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Jeff-Sam (proposal)/Benoit-Andrius: thanks for the notes! (Cameroon-Kenya-Tanzania...Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, India!!!)

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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear Jeff, Sam, Andrius, Benoit, and All, Hello and great to see your posts! I wanted to acknowledge them now, and hope to respond more fully within the week,
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 5, 2006
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      Dear Jeff, Sam, Andrius, Benoit, and All,

      Hello and great to see your posts! I wanted to acknowledge them now, and hope to respond more fully within the week, before I take the rest of August for offline activities. I've been working on International AIDS Conference preps (that conference starting in abt a week) and to beat a few other deadlines, so apologies for any delays in my "uptake".

      Jeff and Sam, I think Sam needs to look at what you sent--your suggestions--and see how he wants to proceed, based on them. I agree with you abt starting more small-scale, with one learning center, while "thinking big(ger)", in terms of a longer-term vision for how this one center can extend its reach and help more people and communities accordingly.

      The bottom line is to work towards getting this set up. So where will the equipment come from, what kinds are needed, and other such questions are important now to ask.

      You have mentioned COL in your other note, Jeff, and I looked at their site to see if they have grant opportunities listed. They actually do not, which I find a little surprising, as I thought they held the COL-Protein contest yearly. Perhaps they are in the process of getting the info on that up (I think proposals were or are due in December), or perhaps they are not funding new projects at this time. I will write to Krishna (Dr. Krishna Alluri, an education and food-security specialist at COL) who is working with GRASSUP--sometime this month--and ask him. I do think that the ideas you have for Kibera would fit with COL's mission, though I believe COL has focused more on rural than urban development. Nonetheless, I'm sure COL understands the importance of addressing development in one of the world's largest slums, so hope they would consider funding a project.

      Benoit, thanks so much for your ever-present spirit and encouragement, and for linking us to Helen (hello Helen, and so happy you met the marvelous Maria!). And greatest appreciation to Andrius for your welcoming, caring note to our friends in Cameroon, Tanzania, and Kenya!  I plan to write, and hopefully make some linkages between, all of these wonderful folks, as well as Charles in Uganda, Masimba in Zimbabwe, and Jinan in India, among others.

      I do hope Tom Ochuka of Deaf Impact Ministries will join us here, though he may not have the box capability to handle regular mails from the forums. In any case, I will discuss this with him, and it would be great if people in the forums have ideas to address the kind of situation he describes. These are very tough cases he is posting about, and it's hard to know what to do that will be sustainable, especially without regular infusions of funding. But we have some brilliant brains here, so hope we can figure something out!

      Tom himself needs help re communications for and with people who are deaf. He has mentioned several types of things, including a learning center, learning materials specifically geared towards the particular needs of those who are deaf, and making videos so that people understand what it is like to be deaf in Kenya, and also as a way for the Deaf to communicate with the hearing world (and get them to "hear" the message!).  Andrius, we have discussed flash cards for literacy (something visual, which is helpful), and there are ICTs-related measures which might address some of these needs, so working on those possibilities is a start.

      With greatest thanks and all best wishes and blessings, Janet

       
       

    • Benoit
      Dear Janet, Tthe State of Prayer is with you to go on as an arrow from God, pointing us all to where we need to be....all blessings be with you and above
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 5, 2006
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        Dear Janet,

        "Tthe State of Prayer" is with you to go on as an arrow from God,
        pointing us all to where we need to be....all blessings be with you
        and above all, safety and personal joy from deep within, throughout
        your month offline. I look forward to hear of your experience!

        ...with love...
        Benoit


        --- In holistichelping@yahoogroups.com, "Janet Feldman" <kaippg@...>
        wrote:
        >
        > Dear Jeff, Sam, Andrius, Benoit, and All,
        > Hello and great to see your posts! I wanted to acknowledge them
        now, and hope to respond more fully within the week, before I take
        the rest of August for offline activities. I've been working on
        International AIDS Conference preps (that conference starting in abt
        a week) and to beat a few other deadlines, so apologies for any
        delays in my "uptake".
        > Jeff and Sam, I think Sam needs to look at what you sent--your
        suggestions--and see how he wants to proceed, based on them. I agree
        with you abt starting more small-scale, with one learning center,
        while "thinking big(ger)", in terms of a longer-term vision for how
        this one center can extend its reach and help more people and
        communities accordingly.
        > The bottom line is to work towards getting this set up. So where
        will the equipment come from, what kinds are needed, and other such
        questions are important now to ask.
        > You have mentioned COL in your other note, Jeff, and I looked at
        their site to see if they have grant opportunities listed. They
        actually do not, which I find a little surprising, as I thought they
        held the COL-Protein contest yearly. Perhaps they are in the process
        of getting the info on that up (I think proposals were or are due in
        December), or perhaps they are not funding new projects at this
        time. I will write to Krishna (Dr. Krishna Alluri, an education and
        food-security specialist at COL) who is working with GRASSUP--
        sometime this month--and ask him. I do think that the ideas you have
        for Kibera would fit with COL's mission, though I believe COL has
        focused more on rural than urban development. Nonetheless, I'm sure
        COL understands the importance of addressing development in one of
        the world's largest slums, so hope they would consider funding a
        project.
        > Benoit, thanks so much for your ever-present spirit and
        encouragement, and for linking us to Helen (hello Helen, and so
        happy you met the marvelous Maria!). And greatest appreciation to
        Andrius for your welcoming, caring note to our friends in Cameroon,
        Tanzania, and Kenya! I plan to write, and hopefully make some
        linkages between, all of these wonderful folks, as well as Charles
        in Uganda, Masimba in Zimbabwe, and Jinan in India, among others.
        > I do hope Tom Ochuka of Deaf Impact Ministries will join us here,
        though he may not have the box capability to handle regular mails
        from the forums. In any case, I will discuss this with him, and it
        would be great if people in the forums have ideas to address the
        kind of situation he describes. These are very tough cases he is
        posting about, and it's hard to know what to do that will be
        sustainable, especially without regular infusions of funding. But we
        have some brilliant brains here, so hope we can figure something out!
        > Tom himself needs help re communications for and with people who
        are deaf. He has mentioned several types of things, including a
        learning center, learning materials specifically geared towards the
        particular needs of those who are deaf, and making videos so that
        people understand what it is like to be deaf in Kenya, and also as a
        way for the Deaf to communicate with the hearing world (and get them
        to "hear" the message!). Andrius, we have discussed flash cards for
        literacy (something visual, which is helpful), and there are ICTs-
        related measures which might address some of these needs, so working
        on those possibilities is a start.
        > With greatest thanks and all best wishes and blessings, Janet
        >
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