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Taken from the etherpad where we held the First Thursday meeting on August 1st 2013
The version below is a "cut and paste" from the etherpad where we met - but the layout is easier to read than the original version.
Introductions - written by people as they join the First Thursday chat
Pamela McLean. UK. I'm usually online for an hour on the First Thursday of the month.It is a good opportunity to catch up with people, and to share news and tips, and to introduce people to each other.
Fola: a teacher from ago are
Kazanka Comfort Development worker from Kafanchan, Nigeria
Gerry Gleason: Chicago -- As of Monday working at Tribune Technology
Julliet Makhapila : Community development worker and Innovator and founder of Diversity in Communities
Shinggu is from Fantsuam Foundation
Ken Owino. : Kenya - Social worker, Activist and perfoming Artist.
(Written by Pamela) Jeff LaHay joined us briefly from USA when he pulled of the road to buy some gas/petrol - see previous First Thursday meeting for his details
(Written by Pamela) Ayorinde Olalekan - Nigeria - sent me an email saying he was trying to join us but his connection kept failing
14:49 Pamela: HI Just checking if anyone is here early
14:49 Pamela: I was talking to Julliet earlier and she hopes to be here
14:55 Pamela: ken owino has said he plans to be here
14:56 Pamela: For various reasons I didn't send out any reminders earlier in the week as I sometimes do
14:58 Pamela: A couple of my contacts from Ago-are were online recently - both started chats wih me on facebook within minutes of each other - but from different locations.t
14:59 Pamela: They were explaining about problems they still face in joining us here.
15:21 Pamela: i'm having trouble with my connection today
15:23 Pamela: It keeps dropping. i hope I'll be okay to be here during the next hour.
15:35 Julliet: hey pamela
15:36 Julliet: hey ken
15:37 Julliet: I am excited to tell everyone how we are getting on with our learning with the computers that were donated
15:37 Julliet: we are very busy with them
15:38 Comfort: Hi Pam
15:38 Julliet: itwould be nice to get more computer donations and this is really helping in our commuity in kenya
15:40 Comfort: Hi Julliet
15:42 Julliet: The children and women we have had so far had never touched a computer and it is exciting for us to see the joy of them learning and enjoying
15:42 Julliet: wish we had more compuers
15:42 Julliet: computers
15:42 Julliet: Hey comfort
15:42 unnamed: Good afternoon to you all on 1st Thursday of the month
15:42 Comfort: Am sorry i need to first introduce myself
15:43 unnamed: Shinggu
15:43 Julliet: who r u unnamed? good afternoon to you
15:43 Comfort: Comfort Kazanka is my name
15:43 unnamed: My name is Shinngu
15:43 Julliet: welcome shinngu and comfort
15:43 Comfort: Nigeria
15:43 Julliet: am in london
15:44 Pamela: Sorry I lost my connectio again. I'm delighted you are meetign each other.
15:44 unnamed: Nigeria
15:44 Comfort: I came online through Pam Dadamac
15:44 Comfort: welcome Pam
15:45 Comfort: Shinggu is joining us today
15:45 unnamed: Shinggu is glad to be with the team as Comfort stated
15:45 Julliet: pleased to meet you too comfort and shinggu
15:46 Pamela: Shinngu - please put your name in the space at the top RHS of the screen
15:46 Pamela: It is lovely you are meeting
15:46 Pamela: Julliet has a wonderful project in Kenya
15:47 fola: hi all
15:47 Julliet: comfort too please put your name on the RHS
15:47 Julliet: hi fola
15:47 fola: juliet hi
15:47 Julliet: heard alot abou you from pamela
15:47 Pamela: i hope the one day Dadamac will be able to help her the way it has helped Fantuam Foundatoin
15:47 fola: happy new month to you all
15:47 Pamela: Fola :)
15:47 Comfort: Yes she was alreading sharing
15:47 Pamela: You are here too
15:47 Pamela: that si so wonderful
15:47 fola: thanks juliet
15:48 Comfort: I already seen my name, not sure of where
15:48 Shinggu: Fola is great to get in touch again
15:48 Julliet: how is the website getting on and is pamela teaching you well! hahhaaaa
15:48 Comfort: Floa how are you?
