Good deed: Müllsammeln – Drei im Sonnenschein

Wieder einmal zu dritt, leider keiner mehr, waren wir heute am Rheinufer an den altbekannten Stellen unterwegs. Mittlerweile grünt und blüht es überall, da kann man schnell den Eindruck bekommen, dass es so schlimm mit dem Müll doch gar nicht ist. Leider wird dieser von dem hohen Gras, was auf den Rheinwiesen mittlerweile sprießt, größtenteils verdeckt. Mit reichlich Sonnenschein und jeder Menge Publikum, darunter auch zwei spontane Helfer, grasen wir zwei Stunden lang das Ufer und den Rheinstrand ab. Ob wir Proben aus dem Boden entnehmen, werden wir gefragt. Lustig. Wir diskutieren, warum sich nicht mehr Leute an den Aufräum-Aktionen beteiligen. 3 von 118 Facebook-Mitgliedern, die die Gruppe mittlerweile zählt. Das geht doch noch besser, oder? In der Facebook-Gruppe wird gefragt, warum die Müllsammel-Aktion denn immer an einem Sonntag stattfinden müsse. Unter der Woche nachmittags wäre auch mal ganz schön. Stimmt, sogar richtig toll wäre das! Warum dann nicht einfach mal einen Aufruf starten, ein paar Freunde oder Kollegen zusammentrommeln? Das ganze wird ja privat organisiert und ist freiwillig, da gibt es also kein Muss, sondern derjenige, der den Aufruf startet, hat natürlich das recht, Ort, Datum und Uhrzeit zu bestimmen. Eigentlich nicht so kompliziert, oder? Je wärmer die Temperaturen, desto anstrengender das Bücken, Aufsammeln und Müllsacktragen. Deshalb beenden wir die Aktion nach „nur“ 2 Stunden. Einen Unterschied macht es trotzdem, drei Säcke sind voll geworden. Fazit von heute: für die nächsten Male müssen dringend Müllzangen her!  

Good Deed – Writing a Resume

One of my nieces came over for the weekend, and I was so entertained by her. She has developed into a full woman, and I kept thinking about what I must have sounded like, at her tender age of twenty-three. She is in her final year of the university, and I was shocked to find out that she did not have a CV or resume. I took the time out to help her with drafting one. We started off by visiting Google Docs, so that she could choose from the long list of free templates - using Google Docs was a new experience for her too. Then we drafted her information, which included her skills, competencies, educational background, work experience, and interests. I told her to finish off the document, then send it to via Google Drive, so that I could review. The next step would be to start applying for jobs that would enhance her career in Human Resources. I feel good knowing I helped at least one young person kickstart the search for a good job. Good deeds do that to me :)

Good Deed: WordCamp Lagos 2018

In January, a friend suggested I attend the WordPress Meetup in Lagos, since I was in the city. I thought, "What harm would it do?" and decided to go. Little did I know that just that one day would change everything for the next couple of weeks. I discovered they had a conference coming up. Not just any conference by the way. It's a WordCamp, the first in Nigeria. WordCamp Lagos 2018 promises to be a day filled with lots of talks, and workshops. We have several sponsors backing the event e.g JetPack, WordPress  (of course), Woo Commerce and more. There will also be a workshop for teens (discounted ticket, only 20). And there's the Happiness Bar, which is a desk that WordPress developer can approach with their challenges and get help. So what was my Good Deed? Well, since I heard about the event, I volunteered to be part of the organizers. I applied to speak as well. I was taken up on both offers. Since joining I have had a nice time working with other WordPress enthusiasts, who give their all to make things move forward in the community . I'm happy to be a part of this new family.

Good deed: Müllsammeln – neues Jahr, neues Glück

Same procedure as every year… Ein verregneter Kölner Winter, Hochwasser am Rhein, und mit dem Hochwasser kommt der Müll.  An einem der ersten sonnigen Sonntage im Jahr, und fast genau ein Jahr nach der ersten Sammelaktion, die in der Gruppe „Müll-Aufräumaktion in Köln“ organisiert wurde, geht es deshalb wieder ans linke Rheinufer in Höhe der Zoobrücke. Insgesamt zu dritt starten wir unseren Spaziergang bei Minusgraden. Da muss dann ein bisschen improvisiert werden, was die Handschuhe anbelangt, das heißt, irgendwie gleichzeitig wärmen und vor Dreck schützen. In meinem Fall bedeutet das Montagehandschuhe und Gummihandschuhe drüber. Klappt so mittel, ist aber besser als gar nichts. Fast drei Stunden halten wir durch, bevor die Füße, die Hände und irgendwann auch die Nasen eiskalt sind. Aber das Resultat kann sich sehen lassen, die Begegnungen sind wie immer abwechslungsreich und die Laune ist gut: 10 gefüllte Müllsäcke 5 spontane Helfer, die wir unterwegs treffen und die sich mit Müllsäcken bewaffnen und mitmachen, DANKE!!! 8 Menschen, die stehen bleiben, nachfragen und begeistert sind von unserem Engagement, darunter ein älteres Pärchen, was sogar ein Foto schießt mit den Worten „dass es so etwas noch gibt…“. Lustige Funde, unter anderem eine kleine afrikanische Frau aus Holz, Utensilien aus jemandes Kosmetiketui (Lippenstift, Kamm, Kajal und Lippenpflegestift, wie praktisch), ein großes, grünes, gewölbtes Plastikteil, was sich wunderbar zum Schildkrötenpanzer für Karneval hätte  umfunktionieren lassen, und und und… Für die nächste Sammelaktion wünschen wir uns genau so viel Sonnenschein, etwas mildere Temperaturen und vor allem: noch viel mehr fleißige Helfer!! Join us!

