Campaign Update

The First Phase of ICT training for our inmates ended with a ceremony.

Sophie Ngassa
Posted May 10, 2018 from Cameroon
The new Prisonpreneurs will receive startup grants.
The first phase ended with finals of a sports tournament.
The first phase ended with finals of a sports tournament. (1/3)

It has been 2 months that I have been training 10 inmates on ICT Skills at the Bamenda Central Prison. As the main trainer assisted by one other direct collaborator, we have successfully ended the first phase of the Creative Skills for Peace Project oraginesd by LoYoCo Cameroon.

This project provides an alternative way of life for youths with a history of violence, who are either in prison or correctional facilities a chance at becoming better versions of themselves by giving them a second chance, to live, to be better.

My DAC campaign; "Bring a Girl to STEM" actually attracted LoYoCo to partner with me on this project.

The beginning of this project was both challenging and exciting as I went through a new experience. At the start i was not sure I could do the job because I was afraid. But now, I can confidently say that I become stronger digital change maker.

The first phase consisted of hands -on computer hard ware and software training including Ms Word (text formatting, editing…) MS PowerPoint. As well as a sports tournament aimed at building peace, discipline and love among them.

Some of them had no idea about using a computer at the start, others had little knowledge. What surprised me the most was how fast they picked up the vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

We are now moving on to phase two which comprises the production of marketable items using ICT skills to generate in come for the now called #Prisonpreneurs .

The organizers of this project called Local Youth Corner is headed by our Common Wealth Youth Ambassador who recently paid us a visit during which he expressed his gratitude and satisfaction. He will grant startup funds for this phase for the purchase of material to produce season cards, complimentary cards, greeting cards, invitation cards… and lots more.

Warm thanks to all my supporters who have been motivating me with kind words of encouragement. I am always moved when some world pulse sisters share their own experience about prison training.You are very inspiring.

Stay tuned as we move unto phase two.

 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

10000

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  • jlanghus
    May 11
    May 11

    Hi Sophie. Thanks for your update about the prison training. It's very cool to hear about these 10 inmates get a second chance at life. So, what was the biggest challenge that you had to overcome? What is your general feeling about these 10 inmates, i.e., do you feel like all of them are motivated and committed to make a positive change in their lives? I'm really curious to see what impact you are making. I wish all prisons would train and give therapy to inmates rather than just giving them free access to the internet and filling prisons.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 11
    May 11

    Dear Jill, thanks for being one of my greatest encouragers. My biggest challenge was to get the young men to understand that ladies could also become computer operators and technicians and for the ladies to build up their assertiveness and self- confidence. Yes! I feel that they are already transformed. Some of them actually confessed that they will never go back to their old life style. They even made videos that I can’t share here.

    It is ok to be curious! In your place I will have same feeling. I will soon share a full story about part of my experience. The experiences are enormous and I will be sharing them progressively. Our prisoners do not even have access to the internet. Before this program they just had a few skill training. Actually this project has 4 different departments, ICT, Farming, Traditional fashion design and Beads making.

    I am so happy that they will leave the prison and be very useful in the society and I wish all prisons copy this good example. Thanks for you comment.

  • jlanghus
    May 11
    May 11

    You're very welcome, hon:-) Proud to be it! Oh, that makes a lot of sense. That's awesome feedback. How come you can't share the videos, privacy concerns? Ha. Good thing. I'm infinitely curious:) That's so cool that they have those opportunities and options. Yes, I wish that, too! Looking forward to further updates. Have a good evening.

  • Olutosin
    May 11
    May 11

    Now, that is my sister. I trust you. I know that you will definitely come out with impactful testimony. Well done Mama Africa.

    keep on changing lives. That's our logo.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 11
    May 11

    My darling sister TTTTT, Thanks for the trust. You know you are a great source inspiration to me.The ladies are actually my friends and sisters, they believe so much in me.

    Together we will change one community at a time to keep our logo alive. Amen! Thanks for motivating me sis Mi.

  • Beth Lacey
    May 15
    May 15

    Sophie, such good work!  You are changing peoples' lives and giving them hope.

    Beth

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 17
    May 17

    Hello Beth, thank you very my for appreciating me. Yes! It is an amazing experience with lots to learn. Cheers!

  • Ndimofor Aretas
    May 16
    May 16

    Congratulations Ma Sophie and more power to your elbow.

    You are really a Digital Change Maker!

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 17
    May 17

    Hello Aretas, Than you! I pray for more strength form God.

  • Chantal Asene
    May 16
    May 16

    Wow what a great project. You are always on point and at the right place tackling the right problems. You are truly a changemaker Ma Sophie. Keep soaring. 

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 17
    May 17

    Hello Chantal, Happy to see you active on World Pulse.

    My dear you are welcome! Thanks for your very encouraging words.

  • Hello, Sophie, I read your story smiling. I like that you admit you were afraid at the beginning, but now you are confidently stronger. It inspires me.

    I love #prisonpreneurs because why not? You empower them through your initiative. 

    Thank you for sharing!

    Love from the Philippines, 

    Karen

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 22
    May 22

    Hi Karen,I am happy to hear that I made you smile. Me too I am smiling! Thanks for your comment and I am very happy that I have inspired you with my story. Same love here from Cameroon.

  • Juvita Akumah
    May 29
    May 29

    Dear sis Sophie,  Big congrats for your achievement. I really appreciate the work you are doing in our community, please keep on. You are very inspiring.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    May 30
    May 30

    Dear sis Juvita, thank you very much. I also appreciate all your assistance. Happy to see you active on World Pulse.

  • Ngala Nadege
    May 31
    May 31

    My dear sister, I like your progress.You are making waves in Bamenda.

    Please keep on the good job because you really inspire women in our community. Thank you.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Jun 07
    Jun 07

    Dear Nadege, Happy to see you here. I will not stop sister. Thank you.

  • Tarke Edith
    Jun 06
    Jun 06

    Dear Ma Sophie, your story has inspired me very much to become a strong changemaker in my community. I am very happy to belong to this platform. Thanks for sharing the World  Pulse good news with me.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Jun 07
    Jun 07

    Big congrats ma Edith, I can see that you are enjoying this platform. Wow! Keep on dear sister.

  • joyce nelly
    Jun 07
    Jun 07

    Dear ma Sophie, You are doing great work. Thanks for introducing me to World Pulse. Wow! My voice will be heard too.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Jun 07
    Jun 07

    Dear sis, I am happy that you are here, Kudos! Please share your stories her let be better together, to make the world a nice place to be. Thanks.

  • Freddy Njang
    Jun 08
    Jun 08

    My dear Aunty Sophie, you are doing a great job. Thanks for introducing me to World Pules.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Jun 16
    Jun 16

    Dear Feddy, I am happy to see you active on the amazing site. Welcome my dear sister.

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    Jun 11

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  • Chinyere Okoh
    Jun 15
    Jun 15

    Well done dear.

     I am so glad your efforts made great benefit to these girls.

    Well done and congrats.

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Jun 16
    Jun 16

    My dear Chinyere, Thanks for your comment. Me too I am very glad with their response.

  • Chinyere Okoh
    Jun 17
    Jun 17

    Keep it up dear...you are doing a lovely thing