15:48 fola: shingu thanks
15:49 Pamela: Please comfort and Julliet and Shingu - look on eh main panel on the LHS of the screen at lines 15 and 16
15:49 fola: i am fine ma
15:49 Julliet: yes I am looking
15:49 Pamela: Please add you details there to help anyone who joins us later
15:50 Pamela: HI Gerry
15:50 unnamed: Hi
15:50 fola: hi Gery
15:50 Pamela: wow - what a wonderful collection of people
15:51 Pamela: I can't remember who already knows who
15:51 Comfort: Ok Pam i written my name there
15:51 Julliet: how is fantsuam foundation getting on
15:51 Pamela: please also give your location Comfort
15:52 Julliet: I guess so much is happening and can be happening if one had the resources to do so
15:52 Comfort: is it ok
15:52 Pamela: Congratulations on the new job Gerry
15:52 Shinggu: Fantsuam is getting on well
15:52 Gerry: Thanks, so far I'm liking it a lot. Maybe I can help them revolutionize our industry :)
15:53 Pamela: Please everyon once you have written your introductions come back to the chat box here and enjoy getting to know each other
15:53 fola: i am here
15:54 Pamela: Fola are you on holidays now?
15:54 Pamela: are you in AA or Ibadan.
15:54 fola: i have resume for the course
15:54 fola: in lead city university ibadan
15:54 Pamela: By the way Chief Adejumo is in the UK to visit his daughter. He phoned me. We hope to meet this weekend in London
15:55 Julliet: what modules do you lead fola?
15:55 fola: lovely
15:55 fola: say me ell to him
15:55 Pamela: Fola tell us more about the course
15:55 fola: education management/english
15:56 Shinggu: Which institution Fola?
15:56 Pamela: I wish Chief had brouhgt your CD with him Fola - but I think I will not be that lucky ;)
15:56 fola: lead city university in collaboration with state universal basic education choose two teachers in all the 33 local governemnt in the state to offer four-year course in the university and i am privilleged to be one of them this year
15:57 fola: leadcity university ibadan
15:57 Pamela: Wow - congratulations Fola
15:57 fola: i dont even know he is coming around
15:57 fola: thanks
15:57 fola: it is a private university
15:57 Shinggu: Congratulations and represent the state and Nigeria well
15:58 fola: it is not leeds university
15:58 fola: but a nigerian university
15:58 fola: called lead city
15:58 fola: our fee are subsidised
15:58 fola: atleast
15:58 fola: i will shingu
15:58 Julliet: great fola
15:59 Shinggu: Ok i thought of Leeds in the UK
15:59 Julliet: please tell me about what you will be learning and doing in four years
15:59 Comfort: Where is that university ola?
15:59 Julliet: fola
16:00 Julliet: comfort and please tell me morw about what you are doing in nigeria
16:00 Julliet: by the way i am also kenyan
16:00 Julliet: and living in uk
16:01 Comfort: Waoo! we into rural development, an integrated development model
16:02 Comfort: But it seems you have a program running in kenya Julliet?
16:02 Julliet: comfort are you one of the vounteers for fantsuan
16:02 Comfort: Yes
16:02 Julliet: that is great
16:02 Julliet: how long have you been a volnteer for
16:03 fola: i have a class now i will check back
16:03 Comfort: a year ago
16:04 Shinggu: Fola enjoy your class for the day and thank you
16:04 Comfort: Ok bye Fola, enjoy your class
16:04 Julliet: I admire volunteers very much for the care theyy have for their community
16:04 fola: take care
16:04 Comfort: Yes it is true
16:04 Pamela: Bye Fola. Hey everyone i just got an email from Ayorinde Olalekan who has been trying to join us
16:04 Julliet: enjoy your class fola and please tell us more about what you are studying or teaching
16:06 Pamela: he He would have given us news of Ago-Are, and fish farming and much more.
16:06 Shinggu: The Volunteeiring spirit has been with us in Nigeria ffor a long time in
16:06 Comfort: This a common problem with technology, what Ayorinde is facing now.
16:07 Comfort: Let's keep hopin he joins us soon.
