Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are playing significant roles in Cameroon. N.G.O’s have become quite prominent in the field of nation building in recent decades. No kid behind is not left out. No kid behind is a Cameroonian N.G.O that focuses on volunteerism.This non-profitable organisation is out to help the underprivileged kids acquire skills so as to pave a smart future for them. We were fortunate to have a close discussion with this organisation from which you can learn more about their role below.
What incident/event made/influenced you to set up this organisation?
We started No Kid Behind in 2012 with the intention of equipping kids of our community with the skills that will enable them to live SMART lives in the future. In order to achieve this, we started with training on information and communication technologies as well as providing equipment and other resources to the community.
Tell us about your mission and vision of this movement
Our goal is to open Cameroon’s NGOs and CBOs to the world as well as open Cameroon to International Volunteers interested in volunteering in Cameroon.We see a world in which kids are better of because of the assistance provided to them by local NGOs and CBOs with the help of international volunteers.
Over time we realized we could be of greater help to the community and beyond by using our inherent capabilities – building and managing platforms that connect providers to users. As such, in 2016, we created No Kid Behind to be a platform connecting volunteers from all over the world to trustworthy and responsible Nonprofits and CBOs in Cameroon.
What are the transparency and accountability or governance mechanisms in place here?
How would you manage and run this organization?
The movement is having 5 volunteers who are constantly waiting to reach out to nonprofits of volunteers signing up. We make sure we respond to NGOs on time and for those who wish to contact NGO owners we grant them access to reach them.
How do you manage the people/staff function over here?
Our staff/volunteers are being assigned to tasks and also deadlines. We make sure we follow up and satisfy everyone that we come across. Though it is a movement and nonprofit we try to work with passion driven volunteers from across the world.
How frequently do you meet with your key stakeholders? What do you do there?
Already having folks signed up it’s a way we constantly meet stakeholders because from this platform we also expose them to the world by sharing stuff directly from the site. We connect volunteers to volunteering opportunities in NGOs and CBOs in Cameroon. NGOs and CBOs need hardworking and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers, on the other hand, need information on the opportunities in trustworthy and reliable NGOs and CBOs. At No Kid Behind, we make this exchange seamless and give each other the opportunity to find one another.
What are the key indicators by which you measure your impact?
We measure impact when we get a volunteer review or contact us that they have successfully located an NGO to volunteer with and also when an NGO tells us we have increased their visibility.
Who are the NGOs in the same space or in general whom you consider as role models or benchmarks?
Note should be taken that until now we have not found an organisation doing specifically what we are doing. But we have a few who work with volunteers in some form that is interesting to us. We have organisations such as Volunteer New York , Volunteer Match. We also have Idealist.
Have you met and studied their operations in detail?
We have not studied their operations but from working with some key people who have understood the way these things operate and seeking mentorship we have come to understand how to continually move on progressively.
What are the creative and innovative things that you plan to do as far as No kid behind is concerned?
We plan to add features that will let volunteers sign up as members and from their likes, we match opportunities to their names through an algorithm that will pick up their match from the said NGO listings. We will create some games that will permit NGOs take place on our featured listings.
In reference to answering the first question, we have done a lot for the communities and now we are embarking on not just what everyone does. We are changing the face of things. Our goal is to open Cameroon’s NGOs and CBOs to the world as well as open Cameroon to International Volunteers interested in volunteering in the country.
We see a world in which kids are better of because of the assistance provided to them by local NGOs and CBOs with the help of international volunteers.