John Dada is actively involved in this project.
On August 28th 2010 he chaired the Broadband for Nigeria stakeholders Forum in Abuja, Nigeria.
Prior to this John initiated Zittnet at Fantsuam Foundation.
This week’s online meeting began with a testing technical question. As regular participants will know, we “meet” virtually every week using the Skype networking programme. However, since most cyber cafes lack this facility, the query was raised as to whether we might exclude people by adopting the same format for our monthly First Thursday meetings.
It was therefore suggested that using Yahoo Messenger might be a better option. However the vote from the Fantsuam Foundation was that Skype remained the preferable format for them as well as being easier to log into, it was the most effective alternative for sending files and pictures.
During the course of our meeting, John (I) had noticed that Pam and I had been editing our typos on Skype as we went along. At the close, he asked how we were doing this and we were able to explain the process, sharing that knowledge with the group, This was a good example of shared internet enabled learning - especially as this particular skill was first taught to Pam (UK) by a user in the USA. We are delighted to say it has now been passed on to rural Nigeria!
News of an assortment of comings and goings kicked off this week’s online meeting between the UK and Nigeria teams. We were told of the imminent departures of three of the VSO team members who have provided such invaluable service at Fantsuam. At the same time, we were informed of some new arrivals and the welcome new appointment of a Programs Manager.
In addition to this during our busy hour online, we also covered topics ranging from Sickle Cell. screening, bandwidth issues,and beekeeping!
Cicely, Lauri and Dori
We were sad to be reminded by John that Cicely, Lauri and Dori, current VSOs would be leaving in September as their contracts at Fantsuam Foundation are coming to an end. Their contribution has been immense and they will be sorely missed. However, plans have already been put into place for other FF team workers to continue their good work. It is also apparent that, once you have been involved with Fantsuam, you never really leave us! Laurie has already said that she will be liaising with Women for World Health and similar organisations to explore the potential for organising mercy missions for FF.
On another positive, note FF's Gayl (VSO) and Kelechi are to be assisted for a fortnight by a volunteer from EWINROCK. This person will help out with the Management Information System, while another VSO should also be arriving next month to assume the role of Entrepreneurship Advisor.
The UK team passed their congratulations to Kelechi, who was until recently the Director of the Academy. We now learn that he has handed over those responsibilities to his team and is now the Program Operations Manager for FF.
John Dada kindly sent this information to the UK, in an email, as we were holding our weekly Skype online UK-Nigeria Meeting in respose to the UK requesting an update from the meeting.
PRELIMINARY REPORT OF
BROADBAND FOR NIGERIA (BB4NG) STAKEHOLDERS FORUM
held on Wednesday July 28, 2008 in Abuja
RELEASED TO THE PRESS
AS PUBLIC INFORMATION
NIGERIANS WANT BREAD AND BROADBAND!
Our weekly meetings are always eagerly anticipated as so often the information that the UK receives from Nigeria is of such high calibre. This week was no exception.
In fact it poses a problem for me - how best to captivate all the information about the various developments at Fantsuam Foundation?
As a result I have decided to do a brief blog now, which will just give the gist of this week’s online UK-Nigeria meeting and I will then follow this up with smaller blogs about the individual projects.
- First John Dada sent us some information about the recent Broadband for Nigeria meeting that he chaired last week in Abuja.
- This was then followed by a typed discussion updating us about Sabo Bako ( Programme Officer Fantsuam Foundation) and his recent meeting with President Obama. The meeting was the Forum of Young African Leaders and invited 115 young leaders from more than 40 African countries to Washington for a four-day meeting.
- The Nigeria team then gave the UK an update about the feeding programme at Fantsuam for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
- This discussion then led into the plight of one young boy who was recently accused of witchcraftt.
- The team then discussed the first Thursday meeting that was scheduled for the following day. Elaine, Dadamac’s Rotary Ambassador confirmed that she is planning to attend. Her techi and photography skills will also be appreciated!
Microfinance was established at Fantsuam Foundation, Nigeria in 2001 following the Grameen model.
Its success has been overseen by Kazanka Comfort and John Dada.
Since it started it has benefited 12,500 individuals directly and an estimated 62,500 additional people indirectly.
This week’s meeting proved to be as diverse as ever. Topics ranged from sickle cell, rice production to recycling waste plastic!