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A Cameroonian project wins the Humanitech'12 challenge

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The Cameroonian project "Tous contre le choléra" wins the 4th edition of the HUMANITECH'12 challenge!

The "Tous contre le choléra" project, led by two students from ESSEC Cameroon, won the final of the Challenge Humanitech, a student competition for humanitarian invention, on April 13, 2012. Organised for the fourth consecutive year by the Red Helmets Foundation, chaired by former minister Nicole Guedj, this edition, open to all young people in the French-speaking world, was made possible thanks to the support of Orange.

The winners: first victory for an African team!

Last Friday, the 16 finalist teams met at La Cantine (by Silicon Sentier), to defend their project in front of a jury composed of 12 personalities including Nicole Guedj, former minister and President of the Red Helmets Foundation ; Bernard Benhamou, Interministerial Delegate for Internet uses and coordinator of Proxima mobile; Jean-François Lamoureux, Vice-President of Action contre la Faim; Fadma Moumtaz, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Cyril Attia and John Karp, co-founders of BeMyApp ...

The whole jury praised the inventiveness and involvement of these young candidates who wished to put their skills and experience at the service of humanitarian action.

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According to Nicole Guedj, former minister and President of the Red Helmets Foundation: "The projects proposed by the candidates for this fourth edition were as diverse as the causes for which they wish to commit themselves: food, health, housing, access to telecommunications, hygiene, financing of local actions, access to drinking water, etc.". I am delighted that the young people have once again racked their brains to come up with innovative and appropriate solutions to the challenges of humanitarian action".

Sponsored by Gwenaël Prié, a consultant in development aid and co-author of the book Les Voyageurs de l'eau, written during a round-the-world tour of the world focusing on water issues, the students from ESSEC Cameroon convinced the jury with their project "Tous contre le choléra" (All against cholera). A low-cost water filter, "Tsé-nou" is made of widely available materials: ceramic buckets and candles.

In a video conference from Douala, Cameroon, student Doris Ngandjou Kouyem, who was the only candidate who was unable to travel to Paris for the final, told the audience that "it is up to Africa to take charge of its own response to humanitarian crises. We must not constantly wait for help from foreign countries. ».

In the coming weeks, the Red Helmets Foundation, Orange and the other members of the jury involved in the Humanitech adventure will accompany the installation of these water filters in Cameroon. Thanks to the Challenge Prize of 5,000 euros, an eminent experiment will be carried out by students from ESSEC Cameroon, in the village of Koza, located in the far north of Cameroon and a hotbed of cholera.

Humanitech: on the road to social entrepreneurship

For this fourth edition, students from the grandes écoles and universities of Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Togo, but also from the four corners of France tried their luck by submitting their solidarity innovation to the jury. Since their selection last February, the 16 finalist teams have been coached by professionals who have shared their experiences and skills with these future social entrepreneurs.

In order to enable students to carry out their project once the Challenge was over, a morning of workshops on marketing, financing and the creation of social enterprises was organized around experts. Julien Sylvain, winner of the 2010 Humanitech Challenge, Managing Director of Leaf Supply and facilitator of the workshop on business creation said: "I hope that, as in previous years, this event will give each project the little push it needs to go from idea to realization. »

More information : www.challenge-humanitech.com

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