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CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES FROM GRASSROOTS.
"By Inspiring, Empowering and actively Engaging more youths to effectively champion change in their communities at all levels.
About REACH BACK
In order to mitigate the increasing absence of young people in decision-making, development and their nonchalant participation in democratic processes at all levels, REACH BACK was founded in 2017 in Cameroon.
REACH BACK is a nonprofit organization championing sustainable development in communities from grassroots by promoting more youths to be actively involved in leadership development, participatory democracy, economic empowerment, climate action and technology at all levels.
This is done by inspiring, empowering and actively engaging more youths in schools, local communities and other institutions to be actively involved in community engagement and democratic processes at all levels through capacity building, mentorship and technology.
Our mission to raise the next generation of leaders and provide an enabling environment to them to effectively REACH BACK and champion change in their own communities.Our five (05) main thematic areas are:
- Leadership Development: Through our Tomorrow Leaders project, we train more youth leaders in servant leadership, good governance and policymaking.
- Participatory Democracy: Through our Election 4 All project, we train more youths on how to exercise their civil rights in selecting competent leaders into public offices and advocating for transparency and accountability at all levels.
- Economic Empowerment: Through our Sustainable Livelihood project and partnership with ROTO ENTERPRISE, we ensure that more youths complement their formal studies with some vocational training and vice versa.
- Climate Action: Through our ROTO GREEN program, we train more youths on how to limit our exposure to harmful substances, preserve and make informed decisions to protect our environment.
- Technology: Through our ROTO TECH program and partnership with ROTO ENTERPRISE, we train more youths in fundamental digital skills and advanced computer courses.
It is made up of Elections 4 All in Schools, Elections 4 All in Local Communities and Elections 4 All in Institutions.
In conclusion, through our various Reach One Teach One or ROTO outreach programs, we aim at training, equipping and involving more young people in community engagement such as leadership, governance, policymaking, technology, education, vocational training, extracurricular activities, agriculture, climate action, healthcare, business and entrepreneurship.
Impacts We've Made
Through our Sustainable Livelihood Project, Election 4 All Project and Tomorrow Leaders Project, we have been able to make the following social impacts.
Collaborating and supervising the smooth and transparent running of the GHS Buea student government elections since 2019.
Since 2019, through the Elections 4 All project and the Tomorrow Leaders project, we have organized 04 self-funded student government elections, engaged and equipped over 4000+ students, 100 teachers, 16 parents and 20 school administrative staff that have participated in their student government elections as either voters, candidates, whistleblowers, or electoral committee members as trained.
Also, we have trained over 160 student government leaders, registered 70 of them and 20 teachers of ages 20 and above for the February 09, 2022 municipal and legislative elections in Cameroon. 65 of them actively participated in the elections at their discretion despite the deterring death threats to anyone in the North West and South West regions who would participate in that election due to the ongoing anglophone crisis in these regions.
Through the partnership between REACH BACK, the Nsongwa Students Union and Nsongwa village elites, we have been successfully sponsoring and collaborating in organizing their 10-days annual student cultural week since 2018.
This fellowship brings together Nsongwa students all over Cameroon and the diaspora so that they can share their various experiences, learn about the customs and traditions of Nsongwa, benefit from personal and professional workshops, go for excursion and receive excellence scholarship awards for GCE ordinary Level, Advanced Level and University Level.
About 60 Nsongwa students attend this fellowship every summer holiday and more than 8 receive excellence scholarships every year.
Since 2021, in collaboration with the school administration of GHS Buea, we organize the ROTO Interclass sporting competition in football and athletics.
This permits us identify and promote talents within our schools.
We intend spreading to other schools so as to organize the ROTO Interschool tournament for a much broader scouting of talents in these schools.
ROTO Sustainable Livelihood Project
Since 2020, Glory, Immaculate and Pascal have benefitted from this project.
Glory now owns a tailoring workshop in Buea; has trained over 5 apprentices and enrolled in an evening school to sit in for the 2023 Cameroon GCE Ordinary level.
Immaculate owns a manicure and pedicure beauty shop in Buea as well; has trained over 10 apprentices and is properly taking good care of her 4 kids from the proceeds she makes from her beauty shop.
Finally, Pascal an unemployed university graduate but equipped with barbering skills was placed by REACH BACK to operate a barbershop for over 2 years; he now owns his own barbershop, has trained over 7 apprentices, currently providing employment for more than 2 workers and properly taking care of his mother and singlehandedly supporting his siblings.