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CAWD Kenya: Community Learning, Information and Communication Centre

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    ... David, Great to hear from you! and I share your report below within the letter so that more people might read it. Andrius ... Here s the main idea: CAWD
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      David mutua wrote:
      > Dear All,
      > Season greetings and happy new year, I have been out
      > of touch for a while now but hope to be back fully by
      > next year, find attached a report explaining my work
      > and future plans.
      >
      > Thanks.
      >
      > David Mutua
      >
      >
      David, Great to hear from you!
      and I share your report below within the letter so that more people
      might read it.
      Andrius

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      Here's the main idea:

      CAWD Kenya is developing the Community Learning, Information and
      Communication Centre (CLICC) Programme to achieve the above objectives.
      The programme develops community learning, communication and information
      link between the information and financial poor rural or urban rural
      communities and the connected community.
      This is a replicable model for social change in rural communities; it
      has three main elements, Commercial, Social and Educational. The
      commercial element stems from associated Microfinance and commercial
      services. This is the essential basis for the sustainable development of
      social and educational services. All social and educational systems have
      to be paid for, and in countries where they are free at the point of
      delivery they are paid for through national and local taxation, which in
      turn is dependent on income generated through commercial sector. The
      approach has been to develop this model on a local level, in that its
      commercial activities that have been subsidizing social services and
      education/training of sustainable income generating initiatives for the
      communities we work with where tax systems are not developed to pay for
      social and education services.
      It is developed in three approaches: -

      1.ICT enabled Education
      2.Community Information Access and Advocacy
      3.Social Entrepreneurship Projects

      and here's the report:
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      Developing Community Learning, Information and Communication Center
      programme.
      Report by David N. Mutua, Initiator and Volunteer Project Manager

      This report gives a detailed information of past, present and intended
      activities towards achieving the goals of the Community Learning,
      Information and Communication Center Programme an initiative that has
      developed from David Mutua’s Returned VSO volunteer learned experiences,
      passion and networks of people.

      1.Establishing of CAWD Kenya
      Organisation Title*: - Committee for African Welfare and Development,
      (CAWD) Kenya (A member of Charity for African Welfare and Development – UK)

      Introduction/rationale/problem*: -
      Committee for Africa Welfare and Development (CAWD) Kenya is an
      International Non Governmental Organisation, non-political and promoting
      social entrepreneurship. (Registration on process)
      CAWD Kenya’s main objective is to develop sustainable Human capacity
      development and sustainable economic empowerment through use of modern
      ICT’s by developing environments or structures that enable access to
      timely and relevant information, formal or informal learning/education
      opportunities for career development, live skills acquisition and
      investment/business opportunity projects in rural Kenyan communities.

      Vision: - ICT – enabled development through sharing and building
      information and knowledge in Kenya.

      Goal: - To enhance life-long ICT enabled sustainable human capacity
      development and economic empowerment through access to relevant and
      timely information, formal and informal learning opportunities, live
      skills acquisition and business enterprises for Kenyan rural communities.

      Objectives: -
      1.Facilitate establishing of Community Learning, Communication and
      Information structures or environments equipped with modern basic ICT
      infrastructure in rural Kenya.

      2.Exploit modern ICT’s and linkages that will enable access to formal
      and informal learning opportunities for career development and live
      skills acquisition that compete globally.

      3.Explore ICT enabled investment/business opportunities such as social
      entrepreneurships and e-commerce that fits with the current local and
      global economy.

      4.Develop ICT structures, such as Community radio that can capture and
      disseminate relevant and timely information on health, education,
      agriculture and governance in Kenyan information and financial poor
      rural communities.

      Problem Identified: -
      Knowledge is and remains the greatest treasure for any conscious
      individual and nation with an ambitious vision; it is the ultimate
      legacy of man's existence on the planet Earth.
      ICT enabled development in Kenyan rural communities still remains a big
      challenge, one thing that the government, civil society organizations
      and the private sector should consider addressing, because, about 70%
      (3/4) of this country’s population lives in the rural areas and the
      countries largest economic activities (Tourism and Agriculture) are
      based in these areas.
      A few millennia ago, Africa were the first to enter the Agricultural
      Age. The first to build in stones. The first to pioneer in technology.
      Today, Africa is behind every continent in technology and as a result is
      the poorest continent. Technological knowledge can be used to create
      wealth and alleviate poverty in Africa. Kwame Nkrumah said; "Socialism
      without science is void" Therefore, we cannot reduce poverty in Africa
      without scientists and engineers.
      The lack of technological knowledge is the reason for the wide disparity
      between the rich and the poor nations. The 500 richest people on Earth
      have more money than the 3 billion poorest people on Earth. Because the
      rich nations are getting richer much faster than the poor nations, the
      gap between the rich and poor will continue to widen. This gap can be
      closed if African nations focus on developing an economy that is
      knowledge and technology based, instead of one that is based on the
      export of natural resources."

