Cameroon: giving a chance back to the most vulnerable

We are acting on all fronts in Cameroon to help the most vulnerable people - young people and women - providing health, education, professional training and better living standards. Often a pioneer in running our sponsorship programmes, our Orange Cameroon Foundation has this week launched several initiatives in the presence of Christine Albanel, our deputy chairperson, Françoise Cosson, our general delegate, and Cameroon’s Minister of Education. This was the chance to meet with those we have helped.

Yvette and Christine have a fresh start after their training at the Women’s Digital Centre

Respectively a coal seller living in poverty and a restaurant employee, Yvette and Christine are some of the first women trained at the Bertoua and Yaoundé V Women’s Digital Centre. With digital tools, they have learnt everything they needed to know in entrepreneurship there for them to develop a new business. They are now opening their small restaurants and see the future with greater hope.

This week, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Family and Françoise Cosson, our General Delegate, awarded the training diploma to the women at the Women’s Digital Centres on the occasion of the launch of the Digital Centre in Akono, a rural community of 5000 people 60 km from Yaoundé V. This brand new Digital Centre will soon be training 30 women in vulnerable situations. It is located at the Women’s Empowerment and Family Centre (CPFF) in Akono which already hosts over 50 women’s associations divided into such professional training networks as hospitality and catering, sewing and embroidery, hair and beauty, office secretarial work, and rural agriculture. This place embodies the very idea of professional autonomy.

Women’s Digital Centres open in Cameroon

 

 

The first young people trained at the Solidarity FabLab!

The first Solidarity FabLab created by the Cameroon Foundation, Ongola FabLab, truly plays a role in helping vulnerable young people looking for a job, by using digital tools to help disadvantaged young Cameroonians in developing their career paths. After just a few months of operation, young people already showed their creativity and their new skills by proposing a Solidarity FabLabs international challenge project in July 2017. Today, they are continuing to use the FabLab digital manufacturing techniques in crafts, carpentry electronics and manufacturing to find their path to employment, even creating new jobs.

 

 

On the Yaoundé Francophone Digital Campus (CNF), many young people have finished their training year at our Solidarity FabLab and receive their diploma in person from Christine Albanel and Françoise Cosson, alongside Elizabeth Ehabé, head of the Orange Cameroon Foundation.

 

Lydia, étudiante, Cameroun
"During my training year at the FabLab, we created a peanut dispenser as a team. Thanks to the diploma I received at the end of the year, I have stronger chances of finding a job in digital careers."

Lydia, student

 

Digital Schools for disadvantaged children

The Binguila State School is one of thirty first Digital Schools launched in Cameroon in 2017. Previously deprived of school equipment and books, the pupils at these schools now have free access to the educational and extra-curricular educational content stored on our mini-server, without the need of an internet connection. In Binguila, a village located 25 km from Yaoundé, 210 schoolchildren can now consult such things as Wikipedia, the annals of the last ten seasons of the Primary Studies Certificate (CEP), and maths and science lessons.

Constance directrice d'école, Cameroun
"With the tablets, my pupils can learn mathematics or read an encyclopaedia like children in a modern school. The digital kit is magic!"

Constance, headteacher

 

 

In total, 45 primary schools across the country will receive our kit this year and will become Orange Foundation Digital Schools. This is also the case in more remote regions like in the village of Bonepoupa, where a few years ago, we equipped three vital structures for the people as part of our our “Village Orange” programme - a water supply, a health centre and a school. Fundamental for the future of the children and the whole village, the school in Bonepoupa is now transformed into a Digital School to give all the children in the village a chance. Today 321 children can discover encyclopaedias, dictionaries, literature, maths lessons and science in the form of video, revision sheets and card games. To go even further in improving the living conditions in Bonepoupa, we have finished electrifying the village with the Energy Assistance association.

 

 

 

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