Abia State University, Uturu Nigeria

Okezie Nnamdi Ogbonna 

 

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Today was an eventful day at the PrinterNet Cafe at Abia State University, Uturu as we had 4 students who joined our team of students at the university one of the students studying History and International Relationship with skill and experience in graphics design expressed interest to write on the Jewish origin of the Igbo ethnic group of South East. Nigeria. Others expressed interest to join the mentoring group in order to learn the skills required to startup an online/offline clothing store company and others expressed interest to startup a food production company.

We also introduced the idea of starting an online MBA program in Entrepreneurship affiliated with Abia State University, Uturu with Dr. Sam Agu who is the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at Abia State University. we have scheduled an appointment to see him in person at this office and talk about the modalities of the MBA program.


Friday, July 6, 2018

It has been a great week with the arrival of myself founder of Startup Africa and Project co-manager the PrinterNet Cafe Nigeria (Okezie Nnamdi Ogbonna) and resource partner in Book production and leatherworks at Abia State University, Uturu- Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (Chukwuma Uduma) where the PrinterNet Cafe and Startup Africa Mentoring and Incubation Hub was set up on Wednesday July 4, 2018.

I installed 3 computers with WiFi internet access to provide a PrinterNet node for the students at Abia State University, Uturu Eastern Nigeria. In just three days, the hub has been a beehive of activities as up to 20 students visited the hub to signify interest to join our incubation project as mentees.

As a follow up of the meeting with Dr. Sam Agu we agreed to schedule a meeting between Startup Africa Team/Dr. Sam Agu/Abia State University ICT Team and Abia State University News Team next week to integrate Startup Africa formally into the program of the Centre For Entrepreneurial Studies via the website of Abia State University, Uturu- Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.

UGANDA_DISPATCHES

July 13, 2018

Atwongyeire Joseph
This week ended well with much knowledge attained in visiting other businesses in city doing café business. I got alot of exposure by knowing how other people are doing things. Especially if they are doing it in better way you are able to pic a leaf.
The evolution of café in the village is leaving every stone turned, apart from running cafe, coffee shop, and teaching computer.
We added another service of instant passport photos. It was not easy before to get passport photos but with presence of good camera and color printer we are able to make it.
New development, so far students who are on computer lessons, have greatly improved now most of them can type, start computer and shutdown. This great news, I continue to get more people who want to enroll for the same. This part of the developmenti was talking about, where people are benefiting from our innovations.
Through watching different video on permaculture now some farmers have started developing new home gardens, previously people would wait for the rainy season but with exposure now any time they can do the planting since they got enough exposure on benefits of irrigation.
crops grow well due to enough irrigation, this going to increase food production, thus hunger, poverty and diseases will be no more. People will have increased income and job created for the youth.

July 11, 2018

Atwongyeire Joseph
After Days in city without going to the Café,I am finally back in village. Its very important to note despite my busy schedules,every thing at the café continue to move smoothly.This gives me courage of better management system we use and teamwork. Teamwork can make work move on smoothly.
The performance of the café,Coffee shop and now computer training is going well
Now another new service to be introduced,With help of our colour printer we have instant passport photos.Many people move to city to get passport photos at an affordable price.
In terms of prices here we try to charge affordable price to make sure that, with the limited income of our people they are able to get better services.Our role here is to improve on livelihoods of individuals and protecting environment

July 7, 2018

Atwongyeire Joseph
Evolution of café in this village was liked by everyone. Although some have nothing to with internet especially the aged people and illiterate people but in one way or another the project is helpful .
After testing the issue of computer studies, the next step is to focus on starting a vocational school.
There are four more people who are requesting to study computer along side the four already on course
After seeing this demand to learn more about the computer, I got to realize that there was gap in this village to study. This has encouraged me to think big in as far as helping this community is concerned.
Beiing part of the PrinterNet Foundation Network we have been able to set up this cafe that is doing well.
M Ichael Josefowicz

