Foundation : staying close to local populations

In 2008, the Orange Foundation signed a partnership agreement with the organization Positive Planet to support financial independence of women via the Cameroon Female Entrepreneurship Promotion Project.

Female Entrepreneurship in Cameroon: Towards Empowerment of Women with the Support of the Orange Foundation

In 2008, the Orange Foundation signed a partnership agreement with the organization Positive Planet to support financial independence of women via the Cameroon Female Entrepreneurship Promotion Project.
The goal of this project, which the Orange Foundation is financing with CFA 508 million , and which was initiated in 2011 by Positive Planet, is to increase awareness among women regarding the need for financial education and training in management of revenue-generating activities. During the three phases of the project, more than 2,000 women were trained, and awareness of these topics was increased among 5,000 more.

A ceremony to award certificates and materials to the women trained under this project was held on Friday, September 30, 2016, at the Regional Delegation of the Ministerial Center for the Promotion of Women and the Family. It was chaired by the Minister for the Promotion of Women and the Family, and was attended by the Resident Representative of the BDEAC [the Central African States Development Bank], the Secretary General of the Orange Foundation, a representative from Positive Planet, and many other guests.

In addition, the Orange Foundation donated equipment to 5 partner organizations to ensure the continuity of the training and the project. The gift of equipment and materials, made to the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Family, consisted of laptops, video projectors, televisions, and specialized booklets on financial education and management of income-generating activities.
The beneficiaries of the project expressed their enthusiasm at having received training on financial education. The testimony of these women indicates that the benefits of their training extend far beyond the home. In fact, not only are they now able to make a stable financial contribution to their households, but a number of them have succeeded in maximizing their capital by employing other people. Promoting the financial independence of women thus leads to increased household income, more stable income, and a general improvement in living conditions.
The Female Entrepreneurship Promotion Project is conducted not only in Cameroon but also in several other Central African countries.

5th International Solidarity Week

The employees of Orange Cameroon joined all Orange Group employees around the world to celebrate the 5th edition of Orange’s International Solidarity Week. During this week, Orange employee volunteers have the opportunity to show their solidarity by spending even more time helping the needy.

In order to unite the employees of Orange Cameroon within a joint project, and to demonstrate our commitment to the less fortunate, the Orange Foundation has launched a campaign entitled “One employee … one desk-and-bench set for a Quality Education”. The goal of this initiative was to improve the living and learning conditions of students in disadvantaged areas.

The Foundation announced and launched appeals for funds to all employees for Solidarity Week for a period of three months. The contributions from employees and the Foundation were used to purchase desk-and-bench sets, and also wall and blackboard paint to redo the walls and blackboards in the elementary schools in the Adamaoua Region. The employees from the Adamaoua Region presented this gift to selected schools (the Écoles Publiques d’Application du Centre – Groups I and II – of N’Gaoundéré) on October 20, 2016. Prior to the presentation, they cleaned the courtyard and repainted all the classrooms with the wall and blackboard paint, which made the learning environment more pleasant for both the students and their teachers. The latter expressed their profound gratitude to the employees of Orange Cameroon for this gift.

Education for Everyone: Creation of Libraries in the Elementary Schools of Ten Cameroon Regions

For the second consecutive year, the Orange Foundation has created libraries in elementary schools in ten Cameroon regions as part of the “Education for Everyone” program.

Each year, the Orange Foundation’s school van travels up and down the country during the back-to-school period in order to provide elementary students in disadvantaged areas with much-needed school books for a successful school year. During the 2016-2017 back-to-school season, nearly 40,000 books were distributed to 14,000 students at a total cost of 60,000,000 CFA francs.

The goal of the “Education for Everyone” program is to improve the quality of education in elementary schools by making books and booklets in all basic subject areas available to teachers and students in grades one through six. Each Francophone or Anglophone student receives a language book (French or English), a mathematics book and activity booklets.

The program was officially launched at the public school of Japoma on September 13, 2016, and the caravan’s national tour ended this past October 6, in the Southwest Region, specifically at the public school of Diffa.
The “Education for Everyone” program was created since not all children have the same access to the books and study manuals they need for their education. This is why, since it was initiated, the Foundation has decided to help guarantee them a high-quality education.

Between 2009 and 2016, the Foundation has benefitted more than 100,000 people in Cameroon. Orange has now been active in Cameroon for 16 years and, via its Foundation, has proven its will to stand at the side of the government and continually promote human development in Camaroon.

Start of Construction is Announced on the 3rd Orange Village

The site of the 3rd “Orange Village” in Cameroon is now known. It will be in the Western Region, in the village of Bangou Carrefour, which will benefit from basic infrastructure improvements like those made in the first 2 Orange Villages, which were constructed in 2013 and 2016. The official announcement of the project to the local inhabitants, and also the first mobilization of community members, took place at the local public school on October 17, 2016. The administrative and traditional authorities of Bangou, the members of the health center management committees, the school PTA, and the village Development Committee were informed about the project and the various ways in which they could help carry it out and keep it going.

The project will include renovation of the aging school and health center buildings, the construction of a new building at the school, the construction of two drinking water stations (one at the school and one at the health center), the construction of toilet facilities at the school (for both girls and boys) and at the health center, and the manufacture of desk-and-bench sets.

The more than 65 million CFA francs that will be invested will benefit 5,000 people directly, and 8,000 people indirectly. More than 400 students will receive an education under better conditions. A group of more than 30 people, including teachers, parents of students, members of the medical staff, and local authorities, will be trained on management and maintenance techniques to ensure that the new infrastructure is properly maintained.
The project will be carried out in 6 months by an NGO, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation (LUKMEF) Cameroon, which the Orange Foundation called on to manage this Orange Village project.
This project will also provide employment for approximately fifty construction workers, and help stimulate the local Bangou Carrefour economy.