16:07 Pamela: At least we have a good opportunity to exchange information about FF and Julliet's project in kenya
16:08 Shinggu: Fola had to go but we hope to hear more from him next month
16:08 Comfort: Yes we do
16:08 Pamela: I'm not sure fi gerry is still with us (It is thanks to gerry adn the server in his basement that we can use etherpads for our First Thursday meetings)
16:08 Shinggu: What of Gerry is he still with us?
16:09 Pamela: let us Focus on FF and Julliet's project and how things like dadamac and first tursday meetings can help
16:10 Pamela: I would like us to learn from FF and thr UK-Nigeria meeting and the blogs etc
16:10 Pamela: I would like to find a way to also feed in blogs about what we share and learn at first Thursdays
16:11 Shinggu: Please can i know more about what Juliet is doing
16:11 Shinggu: in Kenya ?
16:11 Pamela: and also I would like dadamac to work with Julllet's project the way it has worked wiht FF
16:12 Pamela: Please Julliet tell us about your project
16:14 Shinggu: Hope Juliet is still with us
16:15 Julliet: yes
16:18 Shinggu: We would like to know more about your project
16:19 Shinggu: Are the others still on line with us?
16:21 Pamela: I am reading what you write
16:22 Pamela: I thnk we lost Comfort
16:22 Pamela: Julliet's project is in the Rift valley
16:23 Pamela: it began with a feeding project for some OVCs (Orphans and Vulnerable Children)
16:23 Pamela: Then it grew in many ways
16:24 Pamela: Shinggu I think you will understand that (from how FF grows in many ways in response to need)
16:25 Pamela: her project is supported by the local community and is run by local volunteers
16:25 Shinggu: What is the name of her project Pam? I really do as one project leads to the other and how the are all integrated to give a whole
16:26 Comfort: Yes am not sure what happend to the network
16:26 Pamela: I think it is Diverstiy in Communities - Kenya
16:27 Pamela: her latest triumph is to be given 5 computers
16:27 Pamela: That was just a couple of weeks ago
16:27 Comfort: Thanks Pam for the explanation on Julliet's project
16:28 Pamela: and she has started training people to use them
16:28 Pamela: you will love what she is doing
16:28 Shinggu: Indeed diversities exist in communities most especially in our local communites
16:28 Comfort: Yes i can see her excitement
16:29 Pamela: She is working with women - i think especcially ones who are responsible for OVCs
16:29 Julliet: thankyou shinggu
16:29 Shinggu: The Fantsuam experience that has given rise to a full fledged training on computer
16:30 Pamela: adn she also has a programme for people with disabilities
16:30 Shinggu: The care givers?
16:31 Pamela: I think she will gain new energy and encouragement from connecting with you
16:31 Shinggu: We have so much in common then and our collaboration would be highly beneficial to the project
16:32 Shinggu: Pam it does appear we are left on our own?
16:33 Pamela: You know how it is - the way the leaders and visionaries cannot share vision with people on the ground too early - how it is best to wait until the visioniis a clear plan and there is money to implement it ;-)
16:33 Pamela: ref - Shinggu: Pam it does appear we are left on our own?
16:34 Pamela: If julliet has a problem with her connection she will coem back later and will read what we have writtenl
16:35 Pamela: Let us leave her some good messages
16:35 Pamela: Then we should probably go and return to our normal work
16:35 Pamela: Thank you to everyone who joined me here today.
16:36 Shinggu: Thank you and see you again
16:42 Julliet: thx gerry
16:43 Julliet: one of the key challenges is tribalism
16:43 Julliet: and it is good to have manytribes
16:44 Julliet: many tribes
16:44 Julliet: tribes need to embrace each other
16:45 Julliet: thx pamela yes the computers are now being used in learning
16:45 Julliet: to improve ICT and also improve English and communication
16:46 Julliet: English literacy
16:47 Julliet: yes I work with people with disabilities
16:48 Julliet: and I am encouraging them to join us and I really wish someone would donate a Bus for us
16:48 Julliet: They enjoy playing volleyball
16:52 Julliet: keep up the good work volunteers and remember that the community benefits alot from the work that you do.
16:55 Julliet: try and support your community as much as you can and inspire others
16:56 Julliet: it does take people like you to bring the difference in the community
16:57 Ken Owino: Hi Pam and All
16:57 Julliet: where u been ken
16:57 Julliet: vipi- hallo
16:57 Julliet: where have you been
16:58 Julliet: Where have you been_ ulikuwa wapi?
