The partnership between Harambe Cameroon team and SME Toolkit Cameroon has been the best of many partnerships I've established in the past two years. It had nothing to do with "Having sight but no vision." We worked in a very collaborative and trustful way. Each party respecting his/her engagements and taking 50% each of responsibilities, liabilities, and rewards. After my 2 years experience with many bitter-taste collaborations, this one was quite refreshing!
I was really really proud and happy of each single one of their efforts (as I explained in the video below)
Given the success and positive evaluations of this first edition, by entrepreneurs and SMEs in Cameroon, SMEToolKit-Cameroon and Harambe Cameroon decided to re-edit these Entrepreneurship days in December 2012 - On Friday, the 28th (in Douala) at the Chamber of Commerce. The themes this time will be on Investment in Cameroon, Diaspora Engagement, and Optimizing the performances of one's enterprise. We will connect members of the Diaspora with local Cameroonian entrepreneurs, and we will highlight invest opportunities in various sectors on the ground.
"As a fervent proponent of teaching people how to fish vs giving them fish, I always had a radical view on charity, until I embarked on this Humanitarian Road Trip which transformed my perspective of "giving back" to the community. In one sentence, teaching people how to fish does not exclude giving them fish! They need the food to survive, while you are helping them build their capacities.
That said, If we could take just 5 days out of 365 days of our lives each year, to do something altruistic larger than ourselves, not only will we empower others (with food, donations, clothes; but also with practical workshops, tools to generate revenue, strategic social entrepreneurship planning) and in the process of doing so, revitalize and empower ourselves! Because, as Barack Obama once said, it's only when you hitch your wagon for something larger than yourself that you realize your full potential!"
It was an amayzing and uplifting human adventure with the kids at all the orphanages we visited. Take a look at the pictures of our 5 days road trip.
Nfinyo T. Mabu, youth leader of whom I blogged about in my earliest posts, also 2004 Leadership IVLP delivered a vibrant and compelling Key note address to the 40 youth leaders present. (Excerpt) :
"...I am especially pleased to present this address amongst this special group of Cameroon’s Youth Leaders, who have not only distinguished themselves in their various leadership duties, but have also had sustained commitment to help change lives and build a Cameroon that is indeed a ‘land of promise; land of glory’ as refrained in our National Anthem. How promising and glorious shall our land be if there is inadequate servant leadership that focuses on the growth and welfare of its people?
If we are here today, it is because we have distinguished ourselves as youth leaders who can have visions and actively shape the future of our communities. We are still a distance away from the age when we shall dream dreams, and when the grey of age comes for us to dream, it should be about the legacies we have left for future generations.
Later on, Churchill Mambe shared with us his achievement at creating an efficient online job-search engine, Njorku, ranked by Forbes Africa as one of the 20 Africa start-ups of the year.