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Technology for Africa

 

Project Overview

The College of Charleston Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is proposing this project under the guidance of David Desplaces, a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, School of Business and Economics.

The Technology for Africa project aims to promote entrepreneurship around the world by providing residents in Douala and the Littoral Province in the central Africa country of Cameroon (see picture 1) access to computers and training on how to use the computers for economic development purposes. Students will promote free enterprise by raising the necessary funds or collecting donated equipment necessary to set up three computer labs in the province of Douala and conduct training for future entrepreneurs.


Picture 1: Map of Cameroon

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This project will be lead by:

  • Clare Goodwin, Communications/PR (Junior, School of Business and Economics)
  • Maureen Porzio, Fundraising Coordinator, (Sophomore, General Studies/Undecided)
  • Moly Murtaugh, Web Communications (Sophomore, Pre-Business)
  • Aly Runco, Marketing (Junior, Political Science)
The first computer lab (15 desktops) will be set up at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaounde the capital of Cameroon . The second computer lab(10 desktops) will be set up 160 miles from Douala in Foumban . The third lab (12 laptops/desktops) will be set up in Douala. Two computers will be donated to Hospital Saint Jean de Malta to manage their business processes.

 


   

 

 

The College of Charleston Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is proposing this project under the guidance of David Desplaces, a Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, School of Business and Economics.

Project Schedule

  • Friday: Depart from Charleston to Paris (for departure to Douala from Paris the following day) on Air France.

  • Saturday: Late afternoon arrival from Paris with Air France. Get acquainted dinner with friends housing in various French host families.

  • Sunday: Early lunch and departure in mini bus with driver for North west region of NOUN going through Nkongsamba, Bafang, Bafoussam; Distance 300 Km Time 5 hours, (tared road  290 Km), Dinner and housing at the plantation and near by accommodations.

  • Monday: Visit local governments, businesses and schools.

  • Tuesday: Visit to HM the Sultan in Foumban 60 Km (he has an American wife) who supports the project. Set up computer lab in Foumban, Lunch at his palace. Workshops in the afternoon. Dinner at the plantation.

  • Wednesday: Early departure to Yaounde 335 Km (325 Km tared road) arrival for lunch. Afternoon set up of lab and meeting with faculty and selected students and quite likely with US Embassy officials and Ambassador of the Order of Malta.

  • Thursday: Morning with students at the UCCAC University of Yaounde, enterprise planning instruction, lunch, leaving in the afternoon to Douala, dinner in Douala.

  • Friday: Morning meeting with Libermann high school students, set up of computers and instruction.

  • Saturday: Rest, shopping, late take off to Paris on Air France.

  • Sunday: Arrive in Charleston

 

 

 


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