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University of Buea’s Inaugural Career Day

April 1st 2016 will forever be remembered by many as they experienced their first ever career day in the University of Buea. As early as 7am, representatives from various companies began to arrive to set up their respective stands on the career fair grounds around Amphi 750 of the university. Better Breed Cameroon members and volunteers were there to assist them while polishing up final organizational details. By 8.30am, while there was a lot off buzz at the fair, curious students and invited guests and speakers began to fill academic hall after stopping by the registration desk. 10.00am signaled the commencement of the ceremony, opened and managed by the very able MC – Kathleen Ndongmo. The founder and Coordinator of Better Breed Cameroon, Monique Kwachou welcomed participants and explained the raison d’etre of the Career Day, encouraging them to make the most of it. This ushered in the first phase of panel presentations beginning with Mr. Roland Kwemain, Chairman of Go Ahead Africa, who encouraged young people to believe in themselves and be patient. Next came Mambe Churchill of Njorku who encouraged students to use online educational platforms like Coursera, Udacity, and Skademy to gain extra skills not taught in class, these skills differentiate and attract jobs. A fine mixture of speakers including Dr Ashu Agbor of Gifted Mom, and of course the MTN Cameroon team, thrilled the audience with career and job expectations and readiness. Then it was time for coffee break, during which time students trooped to the numerous stands at the career fair, familiarizing themselves with Cameroonian success stories like Njorku, Teach Connect, Ovamba, Gifted Mom, and to multinationals like ACCA, Ecobank, UBA and MTN.

The second phase kicked off with a new panel of representatives from corporate institutions like British American Tobacco, British High Commission, UBA, Ecobank, ACCA and Ovamba. These corporate high fliers took a personal perspective to explain how they landed in their current jobs, inspiring the audience to realize that career success is possible. They explained vividly what it takes to get and maintain a great job in their institutions and of course anywhere else.

The 3rd panel was filled with entrepreneurs who had started their own companies and were somewhat living the Cameroonian dream. These included the likes of Budi Norbert of Diamond Visions and Afrique Digital, Adeline Sede of FabAfrique, Christian Ngan of Madlyn Cazalis, Yefon Mainsah of IRepCamer, and a host of others. These strong men and women shared their personal entrepreneurship journeys of how they founded and grew their companies, in a bid to give the young audience insight into what it takes to start and grow a viable business. Their words were very inspiring, one could take home adages like:

  • “I’ve run a blog for 7yrs. I did not study journalism, I studied Engineering yet my blog is read worldwide.” Yefon Mainsah, IRepCamer.
  • “Stop living your life as though it were an accident.” Budi Norbert
  • “Start thinking at this moment about what you will do if you don’t get a job when you graduate.” Adeline Sede K, FabAfrique.
  • “”You have to be YOU. No one can beat you at BEING YOU” Christian Ngan, Madlyn Cazalis.
  • “You go with the rules, you go against the rules, but DON’T BREAK THE LAW.” Dr. Ashu Agbor, Gifted Mom.

In addition to these, various opportunities were presented throughout the forum; the British High Commission presented the Chevening and Cameroon Women Scholarships, Ovamba presented funding opportunities for entrepreneurs, and Mr. Bonie Fon of Bonaventures presented plans to launch an investment club in the University of Buea with a pledge of 1 million Francs for capitalizing student entrepreneurs. The 3rd panel was the last for the day and by 3pm, the young audience was released to yet another surprise: mock interviews and CV scrutiny, critiques and adjustments provided by Better Breed Cameroon free of charge.

The invited guests were treated to lunch from whence they took their leave.

The first edition of the Cameroon Career Day was a remarkable success despite numerous challenges. Better Breed Cameroon sincerely thanks all individuals and organizations that made Career Day a huge success, and looks forward to a bigger and better one next year. We hope to see you there!

by Brian Tamungang for Better Breed Cameroon

P.S

Head on over to Better Breed Cameroon’s YouTube page to watch videos from this phenomenal event!

Breaking News: 1st #CameroonCareerDay

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29 March 2016

 

MTN BACKS CAMEROON CAMPUS CAREER DAY
Telecommunications giant MTN is the latest sponsor of the Cameroon Career Day.

A joint brainchild of Better Breed Cameroon in conjunction with Cameroonian institutions of learning and starting with the University of Buea, the event, which aims to smooth the transition between school and the world of work, is a first of its kind.

