Our mission is to inspire and engage children and young persons in Cameroon by increasing their chances to succeed through innovative and creative methods of learning; alternative skill courses and education support.We do this by creating spaces and platforms to facilitate...
A society where children and young people have equal access to education and opportunities, where they can confidently participate as agents of change and development while making positive contributions to decision-making in their homes, communities and nation.
Honesty – Good Governance – Partnership & Involvement We are committed to putting children and young people’s rights and well-being at the core of all our work. We are people-driven - our associates inform us, help us define our priorities, and enable us to achieve our goals.
Who We Are
Solidarity and Development Initiative (SODEI) is a registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO) which was founded in November 2018 in the wake of the conflict in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon and the devasting impact on the welfare and education of children and young persons within the region.
What We Do
SODEI advances new and innovative methods of acquiring and using information to boost creativity, potential and purpose in young people in Cameroon. Our ‘Be the Change’ Movement SODEI is youth inspired, youth driven and youth led.
Our work is inspired by our commitment to push young people to discover their talents and abilities as well as to create and make use of opportunities. We believe when young people discover their “spark”, they effectively tap into their own unique resources. Communication, motivation, determination, passion and social competence are all qualities which youths need to achieve personal development and to contribute meaningfully to the well-being of the greater community SODEI is committed to promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030. We believe that the SDGs provide a new opportunity and renewed commitment for more robust approaches in tackling the challenges of the 21st Century.
SODEI’s 4 core program are:
– Learn, Speak & Play (LESPLAY)
– Youth mentoring and leadership program
– SODEI Book Club (Literacy Program)
– Girls Empowerment Program
SODEI runs a Youth Resource centre in Limbe and partners with existing school structures. Presently, we have a partnership with Little Learners; a school for disadvantaged children located in Mutengene. We also visit schools to run workshops and LESPLAY creative arts sessions with young participants. So far, our program have impacted over 500 students within the Southwest region
Become a volunteer to help our work. You can volunteer full time, part time or online, depending on your individual circumstances. We need many hands-on people on board to be able to reach out to as many people as possible. A salesman can volunteer to sell one of our fundraising products, a web developer can volunteer to develop or maintain or web page, a community organiser/social worker can work with our affected communities etc. Some people have volunteered to assist us online in the past.
It was greatly appreciated and we will continue to cherish such assistance and support. We promise an enriching and exciting experience as one of our volunteers. If you have the desire to volunteer do not hesitate to contact us via [email protected].
Meet Our Team
SODEI brings together volunteers and staff from various backgrounds. Our staff and researchers work globally to produce strategies that generate real change on the ground.
Gilbert Ajebe Akame is a child right activist and youth advocate, a social entrepreneur, and an innovator. He has 10+ years’ experience in community development, human rights activism, youth advocacy, and research, with a focus on empowering young people from less-privileged backgrounds.
During the early years of his career, Gilbert worked as a human rights lawyer and juvenile defender prior to his decision to further his studies abroad. He has a rich background in international development and the humanitarian sector with experience working for the United Nations and the International Institute for Humanitarian Law.
A rich experience within the non-profit sector having volunteered for many local grassroots organizations in Cameroon, culminating in the founding of initiatives such as Contra Nocendi and SODEI.
Gilbert’s research interests focus on child rights, children and youth participation/education, global south/global north perspectives on children and childhood. A rich academic background with an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and two Mphils in Conflict Resolution and Childhood Studies.
With over 5years of leadership and decades of activism, Gilbert envisages a world where children and young people are provided with a solid education in a safe and secure environment and given a voice to make meaningful decisions impacting their world.
Email: [email protected]
Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anoma
Rosaline heads SODEI’s programmes team with the responsibility for designing programmes and activities to suit the needs of young persons in Cameroon. She is passionate about and dedicated to contributing to sustainable development.
Rosaline through her work strives to be part of processes that enable youths to find their voices and participate in local governance and responsible decision-making for them personally, within their homes, and their communities.
As a professional with a sound educational background in law and human rights, and extensive experience in human rights advocacy, Rosaline has since 2018 worked with SODEI to support the organization’s goals and objectives through various projects and activities. She works with her team to model programmes to suit the needs of young persons in areas such as mentorship, education, information technology and gender equality.
She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg studying Human Rights Law with a focus on gender-based violence in Cameroon.
Sherbaz has held numerous leadership positions internationally including serving as the President of Perfect Attendance in Canada, officiating as the Executive Director of US-based Global Chamber, working as RegionalDirector MENA of RITE Education Associates, and managing various donor-funded programs. He served as Deputy Regional Manager MENA at the British Council contributing to the UK’s agenda on cultural relations with achievements in international education and training, curriculum and examinations reform, social development and community participation. As both staff (EU-funded Punjab Access to Justice project, local NGO: CCHD, Pakistan International School) and consultant (Center for Pakistan and Gulf Studies, STEM project, ISNUK, Medical Reception College), Sherbaz has acquired a wide variety of experience in the public, private and community sectors.
Sherbaz’s personal and professional background is characterized by his strong community and social involvement and his desire to create a more inclusive and tolerant society. He is known for his visionary spirit and his remarkable skills as a leader, unifier and strategist. He is a tireless volunteer, who loves to share his expertise by acting as a mentor for programs in the community; directing marketing initiatives, spearheading development of volunteer and membership schemes, advocating for the nonprofit and educational sectors, and planning programs and projects.
Sherbaz received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), with BBA in Marketing and a Diploma in Marketing from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
E-MAIL: [email protected]
Amara has over seven years’ experience in the non-profit sector working across various organizations, specializing in campaigns and organizational development and innovation. She is responsible for managing SODEI’s communications portfolio and expanding its public reach, as well as liaising on issues relating to campaigning and advocacy work.
She is deeply passionate about education and about advancing equal opportunities for all, and her previous work has focused on community engagement and stakeholder management in the field of education provision in challenging environments.
Amara is a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she read English and is interested in combining innovative approaches to international development initiatives with her background in academia and written communication.
She is also experienced in the field of creative arts and applied creative arts practice, having worked extensively in making and directing theatre both for entertainment and for social impact, and she is passionate about creating alternative learning opportunities for children of all backgrounds and abilities comprising creative, responsive approaches to education.
As such, Amara is proud to be representing an organization that champions the potential of children and young people to manifest change. Amara lives in the UK and is pursuing her master’s degree as well as working for SODEI.