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My village diary 11 – Motivational video project for students

June 7, 2011

I met with teachers and students of my former primary school yesterday to discuss the school development projects. In particular, we discussed a new students motivation project in which former students will be profiled via video, sharing the challenges and struggles they faced during their school lives  and success stories about their careers. The idea is to advise the students and motivate them to work hard for success in  their future careers.










Demonstrating the school motivational project via netbook

Simple and most affordable technology will be used to implement the project. The technical equipment required for the project include:

  •  A flip camera
  • A netbook
  • Solar panel and battery
  • A projector
  • A white piece of cloth or white-painted wall for screening the videos

The school already has a small solar battery. Former students will be requested help purchase a bigger panel and a battery estimated to cost 35,000 shillings (85 shillings=1 Canadian dollar).

I offered to donate the netbook and the flip camera (about 500 dollars). I will also request a friend or former student to donate the projector. Another friend has already volunteered to shoot the videos and to train one of the unemployed former students to manage the screenings. The school principal will compile the data/contact list of  former students and arrange for the interviews, via cellphone….

The school deputy principal points at solar panels on the roof used to operate a radio for the students to listen to school broadcasts.


My village diary – 9: Negotiating chicken prices via cellphone

June 4, 2011

Cellphones communication in a remote village in south eastern Kenya-9

  1. The kuku man (chicken dealer) came over today to sell me chickens for my father’s poultry project.  As I was negotiating for the prices, two other customers called him on his cellphone to order more chickens, and for a better deal. It was tough negotiating for good prices since he had just been offered a better deal, via cellphone!
  2. I met up this Susana (the village development coordinator) this evening to discuss various projects in the village.  She had just come back from a three day seminar on HIV-AIDS.

During the two hours meeting, she received nine phone calls some related to the various projects she coordinates.

  • One of them was from a project member who wanted to meet up with her to brief him about the seminar she had just attended.
  •  Another call was from the teacher of a kindergarten she helped set up in the village. She informed her that the kindergarten will be cleaned tomorrow, ahead of a meeting scheduled for next week.
  • A member of another school project called her to findout about plans for a meeting with partners from Cleveland who will be visiting the project mid-June.
  • Her daughter also called her to find out how she was going to respond to an email sent by the Cleveland project partners.
  • Another call was from her son, wanting to know what he was going to cook for dinner.
  • Two other calls were from her bodaboda taxi operator – asking her what time he was going to pick her up and later informing her that he was on the way to pick her up.

I informed her that I was doing a small research on cellphone communication in the village. She agreed to an interview next Tuesday…

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