      Project/Programme outline: -
      CAWD Kenya is developing the Community Learning, Information and
      Communication Centre (CLICC) Programme to achieve the above objectives.
      The programme develops community learning, communication and information
      link between the information and financial poor rural or urban rural
      communities and the connected community.
      This is a replicable model for social change in rural communities; it
      has three main elements, Commercial, Social and Educational. The
      commercial element stems from associated Microfinance and commercial
      services. This is the essential basis for the sustainable development of
      social and educational services. All social and educational systems have
      to be paid for, and in countries where they are free at the point of
      delivery they are paid for through national and local taxation, which in
      turn is dependent on income generated through commercial sector. The
      approach has been to develop this model on a local level, in that its
      commercial activities that have been subsidizing social services and
      education/training of sustainable income generating initiatives for the
      communities we work with where tax systems are not developed to pay for
      social and education services.
      It is developed in three approaches: -

      1.ICT enabled Education
      2.Community Information Access and Advocacy
      3.Social Entrepreneurship Projects

      2. Progress to date

      Resources and structures in place.
      1.CAWD Kenya registration is on process, members to the Board of
      Directors have been identified and informed, they are yet to sign
      letters of acceptance for the offer.
      2.A constitution has been drafted and shared with the board members.
      3.Meetings at the project area have been hosted with community leaders
      to nominate and select Community Project Committee members.
      4.Several Community Project Committee Members have been identified and
      letters for the offer have been drafted ready for them to sign and
      provide personal information that will be shared only after they have
      agreed through signing the offer letters.
      5.The project manager has negotiated for a shared office accommodation
      from a member of the community in Nairobi for a period of six months;
      this is used as the contact and coordinating office for CAWD Kenya work
      in Kenya.
      6.A temporary accommodation for the first CLIC center has been
      identified with help of the community and renovation work is underway,
      it is expected to be ready by end of January when basic ICT equipment
      will have been installed.
      7.A permanent site for the CLICC has been negotiated for by the project
      manager, identified and provided by the community.
      8.An accommodation for volunteers, visitors and interns willing and
      recruited to work with the community have been negotiated by the project
      manager, identified and is ready to be used anytime visitors and
      volunteer are available.
      9. CAWD is now working with the community through a structured community
      health committee to establish a health center, a need identified during
      community consultations.
      10.The community has provided land and funds are beign raised from
      members of the community to start the health center construction.
      11.The Project Manager has been able to contact youths from the
      community in the diaspora and at home to explore ways of getting
      involved in development projects in the community, discussions are
      underway mostly through F2F and online arranged meetings.
      12.The project manager has made contacts with several community
      development actors (organisations, institutions and individuals) in
      Kenya and outside to explore ways of working together in this project.
      (Partnership and collaborations)

      Support gathered etc.

      The Project Manager has been able to raise funds and resources from the
      following partners or collaborators in this project.

      1.Community Members/Volunteers: - They have dedicated their time and
      money to develop and initiate the work through: -
      Administration work,
      Research,
      Baseline survey,
      Consultations,
      Provision of shared office space for meetings in Nairobi,
      Temporary accommodation for the center,
      Accommodation for visitors and volunteers willing to work with the
      community,
      A permanent accommodation site for the center,
      The community has also provided a land for construction of a health
      center (the nearest health center is 7 kilometers away)
      Fundraising for the health center is going on by a community organised
      committee (this is purely a community driven initiative)
      Consultations and contacts,
      Logistics and equipment for the work.

      2.VSO Jitolee: - Under the Global Education exchange and Advocacy
      (GlobEd), VSO provided funds for: -
      Facilitating stakeholders meetings,
      Training for a person working in the center,
      5 computers and a printer,
      Support volunteer project coordinator,
      Communication, publicity and setup of the first Community, Learning,
      Information and Communication center in Kawethei, Kangundo Division
      Machakos District.
      GlobEd is a VSO programme focused at developing strong partnerships with
      local, regional and international organisations to create a global
      awareness and understanding of global issues affecting people’s daily lives.

