Sunday, March 28, 2010

Our First Video Blog from Uganda!

Welcome to the first of my video blogs from Uganda.

I hope this can help you to feel a little more connected to the lives you've touched in Lyantonde through your support of Project Focus and our work here. This is an introduction, and with each posting I'll try to go a little deeper into life in Lyantonde.

Since I'm flying solo out here your comments and feedback would help me frame the postings in ways you'll enjoy and learn from.

All my gratitude,

Grant Buhr

Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the strengths and accomplishments of women around the world. For me, the first person who came to mind was my grandmother, someone who decided after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 to fight for compensation of her Jewish grandfather's textile business that was taken away by the Nazi government. She did all this from Argentina, where she grew up and lives today, and though it took her nearly eight years to fight the case she and her cousins were finally compensated.

It is women like my grandmother who have paved the way for me to do the work I do now, and be involved in organizations like Project FOCUS.

Recently I spoke with my grandmother over skype. She called me from Buenos Aires to congratulate us on our worldview spot that she listened to after seeing it posted as my skype status. She shared how inspired she was by our project to bring Internet to a community in rural Uganda. We began to talk about the complexities of development work and activism, and I found myself connecting with her in a way I had not before.

So Happy International Women's Day, in honor of all our grandmothers and these beautiful moments that connect us.

Here is a video from the World Food Programme made especially for today:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

PF's Internet Cafe Featured in Global Giving's Technology for Good Initiative

PF is getting noticed as more and more people are recognizing that connecting people is fundamental to the global economy, to societies, to infrastructure, and to life.

One of Global Giving's corporate partners, Ericsson, has selected Project FOCUS' internet cafe in Lyantonde, Uganda as one of six projects that they are promoting as part of their Technology for Good giving campaign!

To view our project on Global Giving, click here.

To make an investment, visit our microsite and click 'Invest Now'