“Our aim is facilitate students’ transition from school to work by offering professional and practical career orientation from employers, career counsellors and young professionals,”
explained Better Breed Founder, Monique Kwachou. Due to take place on
Friday 1stApril 2016, the Cameroon (Campus) Career Day will present students and recent graduates with the opportunity to interact with employers, career counsellors and young professionals.Cameroon Career Day will also showcase the work of young entrepreneurs.

“Students and recent graduates who have created startups need a space where they present their ideas and products to potential customers and investors. It is very important that these future leaders make the right connections,” said Kwachou.

MTN remains at the forefront of championing forward thinking projects that benefit Cameroonian youth through Entrepreneur-focused programmes like the MTN Innovation Challenge which saw 3 Cameroonian innovators winning 1 million CFA each towards the development of their applications and MTN’s Y’ello Care annual employee volunteer programme won by MTN Cameroon staff. The programme invests in community projects, as recognition of the outstanding and selfless work of its employees.

This year, MTN Cameroon employees received 100,000 dollars which constructed eight classrooms and a dormitory at two schools for visually impaired learners. The team also constructed and equipped three libraries in centres for the disabled. These activities are estimated to have impacted more than 4500 beneficiaries. MTN Cameroon employees also raised more than $18 000 towards the project activities.

“The strength of every winning organisation is its employees, and that is our strength at MTN Cameroon.Winning the 21 Days trophy is a truly humbling experience, and proof of the selflessness and Can-Do spirit of our staff who tirelessly commit to better the livelihood of communities every year,” MTN Cameroon CEO, Philisiwe Sibiya said.

The Cameroon Career Day event has generated a buzz on social media, and attracted interest from various Cameroonian businesses and professionals at home and in the diaspora including US based speaker, author and educator, Dr Nicoline Ambe of Nicoline Ambe International.

Student entrepreneurs who attend this event will be automatically entered into Project GOLA – a competition launched by Kinnaka’s Blog- and two enterprising students stand a chance to win 500 USD each. In addition, other types of funding, mentoring and business tools will be available for the most forward-thinking young people. with beauty treat tickets provided courtesy of at Buea’s luxurious Belle & Glam salon and spa.

Interested student-entrepreneurs are required to email an expression of interest to Better Breed Cameroon at betterbreed@gmail.com no later than Thursday 31st March 2016. Mails must contain the following information:
the name(s) of business owner(s)
the company name
a mission statement of said enterprise
achievements thus far and
contact information.

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2nd Prize Winning Essay of 2016 Sama Randy Youth Write

On the 11th of February Better Breed Cameroon awarded the winners of the 2016 Sama Randy Youth Write Essay Competition. The following essay by Awanto Magaret- an undergraduate student majoring in History at the University of Dschang (pictured within) won the 2nd Prize of 75.000 FCFA

Let’s know what you think of this prize winning essay!

Can Cameroonians Entrepreneur their way a brighter future? Why or why not

Essay by AWANTO MAGARET

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Awanto Margaret- 2nd Prize winner

“No jobs” has long been the cry of a large number of the Cameroonian population particularly the youths and the graduates. It bears with it the hope that the Cameroonian government should create more jobs for her jobless citizens but it is inconceivable that the government could respond to the job need of every of its citizen especially as Cameroon is a mixed economy which entertains both the public and private sectors. The question here is, what are
Cameroonians themselves doing? What about entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship is from the French the ‘entreprendre’ meaning to undertake, pursue opportunities to fulfill needs and wants through innovation, this may include an established organization ( Ndedi, 2012) One is said to be an entrepreneur when he assembles the other factors of production such as land, labor and capital to start a production process which involve risks. Its about time Cameroonians adopted United States president Barack Obama’s slogan of Yes, We Can! I think that through
entrepreneurship, Cameroonians can be able to achieve higher levels of national income, innovation, new businesses, development, employment and also less dependency ratio all summing up to a brighter future

Entrepreneurship leads to innovation and social change through entrepreneurship Cameroonians can create with new products, modified brands of goods and services and new techniques. This means more income for the entrepreneur or the worker. This indirectly supports freedom by reducing dependency and obsolete systems and technologies .thus, the overall result is an Improvement in the quality of life plus greater morale and economic freedom. For example the young dynamic social entrepreneur and Cameroonian Alain Nteff, founder of Gifted Mom an e-content platform for pregnant women in undeveloped areas to help them have safer pregnancies and combat the lack of access to good medical facilities and knowledge which has been leading to high mother and infant deaths in Cameroon. This project has led to 200 medical students being trained, 1200 pregnant women Impacted resulting in a 20% increase in anti natal attendance for pregnant women in 15 communities. It is clear that through entrepreneur ship, Cameroonians can have brighter futures like Alain Nteff did for some communities , not only lives were saved but hope too was given to populations of a brighter future for them and their babies.

