The effects of war are widespread and can most likely be long term or short term. women and children suffer unspeakable atrocities in particular.
This is what happened in Central Africa Republic in 2012.
Sombo Titan, could not watch and wait and out of need, founded C.E.N.A (Centrafrique Avenir) whose main objective is to create employment, offer education and empower his community through various sustainable forms of businesses in agriculture.
Through C.E.N.A’s center, the villagers are encouraged to invest/give animals like chicken, goats, cows and even pigs, yes pigs! with a 100% animal back guarantee after six months upon reproduction of the animals.
The villagers who invest get full education sponsorship for their children. The youth are employed to oversee the project.
The organization also partners with many villages who offer them a parcel of land for cultivation of agricultural produce ranging from cassava, potatoes, tomatoes etc
The produce is then sold in different towns with the income directed at training of the youth in their areas of interest.
Currently, they have an alumni of accountants, merchants, entrepreneurs among others.
The impact has been huge with tens of youth from the villages running all the projects.
Sombo is working on defending his PHD in governance and regional integration early next year at the Pan African University of Governance, Humanity and Social Sciences.
I used to walk seven kilometers to go to school and many of my friends quit because of the harsh conditions.
I vowed to pursue higher studies, develop myself and come back to my community and give back.
I am currently building a private school in my village. I have learned to always test out my ideas. Try it, it might surprise you.
I love the networks I have made over the years.
Just recently, I was selected for the YALI RLC EA entrepreneurship class and it was an immersion in to a wealth of running successful businesses that transform communities.
I love applying for programs that help me grow and help others while at it.
Keep soaring Sombo and changing lives. We can’t wait to visit again and enjoy a plate of ugali, meat and sakasaka (cassava leaves in palm oil).