Re: [holistichelping] Re: DIY Solar and Answers FROM WENDI AND AK MEMBERS.
What about configuring a larger DIY Solar system to power her computer?
JeffOn Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 8:01 AM, graham <DIYSolar@...> wrote:Dear Wendi,In your answers below you seem to expect that DIY Solar will be able topower your computer - most unlikely!It can be used to power many laptops that use dc - such as a car battery supplies.It is best used for mobile phones, small lights and radios.Happy new YearGraham
Dear Andrius, Janet and all,
We hope you , Janet and others enjoyed the festive
short holidays. We too did and we are back to work
now. Here are the answers from Wendi and members of
AK. We arte all anxiously waiting to work with you on
the projects identified and that is why more members
are wanting you to see their faces in photos. The two
youths you find today are Irene and Rogers. Then the
passport size is I, Wendi and Berka.
We wish you all the best for 2009.
Sincerely AK members led by Wendi
1. What information about you may we share
publicly?You can share any information that you like
from all the work that i do with others in our
national organization for rural women and youths on
health and rights issues especially HIV/AIDS.This
organization also teaches creativity among youths and
rural women which goes to be practised by all who
like to learn , be open and creative irrespective
of status, religion, tribe, sex,grade, size, coloretc.
What is your name?Wendi Losha Bernadette
What country do you live in? Cameroon
Which city do you live in or near? Bamenda
How would you describe the house that you live in, is
it a farm house,
apartment, dormitory, etc.?I live in a house biult
with sun dry bricks and plastered with our river
sand. It can be called a dormitory because many
children live with me inside this house and also some
children who are orphaned and they became street
children and were almost sleeping on the streets.
How may we and others contact you?You may contact me
directly using our office postal address at ACTWID
KONGADZEM NGO OFFICE.P.O. BOX 16 BAMENDA COMMERCIAL
2. Please describe how much you use computers:I use
computers on a daily basis except when there is no
electricity.This is because as a rural women's leader
we had for a long time now identified our felt needs
of using computers ourselves to take away the phobia
that rural women can also use computers like men. It
is only from this computer usage and internet
connection that poor rural women that we can get
connected to other women in the world . We had long
identified to have an internat connection and now we
finally got a connection to one computer from one
company here paid and installed on the only one
computer we have but it is not working effectively. It
seems as if the capacity of our only working computer
is smaller so the connection got very slow and we were
paying very expensive at 500frs cfa per hour.We closed
it and got back to buying internet time codes still
expensive as we were advised that if we get more p4
computers, then the connection will be faster .
How many hours per week do you use a computer ? 35
HOURS A WEEK
How many different computers do you use during the
week? Just one in our office which is a fairly used
pentium 3 and the other ones in the cyber cafes where
we struggle to go daily to read internet news and
emails are different types of pentiums.
How many computers do you own? We own one computer now
which we earned from writing stories M.S lab. and
before then we had some computers donated to us from
Austria through the hard work of Franz Nahrada of GIVE
and Ingo of VUM and others.These donated computers
were mostly old 386 types that had very small
capacities. We used the linux in 2000 and managed to
send emails with and by 2004 the these computers were
beyond repairs here.
How many hours per week are you online? 35 hours.
How many days per week are you online? daily except
when there is no electricity as this is frequently
done here in Cameroon. Sometimes we go for days in our
town without electricity since we have only one
electric company called SONEL. they are really
ineffective but we have no choice.That is why we will
very much embrass the use of DIY SOLAR.
3. Please describe the computer that you use the
most:The computer that i use the most is a pentium and
since we copy many interesting things from the
internet to store on this computer and our flash
sticks from Andrius, it is slow but good and that is
why we still need more p4 computers now for our cyber
cafe. We are a very large group or NGO and one
computer is too small for our numbers only in the
office. Many women now like to even come and practice
to use the computer to type as well as youths but one
is too small and many lack the opportunity to learn
computer usage generally.
Who owns the computer that you use the most? Our NGO
ACTWID KONGADZEM owns it.
What is the operating system? Windows, Linux,
Macintosh? What version? windows xp
Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux Ubuntu, etc.
