Join the NABUUR Online Teams

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There are already teams forming to develop resources for local communities, to shape the way other platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be engaged to increase the effectiveness, to encourage peer-to-peer engagement, and to deal with certain topics occurring in multiple villages, amongst other things.
Do you have ideas or suggestions on any of these topics? Please join the group!

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I had intended to say nothing on the message being conveyed in the last day, but after having some more time to fully digest it, I no longer feel I can. Simply put, I am incredibly disappointed. Am I surprised? Not at all.

No paid staff = an absence of clear leadership, no "go to" people to address problems or fix things that so often needed attended to in terms of the website.

Absence of clear leadership = chaos

To add to the issues this presents for the Nabuur site as a whole, expecting groups of active volunteers to willingly give their time to manage Facebook, Social Actions, Twitter, Linked In and the various other places where Nabuur has a presence online is a lot to ask. People are here because they care about the projects and helping them find real tangible results. Managing the rest-is it impossible? No. Will it work without a clear organizational structure? I think if you take a very good inventory of what's being happening here at Nabuur in the last year-the growing silence among volunteers, the number of villages without facilitators, the number of villages with no project or tasks set up that have very frustrated people wondering what they did wrong...I think you really need to ask yourself if Nabuur in it's current state really reflects a platform able to sustain itself.

Part of what has kept many people here despite the flaws is the deep sense of community and friendships developed among the volunteers. I feel like we are continually asked to give and commit to help, but then never end up seeing sustainable, tangible fruits from the ideas we share. I would agree that part of this is due in part to people not feeling empowered to take initiative and always feeling they need to ask permission before they go forward.

This feels very much like we're on a ship that's been taken out to sea, we're in the middle of the ocean and suddenly someone comes onto the PA system and says "I regret to inform you, but our ship's captain and crew have jumped overboard. Decide among yourselves how you think it best to get home. Good luck!"

I really do wish that I could express excitement and a positive attitude, but at this point it is very difficult to feel that way. All I feel at the moment is very deep disappointment.

Respectfully-

Jennifer

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
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Miss or Madame Jennifer ! I am some body ho doesn't like to write or read about some thing , if that thing doesn't concern me or makes me exploded , but your letter above irritate my sense and makes me vibrate...means you become my case ,like the women of my village (the word that NABUUR is teaching me of course )but for me the world women are my village women so I , men ,(me),the contrary for women . Jennifer,your last word is the word of failure (All I feel at the moment is very deep disappointment.) my country proverb said :you think you are escaping by running but they will catch you, you are not running and you think they will catch no they will not- That is life ! don't be disappointed may your smile be all ways shine. God clear leadership owns us.chao! Teffera Tesfaye from HARERY WOMEN VILLAGE,

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To Nabuur staff:

My reaction to this is that I am shocked but not surprised.

If you really want volunteers to start running things, get honest about what went wrong and the practical details of how things will be moving forward. Stop keeping so much hidden from us and start trusting us. Tell us who made the decision and why.

I am very disappointed that there is no proper Question And Answer task set up to allow us to get more information.

Some people may be able to attend the open calls next week, but many will not due to personal schedules, costs of international calls etc. To say 'email us' is not an answer as everyone will have the same questions so lets have this discussion out in the open on the website.

For several years I and other neighbours have offered our opinions and help, suggested that Nabuur stops growing until the model works well. But we have been totally ignored, told 'thanks, but we are doing it this way'. I have felt that staff did not want us to have any power to make decisions, that at the organisational level we should be seen but not heard. That it was soemtimes more about having hundreds of (mostly inactive) villages and thousands of (mostly inactive) neighbours so that Nabuur could look big and important, and not about actually achieving results.

Now suddenly you change your mind and say 'over to you'. With no forward planning all we will get is even more chaos than we have already, more people will drift away, more Local Reps will lose hope of finding solutions for their communities, and Nabuur will ceas to exist.

I assume you have been thinking about this change for a few weeks now, but you have continued to put villages online. Was that really in the best interests of those communities, or just because you wanted to keep the appearance of business as usual?

