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We Work for Personal and Career Success in Youths

March 2016

Our mission is to build leadership potential in youths. For these youths to lead the lives they desire, the need the right tools to steer them in the path of personal and career excellence, moulding them into models of leadership in their communities. In partnership with the Africa Nova Centre for Democracy (ANCED), LOTI now provides a forum for youths to get professional orientation for personal and career choices. This is done in the form of seminars held twice a month in the LOTI Bamenda office.

First Batch of the Seeds Business Class in Yaounde

October 2015

On October 16th 2015, the SEEDS Business Training course was launched in Yaounde through LOTI’s collaboration with African Dream. This course trains young Cameroonians who are or who want to become entrepreneurs, to start and/or run their businesses successfully. LOTI, now an official partner of the SEEDS Business Training Program, initiated the birth of this program in Yaounde to empower youths to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and not only become self-employed, but offer employment to others and contribute to the development of the Cameroonian economy.

Loti Celebrates the International
Day of the Girl Child

October 2015

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. On October 9th 2015, LOTI in collaboration with Girls Excel and Educate a Child in Africa (ECA) celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child with the students and staff of Government Bilingual High School Techu Kedjom-Ketinguh, in the North West
Region of Cameroon.

We had adolescent girls tell the stories of their struggles, and those of their sisters and mothers in getting an education, giving more insight on the challenges young girls face in their communities. Gifts of text books were donated to the school library to give the students access to the books they need which their families are unable to afford, and buckets and bowls were also given to the students who participated in sharing their experiences and the experiences of others around them.

Celebrating the 5th International Day of the Girl Child themed: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030 matched our objectives, as we found a platform to encourage the education of the girl child in rural Cameroon. We want to see every youth developed to the uttermost of their potential – that includes the female youths, so addressing the theme of gender inequality in the issue of child education moved us steps closer to realizing our dream of every child in Cameroon getting a good education.

Seed Funds for Young
Aspiring Entrepreneurs

May 2015

From June 2015, LOTI offers seed funds to 200,000F CFA to 10 youths annually. These are Cameroonian youths no older than 30 years of age with a business plan who have not been able to finance their business. This fund is an interest-free loan to be paid in 12 months after the first two months of launching the business. For more information concerning the application and conditions, contact: info@loticameroon.org

We Work for Personal and Career Success in Youths

March 2016

Our mission is to build leadership potential in youths. For these youths to lead the lives they desire, the need the right tools to steer them in the path of personal and career excellence, moulding them into models of leadership in their communities. In partnership with the Africa Nova Centre for Democracy (ANCED), LOTI now provides a forum for youths to get professional orientation for personal and career choices. This is done in the form of seminars held twice a month in the LOTI Bamenda office.

First Batch of the Seeds Business Class in Yaounde

October 2015

On October 16th 2015, the SEEDS Business Training course was launched in Yaounde through LOTI’s collaboration with African Dream. This course trains young Cameroonians who are or who want to become entrepreneurs, to start and/or run their businesses successfully. LOTI, now an official partner of the SEEDS Business Training Program, initiated the birth of this program in Yaounde to empower youths to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and not only become self-employed, but offer employment to others and contribute to the development of the Cameroonian economy.

LOTI will now provide practical internet training

May 2014

LOTI will now provide practical internet training for individual workers and business people every evening and Sunday afternoons.

Come to our offices in the white storey building opposite CAMPOST on Sonac Street to discover how to link to a whole new world. Improve your computer skills to increase your options at work, school, and in all aspects of life.

The proceeds from these sessions will help LOTI continue to provide free training to young people who require computer literacy to access educational opportunities online.
For more information, Contact us on: +233 36 41 98 or +233 677 33 68 70.

Leadership is alive in Bamenda

March 2014

A leadership seminar held by LOTI and the DRIMP Foundation has united young leaders in Bamenda.

On Saturday 15th February, 30 young leaders from the Northwest Region of Cameroon gathered at LOTI's office to network and gather tips on how to succeed. The seminar was an opportunity for these leaders to get to know their peers and colleagues, sparking the seeds for future collaboration and mutual encouragement.

