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Project Update: Nandblasting + Teacher Training

With the help of SAFY, our Ugandan NGO, we managed to get in touch with the local government. Our meeting with the Mayor of Kampala City Central division (K.C.C.) and the Inspector of Schools went pretty well. We managed to obtain their support and cooperation in helping us continue our deployment for the summer. It was tough, because KCC wanted to distribute our laptops to several schools and “spread the wealth.”

An update on our social lives....

And now, for an update on our social lives!Uganda has proved to be quite the place for all types of adventures, from clubbing to beaching to whitewater rafting! So the slums where we are staying is ok. By now, the locals have grown accustomed to seeing us "muzungus" walk by, although they still shout "muzungu" or "china" or "japanese" now and then. The road leading up to our hostel in the slums.

the week in a nutshell

Monday through Wednesday was spent at the new Silverbird Mall helping my boys (Bola, Sam, Kizzy & Deji) out with the network infrastructure of the complex as i didn't wanna lay idle thanks to Abuja Connect even if i wasn't getting paid for it, i still enjoyed it. Had lunch @ Kizzy's place and later went to the wine shop for some liquor in the system. Crashed @ zone 4 as i had to see BJ early in the morning unfortunately my hopes were dashed as the man no just wan understand my condition.

Solemn beginnings

Date: 7:15 AM June 26th 2009Venue: Our quarters, Sahn MalenThe air last night was heavy and overbearing. It was as if everything was in the grip of an invisible hand- nothing moved. And then the wailing started. It was the cry of a bereaved mother. Hers was the third child to have passed away in the village last night. More villagers joined in, in a disturbing chorus of wails and laments.

Bo town

Date: Tuesday June 23rd 2009Venue: David’s house, Bo

Freetown

Date: June 21th 2009Venue: Marianella Guest House, FreetownSo we’re in Freetown. The flight here was pretty uneventful. Had a four and a half hour layover in Nairobi. Not the best airport for something like that, I assure you. The seats are hard and partitioned: nightmare for travelers like us who started their journey at 2:30 in the morning.

Kigali too

Date: June 10th 2009, 11:10 PMVenue: Cyber café, Kigali, Rwanda

Buwaiswa Primary School

We are working in a small school paid for and run by our partner NGO, Organization for Good Life of the Marginalized. The NGO covers all the school costs for the ~100 children who attend. It covers grades kindergarten, P1, P2, and P3. The school previously taught P4 as well, but were forced to shut it down due to budget constraints. The school has no electricity or running water. There are two classrooms, one with benches and desks, the other only with benches.

2 Weeks After Kigali

Back in Nigeria and the deployment is yet to kick off due to an unforeseen constraint, the Nigerian Customs . The Customs have refused to grant a tax waiver for our 100 XO’s as they are not tax exempt goods (TIA). We tried explaining the laptops were a donation from the OLPC Foundation but they were not willing to budge on the tax.

The Little XO Computer That Could... in the Congo

The deployment in Goma (Congo) is coming along as well.  Although many officials and members of the media are excited for the project, it has been a wild two weeks in Goma.  

2 Weeks After Kigali….

Back in Nigeria and the deployment is yet to kick off due to an unforeseen constraint, the Nigerian Customs . The Customs have refused to grant a tax waiver for our 100 XO’s as they are not tax exempt goods (TIA). We tried explaining the laptops were a donation from the OLPC Foundation but they were not willing to budge on the tax.

The Little XO Computer That Could... in the Congo

The deployment in Goma (Congo) is coming along as well.  Although many officials and members of the media are excited for the project, it has been a wild two weeks in Goma.  

Ban to Burma

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is en route to Burma/Myanmar to press for the release of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.  Evelyn Leopold, a long time United Nations correspondent, previews the trip and the political gamble that the Secretary General is undertaking.    Also, see this interview with Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis (IL)

Meat your new IAEA chief

Posting will be light today, but I wanted to flag this news:  Yeterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors elected Japan's Yukiya Amano to be the next Director General of the IAEA.  He will succeed Mohammed elBaradei in November.  After six rounds of voting Amano finally secured the 2/3rds majoriry required by the IAEA charter. Here is a just-released IAEA video announcing Amano's selection.

Kliptown Picture Set #3

Christina and some of the girls.The girls and I.Crossing the bridge between Kliptown and Dlamini on the way to Lilydale, we walk by one of the most trash-ridden and unsanitary areas of Kliptown, complete with at least half a dozen swine.

Kliptown Picture Set #2

The porter potties that get drained every week but replaced every decade.A delicious, traditional South African dish of rice, steamed cabbage, and chutney beef.

Kliptown Picture Set #1

These overflowing garbage piles get cleared every day--from a designated area only--but that doesn't stop the pile-up in the man-made drainage channels and all over the squatter camp.The view from our home.Laundry.

Fourth of July Edition

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Driving Mobile Activism Adoption

How can social entrepreneurs drive the adoption of their mobile activism tools? Participants in Ashoka’s Social Entrepreneurship Twitter chat identified several key themes. Broadly speaking, the key drivers of adoption fall into three categories: design, distribution and context.

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