1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Frank (and Rene) used digital cameras, computers, software, libraries, books, newspapers and much more. In fact.. all the things which are 'normal' on schools you attend (or work on). Hilder used oral interviews and pen and some pieces of paper. And with some sponsor money she was able to pay the local internet cafe to send her reports and information by dial-up connection to Frank.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Frank received last year an international award from Childnet International. He donated all the prize money into this project. He was on the BBC and in some news papers. We were able to get some help from some schools (see participants).
Rose was invited to come to England for the Childnet Award Ceremony. Alas, the British Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, refused to give a VISUM to her. One of the reasons to refuse it was: Rose is just a black woman, who works in a hotel... (and she was told to go back to Ukunda and just do her job). Right now, there is still discrimination and therefor it is very hard for Rose and Hilder to become ambassadors in Kenya.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
So far, the schools who helped us, were very happy that they could help us with a donation. Some schools, like De Wadden, even did an Africa Project during the period of raising money. We get a lot of nice messages in our guest book (and by email), but we wish that people not only send nice messages to us, but we also hope they will send us donations.
Our website is our most important tool to reach out to the world to let the world know that Ukunda needs help.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Of course, we first want to thank ChildNet International... thanks to them, our project got a nice blast off. We also want to thank ISMF for their Award. The schools who already made a donation: THANK YOU !
Frank and Hilder work together with Rene and Rose. Since this is a project about money, Rene (as adult) is the project manager and Rose (as adult) is the field manager.
We want to thank Joan Goble, for her advice how to contact schools in USA. We hope that her advice will help and that the (rich) schools in USA also will make huge donations.
We want to thank the people of GSN who 'adopted' our project, making it an official educational partner. This way, our project has a legal status and we are allowed to use the online donation forms of GSN.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
First lesson we learned: there is a GIANT GAP between the USA, Western Europe, Taiwan and more rich countries schools and the poor schools in Africa (Kenya, Ukunda). This is unacceptable and we all must join together to give ALL the students a chance. Can you imagine a school in USA, Western Europe or elsewhere where the students do not have a pen, no paper, no textbooks, (and of course no good school building, no computers, no electricity, no desks). Would your USA or Europe community agree with that fact? Right, we do not think so either.
So what in heaven's name makes it that 'we' accept it from schools in Africa? That is not right, and we must fight this dishonesty.
Second lesson we learned: do not send school supplies to Kenya but go there yourself and bring your money with you. Buy the things you want to donate in Kenya, so you know for sure it will arrive at the school you want to help.
Third lesson we learned: the people of the Embassy in Nairobi are working for the British Government. We always thought that the British Government is not discriminating... but we were wrong. Poor black women from Kenya will get NO VISUM, even the fact they are officially invited and all the costs are paid for (including flight tickets, hotel costs and other -food- costs). Of course this is not fair and we will continue fighting for equal rights !
We also hope to learn that there are many schools around the world who care ! So, help us and remember the slogan of this year's CyberFair: Prepare for the future and unite communities!