June 27 at 6:45 AM

Yesterday’s dispatch from Atwongyeire Joseph
Monday operations went on well, where as I was away in city, on my arrival my support staff briefed me on how things went on on ground.
Micro project becomes meaning full with a good team, I must say I have good team on ground, same as in the nursery bed.
Cafe business is like any business where good customer relationship must be considered I must say that we are excelling in that.
More so ,we have tried to show our people (café users) that we are reliable. Although I tried to increase the cost especially when there no electricity, people are able to understand because the cost of petrol that our generator uses is expensive, if we remained using same cost we can lose much
In future, I hope with a presence of solar panel we shall do much better. But let’s not focus on that but on vocational school.
Today’s dispatch
As far as Café is concerned, the journey is pretty well. This comes with many things to learn, not only users can learn but also us controlling business we learn alot, I think in future if some is to do a different business you can pic a leaf.
It’s the greatest experience so far, same as support staff is learning alot, The user benefits are increasing, when talking to one person who was applying for university, he got a response from University using the platform. Another testimony ,this young boy was also applying for jobs and he got an email from the company he was applying, he is scheduled for interviews any.
I can spend a whole day mentioning feed back from users, but so far it’s changing lives of people, socially and economically.

 

June 25 at 6:19 AM

https://www.facebook.com/groups/874760012727086/permalink/915725485297205/

 

These are pictures of the cybercafe that Atwongyeire Joseph and his team built in his village in less than four months by attracting micro investments.
Gigi  Is there an easy way to grab this pictures from this Facebook post?

 

June 24 at 7:13 AM

Just in from Atwongyeire Joseph in Uganda — Onward, ever onward. Because of the new resources brought in after completing the micro project of establishing a self sustaining cyber cafe, the next micro project is to build a building to house Joseph’s full vision.
“After two weeks of operation, with a few challenges, we continue to press on, as usual there no operations without challenges but every challenge met is a stepping stone. This has given us encouragement to press on
We have come up with the timer that helps us to have all time fully utilized without going beyond. If your time clocks it will close your screen until you add more money. It’s a greatest achievement so far, we had lost many hours in that until I brought a specialist in computer and who is my friend as well
With now five computers now, the introduction of cafe here has created more opportunities for the youth.this has come at a time when there is need for the same.
We are living in a world every day some thing new is being innovated, with the help of internet most youth have benefited. I must say this week was OK in terms of revenue turn up
Cafe investment becoming more interesting than I thought, this makes our chat we had before we started the same more valid. Many people come to realize the importance of café.
To those who thought it’s for those who went school, here it’s not the same, even those who have not gone to school wants to communicate with friends, relatives in other places. Thus they have to use a cafe, some come and ask our support staff to help them sign up email account ,our support staff is doing a great job in guiding people how to use the same.

June 21 at 7:12 AM

Today’s dispatch from Atwongyeire Joseph
“Internet just proved to me that there was a gap in our village ,internet currently is acting as a bridge between the ordinary and modern life.
Life becomes more meaning full than any thing. with people searching and getting results from internet makes life more easier.
Those who apply online they keep on coming to check on responses from different universities. Where as some of those students who are not able to have coffee or cold drinks because they have no income at all. They entirely rely on guardian /parents but we cant take their coming here for granted.
They make us do better. As they enjoy the most affordable internet cafe here”


Atwongyeire Joseph

15 hrs

After two weeks of operation, with a few challenges, we continue to press on, as usual there no operations without challenges but every challenge met is a stepping stone. This has given us encouragement to press on

We have come up with the timer that helps us to have all time fully utilized without going beyond. If your time clocks it will close your screen until you add more money. It’s a greatest achievement so far, we had lost many hours in that until I brought a specialist in computer and who is my friend as well

With now five computers now, the introduction of cafe here has created more opportunities for the youth.this has come at a time when there is need for the same.

We are living in a world every day some thing new is being innovated, with the help of internet most youth have benefited. I must say this week was OK in terms of revenue turn up

Cafe investment becoming more interesting than I thought, this makes our chat we had before we started the same more valid. Many people come to realize the importance of café.

To those who thought it’s for those who went school, here it’s not the same, even those who have not gone to school wants to communicate with friends, relatives in other places. Thus they have to use a cafe, some come and ask our support staff to help them sign up email account ,our support staff is doing a great job in guiding people how to use the same.

An extra computer is to be put in place for those who are having a need to study a few computer program. Mostly those programs will be micro soft excel, word and other related.

As time goes on we shall have more users than any where else. Only what I see will not work here is printing, just like i told you we shall plan doing the same in future.

Tugumisirize Frances _Uganda

July 10

Tugumisirize Frances

Greetings from the sunbeam project in Uganda. All went on well today. The number asking for printing services has increased. As I speak now, our WiFi has been hired for a night by gorilla tourists staying at Wagtail forest camp

The price of a 3_1 hp printer is 9500000, paper is 20000 and tonor is at 150,000.

