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JCI Douala Ideal Makes A Difference

JCI is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us. We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact. JCI members do real work in their communities and the members of JCI Douala Ideal are no different.

The JCI mission is to “Provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”. This Mission is fulfilled when the members live the Values in the JCI Creed, creating positive change in the world. One does not need to be in a position of leadership to make a positive difference. One just needs to have the will to do so.

JCI Executive Director for Growth and Development – Arrey Obenson wrote. “In this new era, the individual has tremendous ability to change the course of history. The world is changing fast and so too is JCI. Some decades ago, members were very remote from the international organization. But in the changing world, individual members in all corners of the world can impact the organization worldwide.”

“By biking to raise money for the JCI Nothing but Net Campaign in the UK, a member can raise awareness of JCI worldwide. A short video by the JCI President on World Malaria Day raises thousands of dollars for an important cause. In fact members have the ability to determine the destiny of this organization through their individual actions;” Arrey continues.

This is our philosophy which can be said in other words as follows: JCI members make a World of Difference, they strive to Be Better, we are the Original Active Citizens, and a Grassroots Movement with International Scope and every member has a unique opportunity to shine by taking advantage of our One Year to lead policy:

How does JCI fit into the world? Well, the world still bleeds of conflicts, disease, troubled corruption, racism, religious fundamentalism, economic woes, global warming and the threat of nuclear proliferation. The existence of these problems ironically provides an opportunity for JCI. As future leaders of the world we must address these issues at the local and international level. Overcoming the challenges in the world will not be easy. The climb to the mountain top is steep, but with faith in the empowerment of young people we can rid the world of its woes. And it will take every one of us.

This is where JCI Douala Ideal steps in. We are young people who worry daily about the progress of the City of Douala. Our environment has challenges beyond measure, and our government cannot fix all these problems alone. Our community needs us. It needs a group of people who see challenges as opportunities and problems as solutions.

How do we do this? JCI Douala Ideal members create yearly action plans guided by the realities of our environment. We meet monthly to discuss ideas as to how these challenges can be overcome. We train and develop ourselves to enable us identify, plan, and consolidate partnerships aimed at resolving these challenges. We interact with leading political and business icons in our communities to promote our entrepreneurial and leadership ethos. We act by mobilizing our members to join us in our community projects, we are socially responsible. We take part in the political decisions of our community and country.  We also have fun, we are friends.

JCI Douala Ideal is led by a young dynamic team. Christian Washington Kamgang is our 2012 President and supporting his leadership are six other outstanding individuals. We hold within our ranks outstanding business people, community leaders, trainers and corporate individuals who have bought the idea that, as citizens of the world we need to create an impact.

We meet monthly at the “Club des amis de l’Allemagne” Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon.

If at this point you still ask yourself what you can gain by being a JCI members, then you may not have read well. Once again, JCI gives you the opportunity to influence your environment positively. That is the greatest good we can achieve as citizens, that is a service to humanity which remains the best work of life

Helen Keller once said “I am one, but I am still one, I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and just because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” 

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