Our Mendenyo working group
- First, I'd like to welcome all of our newcomers to Samwel Kongere's working
group Mendenyo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mendenyo/ at our Minciu Sodas
I have unsubscribed Father David Jones and if anybody would like to be
unsubscribed, please send a blank letter to
firstname.lastname@example.org or simply write to Samwel Kongere at
samkongere2004@... or me at ms@...
Father David was right to describe this as a "random conversation" or at
least that's what it sounds like upon entering a room. But as we get to know
the people in the room we start to see that serious work is getting done and
that we're invited to join in. The purpose of our particular group here is
to organize around Samwel Kongere, an independent thinker whose deepest value
is "Motivation through Sacrifice", or we say, "Mendenyo" = Men without food,
because it is possible to invest in the hope for a better future tomorrow
rather than eat everything today. His investigatory question is How I can
find for Myself and live Comfortably while helping others?
Samwel Kongere lives in Kenya on Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria. He
represented us at the World Social Forum in Nairobi held this January, 2007
http://wsf2007.org Samwel has done a variety of work for our lab both for
free and for pay. Currently, he's leading a team for
http://www.myfoodstory.info and also I sent him two wireless Internet access
points at the end of December but his primary school has not received them
yet. Sometimes the "air mail" takes a while and sometimes things get stolen,
Samwel, thank you for collecting the email addresses from 26 people who would
like to participate. Do you know anything more about them, what groups they
would prefer to join? If you do, then let me know, and if you don't, then
please sign them up for Mendenyo. Be sure to use the "add" feature
rather than "invite" because they have already given their permission. Also,
I have signed up about 15 people in Chicago who care about Africans and the
possibility to work together. I invite us all to introduce ourselves or
simply jump in with our thoughts.
Samwel, I am checking with our tax agency in Lithuania. My intent was that
you work for me under an "authorship agreement" for the creative work that
you do as if you were writing articles for my lab. However, it seems there
is a 15% tax for "nonpermanent residents of Lithuania" and apparently that is
a category that you fall in here. (It's a strange expression which is why I
didn't catch on earlier.) Anyways, I will pay this tax for the work you have
done earlier, unless you can provide me with invoices from your business or
from an organization. But then you may have trouble or obligations on your
side. But maybe you won't. So please consider. Here is my record of
payments to you:
- November 2005, 100 USD for interviewing local activists.
- December 2005, 400 USD for attending Africa Source II in Uganda and other
- March 2006, 100 USD for interviews on community currency
- June 2006, 90 EUR for translating ProWiki
- October 2006, December 2006, 500 USD for your work on MyFoodStory
Can your business or your organization write me an invoice for a total of
1100 USD + 90 EUR ? If you can and it doesn't cause you problems or taxes,
that's great. If you can't or if it costs you, then I will pay the tax over
here in Lithuania.
Samwel, Thank you for the mushroom story which I post here
Who wrote the story?
Samwel, The password at MyFoodStory is Minciu Sodas.
Yes, we should start arranging for your travel to Italy and Lithuania and
figure out the route and get visas for you.
You are a director one and Half, I love working with you and trust you know
our stand for all our communities success. How is your trip, i trust it is
good and everything will work well. I am happy with the ongoings in my food
story and your working with my fellows here is good and encourgaing. Hellen
is a cool alady and working with her is fine. I saw your commitement and
this is why I say you are "one and half". Good palns ahead of our next
Tanzania visit with Maria. Ken Owino ,is another excellent man well
communicated and can do more than me as I grow Old in Our Lab. Ken will
mobilize well and when we converge in Nairobi in May, Me, Maria, And Ken
Owino all will be wonderful.
I have just collected this short story attached from Kenya Mushroom
Association. You can upload it. I am having some problems uploading the
stories, there is a messege always saying complete the password. Clarify so
that I can uploading alone. I need also to send these emails for the people
who were able to fill our flyer and retuned it. After their response to you;
I will submit their deepest Value in Life?
I hope we arrange ealier for my travel to Italy. I had several connections
of those who attended the WSF and were willing to help me do something on ICT
Samwel Okech kongere
Nyamuga primary school
P.O BOX 191,
Cell: +254 725 600 439
UDOGO youth development group-coordinator