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Hi,

Under this report updates on the donations that where given to the projects specifically for Magnus visit in February will be written. It will be done bit by bit as we are trying to update the entire homepage as well.

The updates will be done as comments, so please look under comments.

Great thank you for all your kind donations of pens, cell phones, cameras and laptops and more!

Paulo, Isaac, Enocki and Magnus

Pens and Caps

I carried as many pens as I could in my bags when I left for Tanzania. Pens are incredibly popular and still comparatively expensive in Tanzania.Teacher making a world map

But for studies and business a pen is a required tool so all the pens donated came to very good use.  

They were distributed to teachers and secondary school students (10-15% of all students qualifies for secondary school, equivalent of US high school or Sv Gymnasie) and only a small fraction goes on to university. Thanks for all the pens donated, they are all put to good use!

A cap and a pen on their way to a happy recipiant

And thanks for all the caps - they have spread a lot of joy! 

The Laptops

Laptops might be seen a s a luxury to bring to a developing country, but the truth is quite the opposite. Computers are dearly needed in Tanzania in order to get administration to run smoothly. As an example the school district of Nzega educates and administrates 40,000 students. Computers are great need and necessity to handle such an administration. Since our projects work in conjunction with the School Office in Nzega and the office only has six computers (all of them really old and slow) we decided to donate computers to them.
 

The donations of laptops did not only almost double their computer power but also has the advantage of having battery power allowing work to continue when the electricity grid is down (which happens several times every day). The District Education Officer, Mr Bernard Kigongo, and staff was very grateful for the donation. One of the computers remains with Mradi Mango in Tanzania, serving as the project computer being used for keeping track of the tree plantings, writing reports and other administration. It is kept by Isaac and also used in his work as head teacher at a primary school.

The computers where donated by Mathias Löfgren, Ulrik Laurén and Rami Pastuhov from Tempogon.

Photobucket Computers being donated to the School Office.

Photobucket The project computer being used during a late night project planning session (the camera Enocki is holding is one of the project’s cameras to be used for documenting the development of the projects).

The cell phones

Teacher at Tazengwa with phone  Cell phone is the only way to communicate over distance in Tanzania. Not only is the system of ground lines poorly developed it also breaks down due to violent rains and other natural hazards.

But the cell net works excellently in Tanzania and there are several competing companies. The cell phones are nothing less than a communication revolution in Tanzania and the whole of Africa.

With the cell phones it is possible to do such things as calling in from distant villages to the town market to check the price of grains and crops in stead of selling to famine mongers or to call the school office to see if the salaries have arrived or to the district medical office to se if the doctor is in.

For the February trip several kind people donated their old cell phones to us to be distributed among those working with our project, school teachers, doctors and nurses, village elders or other persons in need of a cell phone. Teacher with cell phone

We also received a very nifty hand powered charger when the battery is out and you are miles away from electricity it enables you to make that one crucial call.   The nifty hand powered generator A few of the many happy recipients of a cell phone are displayed here. Thank you all for donating and help communication in Africa.

Bling

Yes, it is a luxury but since we did receive such pretty bling with dear and dire wishes to give it to someone who no bling have or money to ever spend on something like it – we could not resist but to try to bring the bling.

Thanks for the joy you gave to Tanzania!