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Better Breed Cameroon was founded in January 2013 as a non-profit youth development focused association with “Breeding the change we need” as its motto...
Towards the end of 2012, Monique Kwachou was at the brink of graduating from the University of Buea with a dual honours degree in Gender Studies and Sociology and very anxious to not join the large numbers of Cameroon’s unemployed graduates. To her credit she had volunteered with a good number of regional NGO’s while a student which meant she had a CV and potential employers who she could approach for work. However, when she did approach them this time not as a volunteer but as a possible employee with ideas of youth projects she felt would advance community development in a more sustainable way, she was told those projects were ‘good ideas’ but not in line with the funding these NGO’s received.
Monique soon found that most local organizations had to tailor their projects to suit international donors’ interests- which is not always bad, but often patronizing and limiting. At her graduation in December of that year, Monique was awarded the Orange Cameroon cash prize for ‘Academic Excellence despite Disability’. She was encouraged by this unexpected award to establish her own association through which she could make the ideas she’d proposed to potential employers happen.
So Better Breed Cameroon was founded in January 2013 as a non-profit youth development focused association with “Breeding the change we need” as its motto. At inception, the association members were a mixture of University of Buea alum and students. The members generally believed that the best way to address the plethora of Cameroon’s problems and ensure a better Cameroon in future would be focusing on our youth. So, rather than simply criticizing the poor governance we suffer today, we ought to ensure tomorrow is better by raising a more conscious, civic-minded, better capable, and skilled Cameroonian youth population which would be ready to serve and lead when the time comes. The association which is officially registered with the office of the Senior Divisional Officer of Fako Division as No.072/G.37/D14/Vol II/SAAJP, operates from its seat in Buea. Till date, the association is run solely on the efforts and contributions of young Cameroonians who regularly contribute fractions of their income, time and ideas considering all this their “tithe to society”.
Better Breed Cameroon’s members are on a mission to contribute to a better future for Cameroon by investing in youth development today. Our specific aims are to positively impact the development of young Cameroonians by building needed capacities, inciting critical consciousness, addressing harmful socialisation, advocate for issues affecting youth, providing useful resources and more which would enable them be more active citizens and capable leaders tomorrow. All of the association’s activities are illustrations of one or more of these and the members’ belief in the adage which goes “it is easier to rear a whole child that to fix a broken adult”.
The association holds projects quarterly (that is 4 main projects a year) with funds contributed by members and patrons (so far all Cameroonian) and in partnership with other regional NGO’s, companies etc.
To date, over a thousand young people have benefitted from a variety of Better Breed Cameroon’s projects ranging from mentoring projects, reading clubs, career counselling programs, web empowerment workshops, annual youth essay contests, bursaries and more.
Better Breed Cameroon aspires to showcase Cameroonian-led development, African philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. We envisage running our quarterly projects at a larger scale and establishing community centres which would serve as space for recreation, skill building, employment assistance, community libraries and more.
To make the association more sustainable, Better Breed Cameroon will soon be launching Memorabilia a gift/souvenir shop which would sell products not for profit, but as a means of fundraising for Better Breed Cameroon’s projects. Thus epitomizing the practice of social enterprise. Read more about Memorabilia here.