Participants heard from two leadership experts: Messrs. Rogers Nforgweiand  Fon Amos. Mr. Rogers Nforgwei is the Cambridge Representative in Cameroon, the President and Founder of NMI Education and the President and Founder of DRIMP Foundation, and Mr.Fon Amos, the General Manager of African Dream, is also involved with the Cameroon Centre for Microfinance Management and Entrepreneurship Development (CCEMMED).

They shared their experiences and offered suggestions on the qualities good leaders possess and the characteristics they should strive towards. Participants gained an understanding of the importance of being trustworthy and honest, self-confident but not arrogant, adaptable, assertive, and composed.The speakers also emphasized on identifying the root cause of challenges and problems, instead of just addressing the symptoms.

The enthusiastic participation in this seminar by both the participants and the speakers demonstrates that leadership is alive and well among young people in Bamenda.

Warmest welcome to our
new volunteer

March 2014

We would  like to welcome on board our newest member of the LOTI team, Leah Stuart-Sheppard, who joins us to support the daily on-the-ground activities.

Leah, who has a degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa, has been in Cameroon for seven months interning at several organisations and will be with us part-time for the remainder of her stay.

We are very lucky to have Leah’s skills and experience whilst she works at our office in Bamenda, having previously focused on youth and education initiatives both in her community and abroad.

New volunteer helps support training

December 2013

In recent weeks we have had several new volunteers join our team both online and on the ground.

We would like to introduce you to Sam Moulem and hope you will join us in extending a warm welcome to him. Sam joined us on the 15th November from Leeds in the UK and he will be working on the ground with Fai and the team to deliver training until January in the new year.

With a background in IT consulting, Sam will bring 15 years of experience to the role helping to give our students the skills to become web developers.

We are extremely grateful to have Sam on board, as he will not only make a significant impact on our training, but he has already helped to source new computers and equipment for our centre.

Students learn about the environment

December 2013

The young people at LOTI have had the chance to learn about organic farming and climate change from Bate Ashu, our on-the-ground volunteer who is currently studying for his MSc in Natural Resource Management.

In a series of lectures, the students learnt about the current climate change issues that are affecting Cameroon and the strategies that are needed to solve the problem
Bate also introduced the LOTI students to organic farming techniques such as crop rotation and composting, which they will be able to apply in the field on their farm project which is set to start again in January next year.

It has been a fantastic year with new developments and projects such as this taking place. Thank you everyone for all your support and we would  like to take the opportunity to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

It's an exciting time for LOTI with plenty happening in the coming months, so if you'd like to be part of our growth next year, by either helping us to raise funds, IT equipment or join our volunteer team, please contact me for more details - I really would love to hear from you.

Students get engaged in Farm Project!

August 2013

We are excited to announce that we have started an ambitious project with our youths at LOTI to ensure we have funding for the future. With the help of several partners, we are able to provide our free computer training for disadvantaged students, but as demand increases and due to numerous financial pressures, additional funding is required.

After a meeting to seek a lasting  solution to this challenge, the youths decided that a farm project would generate sustainable funding, and have already taken to the field thanks to a goodwill donation of land from a local individual. They have been working tirelessly planting new crops, and are loving the opportunity to learn new skills and help us too.

For this project to be successful and have the potential to expand, we need further support and access to farming expertise, more land, seeds, fertiliser, tools and transportation to the farm. If you would like to become involved in our sustainable farm project, or know someone who may be able to assist further, please get in contact - we'd love to hear from you!

LOTI signs MoU with Aids Free Africa

July 2013

We are pleased to announce that LOTI has signed a Memorandum of understanding with Aids Free Africa.

This creates a great platform for sharing knowledge, skills and resources and for further developing a long lasting partnership for the benefit of both organizations.

LOTI’s office space and internet facilities will be freely available for representatives of Aids Free Africa while in Cameroon, and LOTI will support in engaging young people in using Information and Communication Technology for advocating production and safe use of AIDS drugs.

This partnership will also give LOTI access to international volunteers, as well as the possibility for sourcing more computers in the future, - both equally important to LOTI.

LOTI free computer training
session resumed

June 2013

After a long break, we are pleased to announce that the computer training activities have resumed starting from 19th of June 2013. As LOTI continues to strive to provide free basic computer training, a significant number of young people have already registered to take part in these classes.