In addition, entrepreneurship would increase the national income of the Cameroon. Entrepreneurs literally generate new wealth. existing businesses may remain confined to the scope of existing markets and may hit the glass ceiling in terms of income, new and improved offerings, products or technologies from entrepreneurs enable new markets to be developed and new wealth to be created. Furthermore, the cascading effect of increased employment and higher
earnings contribute to better national income in the form of higher tax revenue and higher government spending, which leads to nation building if the budget is well managed. For example, imagine an increase in the national income of Cameroon leads to the construction of a road and some schools. We all know the famous slogan, which says when a road passes, development follows. The construction of that road will go a long way to better that area through increased communication, circulation and business ventures, probably inviting the area to be habituated
steaming economic activities in the area. The school would lead to increase in the level of literacy and probably keep the children off the streets consequently, making the lives of Cameroonians better by encouraging education, enhancing their happiness, giving them hope and obviously leading them to a brighter future.

Moreover, entrepreneurs create new businesses. Path breaking offers by entrepreneurs in the form of new goods and services results in new occupations, which can produce cascading effects in the economy through the stimulation of related businesses or sectors that support the new venture to add to further development. The creation of new businesses by Cameroonians will lead to higher efficiency because the entrepreneur has a goal and many at times the goal of the entrepreneur is to excel in his venture and make profit. Cameroon is endowed with abundant natural resources and Cameroonians have the liberty of choosing any domain they wish to entrepreneur from. Some options are agriculture, arts, entertainment, information communication technologies. Agriculture for instance is dominant in Cameroon and the youths are increasingly joining the sector. Let us use the case of the Ndawara highland tea estate which is the biggest privately owned tea estate In the world and certainly in whole of Africa. Owned by the Cameroonian Baba Ahmadou Danpullo. This estate is good example of the power of entrepreneur ship. It employs over a thousand Cameroonians and has given the population something to live on , reduced the dependency ratio, Increased the living standards of its workers and their families, reduced crime wave; reduced hunger and increased the chances of education of the children thus leading to a brighter future.

Some argue that Cameroonians cannot entrepreneur their way to a brighter because entrepreneurs are not encouraged by the government. More so, exorbitant taxes are levied on entrepreneurs and this discourages other Cameroonians who aspire to be entrepreneurs. They also not the stressful and time-consuming process they go through when trying to get approval for their enterprise, plus the administrative bottlenecks and constrains. True, it is not easy to get past the all these process to get your business started. However, measures have been taken by this same government to reduce administrative bottlenecks by making it possible to register an enterprise at the regional level without necessarily going to the capital Yaoundé. In addition, the government encourages entrepreneurial ventures especially in the domain of agriculture and also boosts new ideas and innovations with the role of the non governmental organizations, philanthropic associations, religious associations and the ministry of small and medium –sized enterprise, not to mention the funds provided by and to these associations and groups.

Others claim using science that Cameroons cannot entrepreneur their way to a brighter future because they have limited knowledge about entrepreneurship and do not have the skills needed to make the achieving entrepreneurs. Such people totally reject the idea of entrepreneurship as headway
and advocate for technology and science.

Some say the only way forward is through good leadership. These claims are all true however, entrepreneurs in Cameroon no longer have limited knowledge thanks to workshops and seminars organized by philanthropic groups, non governmental organizations and some ministries. Furthermore, Entrepreneurship has been introduced as an obligatory course in all higher institutions for all students in every faculty. More so how can science and technology take us to our desired future if we do not entrepreneur in them? Like young Alain Nteff did, he combined technology, science and entrepreneurship to start his association. In addition every Cameroonian is a leader, why look up to others to deliver your future to you when you yourself can, what we need is a population of good leaders and not
just a good leader.

Entrepreneurship is as vital as blood to the sustainability of the human body. It would not only provide more jobs for Cameroonians but hard-work and purpose would be encouraged. The creation of new businesses would mean more income for some families, lesser rates of dependency and reduction in the gap between the rich and the poor. Thus, entrepreneurship with all certainty would definitely lead Cameroonians to a brighter.

