“When I found Philanthropy University, I knew it was going to help me. Every one of the seven of the courses connected to work I was doing and could teach me what I needed to know to be successful in my job.”
CameroonFebruary 22, 2018
As a university student in Cameroon, Akouyu Alphonse joined an international network of aspiring young writers who tell stories on the issues affecting their communities through the lens of local youth. With support from the group, Commonwealth Correspondents, Alphonse learned the power of communication to inform and influence people’s lives on a global scale.
After graduating, Alphonse searched for more opportunities to address challenges in his country and connected with Reignite Action for Development, a United Kingdom-registered charity focused on improving quality of life in rural communities in Cameroon. He took a position as a project design officer with the group, but quickly learned his role would grow to cover a range of duties.
Alphonse was soon tasked with the job of creating effective messaging about the organization’s work on social media, the website, and their newsletter due to his background in writing and communications. Hoping to learn more about effective messaging and business strategy skills he needed for the role, Alphonse enrolled in Philanthropy University and completed all seven of our courses.
“When I found Philanthropy University, I knew it was going to help me,” Alphonse said. “Every one of the seven of the courses connected to work I was doing at Reignite and could teach me what I needed to know to be successful in my job.”
The communications, leadership and business management skills he learned in the program were invaluable and helped Alphonse launch a digital fundraising campaign with his team to support a new project for the organization. Called Ngong, the project trains local farmers—many of whom are women—in sustainable farming practices. Philanthropy University also inspired Alphonse to share his newfound knowledge free-of-charge with other fledgling local businesses and organizations, such as a youth-run choir.
As for the future, he says the possibilities are limitless.
“I definitely have big plans for my life and want to go far in the area of sustainable economic development,” Alphonse said. “I’m still young– I know I have a lot to learn in the future, but I also know there’s a lot of opportunity in front of me now.”
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