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.

 

 

 

 

 


China-Africa Relations, Not a “Win-Win”.

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If you have been travelling around Africa, you must have seen what I have been seeing. Chinese people everywhere. They are taking flights all around Africa, taking refuge in big cities, small towns and villages. Yoon Jung Park at Howard University forwarded a very thoughtful article by Howard University grad Chika Ezeanya, reacting to the just-opened $200 million African Union headquarters building in Addis Ababa, a “gift” from the dragon. Her mixture of frustration and disgust at the symbolism of the African Union accepting the donation of this building was almost tangible and very nicely phrased.

But one thing about her article caught my eye: the statement that 90% of the labor on the building was Chinese. This might be the case for all the projects that Chinese people are doing all around Africa, a continent with the highest unemployment rate. China invests more in Africa than any other country, with Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Angola among the biggest recipients of Chinese funds. Infrastructure development, for example highways and railways, is the main area of business for the Chinese in Africa. They also invest in smaller enterprises and food outlets, according to the report.

China has been a disruptor of the world, from the United States which is now the biggest consumer of China products to now Africa. A while back, we resisted everything China, the quality of their products then was not good. We went for products from the US and EU, all went well but then most of American companies were shipped to China. Today, my favorite iphone is assembled in China. Globally, the attitude towards China is somewhat positive, according to a 2014 study by Pew Global. Across the 43 nations surveyed by Pew, a median of 49% expressed a favorable view of China, compared to 32% thinking of them unfavorably. However, China’s overall image in Europe and the U.S. was mostly negative. Only 35% of Americans had a positive view of China, whereas 55% were negative.

Today, the U.S. and China are competing fiercely over African business. I think the Chinese do everything they possibly can to become number one, they want to become the number one superpower. However, an increased Chinese influence over Africa may cause trouble in the future, and perhaps stifle the development of democracy. As we speak, many African countries are already heavey laden with the burden of debt from People’s republic of China. Young Chinese have taken jobs in Africa, own small business across Africa and our institutions want us to learn Chinese. “Is China the savior for developing nations, the only world power investing in their future — or is this the dawn of a new colonial era”? that is the question most people are asking.

In hitching itself to China’s rising star, Africa has developed a relationship in which aspiration is no longer the pipe-dream it once seemed. With Chinese investment offering significant promises for developing African nations, cooperation with China is proving to be a significant stepping stone on the road to development. However, with the negative long term social and environmental impact that this cooperation potentially threatens – regarding bauxite mining, gold mining, or any other venture – it would be wise of African governments to tread cautiously before committing to a course of action which might have entirely the opposite effect to that intended. China’s rise on the African continent might indeed provide an opportunity not to be missed, but denied the proper checks and balances it could prove less a win-win relationship.

As we look forward to the coming general elections, the government seeking re-election has ridden on the projects delivered by the Chinese people, the railway connecting Nairobi and Mombasa, 472 KM costing sh327 billion. The pros and cons of this projects are not addressed in equal measure, and so not now but in future is when we will start to reap the real fruits of Chinese relation with Africa. Time, will always tell.

 

 


Sofie Vanoosthuyse

Over Sofie Vanoosthuyse
Al 20 jaar ontwerpt Sofie Vanoosthuyse juwelen in een geheel eigen stijl. Steeds evoluerend, steeds op zoek naar het beste huwelijk tussen verfijning en kracht, tussen ruw en zacht, karakter en ingetogenheid. Opgeleid aan de St.Lucas hogeschool in Antwerpen, ging ze haar eigen weg en verfijnde ze eeuwenoude smeedtechnieken in een nieuwe eigen vormentaal - vaak vertrekkend vanuit de zacht-slingerende lijnen van de art-nouveau, maar evengoed passerend langs de robuuste moderniteit van art-déco en meer dan eens eindigend met een ferme dosis "rock 'n roll". Subtiel en in-your-face tegelijk. Met hints naar het verleden - maar vol eigentijds. Nooit afgelikt. Altijd bloedmooi. 
Hier al een voorproefje van Sofie haar creaties, in onze Tilley Gallery vind u een mooi aanbod van haar juwelen. Maatwerk is altijd mogelijk voor Sofie.
 Hier LINK naar haar Gallery!

Numb



I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
And every second I waste is more than I can take!
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I'm becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you
I've become so numb
These words aptly describe me so far this year....but to hear Chester committed suicide? That's a new low.
Why do these people that help us through the deep, feel terrible enough to kill themselves? Why?
Too many people to count.
Its heartbreaking.
I'm getting over my numbness gradually......gradually....
I have too much to live for, to allow someone else's pressures send me to another hell.