Tugumisirize Frances _Uganda


July 10

Tugumisirize Frances

Greetings from the sunbeam project in Uganda. All went on well today. The number asking for printing services has increased. As I speak now, our WiFi has been hired for a night by gorilla tourists staying at Wagtail forest camp

The price of a 3_1 hp printer is 9500000, paper is 20000 and tonor is at 150,000.



July 9, 2018

Tugumisirize Frances

The news of the Internet cafe in the village spread like wind in the desert. Today the numbers were more than we can handle. Some got disappointed because they thought we had a printer and a photocopier. They wanted to do more than Internet work. I contained their disappointments by optimistic premises of purchasing one in the near future.

Introducing Uganda

Herbert Kajoki

July 2 at 3:39 PM

Welcome to Uganda the Pearl of Africa and thank you for choosing ONE VILLAGE TOURS as the best travel company in Uganda, which gives you motivation, love, composure of a life time memorable experience and the feel for Uganda – African culture, climate, biodiversity, nature and wildlife at full hand.

We are a social enterprise. We earmark 20% of our profits to invest in community development in the village. While there are many choices for people to go our eco tours, a better way to understand what we have to offer is Agri – tourism.

Agrotourism is a direct expansion of ecotourism which exposes tourists to experience agricultural life at first hand. While you experience the natural landscape you also experience the cultural landscape by experiencing agricultural life at first hand

 

It is also a way of gathering support for small communities as rural people have realized the benefit of sustainable income brought about by similar forms of nature travel. Visitors have the opportunity to work in the fields alongside real farmers and support them according to their needs and capacity.

MALAWI DISPATCHES

July 14, 2018

Jonas Chabroka Fadweck

Its meeting day of our committee to review last minute activity happened yesterday in the community.

Attendances:

. Thuchila youth…org volunteers

. Thuchila chapter committee members

. Group village head Nkando, our chief

. Member from community

Total of 12 members

Agenda:

. To review what happened yesterday on our rally in the community

. To write up activity/work plan for quarterly

. Prepare monitoring and evaluation meeting coming Monday by our partner organization staffs

. To evaluate and facilitate data collected in the villages and suggest way forward

. To draft partnership proposal

 


July 13, 2018

Jonas Chabroka Fadweck

Today’s dispatch:

Field work with partnership with international organization white ribbon alliance for safe motherhood. Many women on community dies at home after delivery because of late or not going to hospital.

Now with this 5 year project by the organization we are encouraging local people from the community on the significant of women to deliver at hospital and that they are receiving relevant treatment at hospital by qualified health workers. Our partners are health workers especially nurses and midwives, village chiefs, hospital advisory committee.

Today we at Group village head Juma for community mobilization and sensitization for the importance of community to realize that derivering women need to visit hospital early from first trimester till delivery as our mission is to reduce maternal and infants death rate in the community.

We have chapter group called Thuchila Chapter with coordinator Jonas Fadweck, Chairman and vice, Secretary and vice, treasure and 5 members. Project motto: Healthy Mothers Healthy World!

 

July 7

Jonas Chabroka Fadweck

Malawi

2018 has been an exciting year as Thuchila Youth Empowerment Programme and Development Network, community youth organisation clocked 10 years of operation.

Since our founding, we received government authority to operate elsewhere in Malawi as far as helping vulnerable are concerned. Over 200 elderly, 100 orphans and vulnerable children have been helped with basic needs. Promotion of safe motherhood activities in reduction to maternal and infant death rate is just one of our success stories.

School girl child education with back to school project which helped 5 girls with scholarship,keep them in class project which helped over 20 girls at Thuchila Community Day Secondary School has also been fruitful results.

Many things have been achieved on the way although there was some challenges including destruction of our office, lack of resources just to mention few.

The organisation became the first node of the PrinterNet Foundation Network in Africa, PFNA. With the help of the node in New York City, WIFI has been installed. As the result of our work we have receive free land for the printernet office. Let’s thank Printernet Foundation in New York for their help.

