Jeff-Sam (proposal)/Benoit-Andrius: thanks for the notes! (Cameroon-Kenya-Tanzania...Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, India!!!)
Dear Jeff, Sam, Andrius, Benoit, and All,
Hello and great to see your posts! I wanted to acknowledge them now, and hope to respond more fully within the week, before I take the rest of August for offline activities. I've been working on International AIDS Conference preps (that conference starting in abt a week) and to beat a few other deadlines, so apologies for any delays in my "uptake".
Jeff and Sam, I think Sam needs to look at what you sent--your suggestions--and see how he wants to proceed, based on them. I agree with you abt starting more small-scale, with one learning center, while "thinking big(ger)", in terms of a longer-term vision for how this one center can extend its reach and help more people and communities accordingly.
The bottom line is to work towards getting this set up. So where will the equipment come from, what kinds are needed, and other such questions are important now to ask.
You have mentioned COL in your other note, Jeff, and I looked at their site to see if they have grant opportunities listed. They actually do not, which I find a little surprising, as I thought they held the COL-Protein contest yearly. Perhaps they are in the process of getting the info on that up (I think proposals were or are due in December), or perhaps they are not funding new projects at this time. I will write to Krishna (Dr. Krishna Alluri, an education and food-security specialist at COL) who is working with GRASSUP--sometime this month--and ask him. I do think that the ideas you have for Kibera would fit with COL's mission, though I believe COL has focused more on rural than urban development. Nonetheless, I'm sure COL understands the importance of addressing development in one of the world's largest slums, so hope they would consider funding a project.
Benoit, thanks so much for your ever-present spirit and encouragement, and for linking us to Helen (hello Helen, and so happy you met the marvelous Maria!). And greatest appreciation to Andrius for your welcoming, caring note to our friends in Cameroon, Tanzania, and Kenya! I plan to write, and hopefully make some linkages between, all of these wonderful folks, as well as Charles in Uganda, Masimba in Zimbabwe, and Jinan in India, among others.
I do hope Tom Ochuka of Deaf Impact Ministries will join us here, though he may not have the box capability to handle regular mails from the forums. In any case, I will discuss this with him, and it would be great if people in the forums have ideas to address the kind of situation he describes. These are very tough cases he is posting about, and it's hard to know what to do that will be sustainable, especially without regular infusions of funding. But we have some brilliant brains here, so hope we can figure something out!
Tom himself needs help re communications for and with people who are deaf. He has mentioned several types of things, including a learning center, learning materials specifically geared towards the particular needs of those who are deaf, and making videos so that people understand what it is like to be deaf in Kenya, and also as a way for the Deaf to communicate with the hearing world (and get them to "hear" the message!). Andrius, we have discussed flash cards for literacy (something visual, which is helpful), and there are ICTs-related measures which might address some of these needs, so working on those possibilities is a start.
With greatest thanks and all best wishes and blessings, Janet
- Dear Janet, Jeff and All
I have been very busy from the week i have been away and wanted very much to comments on the several mails from the forum members.
I am happy that Jeff did the fine tuning of the proposal and would very much appreciate to work in and out together to see that this idea is brought to succeed.In fact Janet I appreciate your quoted ideas, I must start small-scale and starting small will be equivalent to doing big, I have to start at Mbita and then spill over to other parts of our country and region and this will spearhead the network we need.
I will concentrate on the big agenda as soon as I m through with Maria Agnese whom we are very much happy to to meet this week, anyway after meeting and planning for the meetings I will post so that our members in the network can have a get together gathering in Kisumu before Maria Agnese moves out.
Jeff I will see what is a head of meeting Dr Chan and waht we can do slim the project and where to start and where to get the rquired resources.
Otherwise our being together is bringing us to a clear Village,
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