Good Deed: Social Media Week Lagos

Social Media Week image from Eventbrite
Social Media Week Lagos is an event I have always heard about. Every year I would see adverts about it online, and once again wish I was back in Lagos, so I could attend at least one day of the week-long event. That wish came true this year. Turns out that not one, but two of my close friends were to be part of a panel in Social Media Week Lagos 2018. Abosede Sobodu, CEO of Octavia Informatix and Ibrahim Ganiyu, CEO of Imperial Creations Studios were on the panel titled "Being a Change Maker".
Being A Changemaker is a meetup that celebrates the power of people and the resources available to individuals in Lagos to do something that effects change in their own lives, this city and country and eventually the continent of Africa. Unemployment is on the rise and young people in secondary schools and universities need a plan. We will meet to network and chat about the power of the volunteer, the power of the collaborator, and the power of the creator. Participants will be broken up into various groups that will focus on making an idea a reality by collaboration, team work and creativity.
The panel was being hosted by Shola Ajayi of UR4Africa, an initiative that
teaches content creation and produces unique, educational, content about Africa in collaboration with youths and women to inspire the masses.
Everybody has a story to tell.
What was my Good Deed for the day? Well, I might have missed it again this year, if not because Abosede (Who I fondly call "The Boss") asked that I come along so I can help stream the session live on Facebook. I agreed. I'm not skilled as a cameraman, and I had power and internet speed issues, but I tried my best. You can view their videos here. The whole event took place at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island. The setting and decor was beautiful - I was too busy to take a lot of pictures, but I did jam my friend Mary Job there and we took a selfie. I also saw some old friends, some that I had not seen for a decade. All in all, I had a beautiful time, and look forward to attending more Social Media Weeks in future.

Good Deed: Think Like A CEO

The Month of November was made magical by the sermons I heard at church. It was as if the pastors used a set of binoculars to scan through the crowd in church, then focus on me, and then tuned into what I needed to hear the most.

At Daystar Christian Centre, every month we explore the scriptures based on themes, or series. These series are broken down every week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, and in November we tackled ‘Think Like a CEO’. The had pastor, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, usually takes the lead, while other pastors also share the word.

I was really touched by this month’s sermons, so much so that I shared some keypoints on Instagram and even Twitter. One of my cousins took note, and asked if I could buy him the CD of the whole series. I replied, “why not?” and told him I would. Little did I know I how much trouble it would cost.

Getting a copy of the CD proved a herculean task, because I had to go back to the stores four times before I could finally get one. I even went there twice during working hours.

I will be dropping it off with his mum so she can ‘ship’ it to him soonest. I already sent him a picture of the CD in my hand, and he can’t wait to have it.
Putting a smile on his face and helping him get access to the messages was worth it.
#GoodDeedDone

Ich habe Zeit verschenkt

Meine Zeit ist mir kostbar, ich überlege genau, womit und mit wem ich sie verbringe. Normalerweise sind meine Tage ziemlich durchgeplant, weil ich meistens dermaßen viel um die Ohren habe, dass ich gar nicht umhin komme, genau zu planen wann ich was mache. Aber manchmal kommt irgendwas unvorhergesehenes dazwischen. So letzte Woche. Ein paar Häuser ... The post Ich habe Zeit verschenkt appeared first on Christine Graf.

Good Deed: Creative Food

Photo credit: Pinterest
Late last month, two couples came over to see my mum. They had a major event coming up, three-in-one actually: their wedding anniversaries and the husbands' school alumni hosting. All on the same day.

 They wanted to cook and host the alumni meeting at the house, and needed permission to do so. They also wanted the food to be memorable. I listened as they discussed the menu, and it included cole slaw.

Now cole slaw in Nigeria is boring. Most usually it's chopped up cabbage leaves and carrots with cucumber and lots of mayo slathered on it. I just had to suggest something more creative.

Why not use a juliene peeler this time? I asked. It would definitely give a new twist to the normal salad recipe. They did not understand what I meant, so I went on Pinterest and found a few pics to show them. They got excited before they realized they didn't have the peeler at home.

