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Overcoming the digital divide

A glitch with Skype meant that the Nigerian posts from this week’s UK-Nigeria team meeting were significantly delayed. However, as this is now an increasingly rare occurrence it gave us an opportunity to test previously relied upon communication channels. So, with a mixture of Skpe typed messages, sms, emails and Yahoo, here is this week’s update.

  • John reported that Comfort is in Abuja for a meeting with the World Bank pertaining to the rice business development service project which they had previously supported in June.
  • Fantsuam Foundation is expect to host a team from the Minnesota Renewable Energy from January 15th 2012 for training and solar installation at for the paediatric ward of Kafanchan Hospital.
  • John and Pam had both made contact with Fola at Dadamac’s outpost in Ago-Are.
    The photo above, from Fola, shows the Life Fountain School, Nigeria where Fola reports he will be teaching pupils computer and internet usage next term.
  • Fola has been able to add more photos to the Dadamac’s community Flickr

Plastic Recycling Project Phase Two

The problem

John Dada: "The safe disposal of plastic waste is a perennial problem that gets worse by the day, so we have to be committed to efforts to control it".

The solution

The idea is for a 3 month feasibility study which covers the following issues in preparation for setting up a pilot production unit:

Non - Violent Communication strategy for conflict resolution

Following the post election violence In April a medium sized NGO in Kafanchan (where it was considered to be safer in Jos) has been trying to address the sectarian problems.

News from UK-Nigeria meeting

At this week’s UK-Nigeria online meeting John Dada was able to update us about the important work that he and Fantsuam Foundation are doing for the elderly woman in their community. Previously we had heard about the ongoing Kakas (grandmothers) programme and John had recently told us the Helpage International had asked FF to collect some of the "voices" of the Kakas to input into the UN Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and its Political Declaration, MIPAA. Focus groups have now be organised so that we can listen to and learn from these Grandmothers.
John explained that: “There is no support whatsoever from the Government for the elderly, and children used to be the old-age insurance. This has now changed as many youths are jobless and are still dependent on their ageing parents. Matters are compounded for the elderly women here especially if they are widows, childless, or if their children died. They get accused of witchcraft, we had one of such at yesterday's session,(Tuesday) and promptly enrolled her in Kakas programme“

Other news:

Trying to prevent a famine

The second half of this week’s UK-Nigeria weekly online meeting took a slight departure from the norm as we invited Ray who, in his own words, explained that he has “ a 20 year commitment to supporting violence reduction work and agriculture/climate change work/famine prevention in West Africa”.

This experience is of significant to John Dada and his team who are looking to develop an integrated plan that addresses the roots of the conflicts in Kafanchan and Jos. John is also currently seeking supports/funds for his latest intervention which is aimed at “Preparing for the Hunger Months in Kafanchan: aftermath of sectarian crisis”
During our meeting John shared a document pertaining to this with us and below I have extracted some of the main points.

Fantsuam Foundation has been working in this region since 2001, with its 35 Full time staff: 22 national Volunteers. Fantsuam Foundation, is located in Bayanloco, a peri-urban slum of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, but our activities and our vision extend beyond Kafanchan toward the whole of Kaduna State.

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