The demand for these sessions is growing beyond LOTI’s current resources; therefore we are currently working to set new targets for the second part of 2013 in order to be able to satisfy the growing interest of the students wishing to enrol in our classes.
As part of efforts to raise the necessary funds to continue serving the local community, LOTI is currently working on developing additional sources of funding as well as relevant partnerships to support further development of LOTI’s activities.

LOTI’s word of the week: Graduation!

10th of January 2013

On December 18th 2012, we were proud to see 28 students graduate with qualifications in IT. This is what we strive to achieve: providing young people with the skills they need to help realise their full potentials.

A special thank you to our partner, Charity Hands who joined us on this day and who have provided invaluable support for our work. Good luck to all of our graduates!
You can help support a student at LOTI by donating here.

LOTI’s word of the week: Training!

28th October 2012

On Monday 25th October, the last computer training classes of 2012 began.
During this week of study we saw how eager these students are to learn. Some of them were using a PC for the very first time and asked lots of questions as they were introduced to the world of computers.

Beyond the classroom, applications for more classes continued to arrive in big volumes, even after the close of admissions. This just shows the demand we have for education in the world of information technology.

You can help support a student at LOTI by donating here.

LOTI’s word of the week: Climate!

18th October 2012

This week, LOTI students took part in a climate change tour as a part of our climate forum activities.

They visited several locations where waste is dumped and later collected by the local council for recycling. The students were taught on how to control and manage domestic waste to ensure that the knowledge learned during the day was taken back home.
LOTI has also been working hard on raising awareness on these different activities. A flyer was distributed to the public to help spread the word to the local community. As a result, we noticed a big increase in the number of people who visited our office, making enquiries about our services.

Last but not least, on the 15th October we will be opening our doors for another training session. More news on this to come...

New addition to LOTI's local team

June 2011

LOTI continues moving forward towards reaching its goal, as already 5 students have started receiving basic computer training and many more are subscribing to start in the near future.

There is also number of students who started applying to online universities, and LOTI's team will soon follow up on their status, while seeking collaboration possibilities with potential online universities.

Due to the increased demand from potential students, LOTI has hired a project assistant, Ms Believe, who will be supporting in the training process and in direct contact with the young students, as well as in regards to a number of practicalities related to project management on the ground. She holds a Maitrisein Economic Sociology, Bachelors in Developmental Sociology and two diplomas in Journalism and Education.
Welcome aboard Ms. Believe.



LOTI opens its new office facilities

February 2011

We are proud to announce that LOTI has opened its offices on Sonac Street Mankon - Bamenda (full address below).

The office will be headed by Fai Cedric Yengo - the founder of LOTI.       
"We are already welcoming a number of visitors interested in our activities and services. This reflects the relevance and importance behind LOTI's mission as this project is all about the creation of a resource centre that would provide continuous internet connection and a mini library. Further, LOTI aims to provide support in negotiating scholarships from online universities for unprivileged youths who cannot afford university education. These young people will be offered free of charge training on how to use the internet and give them the opportunity to use the internet services at our resource centre freely until they graduate from their respective online universities." Fai C Yengo.

LOTI's opening hours are Mondays to Saturdays: 08:00 to 17:00.
For more information, please visit us at our new address:
Sonac Street - white story building directly opposite CAMPOST
Mankon - Bamenda
North West Region

Cameroon

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LOTI receives more funds

June 2011

We are proud to announce that LOTI has received funding on behalf of Pearson Foundation for Social Innovation. This is a sentiment that validates and supports LOTI's cause and its importance for shaping future development of the social and educational conditions for Cameroon's unprivileged youth. The announcement of all successful Fellows will be announced on December 9, 2010 in Doha, Qatar at the World Innovation Summit on Education with the Fellowship Program beginning on January 17, 2011.

The Pearson Foundation has been funding the initial development of the innovative Sprout E-course and - more recently - sponsoring the organization's Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation. Available worldwide, the Sprout E-course helps young people imagine, plan, and develop effective and scalable social innovation projects. Since its release in 2008, the Sprout E-course has given young people from more than forty countries access to training in essential skills; including team building, project management, communications, and the ability to leverage technology.

We hope that this will be one of many LOTI's successful future projects.