Difficulties in Douala
05.03.2013 - 10.03.2013 32 °C
Hello all and apologies for the tardiness of this post! The subject of this post is communication in Cameroon, by way of explanation/excuse. Though the other volunteers and I have spent a considerable sum on a wireless router and internet credits, the service is slow and expensive. Some days it seems like a true victory if I can download a word document.
One problem is that CamTel, the national communications company has a monopoly in terms of fiber optics. It is quite unfortunate since better internet service would surely facilitate development in numerous areas of the economy. At Youth Business Cameroon we have discussed the potential opportunities for local artisans to sell their products abroad using internet services like Etsy. Apart from the internet service, another difficulty is that the postal service is also terribly slow, and apparently packages are sometimes opened or stolen. Mail between Cameroon and North America can take months.
Mobile calls are frequently dropped and credits for air time are expensive as well. Mobile conversations have the added challenges caused by traffic noise and my French difficulties. There are frequent misunderstandings.
Here are some photos of those artisanal products I mentioned. A local designer of clothing and accessories made from natural materials put on a fashion show for us. She gave us the fantastic hats made of leaves.
J'espére que mon prochaine post sera à bonne heure! Je vais aller à Kribi ce weekend avec les autres volontaires et le beau-fils de Maman. J'attends avec impatience de respirer l'air frais.
A la prochaine,