We are a not-for-profit organization working to inspire and engage young people through education for self-development and empowerment
Sowing the seeds of a responsible
and confident generation of youths
Promoting participation and civic engagement through youth centered and community development activities

Our mission

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 and foster expression as a means of communication, mental stimulation and participation in youth and community development activities.

Our vision

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 (or strategic development) while making positive contributions to decision-making in their homes, communities, and nation.


Solidarity and Development Initiative 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.

SODEI is registered as a charity in the UK and has sections in Cameroon and Norway. Most of our operations are currently run mainly in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, with the intention of expanding to other regions progressively.

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 four (4) core programmes are:

  • Learn, Speak & Play (LESPLAY)
  • Youth mentoring and leadership programme
  • SODEI Book Club (Literacy Programme)
  • Girls Empowerment Programme
  • 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 programmes have impacted over 500 students within the Southwest region.

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