Why did you post a blog entry a couple of days ago (International Cooperation 2.0) that made it look as though all was fine and we would see many interesting developments soon?

I am prtty angry and disappointed at the moment so maybe I am not being as diplomatic as I should be, I just want some honest answers.

Mary

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
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Principal
Biju Narzary
Holy Child Children Home for Orphans and Poor of Very poor
Dist: Udalguri
Pin: 784509

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I have to say I feel sad and frustrated after reading the email send to all of the community this morning. Sad because of how much Nabuur has meant to me and frustrated because of how the whole site development thing was managed throughout the years. The more I learnt about Drupal the more surprised I was at how much money was spent in site development and how little it was achieved. I just can't understand it. Also I never understood why people's views were never taken into account and it was always as Mary says "Thanks a lit for your contribution but we know how to do things"

Anyway, I am not sure I could join the conference call but it would be good if I get a chance.

I might also sound pessimistic but I have a big disbelieve that things will work out themselves without any clear guidance.

Even worst, I think a platform only managed by volunteers will hugely increase the risk of scams and fake projects. If it has happened with staff over viewing, can you begin to imagine how it could be once there are only volunteers running it. In a way it would be better to just shut the site down all together to avoid any big issues in the future or to pass on the flag to another organisation that could take charge.

Once again, I will be eternally thankful with Nabuur for what it has meant in my life but it is sad that the past couple of years have been full of disappointments.

Raul

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hi
i am Helen local representative of Buea village and i will like to give
my humble view on the message i just received from nabuur on the changes to be done by jan 1 that nabuur will no longer have paid staff but solely volunteer run. Well, i will not like to see nabuur fall because
this is a good resourse to us who work in the non-profit sector. Nabuur together with its volunteers like Jennifer have helped me so much in building not only my village but also the work of my association wc is a newly created association.
I am so sceptical this new changes will work cos i dont think somebody will work wholeheartedly for free. Is there nothing that can be done to atleast encourage volunteers work well or just keep a
limted number of volunteers and pay them?...i will hate to loose the opportunities i get
on nabuur so, i think a solution should be gotten. and i think what Raul said is right that Nabuur will only open the road for scammers and fake project dealings.
Helen

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Yes I would like to join the team.Tell me more about the teams work.How it works and what it entails.

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DEAR ALL ,
What has happenned to to Nabuur way of communicatrion,do we follow the same procedures ,how do we make our villages.

regards patrick

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I am Patrick Karugu Mwaura the Managing director Bright future children centre

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CENTRE
Bright future children centre is an educational centre offering lower and primary school education at an affordable fee.I started this project i

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I am interested in being member of the online team

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Sad Story! I think Nabuur has come across circumstances beyond control. I really pity that and could have wished Nabuur to have had a steady funding that warrants paid staff that leads to efficiency. Let us pray and hope that things change for the better, that there should more efficient staff on a voluntary basis; while at the same time learning the important lesson of never taking some people too long on a journey and very far enough that they are in a fix not knowing whether to get back or forge ahead. Personally, I feel for Nabuur and continue to laud this organization that has created a network amongst communities that could boast of positive results.

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Seems recession has had its impact on Nabuur as well. Well, there are vast possibilities when things are left to be controlled by people from all across, but the need for an arbitor is always there. No doubt, many of those associated with the online platform are experts and professionals, but somebody is always required at the other end to piece up the strings. Let us hope the new scheme works in line with the spirit of volunteerism and provides further strength to the movement.

Regards
Ramesh Negi
New Delhi

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hi Mr Negi my name Adam from paris
we like to live in kochi like second home we are couple with daughter 2 years
do you know how much cost renting furnished house 3 bedrooms long term in fort kochi area or near? also live cost....thank you for help

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Kindly add my name for online team.Please confirm.

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KINDLY ALSO ADD MY NAME TO THE ONLINE VOLUNTEERS.

REGARDS PATRICK KARUGU

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I am Patrick Karugu Mwaura the Managing director Bright future children centre

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CENTRE
Bright future children centre is an educational centre offering lower and primary school education at an affordable fee.I started this project i

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thanks for the volunteering work and continue with the same
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muirunjui

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