Our underlying principles are: justice; education for all; the need to address the situation of the very poor and of those at the margins of society; that all people everywhere should be able to share the fruits of and be empowered to participate in the construction of a just, prosperous and sustainable society. Our aim is to empower children and youths to rise above poverty, conflict and violence. We want to support them in their journey to a better, emancipated life. SODEI aims to empower children and youths in the Southwest region of Cameroon by providing educational opportunities and promoting ideals of self-reliance and positivity. This way we believe they can create positive changes in their own life even in unfortunate situations where they have less access to help and support.
Our vision is to tackle the problems of ignorance, poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment prevalent amongst children and youths in Cameroon. We believe that, given the right tools and direction, children and youths in Cameroon can contribute to sustainable development, peace and harmony in their communities.
We are driven by the Conviction that youths of Cameroon need bold approaches to attain economic and social emergence by 2030. We are strongly guided by the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030. We focus on new ideas and approaches that will evoke the change that is necessary to drive development and move communities forward. SODEI is youth inspired, youth driven, and youth led.
Our team is made up of a collection of committed, compassionate and dynamic individuals, all with the common, shared goal to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals of the Southwest region of Cameroon.
What we Do
We help as many disadvantaged children as possible by providing them access to quality education. We identify the most needy children and provide them school and living assistance. By providing materials such as school uniforms, books, shoes and tuition fees, in addition to covering minimal living expenses, children can continue their education smoothly.
Our After-School Program seeks to improve on students’ scope of knowledge and build additional aptitude in Mat-hand Computer.
Our community library provides a medium for research, knowledge acquisition and develop a reading culture.
Believing that technical and vocational training are great ways of increasing productivity and creativity in youths, we provide training in computer software, catering, marketing, sewing, hair-dressing, decoration, craft work and agriculture.
We run a mentorship program aimed at knowledge and skills sharing to guide and empower young people and prepare them for competition in the job market.
Together with our partners we design entrepreneurial training sessions that teach youths on how to start up a profitable business with little capital. We inspire them to be creative and innovative. We provide them with business ideas and give them the opportunity to pitch their business before possible investors.
Believing in the importance of youths in the achievement of global peace and prosperity, we identify Young Ambassadors who have made considerable contributions to their communities. We provide them a platform to impact their skills, and opportunities to increase their scope and interaction.
SODEI Youths and Young Ambassadors champion a “Youth for Peace Campaign” that promotes peace and togetherness through recreational activities such as sports, music and arts.
Our work is guided by United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030. We run a‘Schools for SDGs’ campaign within academic institutions where we teach students on the SDGs and create avenues for them to participate in promoting the achievement of the goals within their school community.