Meet the neighbours

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A new website, new chances!

A warm welcome to Wegulo Kusain and Richard Waiswa. Thanks for your offers to help this project!

Paul and I have thought of some interesting tasks that need to be fulfilled ;-)
For the moment we want to focus on:

1. Writing a (short) business plan. Paul would like some help from anyone with experience. We also need someone to help us decide what is EXACTLY needed.

2. We need to find support for this project. In order to decide on our strategy, we'd like to know about the price of computers in Uganda!

Welcome all and lets get started!! :-D

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Dear all,

With so many new neighbours joining Jinja Central, I thought this would be a good place to introduce ourselves. At least then we get to know each other a bit better :-)

I am Pelle, from the Netherlands. I live in Utrecht, 30 kms from Amsterdam, together with my wife Sijn. I work for Nabuur (fulltime) as online community manager, which means I keep an eye on the online communities and try to help find solutions whenever bottlenecks are met.

In my spare time I love to listen to music (visit concerts too), meet friends, fly our kite (3m2) or drive our vintage car (Citroën 2CV).

I started working with Paul last year, when we couldn't find enough facilitators. Progress was slow for a while, but the last couple of months the project really has speeded up!

Let's try to keep up the speed! :-D

Pelle

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Hello Paul and Pelle,

Just a quick note to say hello and to thank you for the email. Your village is one of the best -in terms of keeping neighbours informed.

Its a giant step forward shipping the computers. It might be a good idea for the Nabuur office, to get a local paper from the area in the Netherlands, where the computers were donated from, to offer to write a story about the arrival of the computers in Uganda - and the roles various organisations played in clearing and delivering the computers to project site.

The idea, is that you then contact all the clearing agencies in Uganda, asking them to clear the computers for the project, free of company administrative charges. Another appeal to all the mobile phone companies to bear the other costs outside the control of the clearing agent, will then mean that the computers will be cleared for zero shillings.

And if you also appeal to the relavant ministry to waive duty on the computers, becauase they are for a charitable cause, you would have received them in Uganda, virtually cost-free! Naturally, you must let all of them know that the Dutch media will be reporting their benevolence, to their readers! Regards to all our neighbours!

Best wishes,
Kofi.

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Hello Kofi, good to see you here!

Clearance of the computers has already been taken care of ;-)
They are being shipped by a Dutch foundation(www.icuganda.org) which handles the clearance. But the idea of inviting a Dutch paper is great!

Thanks,

Pelle

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Hello Paul and Pelle,

I am so pleased to hear a Dutch company is paying for the clearing of the computers. Does it mean they are paying the Ugandan clearing agent handling the transportation, border formalities and delivery of the computers to BEHOD's Jinja offices? If that is the case, then that is a super deal!

But if the East African land delivery arrangements aren't paid for, I suggest that Paul sends you a list of Ugandan clearing agents - after which you should contact them from Holland. They are more likely to donate their time and resources to clear the computers from Mombassa to Jinja, if a foreigner with Dutch media contacts, approaches them!

I really do admire your working partnership, Paul and Pelle. Jinja Central is an example to all the other Nabuur villages. It is the ideal Nabuur.com village: dynamic local representative + creative, active and dedicated facilitator. Brilliant team! You are just so proactive - and the buzz in the Jinja Central village village is infectious! Kudos to you!!!

Regards,
Kofi.

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Hi Kofi,

Thanks for your kind words!

I've arranged transport via the dutch foundation: they are sending a full container, of which I've reserved 2 m3 for the computers for Jinja. For €400 they arrange the shipment to Uganda, customs and clearance in Uganda. All Paul has to do is arrange transport from Kampala to Jinja... :-D
Expected date of arrival is between 10 to 12 weeks from now, so hopefully just in time for Christmas.

As said in the result description, a friend and I have started raising funds. Next weekend we'll run 10 km during the Singelloop in Utrecht (Singel=canal; loop=run), for which we are being sponsored by friend and family. We've nearly raised enough!

[img align=left hspace=15]http://www.nabuur.nl/uploads/img_46fcdde99b4ff.jpg[/img]
http://www.fortissingellooputrecht.nl/ (in Dutch)

Will keep you posted,

Pelle

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Hello Pelle and Paul,

After your last email (Pelle!), and after mulling over things at length, I think that it may very well be that perhaps I have been rather unfair to NabuurHQ. If they have been in the midst of converting all the villages to the new-style format, then they would hardly be expected to have much time for the grousing, of troublesome media types, would they?

And as I am a fair person, who believes in saying sorry, when I am unreasonable, Pelle, do pass on my apologies to Nabuur.com HQ - but now that the major hurdle, which has been engaging their attention of late, has been overcome, they must PLEASE make sure that they do respond, whenever village neighbours contact them!

So, Pelle and Paul, your "rebel" is back in the fold once again! Best wishes to all at Jinja Central,

Regards,
Kofi.

PS My Skype ID is: kofi.thompson - so if any of our neighbours wants to talk about any aspect of www.nabuur.com, or about Jinja Central, I'd be ahppy to take his or her call! And as I am my own man, I can take your call, at any time of the day!!!

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Hi Kofi,

Welcome back :-D
And be sure I'll find you on Skype.

Pelle

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Yes Kofi

What a wonderful idea! I have already invited you on my skype. You are all welcome. skyisthelimit77 is my skype name.

Cheers,

Sonny

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Hello Paul and Pelle,

Many thanks for the informative e-newsletter. As you both know by now, I actually regard the Jinja Central village project, as a model for those who run www.nabuur.com to follow, for all the other Nabuur.com village projects.

The two of you have shown what two dynamic individuals who act as local representative and an online facilitator respectively, can achieve, by being proactive. I most certainly hope that the powers that be, assign you to play a leading role, in www.nabuur.com, Pelle!

Many of the other villages, with the best will in the world, can sadly, not really be described as making one feel excited about being a part of - and this is not said as a criticism, I must hasten to add!

However, the Matopeni village partnership between Stephen and Ildiko Stormborm, is also an exciting one. One can feel the empathy between the local representative Stephen and the online facilitator Ildiko. It is making their village project also provide the same kind of excitement, fro one!

Mention must also be made of the Dambadeniya partnership between Ruril and Ava, and the very interesting duo of Ned and Rodolphe in Uriva village in DR Congo! Bravo to all of these exceptional partnerships - you are all great fun to work with! And I salute you all. Regards to you all, nabuurs!!!

Best wishes,
Kofi.

PS Will mention the other villages, which I also find exciting too, next time the opportunity comes along, again, to do so!!!

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Hello Paul and Pelle,

Happy new year to both of you - and to all Jinja Central's neighbours too!

Let us hope we will be able to complete this project by the end of this year! Best wishes to you all!!!

Warmest regards,
Kofi.

PS My computer has crashed, yet again - so I am currently without my superfast broadband internet access!!! This is being sent from an internet cafe - whose internet access is a zillion times slower than my internet service provider's!

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