 I have been looking for a good deed to do for a while now so I told them not to worry. I went online and ordered one each for them. I took it to them when it arrived, and demonstrated how to use it. They were extremely grateful and happy.

 The food was a success and I was glad I had a good deed 'under my belt'.

Good Deed.

“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all”.

Wangari Maathai
I am a lover of nature. When I started building my house, I planted some trees. Some are alive and some died, reasons I do not really know. Things have changed, my father gave me a different piece of land to start it all over again. I felt it was good to plant a tree. I scouted the location, the stones represent the location where a tree once stood. This was my prefered location with the hope that things will be different this time round. I visited a small tree nursery which is a few minutes from my fathers house. There were many trees there I was spoilt for choice. My wife looked at this pine, she fell in love with it. We made a decision, to carry it. It costed us Ksh.150 about $2.   With the position ready, it was time for me to sink the tree to the earth. With pride I did it, and nurtured its surrounding to make it comfortable in its new home. When you plant a tree, and care for it, it will one day provide a shade, firewood to keep you warm, welcome rain at your doors or even roof your grandson’s house. It’s good to plant trees.

Updates on the 5 units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda about technology.

Introduction

For about 7 years, I face technology challenges many of which am fortunately able to solve due because of the repeated usage of computers, tech gadgets and the internet.

Some of the challenges are education, health and income generation related.

Technology doesn’t only help me keep in touch with the people that matter, it also gives me the chance to learn, earn income, educate others and contribute in different ways to community development.

With gratitude am happy to:- to participate in the designing of websites such as eastafricatourismguide.com, theelephanthome.com, africawildexplorations.com, ugandatrip.org, rubonicamp.com, homesteadtoursandsafaris.com and ucota.or.ug among others. Perhaps some of you reading this article have ever visited Uganda through one of those websites. The existence of the businesses and organisations which own those websites are helping reduce unemployment and provide a way for numerous people to earn an income in Uganda.

I have also been able to build financial business website like rapidadvisory.com, personal websites like kaweesimark.com, bboydancemachine.com, joramc.com, and kibuukaphotography.com other websites are directory sort of such as kansanga.com which is a free platform where a locals in my township can lookup or upload businesses, places etc.

One of the reasons I’m a web developer is to solve real life problems such as lack of accessibility to affordable means of marketing and business opportunities as well to help brands establish a presence on the internet.

Through experience, I have discovered that people are spending a great deal of funds and time to a lot important and useless things due to lack of technology skill and knowledge. Some people spend on expensive web tools to build good looking websites but they don’t have a budget set a side for marketing and maintenance of their websites.

Some people would easily have time to edit and upload content to their websites but they lack technology skill and the confidence to pull it off.

Currently some good number of Ugandans, have managed to get an income opportunities abroad in the other parts of the world and they would love to send money back home, safely, fast and securely which could be easily done through platforms such as useremit.com and worldremit.com  etc but the confidence that they can do it without a mistake is in lack.

What do I do?

A few years ago, with two friends, we found a company discovering the opportunities availed by technology. The business we initiated in 2014 to celebrate 3 birthdays and established itself as fully legally recognized business in Uganda. We started with the capital of less than UGX 300,000/= ( about $80 USD).

From two individuals to six full time employees, in an economically stricken market, we are persevering. We are strategically located in the center of Kampala capital city, at the heart of the printing industry in the country on Mirembe Arcade, 4th floor, office number E09 at Nasser Road which helps customers locate us easily for bespoke products and services helping their businesses grow and become or maintain sustainability.

Additionally I volunteer to educate people of all walks of life and introduce them to the technology since I have developed from someone who couldn’t afford food worth 1000/= ($0.27) to someone is sustaining myself.  The tech training I offer covers, introduction to computer usage, internet, coding through HTML, CSS, JS and PHP and Website design using Content Management Systems especially WordPress and Joomla. As I have many less tech skilled friends and people in my network, I sometimes help with troubleshooting their devices or offering tips for whatever they stumble with the gadgets and software systems they use.

A self question

Looking where I am from, where would I be without the help of the people with a good heart? How can I pay it forward?

A self answer

I should volunteer more often reaching out those who can’t afford tech education at school or paid for training centers.

The progress so far

At the beginning, what was a virtual dream, is becoming a reality.

Have been able to acquire two used laptops at an affordable fee from a friend who deals in selling used computers.

A few weeks ago I was able to set these laptops up by installing Windows OS, Microsoft office suite, typing master and web browsers. Those tools will be enough to get some started with technology.

I appreciate that some few friends have believed in the idea and are willing to involve as trainers, project ambassadors, pilot program hosts and website hosting partners among other responsibilities.

When do we roll out?

I will bring more updates next week.

Conclusion

This will be the first official fully packaged program am heading to impact social change and community development. I have little experience and exposure in managing such a program thus I kindly request for any of your suggestions and ideas.

Thanks for reading.