Do you go online with this computer? Yes, we got
connected for three months but the connection became
very slow and completely not connecting at many
ocassions though we still had to pay expensive bills
monthly,so we disconnected while waiting to have more
computers first before we go on line directly again as
a cyber cafe.
Where is the computer located? How do you travel there
and how long does In our office there is one computer
for more than 300 active women and youths to use. Even
usage only for our leaders is not still possible for
we have 26 active leaders of our sub groups now.
that take? How much does the travel cost?
How convenient is it to use the computer? NOT
CONVENIENT AT ALL TIMES. Is it available when you want
it? NOT ALWAYS .
Do you have to pay to use the computer? How much? In
the cyber cafe, yes .500frs cfa for one hour usage.
What can you say about the computer's specifications?
memory, available devices such as printers) printers
are scarse and the devices here are all second hand
brought from Europe and we donot know apecifically
about the speed and processors since diffewrent
computers are used in cyber cafes.
How much would this computer cost if you were to buy
it today? One good one fairly used will cost
150.000frs cfa roughly 350USD. now since the dollar
exchange rates fluctuates.
4. What do you do with computers? We use them to
communicate with M.S. LAB AND OTHERS either here or
abroad in Europe, America and anywhere in the world.
We use it to see whether we can get a market for our
crafts that we produce as well as our variety of
medicinal plants that we grow here. What software do
you use? We use all tha available software that we are
able to use but our knowledge of usage is still very
limited since we donot have enough computers and not
yet trained well in software. What websites
do you visit? We visit yahoo, google, hotmailmail and
gmail. What online communities do you participate in?
We participate in Hlostichelping, learning from each
other, ACTalive and others. Do you have
any websites of your own?not yet but we have some
friends at Givemeaning hosting our small project site
at www.givemeaning.com and we also have you at M.s
5. Please describe the Internet connection that you
use the most: wE USE YAHOO MOST. AT TIMES HOTMAIL ETC
Are you using the same computer as above, or a
different computer?A different one .
How fast is your connection? (How long does it take
for you to download a
100KB file?) Or what results do you get from
http://www.speedtes t.net ? we donot know all these
details at all since we donot have enough training yet
and we very badly need to be trained completely on
What kinds of files do you send, upload, download? not
What is the largest file that you have ever
downloaded?not known but the largest files we have
downloaded are the ones from Andrius at Ms. lab.
Are you able to use Skype to speak to people? No, but
we will like to be trained on how to use it to speak
Are you able to watch YouTube videos? Not yet
How many browser windows do you typically keep open at
once? One at a time only.
6. What are examples of how computers and the Internet
have affected your
life? Computers have affected our lifes grately in the
sense that we can write and read emails .We can
download files from internet and print out what we
find most interesting too.
7. How do you make the most of your time online and
offline? We really want to make the most of our time
on line but at times we lack the money to buy
internety time codes at 500frs cfa per hour since we
donot have funds for our work here in our NGO. We do
contribute money to buy internet time codes as a group
as is the case now.We contribute shares to stay online
in groups of fives for women and youths at a time for
five hours and we still contribute money to scan our
photos and put on projects or print out since we lack
a printer and scan as well as a photocopier.
Do you have a USB flash drive? or other storage media?
What do you use
them for? Yes we have. We use them to dowload large
files from the internet to go and read in our office
since it is too expensive to read online directly.
What kind of materials, letters, texts, photos, music,
videos do you
create offline?We also write letters offline and copy
on flask sticks to send at the cyber cafe now with
What kind of files do you share with others when you
are offline? Information and announcements files.
8. What kind of technology would you like to have and
how would you use it? We will like to have as a group
an internat cafe with about 30 computers or more if
possible. These will be preferably p4s that are still
new or fairly used. We will also appreciate it if we
can have a scanner, a photocopier, a printer and a net
phone attached to our internet cafe here as we had
long identified this project and really need it for
our rural women and youths to reduce the phobia of
computer usage in our poor rural women and also the
rural exodus in youths here in Cameroon.
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