 

June 22

What have been achieved since the installation of the village Wi-Fi.
. Community are now access to low cost internet and other free of charge service by volunteers.
. Young people access to low cost typing service and video shooting
. Villagers reduce long distance to town to access internet at expensive cost
. Lives of the community changes in the role model experience in technology studies
. Access to school fees to the girl needy
. The chief leaders surrender important land for the telecentre of for printer net office
. Community labor in brick laying for the construction of office block
. Government salute the work and promise support in other ways

MALAWI_PERMACULTURE PROJECT

THE STORY IN THE MAGAZINE NEWS FOR THE VILLAGE AGRICULTURE
AND FOOD SECURITY AND PERMACULTURE PROJECT

Written by: Mphatso Jafali

In 2015, the project of agriculture and food security was launched and has been implemented by Thuchila Youth Org in Mulanje District, Malawi with support and partnership with SFP, USA directed by Susan Johnson.

Malawi is one of African country which depends on agriculture as source of food and family income. For instant, maize/corn, beans, millet, sorghum and rice are some of staple foods in Malawi. In 2015 Thuchila Youth Org (TIYEPAD NETWORK) partnered with SFP charity organization based in USA to supply staple seeds crops including maize/corn, dried beans, cabbages, pumpkin, carrots, onions, egg plants, watermelon and many other seeds crops to vulnerable groups including people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, village women as well as school pupils. Since then over 5000 people in 18 clubs were benefited from the project which was distributed for communal, school and home gardens. The harvest of the crop yields which is also a positive impact/output of the project was for commercial and family food use and also nutritional supplement to people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans as well as community women. One of beneficiaries Charles Buleya who is also chairperson for one of club named Tiyamike support club which is among 18 supporting clubs recommends; “ It’s my  sincerely thanks to TIYEPAD NETWORK ORG for the wonderful project bring to our village, people living with HIV/AIDS always need nutritional supplements for the healthy and long live. After the project we are able to assist our family as well as orphans in our respective homes after we sell our crops other part with family vegetable foods. On behalf of Tiyamike Supporting Club I want to thank Youth Organization and I encourage them to continue their good work in our villages to ensure that people from the villages have enough family food and that are able to generate family income”.

It has been noted that the project which has existed for 5 years now will benefit to over 7000 people by the end of 2018. Currently more other seeds crops have been received and distributed to over 500 people in Chiradzulu District in areas where high prevalence of drought whereby many crops were dried up of short of rainfall.

The Director of the Organization, Jonas Fadweck said; “Let me thank our partners SFP for their continuous support to the project. This wonderful project has been benefited to many people including people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, school pupil, indigenous farmers as well as village women in form of family food and income. I would also like to thank our partner from Australia for the donation of permaculture manual and DVDs which helped our farmers to understand better on how they can practice and improve better standards for the conducive environment learning. Lastly, let me request our partners to continue their support to Malawian villagers and we will continue to be transparent and accountable till we make the micro project doable”.

In 2017/2018 season many parts of Malawi have been affected by drought many crops dried up in many areas which will surely resulted into hunger in many other village areas.

PRINTERNET FIRST BORN IN MALAWI

How PRINTERNET was Born In MALAWI

Reported by: Mphatso Jafali

Malawi is one of lowest African country with low access to printer net services. Due to this value has contributed to high level of unemployment especially young people from rural areas which comprise more than half of the population. In accordance with data reviewed, only 2-3 people among 10 are access to printer net services in Malawi which retards the development of the country. As you may agree with me, things have changed all over the world regarding to technological studies. For instance, you can access to health education issues, trainings, job opportunities, printer net/computer studies and many more valuable issues via printer net services.

In response to this there have been created more Printer net Foundations in many countries including Malawi which is the only country to born the Printer net Foundation with support from Printer net New York.

The founder of Printer net Foundation Malawi is Jonas Fadweck, the Director of TIYEPAD NETWORK based in Malawi. The Printer net was discovered by Printer net New York on the Face book thread after seeing the work hard and positive active of the guy (Jonas) and it was started with the design and print of caps and T-Shirts to its 10 volunteers during the 9 years celebration of its existence with support from New York. Other Printer net activity was about the posters concerning HIV/AIDS which distributed over the community. The next step was the design and printing of wonderful Newsletter which also distributed over the community under 6 months micro projects. The last but not list is the current project of installed WIFI to the village which also shock the community leaders.”It’s so grateful to see my young people doing wonderful, unbelievable and recommendable work in my community and I promise to give these youths a land  to build their Printer net Telecenter Office” said Group Village Head Nkando.

UGANDA

 

Joseph Before June 15


It all started with tree planting, as an eco-warrior  I met Mr Michael since them were remained in touch, about 200,000trees planted as one way of protecting environment..

