Thanks Sam, Mutua and all,
I am thrilled to learn that you arrived safe and the progress is smooth.
James (Nafsi Afrika Acrobats) just arrived from Tanzania, it is
unfortunate you crossed on the way.
He had a chance of meeting up with Josephat, William and some of the
members of Uyoga and had the same positive story to share about Uyoga.
He was impressed with their work and insisted that it would be great
if Nafsi Acrobats opened up collaborative avenues with Uyoga-which we
have already considered.
His trip to Tanzania was successful, he gathered lots of contacts and
even benefited immensely from the exchange progamme facilitated by the
Umoja cultural flying carpet (www.umojacfc.com) that involved Nafsi
(Under sarakasi trust) and the Bagamoyo school of Arts and other
artistic institution spread down south of Afrika;
Mozambique school of visual arts, Mozambique National school of dance
and music, Tanzania dhow countries music academy
(DCMA)-(www.zanzibarmuzic.org), Bagamoyo College of Arts
(www.sanaabagamoyo.com), Zimbambwe association of music educators-
(ZAME), Childrens Performing Arts Workshop
-CHIPAWO-(www.chipawo.co.zw), Zimbambwe college of music(ZCM), South
Afrika Amakinja youth and children arts
projects(www.amajika-arts.com), Central Johannesburg college CJC- (
www.cjc.co.za), Kenya Sarakasi Trust (www.sarakasi.org), Circus in
Ethiopia for Youth and Social Development
(www.lefourneau.com/artistes/circus/circus@ethiopianet , Norway Oslo
National academy of the arts, faculty of performing arts
(www.khio.no), The Norwegian Academy of music (www.nmh.no), Trondheim
city school of music and perfoming arts
Fredrikstad school of music and performing arts
(www.fredrikstad.kulturskole.no), Kristiansand School of music Music
and Performing Arts (www.kristiansand.kulturskole.no), Nycirkus-
James's next trip on 2nd Dec-24th Dec takes him to Accra, Ghana -what
a coincidence-not for a preliminary of the 2008 E-learning conference
but an exchange programme with an Accra based dancing troupe.
Notwithstanding, a programme is already underway to take our strides
down to Zambia.
Early January, Nafsi will be sending two of their members to Zambia
(www.koinoniazambia.org) to train children and help in improving the
skills of the acrobatics group in Mthunzi center.
It's turning out to me that I have been wrong in my conception that
Acrobatics and dance is only about performance.
As we advance in our activities I realize that Arts is not just a
viable livelihood option but is also a relevant social empowerment
tool, and can be used in addressing issues cutting through the social,
economical, spiritual and political arenas.
Nafsi is targeting programs working for peace and development of our
societies through international cultural collaborations.
However, international networking of institutions, Arts troupes and
environments can't be realized without employing the use of modern
I.C.T has continuously been essential in helping in linkages,
exposure, and collaboration.
This has made Nafsi to ensure that all it's members are computer
literate, can use the internet properly and have basic photo and video
We are currently gathering clips and photo shots of most of our
activities, and have already uploaded some current ones on u-tube
Eventually we wish to compile all this into documentaries that we will
share through video bridges.
Mutua, I believe that beyond sharing information, it is also important
to stretch beyond and share images and strengthen video bridges.
Reading and seeing is a learning process, the TT Kenya activities'
still images are important if made available where they can be
accessed by forum members.
Also, you can have the Lab's camera to take motion images. Contact me
anytime, should you need it to record TT Kenya activities.
Sam, it is very unfortunate to me that I did not attend the e-waste
meeting due to some pressing family issues, but I have contacted
Rebbecca of KICKTAnet.
I have consequently requested her for an appointment, I hope to sit
down with her for discussion, idea exploration, and a catch up on the
I am hoping that you will be back from Tanzania by then and you will
make an inclusive contribution.
I conclude by saying , As we endeavor towards firmly linking up our
various online working communities, let us in equal spirit strive to
strengthen our organizational collaboration (a candle will not lose
light by lighting other candles).
In this light we would portray a clear example of creating of
partnerships promoting positive globalization.
I wish all of you and myself in "Minciu Think tank" all the best as
2007 nearly approaches a positive emphatical close-and my gift request
to Santa is "may our ideas grow bigger even beyond the borders".
Nafsi Afrika Acrobats
P.O Box 21255-00505
> Hi all,
> As the year is advancing to the end, I appreciate the work our
colleagues here; are doing and hoping to end the year well and embark
to prosper in the coming year. As the progress is enormous I wish to
thank everybody who contributed to this success through our lab
especially those who created image of understanding in
where most of Our African members are.
I have seen great insights and hope to make this bulky and heaviest
goal possible. People are like calling the great chats ending this season.
> Underlying the scenes; I am doing another great invitation this
Saturday at 4.00 PM East Africa time to 6.00 PM. I am in Dar and would
like the rest of us to go through a fantastic chat with Uyoga members
on their "Road Map to success" We are going to see how Uyoga with its
range of activities will be able to fulfill their community demands
and show us the goal through the road map discussion. This is going to
be an opportunity of its own as we are looking forward to come out
with a proper proposal from Dar on behalf of Uyoga.
> I'm preparing to lead the discussion before I get ready for
another one between the Kenyan team. This not a day to miss but have
your self a place to discuss the reality on the ground in Tanzania. We
will go through Hiv/Aids, Agriculture, ICT, Business ETC.
> Samwel Okech kongere
> Nyamuga primary school
> P.O BOX 191,
> MBITA 040305-KENYA.
> Cell: +254 725 600 439
> Information Networking and E-learning Trainings
> UDOGO youth development/Miniciu-Sodas Laboratories
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