Well, this is our hub where we can meet to chat about anything you like! I like to use it as a way to make initial introductions as well. So, why not tell us a little bit about yourself. Where in the world are you? what do you love doing in your spare time? What made you join Matopeni? Let us know right here!
I'm Chrissie, I'm 26 and live in Scotland with my husband and four cats. We've just moved recently and i'm winning the battle with my very overgrown garden. In my spare time I love to read and knit like anything. (You have to when everyone is producing babies!)
Over to you Neighbours!
I'm Stanley Okurut, I'm 47 and live in Uganda; have wife with four children. I am involved in rural development activities through our organisation called PACODET. I have expertise in participatory development and management.
I use my spare time to attend to my family and other development issues.
you are very welcome to Matopeni, it is great to have you here as a neighbour! Please ask us if you would like to know more about our project.
hi all, am jeddidah am married with 2 lovely boys .I live in Nairobi and if am not wrong near matopeni, I work with a security printing firm and currently undertaking project management diploma, at my sparetime i like helping the less fortune people.
Welcome James to Matopeni!
As you can see we're right at the beginning of our project so it's an exciting time for everyone. Why not head over to both our new actions and see if you have any ideas or research to add.
Looking forward to working with you James!
Even though it doesn't look like it has become standard practice to post initial introductions here like Chrissie suggested, I'll make a start.
I'm doing doctoral research on educational planning and development in developing countries in Oxford, UK, although I am originally from Germany (of Palestinian descent).
Any questions, feel free to ask.
Looking forward to working with you all,
Hi Bilal and welcome to Matopeni!
Glad to see you take the initiative and introduce yourself. :-) I see you've already posted positive contributions on our threads which is great news.
Good luck with your PhD and if we can help you with any of your research along the way let us know!
Chrissie, since you suggested to discuss 'soft' issues here, I'll make a start.
The fundamental issue is whether the school should be developed in terms of physical infrastructure only. A reopening seems like a good opportunity to address other issues as well that I'm sure the community is also concerned about.
Stephen, apart from the obvious issue of being able to cater for only a fraction of the children, are there other major concerns, about equity maybe, drop-out, quality etc.?
Are you wondering where the the action has gone? Don't worry, it's been successfully completed and you can still find it [url=http://www.nabuur.com/modules/villages_issues/index.php?villageid=247&actionId=4794]HERE[/url], although you will no longer be able to post further contributions.
Let me know if you have any questions!
[b]Matopeni Update: Business Plans-R-Us![/b]
Well, we're certainly making major headway with our project which is fantastic news, so well done to each and every one of you!
What with drawings of the school well under way and our project plan in place, we now need to look at our business plan. Do you have experience in writing Business Plans? Want to help us construct ours? Well, head on over to our dedicated action Business Plans-R-Us! Ron Stafford has kindly produced a basis for us to use as a template so feel free to utilise it.
For those of you wishing to help us, please let me know by replying on the action and we'll take it from there.
Bad timing I know, but I'm taking a few days away as I've had some bad news in the family. In the meantime, Romina will be peeping around the Matopeni door to make sure you're ok - I have no doubt everyone will be as the conversatons on the actions are really achieving some great things right now. Don't worry - it's only for 2-3 days and i'll be back again.
Keep up the good work and I'll see you all again at the end of the week.
Putting a photo voltaic into a second phase of planning seems to be the recourse. I wonder if we then will be missing some important development. I refer to this news article:
Denmark Establishes Second Fund for Renewable Energy in ADB
Manila, Philippines [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] To establish the Second Danish Cooperation Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Rural Areas, the Government of Denmark will make an initial grant of DKr 20 million [US$3.4 million] to increase the use of renewable energy in Asian Development Bank's (ADB) developing member countries. The fund will support the increased use of these technologies and expand access to adequate, affordable, and sustainable clean energy services in support of poverty reduction. ADB, established in 1966 and based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in the Asia and Pacific region through pro-poor sustainable economic growth, social development, and good governance. In 2005, it approved loans and grants for projects totaling $6.95 billion, and technical assistance amounting to $198.8 million.
Welcome to the temporary home to our website thread.
You can post docs in here just as you could in the actions, so we should be ok here for the time being.
Our wiki is still very much open! Head on over to add your bits to it!
Keep up the good work. I know we'll have an active website shortly!
i wise to join in your disscussion
Hi Shunmugam and welcome aboard to Matopeni!
Great to see you wish to join us build our school. We have four activities on the go at present and it's completely up to you where you choose to start:
*On this thread right under your post, you'll see we're working on ideas for our website. Feel free to contribute your ideas!
*Business Plan - Manuel is currently going through a document Stephen, our LR, has produced. There will be loads of research to complete on that extremely shortly!
*Requirments - this action is drawing to a close. We have our school plans and are just waiting to hear back from EngineerAid with regards to a civil engineer to help us with costings and structure etc. You're not too late to join that discussion, feel free to comment on anything that has come up to date!
*Lastly and most importantly we have Funding - this action started yesterday in earnest. If you fancy some basic research (which I think could be a good place to start) why not click into the funding action and get your search engines fired up!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.
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