Cameroon: A fresh start for young people and women

The first country to open a Digital Centre in 2015, Cameroon is now launching its first Solidarity FabLab in the presence of Brigitte Audy, Secretary General of the Orange Foundation as well as the Minister of Higher Education. Innovative equipment, education and training services and support staff to help young people and women in difficulty to improve their circumstances.

 

the first Solidarity FabLab in Cameroon

 

Looking back on their experiences of over one year with the facility, the women of the 1st Digital Centre have this to say: At the Centre, people learn how to do business, make a living, and ultimately support their families. That is the case for Ms Billoa in Yaounde V, who has transformed her interior decorating and styling talents into a profitable business thanks to the training she received at the Digital Centre.

 

Digital Centre in Cameroon

 

Cyrile Christine Mfoula Atsama, a single mother of two and one of the first women to train at the Yaoundé Digital Centre, says: "I learned to be more comfortable using computers at the Centre. Before that, I had never touched a computer. I was what you’d call ‘computer illiterate’ and out of touch. Now I know how to use Word, Excel... That will really help me in my restaurant business”.

In Yaoundé, the Orange Foundation now hopes to also help young people learn a trade or skill in the country’s first Solidarity FabLab. The facility offers ultra-modern digital equipment (3D printers, laser cutting tools, etc.) and support staff to help these young people to make their plans a reality through digital technology. This Solidarity FabLab also offers the opportunity to join the international network of FabLabs, with their unique expertise and collaborative spirit. An open window to the world of digital solidarity!

 

Solidarity FabLab in Cameroon, 3D printers
Solidarity FabLab in Cameroon, digital embroidery

 

Beyond urban areas such as Yaoundé, in certain villages in Cameroon where mothers and daughters are responsible for fetching water, the Foundation has opted to promote their education by equipping these places with healthcare infrastructures located close to the school. These Orange Villages, which play a key role when it comes to allowing small children to attend school, have now been joined by new partners such as Suez Initiatives fund or Engie so that they can go even further!

 

Orange Village Orange in Cameroon, the school and the children
Orange Village in Cameroun, the water point

 

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