Numb



I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
And every second I waste is more than I can take!
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I'm becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you
I've become so numb
These words aptly describe me so far this year....but to hear Chester committed suicide? That's a new low.
Why do these people that help us through the deep, feel terrible enough to kill themselves? Why?
Too many people to count.
Its heartbreaking.
I'm getting over my numbness gradually......gradually....
I have too much to live for, to allow someone else's pressures send me to another hell.

EVRF – Ethereum Vulnerability Reporting Framework – a proposal for less chaos

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Blue

Blue again. Don’t ask me why. It’s just about sitting at beach, watching the sea and the sky, listening to the waves, philosophising, dreaming into infinity, sleeping away, waking up refreshed and energised. It sounds It rustles It echoes It reverberates It sparkles It smells And becomes devoutly singing blue. The blue fades to light. […]

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Rheinkirmes

Heute musste ich noch im Baumarkt etwas kaufen und der nächste größere Baumarkt ist in Düsseldorf. Auf der Rückfahrt bin ich über den Rhein gefahren und habe viele Fahrgeschäfte gesehen – die Rhein Kirmes. Ich war schon lange nicht mehr auf einer Kirmes und hatte (wie immer) Hunger auf Bratwurst und Softeis 🙂 Ich fand …

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Same procedure as every year


Unser Sommerurlaub auf Elba ist für uns voller Traditionen. Seit 8 Jahren kommen wir hier her, in unterschiedlichen Konstellationen und mit unterschiedlichen Erwartungen.
Einmal waren nur mein Mann und ich hier, meistens kommen wir aber mit einem bis drei Kindern im Paket. Bislang stand jedes Jahr für einige von uns Segeln auf dem Programm, seit 3 Jahren auch Tauchen. Beides kann man hier sehr gut. Die Bucht, in der wir uns einquartieren ist beherrscht von einer deutschen Segelschule, unser Tauchlehrer, auch ursprünglich aus Deutschland, wohnt schon seit mehreren Jahrzehnten mit seiner Frau auf Elba. Beide Schulen sind absolut zu empfehlen, wir haben ausschließlich gute Erfahrungen mit beiden gemacht, mittlerweile haben alle drei Kinder Segelgrundscheine und zwei auch Tauchscheine. 

Die Kinder sind eigentlich der Hauptgrund, dass es uns hier immer wieder hin verschlägt. Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass wir einmal "so eine Familie" sein würden, jedes Jahr das gleiche Urlaubsziel, jedes Jahr das Altgewohnte.
Aber genau dieses Gewohnte ist es jetzt doch, was für uns den Reiz ausmacht. 

Der erste Aperol Sprizz in der Strandbar bei Sonnenuntergang. Der Sonnenuntergang jedes Jahr gleich spektakulär. Jedes Jahr beschließen wir, dass es keinen Sinn macht, ihn schon wieder zu fotografieren, jedes Jahr können wir nicht ohne Beweisfoto gehen.
Die erste Pizza im Lieblingsrestaurant. Diese Tradition ist recht neu, das Restaurant gibt es erst seit zwei Jahren, und schon ist es damit vorbei. Das Restaurant hat wieder geschlossen, müssen wir heute erfahren. Das tut weh; so schnell gewöhnt man sich an etwas, gerade, oder vor allem, wenn es gut ist.

Die erste Kugel Eis im Bistro auf dem Dorfplatz, mit Meer und Wellenrauschen im Hintergrund. Jedes Jahr ist die Piazza am frühen Abend erst wie ausgestorben, dann ab 10 Uhr abends ist Halligalli. Das Eis? Große Portionen, Crema e Cocco, oder Straciatella e Nocciola. Auch wenn man satt ist, ein Eis geht immer. 

Das sind nur einige Beispiele, Traditionen haben wir hier mittlerweile sehr viele, aber jedes Jahr gibt es auch etwas Neues. Und viel Altgewohntes, sonst wäre es ja nicht so schön.

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A common usability problem with cryptographic systems like blockchains is that accounts, smart contracts and content on the blockchain are addressed with hashes like 0x7eF963588706a8d39D481634eB46f5c54A04c584. These addresses are easy for machines to securely verify but hard for humans to type and remember. And anything that’s difficult for humans creates vulnerability vectors, like phishing attacks by … Continue reading Building dapps on Ethereum – part 5: Ethereum Name Service and Swarm