I got a text message from Guillaume couple of hours ago, he says that the situation in Walungu is ok, though there are still riots in North Kivu.
Hope to talk to him tomorrow.
Have a nice day
What puzzles me a little bit, during the period that we work together,
that you, Sonja, seem to have a more frequent and closer contact with
Guillaume than we, the others neighbours. In the (recent) past I have
already asked a lot of direct questions to Guillaume, but hardly received
answers. Could you Sonja/Guillaume please explain the reason ?
I also have regular contact with Guillaume. We all have him on our msn's and he is happy to reply to questions at any time. Somtimes I just also help to translate questions into French for him when they are too technical.
In general, the nabuur projects work in a way that Local Representative is connected to a Facilitator (who had a training for that „job“) much before the project goes online. The two of them define some important things about the project, and after that the village becomes active on the website and Facilitator recruits volunteers and forms a team.
Facilitator is then a connection between Local Rep and the virtual neighbours, especially in the case when Local Rep has a limited Internet access. As a natural consequence, Facilitator establishes closer connection with Local Rep then the rest of the neighbours. Guillaume and I have been in contact since the last year, when we first „met“ and started discussing the community's problem.
Hope this explanation helps :o)
Many times chatting with Local Rep is time consuming due to the problems with his Internet connection and electric power, so it is not much practical to invite everyone every time we chat, but you are all always welcome if you wish to join us, just let me know.
During the past week or two we have been trying to get on a chat but still didn't manage it because of the above mentioned problems and also the problems of the work schedules of both of us.
We will chat (or at least try to chat) today at 4.30pm (GMT+1) and you are very welcome to join us.
Sonja and Raul,
Please keep us posted if you have any news from Walungu. Every morning the radio wakes me up the headlines are the fighting in Eastern Congo...
Guillaume keeps assuring me that the situation in South Kivu is fine despite the problems in North Kivu.
I spoke to him the other day and he said that the people work on the shed and that it should be ready in 2-3 weeks.
I'll keep you updated.
I also follow the news about Eastern Congo and the fighting downthere. I am glad to hear that the violence has not spread to South Kivu. But also I am sure that you, Guillaume, must be very worried about the present unrest. Maybe some members of your family or relatives and friends might be on the run. I sincerely hope that peace will return soon to Congo.
Guillaume and I will chat tomorrow (Saturday) 11am (10am GMT) and you're most welcome to join us.
Also, he's informed me that he and his familiy are all fine.
Guillaume sent me photos of some of the volunteers in Walungu (Roger, Roseline and Vincent). I posted them in the Gallery.
There are also Manu (livestock management) and Godet (architect that helped them with shed building). I have Godet's photo as well, but it's rather small so I decided not to post it now, but to wait for another one.
If anyone has any idea how to get a digital camera to Walungu it would be great! As Guillaume says, there's so much work going on (or done) in Walungu, but it's difficult to document since they don't have a camera.
It would also work if there's someone trustworthy going to DRC who could bring a camera to Guillaume (and Guillaume would order it and pay for it).
Let me know if you have any contacts/ideas.
Welcome to Walungu, thanks for joining our village. Looking forward to working with you.
Everyone, Firmin is neighbour from Amsterdam, originally from Togo, and we met at the Nabuur Camp. He offered to create a website for Walungu and to integrate a blog where we could post newsletters. I guess we would then need to update the site with stories from Walungu, so I'll check with Guillaume if he could send us some stories on a regular basis.
Firmin, would you also like to create a facebook group for Walungu, I think it would be a good promotion tool as well?
I also met Nico in Amsterdam, it was very nice to meet face to face, we had a very nice chat in a cafe.
Hope to hear soon from Guillaume, he's in Bukavu now.
Have a nice day.
Can you, please check the blog on the website?
What do you think about it?
Hey Nico,sonja and Firmin for having met face to face.This is a great news for the walungu village.
I think you had great time to know each other.Sonja I her thanks all neighbours who are helping walungu to go a head.Just to up date that the community is harvesting now and plan for this new season.
seeds receiving from ken in the first season are as follow
N° Seeds Condition origine
1 Tomatillo grow like tomatoes
2 Cotton lenbek needs less water uzbekistan
3 Broom corn(418)
4 Broom corn(Hungarian)
5 SunFlowers for humans raw or roast
7 Black beans
8 Sweet sorghum
9 Blackeyed peas
10 Melon from uzbekistant
11 Sweet maise
14 green sentils
15 marbanno Beans
16 Alfalfa(salado) for animals
17 Sablack beans
20 Anasani Beans
22 Papping Sorghum
24 Red kidney beans
25 Indian rice
26 Red sentils
Firmin, the blog looks very nice! It would be good if Guillaume gave us his comments and ideas for the blog and the website.
It would be also good to list our partners and the links to their websites (and the other way around as well).
Guillaume, thanks for the update, good to hear about the harvest. Let us know also about the goats and what's going on in the village. Say everyone hello from the neighbours.
Hi Firmin, Sonja and Guillaume - bonjour tout le monde.
The Blog looks nice. If you want to inspire yourself on what to put on the sidebar to make it more interesting for readers, you could have a look at the Wakitaka Blog www.wakitakayouths.wordpress.com. If you need any technical advice (I am not a specialist, though), let me know since some things can be a bit tricky as I experienced it myself with our blog.
Keep the good work going,
Thank you very much Maria! Wakitaka blog is really good. I believe we'll need some advices from you :o)
I would also like to welcome Adnan to Walungu - Adnan, welcome and thank you for joining us!
Everyone - Adnan is Local rep of Kohat village in Pakistan, we met at Nabuur Camp in Amsterdam.
Wish you all a nice day
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