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January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

I have served on the SDI board for over one year now. I was originally involved in this organization as a volunteer, writing a project proposal for one of their initiatives. My experience with SDI and the other board members has shown me that this is a very well run and responsible NGO. Sulaiman is a very hard working and dedicated individual who has done a great job of managing volunteers, board members, and projects. I am looking forward to continuing my work with SDI for many years to come.

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working on their board and seeing how productive it is with Board Members throughout the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed for me as a board member.

January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

I have followed SDI Cameroon since 2006 when I was a student at Cambridge International College. I volunteered with them as a field assistance on women and children projects up to date.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personal witness most sessions in the office and field work- Identification, campaigns, training and handing over materials to beneficiaries.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to strengthen the Fund raising, partnership activities for the sustainability and growth of the organization

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Expand to more rural communities and expand on resource mobilisation

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Learning social work and community development , which i did not learn in school

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and useful in my community . sharing and communing with under-privilege people. Giving them hope and smile....i love it

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 28, 2010

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August 28, 2010

Having seen numerous Cameroonian NGOs from the inside now, I have been positively impressed by the functioning of Social Development International, Buea. Summarizing: appears to be trustworthy, open-minded, aware of common problems in society, appears well-organized and, importantly, succesfully working with local volunteers. I am a master's student from the Netherlands, currently undertaking my fieldwork in Cameroon. I have lived in Cameroon for a period of 8 months in 2007, and I have currently been here for 2 months again. I needed some information about this NGO and I was pleasantly received by Mr. Sulaiman Turay, a friendly and knowledgeable Sierra-Leonian. I initially stumbled upon the website, which at first sight is fairly comparable to those of other NGOs I've seen. The organization behind, however, is a different story: the phone number was accurate and was immediately answered; I was informed of a time that I could visit the office the same day that I called (at which time I found someone in the office), and I was given directions as to where to go. Once arrived, Mr. Turay took as much time as I required to tell me about his experiences on the issue of my research (impact of internet use on local youths), and gave me a lot of information about the programs that the organization is currently pursuing. Although I have spent a limited amount of time at the organization and can therefore not fully judge the potential of the organization, I can say that the organization has proven to be a lot better organized than other NGOs that I have worked or spoken with; the organization really has its target group at heart, considering that none of the staff members are paid, and that they even manage to attract local people to volunteer (which I know is a very challenging assignment in Cameroon). Additionally, the man simply knew what he was talking about, and programs seem to be as cost-efficient as possible. To me, Mr. Sulaiman seems to be an excellent networker with ample care for his community. I would recommend anyone who aims to work for a small, simple but likely effective organization to consider SDI in Buea as a good opportunity to engage in capacity building and community-based projects. My impression is that any funding provided to this organization is likely to be used fairly efficiently for the purposes for which it is intended.

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as mentioned, I have just had an interview with the CEO of the organization. However, it has been positively different from other organizations I have seen so far in Cameroon.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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