|Letters From The Ground (unedited...)|
|Alliance and Kenya High||
Thursday, June 21 2001
I am at an internet cafe right now, so I don't have very much time. I'm going to give you the update all at once! we went to alliance yesterday and their phone line was down and could not connect to the internet. Until that gets repaired (could take several weeks), the students will not be online. However, Ken and I went to the secretary's computer and used her phone line and hooked it up to the internet. We showed the computer teacher the basics of the Swissimpact site and he seemed very interested. We will try to return to the school at the end of the trip. Also today we went to Kenya High. It was very lovely and the people were very enthusiastic. They actually set up a projector that allowed us to give a demonstration to a class of about 15 students and 2 teachers. The girls were very nice and asked questions and showed much interest. hopefully as susanne said, she can meet them in a chat room this afternoon. I think that sums up everything in relation to the schools. Otherwise, I've been having a nice stay here and Ken has been a great tour guide, giving me info on places we are seeing and putting up with all my questions. We leave on sunday morning to travel to another region. I hope all is well there. Please call my cell phone if you want to get in touch directly. Tom should have the number. Talk to you soon!
Monday, June 25 2001
as you probably gathered, ken and i are in kisumu. we
arrived yesterday and the trip here was very scenic. we saw rift valley,
mt. longonot and two lakes. also saw huts, villages, and people herding
cattle, goats and sheep. there was a nice feeling, seeing how people
were so connected to nature. we stayed the night and the next morning
we went to kisumu girls. we had many problems connecting but finally
we got on the iternet. then we encountered problems logging in. we tried
logging in as other highschools, as ourselves, and nothing would go
through...it said it was loading, but the loading was taking over 20
minutes. this is when i called niki, but he said the site was working
fine internally and also in india. the problem at kisumu had to be site-specific
because all other web pages such as yahoo, etc. were working fine and
people were able to log in and get their mail. finally after 20 minutes,
we were able to log in (from the time we entered as kenyahigh) and using
this account, we demonstrated the swissimpact site and talked about
putting students in contact with schools abroad, enhancing cultural
awareness, sharing information and ideas, getting a homepage up for
others to see, etc. etc.
Tuesday, June 26 / Wednesday, June 27 2001
are at maranda high school and just finished up here. yesterday we connected
them to africa online and today we demonstrated how to use the internet
and how to use the swissimpact website. hopefully they will be communicating
regularly. right now, the students are not receiving computer instruction
formally, but now that they have the internet set up, the teachers will
try out the service, learn it themselves, and once they are familiar they
will teach the students. they seem very happy to have the internet here
and plan to stay in contact.
at this time, ken and i are going back to kisumu girls to make sure that they are set up and remember how to chat. when we left them, we gave them online services and demonstrated the swiss impact site to the teacher but didn't teach the students. we should be teachign some students this afternoon. we had originally planned on going to ambira high school but we phoned them today and they are still in the process of decidign which ISP to get and whether or not they want one at all (because of the high cost). we are doing all we can to encourage them to benefit from the internet. we can plan to stop by again on our way back if they have decided by that time.
we had initially planned on going to ambira, but they were being indirect in their intentions. ken's colleague in nairobi has been trying to set up an appointment for us to come but they haven't confirmed. plus, they still haven't decided whether or not they want to get an ISP. because of this, we have decided to skip ambira and move on. we told them that we would be in touch on our way back and to be prepared. once we confirm their situation, then we will inform you so that you can set them up with a password.
since we weren't going to ambira, we decided to go back to kisumu girls and make sure they are set up and are comfortable with the swissimpact site. we told them we would arrive by 5pm, but we were delayed in maranda. we weren't able to leave until 3pm and we just now arrived in kisumu. ken should be on the phone with them now telling them that we will arrive tomorrow morning, spend an hour there and continue on.
|Kakamega / Butere / Kisumu||
Saturday, June 30 2001
everyone. Two days ago, ken and I traveled from Kisumu to Kakamega Boys
High school. We met there with people from SwiftGlobal (an ISP) and we
got them conencted and familiar with the SwissImpact site. Sofar, they
only have one telephone line that is in the office, so the only computer
hooked up to the internet is in the office. They have a very modern computer
lab that should be getting a phone line soon, and at that time the students
will be able to connect to the internet.
After Kakamega, we traveled to Butere Girls High School. The only computer connected to the internet is the one in the principal's house. Her house is on the school grounds, and the computer teacher is allowed to access it. They seemed very impressed by the website and the many things its offers- communication with schools abroad and also schools in Kenya (the computer teacher also teaches biology and was glad to have a look at the biology practical that maranda posted). At this time, they are unable to chat because they only have internet explorer version 4. We tried installing Explorer 5 from the miscrosoft office 2000 CD, but there were problems. The computer teacher said he would install it on his own and try out the chat option then. Their computer lab only consists of 4 computers and they are much in need of more equipment.
We are in Kisumu right now and I think tomorrow we are traveling to Homo Bay.
That's it for now, talk to you soon!
|Kisii / Homa Bay / Ogande / Kanga / Agoro /||
Monday-Friday, July 3-7 2001
we are at kisii high school and just finished our demonstration. we are
on our way to nairobi in an hour so we expect to arrive late at night.
if you want to call on the mobile, we should have reception again. so
far, kisii high school is the only high school in south nyanza that has
an ISP. The others all have plans but they are no immediate. we will talk
more tonight or tomorrow. everything here at kisii is well and we hope
that they will be logging in soon.
kim and ken
here is what has been going on for the last week (i
hope this everything!)...