Second batch of trainees of Youth Economic Empowerment, YEE Project have received their certificate from the US-Cameroon Embassy in a certificate award ceremony, Friday March 26.

The YEE Project to empower 100 Cameroonian youths including IDPs resident in Bamenda is a brain child of African Dream, a social business enterprise based in Bamenda, sponsored by the US Embassy at $ 10,000 in 4 cohorts of 25 trainees per cohort.

For two weeks at the African Dream office in Bamenda, 26 trainees of the second cohort went through intensive skill acquisition sessions in goal setting, entrepreneurship, leadership among nine other modules.

This far, the Executive Director of African Dream, Mr Fon Amos is proud they have successfully trained 50 young people to be self-reliant, gain financial freedom and transform their communities with the brilliant ideas they have with some doing well on the field already. ‘‘We are just beginning…we are looking forward to seeing about 50,000 young people in five years who have passed through our training, being able to do things on their own’’, Mr Fon said in an interview.

Having observed Cameroonian youths are so public service focused yet they have potentials which cannot only provide them a source of living but also boost the nation’s economy with a thriving private sector, African Dream has been craving over the years to reshape thoughts of Cameroonian youths.

‘‘To build an economy, to do anything to move ahead, you need to work with the youths. The youths of Cameroon make over 65% of the population and there are no clear arrangements with regards to these youths’ employability. The youths are also not empowered to be able to take the challenges that are in the world especially in a country like that of Cameroon’’, Mr Fon alarmed.

It was therefore necessary to ‘‘seek ways these young people can become resilient and transform every problem into opportunities’’, he furthered.

That transformation is evident as Adamu Rugeiyatu who subscribed to the project seeking funds to rare cattle but has now accepted her fate through humble beginnings to explore her skills in tailoring and begin her self-reliant journey. African Dream has assured funding of her business.

The YEE program is a life changer to me. It has made me fearless and to believe that I can do it, yes I can do it. I am going to start my tailoring workshop which I name: Adam’s Design. I am grateful to African Dream and the US embassy’’, Adamu shared her joy.

To Ngetleh Charity, she is going multi-dimensional. ‘‘From the training here, I can become a trainer, I can become an entrepreneur, and I will become all of these. Before coming to African Dream I had scared ideas in my mind. Now I can organise my ideas in business plans and even pitch my ideas to potential funders. I am so grateful to African Dream and the US embassy’’, she said.

African Dream shall refine the business plans of all trainees and fund business ideas and those in business already whose financial request range from 50,000 to 200,000 FCFA. The project moves to the next phase which is now coaching and mentorship of trainees in three economic sectors of production, commerce and service.

Application for the third cohort is launched already and shall run till April 9, 2021.

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