Monday, June 22, 2009

Lyantonde Internet Audio Documentary

In rural Uganda, most teachers, students, farmers, business owners, and health care providers work without access to information and communication technologies that can transform their lives in simple yet profound ways. An Internet-cafe in Lyantonde, Uganda is designed to provide public access to vital information at an affordable price, allow for new computer and Internet users to familiarize themselves with the benefits of I.T., provide the space and equipment for the production of community-driven multi-media projects, and provide an income to financially support Prince Primary School. Project Focus is currently working with ICOD and Inveneo to establish the first Internet cafe in Lyantonde. Below is an audio documentary created to highlight the need for Internet in Lyantonde in the community's own words.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Permaculture: an approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in the natural ecologies.

I’m freakishly excited because this summer I get to take a course in the California desert on permaculture - or permanent agriculture - meaning sustainable systems of agriculture that reduce reliance on damaging industrial systems of production and distribution. This is the future for lasting development solutions needed in communities like Lyantonde, and will greatly improve my understanding of issues the community members are facing. The course also focuses on the ins-and-outs of sustainable aid (i.e. working with cultural diversity, conflict resolution, etc). I couldn’t think of anything more fitting to prepare me for the trip back post summer fundraising.

The courses are developed by Robyn Francis, a permaculture designer with over 25 years of experience in rural and urban community development all over the globe. The action takes place in Quail Springs California. Quail Springs’ site is a 450 acre spring-fed canyon in a high desert, semi-arid landscape, at 3,800 feet elevation (about 3 hours from L.A.). I’ll be camping on the site for the duration of the courses and when I’m not participating in classes I’ll be gaining extra experience thru hands-on labor in the work/trade aspect of the program.

The diversity of these courses are for anyone working in community development in any setting, and I advice you to check out the website at ... and direct your questions the wonderful Kolmi at

Join me!