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Paolo Pangui

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Project Overview

EDUCab

The EDU-Cab project seeks to curb poverty and promote access to quality education for the underprivileged. Its all about setting up a hybrid enterprise, a model which comprises both for-profit and non-profit activities. It will be a modern, reliable, and secured cab enterprise that will help create sustainable jobs for unemployed youth, put in place an education fund called EDU-Fund to provide assistance to underprivileged children and youth and facilitate their full access to quality education at primary, secondary and university levels. Poverty and illiteracy are two major problems in Cameroon. With an estimated population of 19.7 million and an Average income of US$1, 17 (World Bank, 2009 data) many families find it very difficult to fund their childrens education at primary and secondary school; and University. Girls are the most affected by this situation. For 81% of girls found in primary schools (2009 National household survey) thanks to governments efforts which made public primary education free, we have just 42% who attend secondary school (UNESCO, 2009), and lesser at University level. EDU-Cab will offer secured; comfortable and reliable cab services to the communities it will serve qualities which are rare in Cameroons public transport services. The project will offer job opportunities to young motivated unemployed, thus contributing to reduce unemployment and poverty within this target group. Profits made out of this income generating activity will serve as main source of funding for our underprivileged education support program EDU-Fund. In Cameroon, NGOs and government efforts to eradicate poverty and to promote education are quite noticeable. Unfortunately these organizations permanently depend on donations to carry their activities, thus reducing their level of impact and ability to be sustainable. The hybrid nature of our organization will help insure good autonomy and sustainability to the project for a better social impact.

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