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Upon receipt of her award, Margaret was interviewed and had this to say:

Lessons from the Second Annual Hope Bursaries

A Noteworthy quote by Mother Teresa goes “Don’t worry about the numbers, help one person at a time and always begin with the person near you”.

This quote is reflected in the establishment of Better Breed Cameroon’s annual “Hope Bursaries”. The bursaries were launched last year and begun with covering the cost of tuition for just two students of the University of Buea who exemplified need via the application. Two out of thousands of university students could be considered small, but it was a start.

This year, with more active members, Better Breed Cameroon targeted secondary schools in sub-rural areas and made a call for applications for bursaries covering cost of student registration, fees, PTA levies.

After a procedure of over a month Better Breed Cameroon members successfully disbursed fees for two students at GHS Bamunka-Ndop, two students of GHS Motombolombo, Tiko and one student (an aide to a handicapped student) at GHS Batibo.1 8

The disbursements took us away from the urban and suburban lives most of our members live to experience what it means to school in a rural or sub-rural area. The average cost of registration and fees per student in a government school is no more than 20.000frs. However when PTA levies are added it could go up to 42.000frs depending. Still below a 100 USD. But given the cost of living and the number of dependents most families can’t cover this sum.

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Still, when an opportunity to have these cost covered was presented we found that very few participated. Our younger population is so jaded that they feel even before attempting that the opportunity will be awarded based on anything but merit. So cynical are our youth that a contestant would call back after having had her fees covered to ask why? Just what is expected of her in return for this act of kindness? Others seemed so disheartened, feeling they weren’t award material that they barely put in the effort.

The lesson? We as young people need to do more, try more help more. Because we can make a difference no matter how slowly. One year after another. And because there’s a lot of disproving to be done. Disproving the myth of nepotism and tribalism tinting everything, disproving the notion of our not being good enough.

Believe to help others believe. As we believe that next year we’ll be able to do more in terms of bursaries and give hope to more, inspiring a #BetterBreed

Believe to help others believe. As we believe tp more. Because we can make a difference slowly. One year after another. And because there’s a lot of disproving to be done. Disproving the myth of nepotism and tribalism tinting everything, disproving the notion of our not being good enough.

Believe to help others believe. As we believe that next year we’ll be able to do more in terms of bursaries and give hope to more, inspiring a #BetterBreed

On African Philanthropy

Not so long ago, a friend and I were talking and the topic of African philanthropy comes up. She argued that Africans, Cameroonians in particular, don’t give like Westerners do. For one, you don’t see them supporting each other causes from donating to funds for a cancer patient they know or even buying tickets to a fellow an aspiring artist’s show.

This is not the first time I have heard this argument and I confess I have agreed at times. I have agreed in arguments on how African parents raise us to calculate input and output in a very funny way. For instance I have seen parents refuse to contribute towards a nephew or niece in need only to remove lavish amounts at weddings.  Some won’t help their relatives to achieve their dreams calling them flimsy but somehow find the eventual funeral a good sturdy place to invest large sums of money.

I am not implying that weddings or funerals don’t deserve proper celebration, not at all. But I have caught a trend of African philanthropy needing to be seen before done. You know, the way fundraising in church raises more when they usher the giver to the front then follow him with a slice of the fundraising cake after he’s dropped his envelope into the basket? Perhaps most cultures give with ulterior motive. Americans have been accused of giving for the reduction of their taxes. Our philanthropy generally needs reason.

But of recent I do not agree with the stance that Africans do not give as much as the West does. We give a lot more. To make a comparison we must look at the context. The westerner making a donation to a charity has taken care of their nuclear family. They know their two or three kids will get jobs while in high-school, they are sure of their retirement pensions. They trust their insurance company, more importantly they trust the organization they are giving the money to will actually do something of value. Most African’s are not in a similar situation. There is no nuclear family, you are responsible to your mother’s second cousin as well as your own, and the funeral of a clan member in the village requires your input as well as that of a colleague in the office. We are not sure of our kids finding jobs even after university, in fact there are probably some unemployed graduates amongst our dependents at the moment. We are neither sure of our pensions nor the plethora of NGO’s with young nor old “hungry” coordinators. We don’t have the luxury of trust when everyone is hustling for themselves. You see comparing the western and African philanthropist is akin to the biblical tale of the Widows’ Mite

