The CBC Quick Impact project is a project signed between CBC and the Swiss Embassy in Yaoundé to improve the lives of 100 persons in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon by assisting them gain employable skills or start a sustainable micro-business. This project took off in July 2020 and has been running successfully now for 6 months. It shall end in September 2021.
PROJECT OBJECTIVESPROJECT OBJECTIVES
1. The project has assisted 50 vulnerable youth in the NW/SW regions of Cameroon to learn a trade and gain employable skills by August 2021.
2. And has also supported 50 persons who have lost their job and/or livelihood as a result of the armed conflict in the NW/SW regions of Cameroon to start sustainable micro-businesses.
PROJECT OUTCOMES AND IMPACT
100 persons are economically productive and contribute to peace and nation building. Also, increased economic capacity widens access to health and other social services.
The following gives a glimpse of what the project has done so far:
Gaining New skills in Computer Aided Drafting- Sunjo Elvis:
Elvis is one of the 61 beneficiaries of the Quick Impact Projects funding. He was orphaned at a tender age. He managed to go through secondary school and High school. However, with the outbreak of the armed conflict in 2016, and the Covid-19 in 2020, his school was forced to shut down for close to two years thus rendering him idle.
Through sponsorship from the Quick Impact Projects, Elvis is currently enrolled for a training program to build his skills in Computer Aided Drafting. The Vocational Training Program is run by the CBC Vocational Training Institute.
Elvis will be sitting for the GCE this coming year, but before then, he hopes that through his training he will be able to design structures and be able to make get some income from using his skill. This is already a huge moral boaster for Elvis and his trainer is quite impressed with the sense of initiative in the young trainee! He is meeting up with expectations!
“I enjoy what I am able to do with my life in spite of all what I have gone through- Churchine Eric
Eric left his village in Ndop in the heart of the crisis with the hope of finding a gainful employment. He has been living with a physical disability for several years. As such, the crisis even made things worse off for young people like Eric. With almost no meaningful skill and limited education & training, young people of Eric’s age are easily radicalised to join armed groups in the warring regionsAs such, the crisis even made things worse off for young people like Eric. With almost no meaningful skill and limited education & training, young people of Eric’s age are easily radicalised to join armed groups in the warring regions
Today, with sponsosrship from the Quick Impact Projects, Eric has better prospects of succeeding with life, by manfacturing Improved Charcoal Cooking Stoves for household use.
Eric produces and supplies these stoves together with other metal boxes used mostly by students. As an IDP, Eric’s life is one of striking abilities, thus serving as a motivational example for several other young persons in his position. He is strongly motivated by the intervention of the Quick Impact Project and dreams of becoming more inovative in his enterprise.
I am hopeful that my business will succeed in spite of the crisis” – NDICHIA Patricia
Patricia is an IDP from a resource-limited background. She was forced by the armed conflict in the North West Region to relocate from her village in Kom, Boyo Division to the South West Region.
She lost her parents in 2016 at the start of the armed conflict. Hopes were shattered when prospects of getting a gainful employment turned slimmer. She then moved to the South West where she lived with a family member for some time. She was eventually enlisted as a beneficiary of the Quick Impact Project and received seed funding to start a small business, smoking and selling fish.