16:58 Julliet: Welcome-karibu
16:59 Julliet: am fine ken
16:59 Julliet: am now teaching u all swahili
17:00 Julliet: bye
17:00 Julliet: bye
17:00 Pamela: hi ken
17:00 Pamela: please put your introduction
17:01 Pamela: ah I see you have
17:01 Pamela: sorry my connction is giving me problems today
17:02 Pamela: So I was not here when you arrived - I think you had a problem with time zones we were just finishing.
17:02 Julliet: comfort thx for the work you do in Nigeria pam tells me about you
17:03 Julliet: and how hard you work
17:03 Ken Owino: Hallo Juliet am using the phone but it is rather slow.
17:03 Pamela: Also I forgot to say that Jeff told me he would be travelling so could not join us today.
17:03 Pamela: Hi ken - i am so glad you and Julliet have has this chance to meet
17:04 Ken Owino: I just got from work and thought to check in and say Hi
17:04 Pamela: Two amazing kenyans who i much admire
17:04 Ken Owino: an sorry the meeting time doesn't always work well for me.
17:04 Pamela: both now firmly rooted in Europena culture and Kenyan culture
17:05 Ken Owino: And Juliet is in the UK right?
17:05 Pamela: Yes ken - International time zones are a probelm - and the different commitments people have
17:06 Pamela: but we can arrange to meet here together at other times and add to the conversation
17:06 Ken Owino: but etherpad is a great idea, one can always check in later and follow previous conversations
17:06 Pamela: My plan is to get help so that what we share here can also be shared as a blog at Dadamac.net
17:07 Pamela: like we share the news of UK-Nigeria meetings through blogs there.
17:07 Ken Owino: Sounds great!
17:07 Ken Owino: You still do that, don't you?
17:08 Pamela: My challenge for this year is to get more people to help with dadamac so we can do more like that.
17:09 Pamela: ken see - Frances' blog http://dadamac.net/blog/frances
17:10 Julliet: ken where are you based now?
17:10 Julliet: please remind me
17:10 Julliet: pole
17:10 Pamela: and previous to that Nikki's blog - http://dadamac.net/blog/nikki for the answer to that question
17:11 Pamela: now i must go (Julliet knows why) I hope to read more of your chat together next time i log on. BFN
17:12 Ken Owino: I have a challenge to update our blog in Dadamac too but i foresee getting more tine in the coming months
17:12 Ken Owino: yes i will check the link. Bye Pam
17:13 Ken Owino: I an based in Denmark Juliet
17:13 Julliet: oohh Howz denmark
17:13 Julliet: do u come to UK
17:13 Julliet: London
17:14 Ken Owino: it is a nice country but very cold winter
17:14 Ken Owino: yes i have been in London once that was 2 years ago.
17:15 Ken Owino: and you? Hve you been to Scandinavia?
17:15 Julliet: I have been told you enjoy Arts
17:15 Julliet: I enjoy acrobats, drama the lot
17:15 Julliet: never
17:15 Ken Owino: yes i am a performing artist
17:15 Julliet: you need to come again
17:15 Julliet: me too
17:15 Julliet: hhaahaa
17:16 Julliet: we can perharps do something together one day
17:16 Ken Owino: acrobat and dancer but now i am more into teaching and doing arts related projects
17:16 Julliet: r there lots of kenyan in denmark
17:17 Ken Owino: yes definately i would like to come back to UK hopefully when it is not rainy
17:17 Julliet: I dance like the english do hhaaahahaha
17:17 Julliet: its a lovely summer now
17:17 Ken Owino: Kenyans are everywhere in this world. Yes there are many Kenyans in bigger cities here.
17:18 Julliet: ok
17:18 Ken Owino: summer here as been strange. Some days it is like Marsabirt weather
17:19 Ken Owino: and some days it is just a Limuru
17:21 Julliet: bye pamela enjoy you evening
17:21 Julliet: haahaahhaa
17:21 Ken Owino: What do you do in the UK?