 

Still, the widow gave. We cannot continue comparing ourselves to the west then criticizing the ways they give to us. I think most Africans and Cameroonians particularly are fed up with the image of being beggars depending on foreign help. Our relatives, African citizens in the Diaspora remit more money – some $52 billion each year – than all other donors combined. Yet that is within family, within closed circles that we limit ourselves to for certain things. Yet as easily as we form njangi groups, as easily as we boast of giving our tithes to the church and joining other groups that some siphon money in lavish events, couldn’t we cut a percentage regularly for work in our communities?  To give to those who are not related to us and will in no way pay it back but forward? Find a problem you are passionate about, and think of a way to address it. As to the issue of trusting those you contribute to, I’m sure if you if you have the will, you will find a way to assure that what you’re giving gets to the needy and not the greedy.

As a Better Breed, for a better tomorrow, we need to take control of who gives us what, we need to feed ourselves, help our own. If each of us gave a percentage back to our community (wisely) the way some Christians give tithe regularly, we would solve our problems eventually, one community at a time. That is not to say, there will be no poor amongst us. The poor are everywhere even in the countries giving us aid, but there should be no wide gap if we all did a bit more to lift those on the floor up.

Members of Better Breed recently decided to change the organizations path. Rather than an NGO we registered as a common initiative group (CIG). We concluded we are simply a group aspiring to advocate for and contribute particularly towards youth development in our various communities whether in cash or kind. Join the Better Breed movement do what you can, where you can, with what you have.

A Better Breed Resolution

Happy New Year to all of you reading this!!

Hope the year has begun on a positive note for each of you… and if it hasn’t; each new day is hope for a new start, change things, you are not a tree!

Speaking of change, you know our Cameroonian saying: “New year, new fashion? What new habit or resolutions did you make for 2015?

Some of you didn’t bother. It’s like they say, resolutions are a to-do list for the first week of a new year. BUT we at Better Breed have an idea for a New Year Resolution you SHOULD take up.

How many times have you wished for a better Cameroon? Every time you are asked for a bribe or see someone asking for a bribe? Each time you go into a government office and those there treat you as though they are doing you a favor by doing the job they are paid for? Each time you hear a speech full of lofty speeches?

If you are like us, you shake your head in disappointment, shame and anger on a regular basis.

Why not change things? Yes CHANGE things. People often see change as something huge. We look for change in things like a new law, an imprisonment of a top official, or change of Head of State…

While all of that would be considerable change, we at Better Breed believe change begins from within. It is a decision. A decision not to give up on your country despite the problems, a decision not to pay bribe, nor ask for it. A decision not to litter the roads, a decision not to blame the government for everything, nut take some of the responsibility yourself. Don’t get it wrong, our leaders owe us a great deal and have undoubtedly failed us in much. But have you thought of how many times we have failed ourselves and our own country?

Your country might not be doing its best for you, but it is doing something… as compared to other countries let me tell you, we have something to be grateful for. So this year, lets resolve to be DO something, no matter how little for our country. From here on out we’ll be sending out material on we find useful and informative for being a better Cameroonian citizen, leader and youth. A lot of us do not know our own laws so we break them or have others break them ignorantly, we do not know what to do when our rights are abused, Or how to participate better. Better Breed resolves to make some effort towards addressing this.

But first; if you agree to our suggested resolution, take up the Better Breed Challenge:

  1. Think of what you can do as an individual that would make even the littlest corner our country better.
  2. Take a photo of yourself holding a message of what your positive action will be and the hash-tags: #IamtheChange #IamtheBetterBreed
  3. Share the photo on OUR Facebook page, on YOUR Facebook Page and generally on all the groups and pages you can… May our message go far and wide.

 

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Join the movement for a better Cameroon. We can do it.

 

Our Year in Review

     When Better Breed Cameroon was being set up two years ago this week, it was a dream. A fragment of a dream, held together with equal measures of hope and the readiness to be disappointed. But two years later our disappointments are yet to outweigh our capacity to hope. And that is what keeps us going.

