I just read that a lot of foreign NGO's stopped working in Eastern Congo DRC, because of growing unrest and danger.
Check it out:
How do you feel about this news, Guillaume and our other neighbours in Congo ?
Thank you for the link to the UN mission in DR of Congo. I was wondering -if the rebels are after goods and equipment will the locals in Walungu be in greater risk to be attacked because of the goats? Is there a local police force to protect Walungu's residents?
Hi every one,
About unrest in eastern DRC.As far as It was some rumors that the FARDC according to Nairobi egreements with Rwanda will attack Ex rwandan's force in Eastern DRC located in shabunda at 500 km from walungu village.
those forces are located in Beni,walikale North kivu and shabunda forest.
fore more details try to read the humanitaian link
I'm from walungu and people are going to cultivate and children are going to school and market are opening.i thaink that such indicator are sufficient to decide for in insecurity or not.
the easter of DRC is very big.from the border with soudan in north till the border of tanzania and burundi in south.
as far as i know walungu is safe since 3 years now.
Thanks for the update Guillaume
I am also glad to hear that everything is O.K. Being so far away, we have no idea what is going on. We will "speak" to each other tomorrow during the chat.
Sorry for not being more active in discussions for a while, I had two very busy weeks at work followed by Easter holiday (it was Easter last weekend for the Orthodox Churches that follow Julian calendar).
Also, from tomorrow I'm on vacation and coming back on May 5. I'll try to keep an eye on discussions and answer your emails while absent, and I thought we could have a group discussion when I'm back next week about how to proceed and how to best organize work.
Please let me know your available time for the next week.
Also, Guillaume is on a trip this week, coming back on Monday as well. In the meantime he'll use the opportunity to visit FONDAMU management in Kinshasa.
I wish you all a nice week.
Enjoy your vacation :-).
I will make myself available next weekdays between 6pm-10 pm GMT +8. Let me know if it works for everybody, if not- I will try to shift things around to make it work. But I can not do meetings starting after 11 pm GMT + 8, because they really mess up my 6 am mornings.
I am on GMT+10 at the moment for planning purposes
The chat is tomorow, Saturday 2pm GMT - 7am in California, 3pm Congo, 4pm the Netherlands, Bosnia and Macedonia, 10pm Hong Kong and 12pm Sydney. I'm very excited that people from so many countries and continents are going to talk to each others in real time tomorrow!!! Only 2 continents are not covered it seems :-)
I'm sending you the topics I'd like to cover on the chat and the goals I hope to achieve.
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
I am very excited as well!
See you all there.
I will not join you in the chat, this afternoon. The reason is simple. As I explained in a personal mail to Sonja,I believe that there is no special need for such a meeting.
Things are already on the move and most of the work has to be done by Guillaume. And I believe that we should give him the necessary time to work things out. On the other hand, if Guillaume needs our assistance and advice, I hope that he will tell us so. Nevertheless, I wish you all a fruitful gathering.
I'm afraid there is a misunderstanding about what we should do at this moment. This is also one of the things we could clear up on the chat today.
Guillaume is now in Kinshasa waiting to get the seed from the States that Ken sent, and that will arrive on May 29.
There is not much he can do at the moment but continue talking to the Walungu volunteers and the community to keep them informed about what is going on.
He informed me yesterday that the community would like to start with learning farm with milk goats as soon as possible. Our job is now to work intensively on:
1) Searching and contacting experts/organizations to get free training in goat keeping for the community
2) Searching for the milk goats breeds available in the neighbourhood. Guillaume already found out about one in Uganda that would cost about 150$. I also recenlty found some other breeds and their approximate prices and I'm posting it soon. But we need to try to find out about more of them so we could decide which one woul be best to buy now for the learning farm.
Guillaume has no possibilities to find about it on his own.
3) We should find out about most convenient and cheapest way to ensure the place to contain goats
All that is to be done by nabuur volunteers and in quite a short period, by mid of June or so, before they invest the money from the crop in July, so the things can start happening in Walungu and getting the people prepaired for July.
So, to me this is the high time to get together on a chat, decide what to do, who is to do what and to start things happening faster to be able to reach the deadline.
Just one thing to add,
Yesterday I agreed with Guillaume to talk to volunteers (Manu in particular) to have a meeting with the communty while he's absent, to get organized for the learning farm, and especially to choose a person to be in charge for the farm.
Guillaume thinks that the best person for that would be the man who gave land to the community ( Guillaume wrote about that in one of his previous posts, his name is Bachishoga). He believes that he could be trusted. Bachishoga also can read and write. But I believe that the community should bring the final decision about that.
Take care everyone
Scary news about eastern DRC today:
Is everything OK in Walungu?
All the best,
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