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Re: [holistichelping] Thank you for your ideas for our proposal

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    Dear Andreas, I would want first to thank you and Janet for the kind of leadership, support you have been offering to members in this forum. My name is George
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      Dear Andreas,

      I would want first to thank you and Janet for the kind of leadership, support  you have been offering to members in this forum. My name is George Onyango. I work with Slums Information Development & Resource Centres (SIDAREC), as a Project Administrator. SIDAREC is a youth found organization ,managed by young people in the slums of Nairobi-Kenya. We work to support young people individually or as a group. We have a concept called "Banana" where we try to reach as many young people when they form themselves into groupings. The support can be in terms of income generating activities , to training them in various aspects.

      Since we work with so many young people, some of whom we have not been able to support due to lack of funding to support good initiatives undertaken by young people, I am requesting if I can send you a proposal of one group that is really doing a good work in a small way through Merry-go-round. These are some of the groups that learned from SIDAREC youth, and would want to be what we as young people working with SIDAREC are.

      They would like to strengthen there Merry-go-round scheme to reach many youth within the slums. African Innovation Challenge Fund can help these young people to reclaim their self-worth and this is the reason why I am requesting funds on their behalf.

      Attached, find AFRO Youth Group Proposal to be part of other proposals you will send to the African Innovation Challenge Fund. Any support you will give to these young people will be highly appreciated.

      Yours sincerely,

      George Onyango
      Project Administrator
      Slums Information Development & Resource Centres(SIDAREC)
      P.O.BOX 9687 00300
      Website: www.sidarec.org
      Skype: george.onyango

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      From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
      To: holistichelping@yahoogroups.com; onereachinganother@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com; communitywork@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:39:01 AM
      Subject: [holistichelping] Thank you for your ideas for our proposal

      Janet and all, Thank you for your wonderfully helpful letters!

      I also spoke by phone with Rachel Wambui Kungu - I will ask her to be in
      charge of making sure that women participate - I am thinking that all of
      our no-interest microloans (about 2,000 at $100) should go to women - and
      so I need ideas on how to help women and men work together so that the
      result is not domestic violence. We will also have microresearch stipends
      (375 of them, they are each 200 USD of paid work and 200 USD of microloans
      and the purpose of the microresearch will be to support a team of 5 women
      who receive the microloans). Men can be these researchers but their
      research purpose is to support the women who are applying innovations. I
      think we need a way to include men in our culture of independent thinkers
      so that they have intellectual esteem but women have practical monetary
      decision making power. So the idea is that these resources are for men
      and women who participate in our culture and whose family members are
      invited to participate in the culture, too. I ask for our wisdom and our

      I also spoke with Dennis Kimambo and he agreed to participate. I will ask
      him to be our special consultant for teaching how to promote ideas using
      community theater and other means.

      Rachel and Dennis both agreed that 2,000 USD per year is sufficient for
      such a part-time commitment throughout the year. They will be our
      all-purpose specialists. Samwel will lead our rural center at Rusinga
      Island / Mbita Point and Kennedy will lead our urban center in Nairobi
      near the slums. Our center leaders will likewise receive 2,000 USD per
      year. These will be informal centers - hubs for global village teams -
      but with the idea that over time they will find physical centers.

      Wednesday I will write up my draft of my proposal for the African
      Innovation Challenge Fund.
      http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?AfricanInnov ationChallengeFu nd
      Then I will ask you to send me letters of support. The letters will
      simply be answers to my questionnaire which I include below so that you
      can think about them. Perhaps you have suggestions regarding the

      Thank you, Fred, Davis, Joseph, for wonderful letters from Uganda! My
      plan is that we will have rural and urban centers first in Kenya, then in
      Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, and likewise first in Lithuania, then in Missouri
      / Chicago, Silicon Valley, Austria.

      Also, I spoke today with Pamela McLean and she like the idea that London
      will serve as our crossroads where our traveling ambassadors will meet
      every six months as they are coming or going to Africa, US or Europe.
      Also, she will link us with John Dada of Fantsuam Foundation.

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      Your full name:

      City and country where you live:

      Contact information: email, phone or other ways of publicly reaching you.

      What is your deepest value in life that includes all of your other values?

      What is a question that you don't know the answer to, but wish to answer?

      What would you like to achieve in the next three years?

      When and how did you learn of Minciu Sodas?

      How have you participated in Minciu Sodas and how have you grown and
      benefited by participating?

      What challenges of agriculture in Africa would you most like to help with?

      Which food stories would you collect? and how would you share them so they
      have the biggest impact?

      How can you help us reach out and include women?

      How could you best apply yourself if we gave you $2,000 of support for us
      to work together?

      What are organizations and networks that you would involve and how?

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      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      http://www.ms. lt
      +1 312 618 3345

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