ICT4D thanks to Mr. Nosey…Kanya
September 23rd, 2011 by Dipesh
The digital divide is just one amongst so many divides that exist between developed countries and parts of the world like Kenya. Sitting here in the luxury of my office behind my nice big screen and unlimited internet connection, yet having to wait five minutes to load up a photo less than 150kb makes you realize that we are still world’s apart. And I am at the top end of the fortunate in this part of the world!
We all can’t imagine a world without running water and television let alone one without a keyboard at our fingertips but as many of you know, running water, let alone computers are a long way from being considered part and parcel of the social landscape in most parts of Kenya. We certainly understand contributing to basic human rights like a room with four walls and windows is a key part of what we need to do but we also understand that we can help bridge that gap even quicker simply through enabling people to help themselves – and yes, Information and Communication Technologies and Development is key to that process.
What I love about Kenya is that despite the lack of infrastructure, Kenya has actually put a stamp on the globe for ICT growth and development. That is no understatement and our very own Ory Okollah who was recently nominated as among Africa’s 20 most powerful women is more than just symbolic of what is happening in Kenya at this very moment. Google her name and follow the labyrinth of the world wide web and sooner rather than later you will arrive and simple life changing examples like the solar ICT kiosk installed only kilometres away from our office in Ukunda to know what I am talking about.
We have one way or the other tried to increase access to ICT in several of rural areas we work in over the past few years so when our good old friend Nosey said he had secured a very generous donation of several rebuilt laptops through QinetiQ where he was working, of course we said a big YES and a big THANK YOU and so did all the recipients of these little things that help make a little step of improvement to so many people’s lives
So we took the opportunity to reach as many people through the various small organizations and groups or schools we work with like Imani Women’s Group, Rafiki Kenia next to Camp Makongeni as well as teaching the students and the teachers at the schools we work at…
It’s been a lot of fun so far and we are already beginning to see little steps of people’s ability to help themselves simply through being connected like Salim, the new manager at Kaya Kinondo and the group who run Kaya Muhaka. And that’s just the beginning…