be the best village in Cameroon and even West Africa. I see Bangou being able to keep its tradition and culture, the history of the hundreds of thousands if not millions of people who have been Bangou, alive in a way that Africans understand and our people have long forgotten. The wisdom of the earth, where we came from and where we will one day depart to, is in a real way still alive in Bangou. The feeling that we are not above, or over the earth, but part of it and that our history and ancestors live on to teach us lessons and help protect their people and land is still being practiced in Bangou.
This is the main thing I want to save, this hard to describe, mystic quality which we in the Western world, surrounded by buildings and things we have created, and noise from everywhere, have lost.
If you’re able, help me save this way of life from becoming extinct from the world. The NGO I started; American Association for the Development of Bangou (AADB) will put all its efforts into saving the way of life we are quickly destroying. 100 percent of donations go to projects to save the culture and tradition of Bangou and help Bangou have a good education and healthy living environment.