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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...

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 while making positive contributions to decision-making in their homes, communities and nation.

Our Values

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 admin@sodei.org.

Click here to see our International Volunteer and Internship Programme. 

Meet Our Team

SODEI brings together experts and staff from various humanitarian sectors. Our staff and researchers work globally to produce strategies that generate real change on the ground.

Gilbert Ajebe AKAME

Gilbert Ajebe AKAME

CEO & Co-founder

Gilbert Ajebe Akame is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SODEI, an international NGO which is dedicated towards protecting the rights of children and young people through equal access to education.

Gilbert has a rich academic and professional background that spans from local to global international recognition including areas like human rights protection and International development.

Drawing from the conviction that the greatest part of his existence unfolds in the service of humanity, Gilbert has champion top notched children and people’s right activism with international organizations like the United Nations, Contra Nocendi International.

With over 5years of leadership and decades of activism, Gilbert envisage a world where children and young people are provided with solid education and given a voice to make meaningful decisions impacting their world.

Gilbert has a Mphil in Peace and Conflict from the University of Tromsø – Norway and an LL.M in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Viandrina European University – Frankfurt (Oder) Germany.

LANGUAGES: English, French and Norwegian

Helen-Peggy Takem

Helen-Peggy Takem

Finance & Operations Director

With over 12years of experience in Accounting and Finance, Helen Peggy Taken, brings a peculiar approach to the Sodei team as Operations Director.

With an outstanding background in economic activities, Helen’s success I includes; running businesses in Cameroon and at the same time passionate about given her services to humanity. Her dream is to create world were children and young people can grow up healthy and happily in order to participate actively in sustainable community development.

E-MAIL: helen.takem@sodei.org

Muhammad Sherbaz

Muhammad Sherbaz

Development Director
With almost two decades’ experience leading partnership development and delivery while working with and for organizations spanning nonprofit, government, foundations, community groups, and established and entrepreneurial business arenas.

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: muhammad.sherbaz@sodei.org

Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anoma

Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anoma

Programme Director

Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anomais a feminist from Cameroon who is currently a Doctoral candidate in Human Rights Law at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany. She gained her masters in International Law and Human Rights Law and her BA in Law and Political Science. In the past she has worked with Contra Nocendi Cameroon, Pan African Institute for Development, Sustainable Aid for Widows and Orphans, ServitasCameroon and she is constantly thinking about how social (in)justice impacts our lives in a million huge and tiny ways.

E-MAIL: rosaline.anoma@sodei.org

News & Events

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According to Aristotle,” Education is the creation of sound mind in a sound body.” It can be termed as the basic needs of one’s life.…

SDGs Buea Event

On Friday the 14th of December, SODEI undertook its first education program in #Buea the Southwest region of #Cameroon . In line with its Education and Training project SODEI’s…
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