Re: [holistichelping] REBIRTH OF OUR NATION/Joy, Mark, All: Peace-Development-ICTs Focus/Ushahidi: Focus on Women
Dear Janet, You may be able to get more support and a platform by contacting the outreach or headquarters people at Wiser Earth , and
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, Sep 11, 2010
You may be able to get more support and a platform by contacting the outreach or headquarters people at Wiser Earth <www.WiserEarth.org>, and possibly get significant networking for Commonwealth members also from Commonwealth Of Learning <www.col.org>.
On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 8:51 PM, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
Dear Joy, Mark, and All,
It's wonderful to see you posting here, and to know that you are in Kenya now! Also to see exciting and informative posts from Mark, and responses from Sam and Ronald. And to know that you have met Tom!!
It would be great if you could meet James Onyango and the folks at KAIPPG, too, who are in Mumias. Is there a possibility that you could go there?
I'm eager to hear more about your meeting with the Ushahidi folks, several of whom I know, including founder, Ory Okolloh. When I first met her (online), she was at Harvard, focusing part of her law studies on women's inheritance issues in Kenya, esp related to land. This is a huge issue still in Kenya, and it would be so valuable to develop some integrative projects combining development, the empowerment of women, peace-related activities, and ICTs.
At their request, I did some international networking during this past winter for Ushahidi, hoping to interest women's groups in particular to use this technology. They had also asked me to do the same within Kenya. I suggested a number of orgs and asked if they were already working with them, but have not heard back on that.
If you are still to meet with them, perhaps you could ask them if they have a list of orgs they are already working with in Kenya, as that might help to figure out what others should be contacted, how groups within HH could fit into these activities, and to what uses the Ushahidi technology could be put, related both to peace and also to other subjects, from development to gender violence.
We have individuals and groups here who I'm sure would be interested, including the Jumuiya Women group, and a group headed by Peris Jelagat, Ken Chelimo's wife, called Kjimwomengroup.
Are any members here familiar with Ushahidi, or using it already, and would you be interested to learn more?
Joy, do you have some goals or specific interests in terms of your trip, and what sorts of follow-on activities do you envision? Are you in touch with Ricardo, as he has been working with Tom, Ken C, Ken Owino and others on ICTs-related activities?
Mark, your letters are fascinating, and I wonder if you could outline in more detail some of the ideas and activities you envision coming out of the networking you and Joy are doing?
I am so fortunate to witness the celebration in Kenya. After what's been transpiring after the election in 2008, this is the fruit of all the struggles people have gone through together. I met w/ Tom Ochuka today face to face. What a moment! We did an interview with his sharing on what had happened in the post-election turmoil in 2008 and how Kenya is celebrating the new constitution as 'NEW KENYA' era.
We are planning to take a road trip to Kisumu and Mbita areas where we had communication with the networks. It is an emotional time for me to finally meet those friends in person. I wish to see how we have all evolved and what we could align at this point.
It is very different in Kenya from in Nigeria and Ghana. I am impressed by what I experienced so far. I also look forward to seeing the rural sites with my own eyes.
Greetings to the Dynamic Selves as Unity!
On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:57 PM, ronald omondi <obobo2002@...> wrote:
Kenya reborn today through the promulgation of the New Constitution We thank the almighty God and everyone who has been with us thru our darkest time.
May Almighty God bless Kenya
RONALD OTIENO OMONDI NYANDO DISTRCIT YOUTH INITIATIVE P O BOX 1 AWASI, KISUMU KENYA. TEL 254 722 480 811
I forgot to mention, one possibility I see is that besides marketing, sales and distribution, there are probably plenty of people with a talent for manufacturing in JamiiBora, as well, so it winds up being a potential large-scale pilot for a sustainable economy, with support from (and demonstrating) some of oneVillageFoundation principles and networks.
It could also tap into holistichelping's network, which is receiving this as a posting.
Today I met Nigel Waller, CEO of Movirtu Limited, which has a system in which a computer at the cell phone company operations facility is used to create accounts for multiple users for any cell phone. The cell phone is set up so only one function in it operates; that connects the user with the computer 'in the cloud'. He is talking with someone from JamiiBora in London -- maybe Susan? It would enable the JamiiBora office (or the WinnebaOpenDigitalVillage) to serve many people with advanced services, including the ability to make payments through their individual accounts, or to get information on crop prices, or many other possibilities. I told Nigel about oneVillage Foundation and JamiiBora, and about my postings this morning, and he asked to be connected with Susan and Joy. So, please meet Nigel.
Movirtu Limited 2nd Floor 145-157 St. John Street London ECqV 4PY, UK Tel: +44 20 7043 1131 Fax: +44 20 3051 7313 Mob: +44 7766 463 463 Email: nigel.waller@...
I also met Laura Stachel, the gynecologist who founded WE CARE Solar, with her husband, engineer and educator Hal Aronson, Ph.D.. They make solar systems in a suitcase, which provide LED lighting and battery charging for maternity wards and surgery centers, with other applications as well. I talked about the idea of JamiiBora as a distribution channel, and she asked to be introduced to Susan. Laura@... 3009 Hillegass Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705 www.wecaresolar.org
Susan, I just got this posting (copied below) from Joy Tang, founder of oneVillage Foundation, which has its main operations in Ghana, near and at the site of the University of Education, Winneba, but also had operations in Nairobi and Kisumu, and partnered with three other organizations near Lake Victoria in a grant with the Commonwealth Of Learning (www.col.org) several years ago, to create Open and Distance Learning (ODL) modules. I helped write that grant and support the participants in the grant-writing and negotiating. oneVillage Foundation started as the AIDS Relief Foundation, or ARF, and changed its name when the mission scope broadened.
Joy was also the Business Development person for all of Cisco Systems, for governments and institutions in the developing world -- and created that position. You both have much in common in your roles, values and commitments.
Joy, I recently met Susan Saiyorri, the Outreach Director of JamiiBora Bank, at a Collaborate Africa meeting. I want to get you together with her, to see her presentation and hear her personal story, and compare her past with what she is doing to realize her potential and that of many others. JamiiBora started with one woman and four children, and now serves over 300,000 people, who they reach as beggars and teach the path to prosperity and entrepreneurship. They are also starting something in Ghana!
I see you as being able to bring oneVillage network resources and knowledge to them, and them as providing a magnificent pilot program and scaling opportunity for those aspects that they choose to adopt.
The closest (very!) parallel is Sarvodaya -- they are almost the same, but the operate in slums, with small groups of women, rather than in villages. yet, they or their parents or grandparents came from villages, so your insight can provide an opportunity for them to strategize the process of returning as prodigals, with knowledge, tools and investment money.
I have lots of ideas along this line, of course, including using DesignFluence to provide systematic industrial design support services for their business formation and growth. David also met Susan and wants to support them in that way.
I would also urge you to visit Manor house, about 45 to 60 miles north of Kisumu and somewhat east of the lake, if you can. That is where they have taught BioIntensive Gardening to literally thousands of people over the years.
Finally, there is a world-class geographic information systems center in Kenya somewhere; I think Tim Foresman told me about it so perhaps he can set up an introduction.
If you get a chance, could you also talk with her about Chris Richardson and WorldVistA.org? The riveting background history, the technical support information and the social network resources are on their Hardhats page.
Here is Susan's contact information:
Susan Saiyorri JamiiBora Bank
work +254 20 2034512/3/4/7/43 mobile +254 726 909 684 work fax +254 20 2034544