Using crowdfundraising I didn’t do much, in my subsequent chats with you I learn a lot, I realized we can do much using money raised locally. This started with 1200$ grant  where two computers were bought, Wi-Fi installed.

Now the story of PrinterNet café starts here. It was the most beautiful thought I have never had to have this cafe in place  this started slowly, with one support staff it’s doing great

Student who are applying for further studies come in here, to search for best universities where they can go.

Those who have graduated too come to search for available jobs. This has greatly saved resources of these young people  instead of traveling to city to do the same.

“We realized that this project can well be managed with help of good transport system, as I talk the motorcycle is in place, I no longer take hours to execute activities” 

As if that is not enough, we have now grown to a bigger space that can now accommodate other computer.


  

I’m not only looking at cafe but making it more comfortable for the users. What do I mean here?  

When some spends more time on computer  you need to refresh your minds etc, so we are considering having a refrigerator for the same and have a few soft drinks.

In future I will also consider brewing coffee for those interested. As I told you before we shall consider having more branches especially near any institution for higher learning especially for more printing etc

Youth unemployment remains a serious policy challenge in many sub-Saharan African countries, including Uganda. In 2016, youth (aged 15 to 24) in sub-Saharan Africa were twice likely to be unemployed compared to any other age cohort. For Uganda, in 2017, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics revealed that the share of unemployed youth (national definition, 18-30 years) among the total unemployed persons in the country was 64 percent.

Given the rapid growth of the Ugandan population three-quarters of the population are below the age of 30 years coupled with the fact that the youth are getting better educated through higher access to primary and secondary education, a stronger focus on job creation for this cohort of people cannot be overemphasized.

Causes of youth unemployment are believed to be multifaceted, ranging from an inadequate investment/supply side of jobs, insufficient employable skills (i.e., youth possess skills that are not compatible with available jobs) and high rates of labor force growth at 4.7 percent per annum.

In this regard under the support of PrinterNet, we have invested in the café that is going to change lives of the youth. Most youth as I had highlighted in previous posts , they use internet to search for jobs, apply online to universities. Some universities put announcements on websites in case of any update so youth are required to check.

With installation of Wi-Fi here in village hopes of many have been restored,Many youth come to use internet to search. There is a lot of information that can help youth get jobs. Agriculture is the back born of Uganda, most of youth are able to read a lot of information about
About the youth employment we are looking at having a vocational school, this will help youth to study courses that can easily get jobs, such subjects are carpentry,plumbing,tailoring etc.with combined efforts we shall achieve all goals.

The café which started some weeks ago, keep on changing lives of many youth. In all the five villages which our project cover we have about  350 youths, Not all of them can read and write,sime of them didn’t get chance to go to school because of so reasons, some have parents but their parents are not able not able to take care of them, others are double orphans ,yet others are not studying because of domestic violence. All in all the numbers of youth who use internet the numbers are increasing.

The numbers is between 20-30 per day, and not every one is able to come every day this gives me an impression the number that use internet is more than 30 per week.We should be doing better than this but as I mentioned most youth some of them still lack skills. I hope with introduction of vocational school we shall do much better.

They are some youth who come with friends to see how internet works,This means they interested in learning but with time the situation will be control.

The project which that with the installation of Wi-Fi some days back now, its turning our 5 villages a model villages.after adding more computer more users keep on coming to search.this going to bring in bleed of idea.as they say information is power but now here lack of information is history ,people now informed on may issues.

When the president was reading a national budget some people came to watch  his speech, people get to know available opportunity.With this wider space that serves coffee and cold drinks has made the café more comfortable for the users.each day we selling more that 10 cold coke soda, this about profit of 2000sh per day and 5000 sh on tea, hoping the number of user increase we shall increase.

“The current four computers can’t accommodate the available people because new about the café is spreading like a forest fire, there more computers the more people that come and the more we sell  more drinks”

You can’t talk about the café in village here without talking about the PrinterNet, it started slowly with the installation of Wi-Fi, later, to two computers, now we have five as I talk. This is the best experience ever  here.

People search for various information any the same time taking coffee. This has not only helped the locals but also  travelers .its now a stop over for many tourists

It’s not only about the café but improving the livelihood of people in village, we have support staff gaining from the same investment  and we hope in future this will go beyond this.

About, education students applying online, and same time applying jobs online.