Odile Blanche Hand Kana,
education first

Educate, train, motivate. These are the three goals that Odile Blanche Hand Kana, head of reporting at Orange Money in Orange Cameroon, wants to achieve through her volunteering. “I first started volunteering eight years ago in my local parish. I volunteered with the NGO Africa Hope Challenge and Respect Cameroon. I met children in orphanages, day centres, etc.
I helped them with their education by reviewing their school reports, and depending on their difficulties, getting them involved in extra-curricular activities ... I became their “Orange Mum”! explains this 42-year old mother and university graduate.

"I became
their Orange Mum”

Odile has worked for Orange Cameroon for twelve years and joined when she was 30 to work as an after-sales advisor. Odile, who comes from a modest and relatively large family - five brothers and sisters, a father who worked in the tourism industry and a mother who worked in IT - married at the age of 21. The young Odile started her degree in literature and graduated aged 24. Seven years after she joined Orange, she returned to university where she obtained a masters in modern French literature. Meanwhile, Odile had three children and was working her way up the Orange Cameroon ladder: head of after-sales and then head of the sales team and after-sales.

In 2009, after four years of volunteering in her parish, Odile Blanche Hand Kana became the regional president of the Orange Cameroon Women’s Association (ADFORC), which is supported by the Orange Foundation. Along with the 90 members of the NGO, she fights hard for the education and well-being of the disadvantaged by providing material aid such as school supplies, toys and food at Christmas. She also runs workshops for young mothers to encourage them to take up income-generating activities in the commercial and agricultural sectors. Supported by the Orange Foundation, she is able to make a real difference to lives. “Carrying out charitable actions with NGOs makes me feel useful but also spreads cheer to those in difficult circumstances and develops strong human relationships”, insists Odile who, with the Orange Foundation, recently participated in laying the foundation stone for a technical centre in the School for the Deaf and Dumb in Buea in the south west of the country.

Orange Cameroon’s Very Best Volunteer, Odile Blanche Hand Kana is proof that, at Orange at least, charity really does have a place in corporate life!

portrait by Coraline Bertrand

 

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