Dear Sam, Ronald, and All,
Sam, thanks so much for this lovely welcome to Ronald, who has come from ActALIVE (the arts coalition I founded in 2002). Ronald and I in turn met through Omidyar.net, and he knows (via O/net) another new member of Holistic Helping, who is a good friend of mine, community activist, Dennis Kimambo (in Nakuru).
Ronald, you might indeed want to join Sam's group! I first met Sam when we were
working together on the first World AIDS Marathon, held in Mbita, and Dennis was also in that working group. Sam came to Holistic Helping and the other groups linked with Minciu Sodas (a Laboratory for Independent Thinkers, based in Lithuania)-- including now his own working group, Mendenyo--through these mutual connections.
Sam heads the Udogo Youth Development project, in addition to what he has mentioned below, and Sam and other members in these forums from Kenya and Tanzania started the Uyoga group, also focusing on youth development.
Tom Ochuka of Deaf Impact Ministry in Kisumu is a friend who is doing invaluable work to help people in Kisumu who are deaf, and there is a good corps of others who I/we hope to link in here from Kisumu. Charles Aboge of the Kisumu Children's Centre--and a member of the MS forum, Globalvillages- -is one.
Many of our efforts have been invaluably assisted by Maria Agnese Giraudo, an Italian
librarian with a strong interest in the use of ICTs, publishing on demand, and education, especially as these relate to Africa. Maria was introduced to us by Andrius Kulikauskas, founder/director of Minciu Sodas (www.ms.lt
Ken Owino of Nafsi Afrika Acrobats (Nairobi) was introduced to us via Maria Agnese, and David Mutua (Nairobi) is a member of several forums here, including Learning From Each Other--with a focus on ICTs and E-Learning-- whose moderator is Pam McLean of CAWD (Committee for African Welfare and Development) , who is UK-based, with its work is Nigeria.
CAWDnet is the network of CAWD-related activities and projects, and Teachers Talking is one such project. This has been active in Nigeria, and is now branching out into Kenya. David Mutua is head of CAWD-Kenya, and he and Pam have recently been involved in organizing a "Teachers Talking" get-together in Kenya, where Pam
In any interesting linkage, CAWD and my own affiliated nonprofit in Kenya--KAIPPG Kenya in Mumias(www.kaippg.org
) -- are both working with The Commonwealth of Learning, which has urged us recently to discuss ways of working together, via the Teachers Talking project and perhaps other initiatives.
Ronald, did you get to the O/net meeting in Uganda? You may have met Dennis there, and also Fred Kayiwa, a Ugandan student who has started his own computer club there, and is also interested in a variety of subjects, from bee-keeping to youth activism on HIV/AIDS.
Hopefully there will be many lively discussions and projects we can work on together, and that all Kenyans (and hopefully Tanzanian and other members) will indeed have a meeting soon!
With all best wishes and greatest blessings, Janet
From: samuel kongere
Sent: Sep 30, 2007 5:52 AM
To: holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com, Men Denyo
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Prince in Brussels and our team in Torino
You are really welcomed here in MS lab online list, Your are a great person. I know you are living near Kisumu and coming from the same place with Tom Ochuka of Deaf Impact. I come from the opposite side of lake Victoria South Nyanza--Suba District. I will be very happy to invite you to join mendenyo@yahoogroup s.com
where we discuss Technology at it's best; including community wireless connection. I am the information Coordinator and Trainer at Tom Mboya Community Technology Learning Center (TM-CTLC).
am a community researcher and love online Communication. we have a real regional network in East Africa with Members of Uyoga In Tanzania, Fred in Kampala, Tom Ochuka In Kisumu, Ken Owino of Nafsi Afrika Acrobats, David Mutua of TT Kenya, and Udogo members in Mbita.We are exploring the possibility of having a WiFi connection in Ruisinga Island. As the movement and integration of the region advancing we are going to focus on having an annual meeting for members.
ronald omondi <obobo2002@yahoo. com> wrote:
Hi to all
My names are Ronald Omondi from the Western part of Kenya. I work with and within a community based in Nyando District.
I would like to be included in the mailing list and my areas of interest are Technology,Economic s and
Just joined the group from actalive
Bless you all
I share Prince's letter with Steve Bosserman's working group Social
Agriculture http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/socialagri culture/
Greetings from Torino where Maria Agnese Giraudo, Sasha Mrkailo, Paolo
Pumilia and I had a successful day at the COMMUNIA meeting for the European
Union's thematic network for the Public Domain. We are planning on inviting
Samwel Kongere to join us for the January meeting in Torino. We will also be
able to invite other Africans or future workshops. We need participants in
five areas of the Public Domain: Education, Libraries, Technology,
Economics, Citizenship. Please speak up if you would like to participate in
the email working groups. I especially encourage our Africans and Indians
because this will
give us an opportunity to bring you to a meeting in Europe.
We have also proposed to host the April meeting in Lithuania. Andrius
Kulikauskas, http://www.ms. lt, ms@...
Data , "Prince Obiri-Mainoo" Raï¿½yta:
> The 3rd. Annual EuroAfrica ICT meeting ended yesterday at European
Commission building # 25 in Brussels, Belgium. As expected, there was a
strong European presence with a disproportionally less African participation.
I was the only Ghanaian and participant from the United States there with
Kenya dominating with four representatives, about three coming from South
Africa, and one Tanzanian based in South Africa who actually gave the keynote
address. The other speaker coming from Ghana, Kwame O. Boateng from the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi was not given a visa -
so unfortunate! .
> The conference itself highlighted on the numerous
problems of Sub- Sahara
Africa and how Europe through the European Union, could intervene through its
ongoing ICT initiatives. At the end of the meeting, my conviction of going
back to Africa to undertake a major computer initiative had been
substantiated. That greater percentage of Africaï¿½s economy depends on its
rural population of about 70% who till the land. Unfortunately, most of these
are either semi or outright illiterates. To help improve the situation, ICT,
through elearning and other computing education outlets would be needed to
make the rural folks educated and connected to the rest of the world through
the Internet. Getting to know what is going on elsewhere among other people
who also live on the land would be a big motivation and economic booster
towards a more productive agricultural and other economic ventures. Thank you
all for reading!
>Prince M. Obiri-Mainoo
(Technology in Education)
>National Africa Foundation
>http://www.national africafoundation .org
>P. O. Box 30237
> Worcester, MA 01602-0237
>U. S. A.
>Tel: + 1 508-425-4614
> Fax: +1 (508) 949-3222
>E-mail: nationalafrica@ yahoo.com
>Your gifts and abilities could become lasting legacies for generations to
come. Use them now to bless humanity!
>ï¿½Only the best is good enough for Africaï¿½ Rev. Dr. James E. Kwegyir Aggrey
(1875-1927) -An eminent Ghanaian clergy, missionary, educationist and
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