Internet café

In 2007 we started to plan an internet café in the busy junction Kilo in the slum area Nyalenda in Kisumu. Already 2007 we recieved the first donated laptope, in 2008 we bought a container for the purpose. Now 2009 the intenet café is up and running. Our computers are donated from companies in Sweden and brought down to us by visiters/volonteers coming to Kisumu. We still need more laptops.  The idea is to expand the internet café and also have programs for teahcers and students in the poor aareas to learn how to used them. With the donations the poor people also have access to internet and knowledge!

Itcafé

Itcafé

You can Google yourself out of poverty and this is why an Internet café in the slums is ideal.

Friends Pioneer will start an Internet café using a container on the border to Nyalenda slums at Keelo Junction, an important meeting point. Today there is no internet café in the slums. Instead you have to travel to the city to use internet, which is common but expensive. Not having to travel will save precious money and time. Student will even use the computer just paying a minimum cost for maintenance.

Internet is an effective media for self teaching. By increasing your knowledge and references to the world around, it is possible to find ways out of poverty. In fact, many schools today use internet as a tool to reach more students with good educational material. We already provide classes with computer programs, with assistance from University students and volunteers.

Also by making contact with other people in the world, we get connected and may share culture and learn from each other. That is how Joseph managed to get so many contacts in Sweden!

Computer lessons

Computer lessons

Have a look at the photo album here
Loan for the Internet café
INUG Stockholm, which is a member of Engineers Without Borders International, provided in the beginning of 2009 a loan of KSH 100 000 to Friends Pioneer for the internet café. The loan has now (jan 2011) been fully repaid together with the agreed interest rate for the period. 
Jakob Jones, INUG Stockholm:
 
 
“We are very happy with this project that we believe has been a success in many ways. First of all we are pleased to see a project that has come all the way from planning to implementation. We now believe that this project has provided a new type of service where it was previously not present, and thus enhanced the possibilities for a local regional community. It has also developed a new income source for Friends Pioneer that hopefully can be reinvested to further develop the local community”
 
Read more here.

7 Responses to “Internet café”

  1. links for 2009-11-28 « Design in Africa Says:

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  2. Cafe World Strategy Says:

    I only wanted to drop you a short note to let you know that I really enjoy your blog.

  3. Conny Wennerberg Says:

    Hi Joseph!
    Thank you for the phone call today Saturday 27
    happy to her from you through Rachel.
    (You know, that stubborn girl you met in Stockholm🙂 in October.
    By!

  4. marcuswendin Says:

    Loan to Friends Pioneer for the Internet café

    As a treasurer of INUG Stockholm I have had the privilege to be part of the IT-café container project by facilitating a loan to start up the project. The organization I represent, INUG Stockholm, which is a member of Engineers Without Borders International, provided in the beginning of 2009 a loan of KSH 100 000 to Friends Pioneer for this purpose. The loan has now been fully repaid together with the agreed interest rate for the period. From INUG Stockholm we are very happy with this project that we believe has been a success in many ways. First of all we are pleased to see a project that has come all the way from planning to implementation. We now believe that this project has provided a new type of service where it was previously not present, and thus enhanced the possibilities for a local regional community. It has also developed a new income source for Friends Pioneer that hopefully can be reinvested to further develop the local community.

    The group from INUG Stockholm that has prepared the loan and handled the communication (Niklas Gustafsson, Daniel Bergman, Eskil Österling, Johan Regnström, Ken Levicki and Tobias Ljungkvist) would like to thank you for the teamwork and wish all the best for the future.

    Jakob Jones
    Treasurer
    INUG Stockholm
    http://www.inug.nu/Local-chapters/INUG-Stockholm
    INUG is a member of Engineers Without Borders International

  5. Bielizna Damska Says:

    Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Thank you so much!


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