Launching of YOCOFOBA-Anike Foundation yocofoba_it_ctr2-298x224[1]Multimedia Center began with an introductory word by Mbifi Roy Ntsinu, General Secretary of YOCOFOBA. Mbifi Valentine Mbifi, President of the organization, then read a speech by Dr. Segun Ige, President of Anike Foundation. Dr. Ige urged the youths of Kedjom Keku to take advantage of the new center, saying, “We at Anike Foundation believe that education is the key to lifting Africa from its depth of poverty and its youths from the vestiges of desperation.” He went on to call the center “our first step toward extending educational benefits to the Cameroonian youths.”

 

 
YOCOFOBA is a nonprofit organization (also known as an NGO) staffed entirely by volunteers in
Kedjom Keku, a rural community in Cameroon. It focuses on supporting youths through education
on health issues and job assistance. Through the multimedia center, it hopes to make computers
and the internet available to youths and community members, many of whom have no access to
these resources.

“There are a lot of students who don’t know yocofoba_it_ctr1-304x243[1]
much about the computer,” Leslie Yeban,
a member of YOCOFOBA, said. Akongdo
Awonti Denis, a marketing technician who
attended the launching, said, “Most Africans
still see the computer as a mysterious thing,
so I want to thank our founders, Anike
Foundation, for coming to break that barrier.”

YOCOFOBA staff plan to offer computer lessons
to youth and members of the community. In
addition to adding computers to the center, they
hope to expand their library to include books on
agriculture and climate change, topics of great
interest to Kedjom Keku’s residents.

 

After the launching ceremony, several leaders of yocofoba_it_ctr3-289x207[1] YOCOFOBA spent time in the small, sunny multimedia center. Sitting next to a laptop an surrounded by piles of books, Vice President Liakutai Laurence Toh expressed pleasure with YOCOFOBA’s activities, as well as hope for the center’s future benefit to the community. “Our library, we started from nothing, and today, we have achieved more than what we even expected.”