What we do
To achieve its mission sustainably, the work we do at Better Breed Cameroon has been structured into 3 units.
Researching for better-informed advocacy and Social Change through Betterment Briefs.
Betterment Briefs is the research consultancy subsidiary of Better Breed Cameroon. It carries out and/or facilitates relevant research for better consciousness raising, equipping, and lobbying and/or as a fund-raising method through consultancy. Through this unit, Better Breed Cameroon works to attain its goal of fostering sustainable social change in Cameroon by better informing young people and advocating on youth issues to policy makers and the public at large. Betterment Briefs is a research consultancy initiative through which members investigate underlying issues inhibiting and/or potential strategies for enhancing youth development in Cameroon. As a subsidiary, Betterment Briefs has a small core team of young Cameroonian researchers and a well-established network of technical experts and research assistants that can be drawn on for specific projects. Our members are well-trained (academically and through practical experience) in a variety of social science research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and participatory action research). Findings/publications produced by this research unit are known as Betterment Briefs and they are available on our Resources Page
Showcasing enterprise for sustainable Cameroonian philanthropy through Memorabilia.
Memorabilia is the social enterprise arm of Better Breed Cameroon. It is the unit which achieves our goal to promote Cameroonian youth talent and enterprising skills. Through Memorabilia, we showcase and sell novelty products and souvenirs produced in partnership with youth-led businesses. Profits from these sales are used to run the youth development projects under the program’s unit. Memorabilia’s motto: Where every purchase is support for a better Cameroon, captures the spirit of this initiative which offers Better Breed Cameroon a means of self-sustenance while offering customers creative gift ideas. Visit the Memorabilia page to view products available and shop!
Curating events and projects aimed at empowering and engaging young people for social change through our programs unit.
The programs unit is the core of Better Breed Cameroon as it is the engine through which we drive youth development work while other units support this work by either enabling the financing or enabling accurate informing of our youth work. Given our mission and small-scale of membership, Better Breed Cameroon holds only 4 projects quarterly at this time. But for our fixed annual youth essay contest (the Sama Randy Youth Write Contest), the exact projects executed under this unit each year vary depending on the annual budget and members’ availability. However, every project initiated must fall under at least one of our four main thematic areas; raising critical-consciousness, fostering youth capacity to live full lives in Cameroon, encouraging active citizenship and leadership potential in youth, and countering harmful socialization.
Previous projects have included:
- Youth Employability Bootcamps (YEB)
- National Reading Caravans
- Campus Career Days
- Breeding Spaces Events
- “Meducation” Events and more…
All projects we execute are offered to Cameroonian youths at either a discounted fee or no charge at all. Check out our resources page for annual reports with project execution details or our Youtube Channel for video summaries on some events!
What Some Beneficiaries Said..
The Meducation first Aid workshop organised by Better Breed Cameroon in partnership with HERO Cameroon and Favour Low-Cost Health Services (FALCOH) was an enriching learning experience. The style and knowledge depth of the various presenters made for an informative session. Also, it inspired me to learn more and improve on my public speaking skills. Participating in this training as a volunteer with Better Breed Cameroon gave me the opportunity to learn more about the opportunities Better Breed Cameroon offers and network with other participants, building relationships I still maintain. The hands-on training I received enabled me to assist a choking victim at home. In addition, l had the opportunity to transfer the knowledge gained during this training with my classmates during a fieldwork expedition. I remain grateful for such an opportunity.
Organized by Better Breed Cameroon, the Youth Employability Boot camp (YEB2021) was a knowledge imparting program. The use of unique communication abilities by presenters, in their discourses made their sessions interactive and the learning was easier. Most importantly I learned how to develop myself fully for the job market and for opportunities. I remain grateful to the Better Breed Cameroon team for their resources sacrificed to make the training a success. For example, mentorship arranged for participants. Sharing the knowledge gotten from the training with others will benefit the community and I will gladly do that.
Early, before my words could raise an eyebrow, I learned that tales told in these same words could change a people, a culture, a nation, a planet. The Sama Randy Youth Write Contest (SRYWC) organized by Better Breed Cameroon, gave me a platform to dream. To share my thoughts on a rather sensitive motion, one which an average Cameroonian will be eager to speak about, yet not find words to knit in the face of opportunity. The most humbling part of this experience however, was the platform given to us, to actually talk . It was amazing hearing the thoughts of other contestants, and participants; all, well meaning Cameroonians. I learned that each of us have a unique sound to raise for the well being of our nation.