This year has been a good one for Better Breed. So we decided to put together a timeline of our activities to display how far we have come, and to encourage those who believe along with us that we are the change we need. Only starting as individuals can truly change our nation for the better… Join the movement

January-April 2014

Our New year began on an ambitious note with the YouResolve Mentoring Project: We thought about all the resolutions one make at the beginning of the year and how it would work out much better if only we had we had mentors guiding us along or inspiring us as the led the way. We all need examples and some help even if its just someone who can listen and believe in our dreams. Thus this first edition of Better Breeds mentoring project sought to match youth with older achievers in their related fields who could mentor or just help them network.

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The project definitely had some glitches some mentors were just too busy to commit 100% and some mentees couldn’t take the networking opportunity hands on. But post evaluation we know what went wrong and how to address it for the next edition.

May

In May Better Breed was represented by Monique Kwachou and Brian Tamungang at the local consultations of the implementations of the post-2015 development agenda

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June

The coordinator joined the British High Commission in saying it was #TimetoAct against sexual and gender based violence in conflict

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    July

In July Better Breed Cameroon will be partnered with TanabE for the TanabE’s Annual Summer Camp (TASC). TASC; a two day symposium held with the primary objective of changing the youth participant’s approach to education.  The camp held at Tongou Hotel at Etoa Meki, Yaounde. Monique Kwachou of Better Breed spoke on making the most out of the average educational experience and thinking outside of the box. Over 60 participants attended and received first copies of the What Next? Newsletter.

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August

With the GCE examinations over, Better Breed began officially distributing the What Next? Newsletter with an outreach led by Brian Tamungangmag outreach

What Next? Newsletter attempts to serve as a guide to youth who just completed high-school and are on the brink of life-changing decisions such as what to study and where as well as what career to pursue to best fulfill them

September-October

On September 3rd Better Breed launched the pioneer Better Hope Bursary.

Call for applications went out, submissions were sent in and the first set to be granted this humble award were: Takor Sharon Mbiaya & Nkesi Kevin Kongnyu of the University of Buea. The recipients had their school fees, registration and dues paid under the direction of Mrs. Marilyn Mbua, the financial officer of Better Breed.BHB

October-

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 Better Breed launched the Better Minds Book Drive towards the end of October. We are still collecting books to donate to schools in 2015. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

December

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On Worlds AIDS Day (December 1st) Better Breed member Fri Delphine represented at an awareness campaign at Polytechnic Bambui where she engaged youth with an original sketch written to cater for the purposes of the day.

On the 3rd of December; International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Better Breed members; Nina Forgwe, Diane Manka, and Ms. Arrey Echi targeted the school for the deaf in Yaounde (ESEDA). Their opinions on the day left a lot to be desired. In typical Cameroonian fashion, Ms. Echi stated, the day was being celebrated elsewhere with fanfare and for show. They were unable to meet with the director because he was at the event with speeches and refreshments while the workers of the school had not been paid for months on end and the students conditions were far from celebration worthy.

Well… That’s a run-down of what 2014 had in store for us. It is not grand but it shows that little by little we can make a difference.

Be conscious, join the movement… Be the #BetterBreed

P.S

Guess what I forgot to add; this blog!

Better Breed Journal is another baby born this year. Enjoy!

In the Beginning…

  Better Breed Cameroon is over a year old now with several minor youth projects to its repertoire. But in the beginning, all there was to it was a young lady with a dream, a mentor who pushed her and a cash award which made the dream all the more possible.

  Have you ever thought about problems, vices and ills prevalent in our society? From AIDS to strikes, from corruption to unemployment… whatever the social issue, Cameroonians tend to blame it on those in power. They are corrupt, they embezzle, they give the jobs to relatives and friends, bypassing those who are qualified, they are bias in favor of certain tribes etc. It is always “they” and never “we”.

  Better Breed was founded on the premise that this blaming/grumbling cycle will get us nowhere. And fighting those in power is useless if we don’t have better people to replace them with.

  We need a new kind of Cameroonian. One who is not willing to give bribes to the police along the road, one who knows how many ministries there are in the country, one who isn’t after the “American Dream” but is willing to fantasize about something uniquely Cameroonian and make it a reality.

  We need a new breed. And so we’re going to rear just that. It is much easier to build a whole child than to fix a broken adult. So we are solving the problem from the roots. We are all about investing in the development and empowerment of the young people.
Give them the knowledge they need to stand up for what is right, help them fulfill themselves here so they need not seek it elsewhere. Encourage them to dream, empower them with the ability and confidence to pursue those dreams.

Join the movement. This is the beginning of a new breed. Better Breed Cameroon

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