Hello Dear Tom, Lucas, and All,
Terrific to hear from you, Tom, and I'll respond to other posts you've made soon too, I hope (have been offline a lot lately, through Nov). I wanted to comment on this, though: in these forums we have focused primarily on bird flu, not keeping chickens per se, but I think what you're saying is very interesting and important.
I have a few questions:
1) how can we be of help to you and the Deaf community in Kisumu in this regard?
2) are you interested in the My FoodStory project? I think it would be excellent and insightful if you were to gather stories of people in the deaf community in Kisumu, in terms of their connections to food production. Would that be something you'd be interested in, and/or find useful?
3) are you interested in the COL-Protein grant? We might work with Sam and others to create an ICTs-enabled learning environment related to keeping chickens, and also bird flu. I've been talking with Maria Agnese, Sam, and others abt doing something with ICTs, a learning center, and distance/open education, and COL-Protein is oriented in this direction.
Will be in touch again soon, and in the meantime and always, greatest thanks and blessings for your invaluable work! Janet
>From: tom ochuka <tomochuka@...>
>Sent: Nov 8, 2006 12:29 AM
>Subject: Re: [learningfromeachother] THE DEAF CAN...KEEP CICKEN ..FOR EGGS AND OTHERS
>Dear Janet and Lucas,
> There is achool in oyugis about 50km ..out of kisumu
>city ..in this instution the deaf occasionally come to
>learn agriculture..but the challenge is now to be
>empowered for practice many abruptly chnge and we
>loose proffesionals so they end up on odd jobs.
> In one survey I interviwed a man who was looking fo
>apoultry keeper and many prefered the deaf to tis
>1 They handle this birs with zeal.
>2 They love to keep their proffesion and show
>3 They have great love for what they see producing.
>In kisumu ..whree eggs are on demand we can have an im
>proved way of helping this deaf so that thier
>potential is not wasted..
> We can empowe them to begin with ust few birds even
>the locals to begin with..are you able to give us new
>ways of dong this to this group of people.
>--- ms@... wrote:
>> Thank you for updating us at your blog:
>> I share with our Mejores Vias and Learning From Each
>> Other groups. I also
>> share my reply. I'll be encouraging us to organize
>> poultry farmers in
>> Nigeria and around the world as people who might be
>> most interested to share
>> helpful information regarding a pandemic flu that we
>> want to be prepared for.
>> This would be great for our
>> http://www.myfoodstory.com project
>> Andrius Kulikauskas
>> It feels like it's been a very long time since I
>> don't come around this page.
>> Since then I've been:
>> * awaiting http://www.worldchanging.com/book and
>> some other books on
>> permaculture and stuff.
>> * helping some local permaculturers (as time
>> * watching the translation of Dr Woodson's
>> Good Home
>> Treatment] manual. The first product will be his
>> "Flu Treatment Kit".
>> * learning lots about flu and
>> how to minimise waves]. Actually, the global
>> community of flu warriors is
>> a lot] - so much we
>> don't know and need to know!
>> My current summary about pandemic flu:
>> cases] and
>> visibly more clusters] of bird-flu in humans. At
>> least one of the clusters
>> was h2h2h (April 2006). "It could start at any
>> time" - Dr Nabarro (UN).
>> No-one knows when or how hard, but it could be H5N1,
>> and there's no
>> biological reason for H5N1 to give us a much lower
>> Case-Fatality Ratio.
>> * Aims: Make peak(s) lower and longer, so that at
>> any one time more healthy
>> people will be able to keep society running and will
>> also be able to treat a
>> smaller number of ill people.
>> * What will work: social distance (tricky in
>> Calcutta and Kibera, will need
>> lots of creative thinking), simple masks and
>> hand-washing (not sure which
>> will have more effect, but both need some
>> resources), good home care (this
>> needs stocking up on some simple things and some
>> simple knowledge), community
>> self-reliance (food, water, energy, communications,
>> care). Maybe statins
>> (used to lower cholesterol levels, hence
>> unexpensive, generic, stockable)
>> will help treat cytokine storm, even at home.
>> Andrius, sorry I haven't responded to your
>> invitation; lately, my plate is
>> more than full. Best wishes for the Lab and
>> AndriusKulikauskas: Lucas, thank you for your
>> update! I will assume that the
>> poultry farmers (for example, in Nigeria) are a
>> logical network for sharing
>> pandemic flu information (due to their self-interest
>> that people be correctly
>> informed and to regulate themselves). As we develop
>> this, we will keep you in
>> mind! Thank you for your important work! and for
>> remembering us!
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