17:22 Julliet: Am building on the charity work
17:22 Julliet: I founded
17:23 Ken Owino: great !! And you have some initiatives down in Kenya right?
17:24 Julliet: yes
17:24 Julliet: has pamela told you hhaaahha
17:24 Julliet: she told me about you a while back
17:25 Ken Owino: it is so encouraging to meet Kenyans in diaspora working hard to help in the development of our country
17:25 Julliet: thanks
17:25 Julliet: think you do some work to
17:25 Julliet: Nafsi or ??
17:25 Julliet: is this in kenya
17:26 Julliet: or denmark
17:26 Ken Owino: yes i work in a cirkus and also with an educational oriented project where i give lectures in schools as a guesrt teacher
17:27 Ken Owino: i help fund raise for Nafsis projects here
17:27 Ken Owino: and manages their tour calender
17:28 Ken Owino: in Kenya we hve a street children outreach and rehab. Project
17:29 Ken Owino: yes Pam briefed me abt you
17:29 Jeff LaHay: Hi all, just pulled off the road for some "petrol" as you call it and thought I'd check in:)
17:29 Jeff LaHay: bye for now
17:29 Julliet: welcome jeff
17:30 Julliet: pamela send your apologies
17:30 Julliet: hope you are ok
17:30 Julliet: great
17:30 Julliet: am watching this
17:30 Julliet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGTiRlR5Ak
17:31 Ken Owino: Yes that was awhile ago.arts knows no tribes!!!
17:32 Julliet: great work you do
17:32 Julliet: do you do this in nairobi
17:32 Julliet: I know
17:32 Julliet: that is why I founded Diversity in kenya communities
17:32 Ken Owino: am glad Kenyan artists were able to marshal other youths to sensitize Kenyans to embrace peace
17:32 Julliet: you need to be a member
17:33 Julliet: great
17:33 Ken Owino: Great, thanks and yes i wld love to join. do you have a website or link i cld check?
17:33 Julliet: email me on email@example.com
17:34 Julliet: my number is (phone number removed by Pamela when sharing this more widely)
17:34 Julliet: please do not text
17:34 Ken Owino: yes we work in the slums of Nairobi- Kibera, Mukuru, Mathare, Kawangware, Baba dogo
17:34 Julliet: will send you application to join
17:34 Ken Owino: ok thanks
17:35 Julliet: I get no texts messages so please do not text
17:36 Ken Owino: i get you.
17:37 Ken Owino: Can you tell me a little bit about diversity?
17:37 Ken Owino: oh no i do not have much time left
17:39 Ken Owino: Perhaps another day. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
(phone number removed by Pamela when sharing this more widely)
17:40 Ken Owino: you can send the application there.
17:41 Ken Owino: I have to go now
17:42 Julliet: ok will tell u more when we are back here on thursday next month
17:44 Julliet: let me know which one you are!
17:45 Julliet: on the you tube
17:45 Julliet: enjoyed watching it
17:46 Julliet: this is good
17:50 Ken Owino: thanks.. I will tell you.
17:50 Ken Owino: Bye
17:58 Julliet: kwaheri
17:58 Julliet: bye
17:58 Julliet: great to have met u online at last
17:59 Julliet: and wll tell you lots when we next meet up
17:59 Julliet: what time is it there now
17:59 Julliet: here its 17.35pm
17:59 Julliet: bye
18:00 Julliet: gerry congratulation and thx for giving us this space
18:00 Julliet: sorry etetherpad
18:00 Julliet: etherpad
18:01 Julliet: just gettingthe hug of it and now pamela jst sends me the link and am on
18:02 Julliet: have a good evening pamela
18:05 Julliet: and great work youare doing Ken
18:06 Julliet: I enjoy connecting with people like you alot
18:06 Julliet: and please email me your calender evernt
18:06 Julliet: thx
18:07 Julliet: lovely meeting you comfort, fola and shinguu
18:07 Julliet: shinggu
18:09 Julliet: and fola
18:10 Julliet: it was good to see the connections work better today from nigeria and i look forward to hearing about the fishfarming from Ayorinde Olalekan
18:11 Julliet: and pamela can perharps send him a link
18:12 Julliet: or he checks dadamac link
18:12 Julliet: perharps its going to be easier
18:13 Julliet: bye