      3.CAWD UK: - CAWD has donated funds and labour to facilitate further
      community meetings to constitute the coordinating committee, building
      contacts and network with other organisations and individuals,
      information gathering (baseline survey), further communication, visits
      and local travels.
      4.Safaricom Foundation: - Contacts have been made and consultations are
      going on to raise funds for the renovation of existing buildings in the
      permanent site, build two rooms to accommodate community information
      access point and training rooms and equip with ICT infrastructure and
      connectivity.
      5.Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Canada: - A proposal – COL- Protein is
      beign developed for funds to enable a teachers ICT capacity building
      project to be facilitated the course designer and partners through the
      existing center.
      6.Computer for Schools Kenya: - Contacts and consultations are on
      process to building partnership and provide technical support for CAWD
      Kenya’s Community Learning, Information and Communication centers.
      7.Computer Aid International: - There has been discussions towards
      possibilities of building partnership that will enable us benefit from
      donated computers, other ICT equipment, benefiting from their ICT
      research work and help in publicity.

      3. Requirements (What resources we need to achieve the above -
      buildings, equipment, people etc.)

      1.Need for more meetings with community leaders and selected members to
      constitute a strong community coordinating committee that is development
      focused to coordinate projects facilitated through the center and are
      the link between community and outsiders.
      2.Capacity building of community committee on project management,
      resource mobilization, community sensitization and mobilization
      techniques, volunteering and volunteerism and basic awareness on
      importance of ICT’s in the modern societies.
      3.Engage on a serious publicity, sensitization and Mobilisation
      activities to promote and make others aware of the initiatives and build
      networks and collaborations.
      4.Funding to renovate and expand the permanent center by building the
      community information access point, equip it with ICT equipment and
      connectivity.
      5.Fund raise, facilitate and coordinate a Teachers Talking workshop
      project through the established center for one year.
      6.Funding for the health center project facilitated through the Center
      and the existing Community health committee
      7.Recruiting a Project Manager to work for a two year contract in the
      center (see more information below)

      *What else you need*: - What is missing? What you intend to do to
      proceed (and if you will go forward anyhow in some small way no matter
      what).

      There is a possibility of the current project manager leaving for
      studies in September 2007, for this reason we are looking for
      opportunity to recruit a project manager to work with other locally
      recruited staff and community committee in this project for a period of
      atleast two years.
      CAWD Kenya has already started negotiating with volunteering
      organisations and will be able to provide a well-furnished accommodation
      with security near the project area, we are soliciting for funding to
      support the volunteer (allowance) during his or her stay with us for the
      2 years.

      We will also need a volunteer to setup a website for CAWD Kenya that
      will include pages containing activities of the Community Learning,
      Information and Communication Center.

      4.Challenges faced so far: -

      Difficulty for people to understand the importance of ICT in community
      development
      Less emphasis on ICT’s for development in rural communities by
      government, communities, private sector and the civil societies.
      Over dependence on resources based development rather than knowledge and
      technology development focus.
      Inadequate resources
      Difficult in sourcing current information
      Lack of volunteering spirit, most of the people expect some monetary
      reward especially beign in the community coordinating committee and
      attending meetings.
      Communication and travel difficulties to the project area


      5. Scalability/replicable

      This initiative has developed over years through learned experiences
      (Knowledge acquired) and passion by the initiator at the time he worked
      in Nigeria as a VSO volunteer, CawdNet Nigeria National Coordinator and
      later a Project Manager with Fantsuam Foundation, he is been able to
      build networks of people who worked with him and became friends over the
      years.
      Evidence of scalability and replication can be clearly seen from when he
      came back to Kenya, There were no resources or money that he transferred
      from Nigeria, BUT there was knowledge and Passion of how to translate
      this idea in to real visible things. It started from discussions through
      arranged meetings (using personal resources) with several people to
      share the idea, some got interested and to others it was just a waste of
      time but for the few that are interested, they have been able to support
      in the little way possible. Like by just saying a word of encouragement,
      providing referrals to others who might support or know others who can,
      slowly with limited resources the project manager has been able to
      travel and arrange meetings with the host community, individuals and
      organisations to sensitize and mobilize them towards project realization
      and support and source for funding for the initial work.
      Communication has been a key tool in developing networks outside Kenya,
      several online meetings have been held aimed at discussing the idea and
      support needed.
      To date this idea has slowly grown to be something visible through
      people structures and networks, physical work and structures going on in
      the remote rural community and the process of establishing CAWD Kenya.
      (Information on progress to date above is a good evidence)
      A lot is on the pipeline and sky is the limit (or above if there is
      anything beyond that).

      NB: JOIN US AND LET’S TOGETHER MAKE A CHANGE.
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