Conn@cting People is a project which will connect rural people(with no electricity neither internet access at all) from a war-displaced camp to the rest world. it is a project with 3 main activities:2workshops on peace photojournalism and the use of internet, the installment of the first solar powered Rural Internet Kiosk in Burundi and a photo competition and exhbit. it help reach the MDGs of bridging the Digital divide.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Bujumbura mayorship for the workshops and exhibit and Bujumbura Rural for RIK installement and photoComeptitions
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The populations we are going to work with are youth from a rural commune frontier to the Capital city of Burundi. it is located at 4 miles from Jamaa youth centre. It is a community which has been terribly affected and dislocated by 15years of civil war and still has severe wounds in their soul. People from this part of the world live in deplorable and extreme poverty -no power, water sanitatio nor internet cafe and with less than 200£ a year.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The project stories are about the community daily life. It is a means for young people from an underserved community to make their voices heard and participate in the shaping of their society. Our vision is to mobilize youth to act as social monitors within their community, foster public dialogue around key social issues and support advocacy actions for improved service delivery and accountability of duty-bearers via photography and internet
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Jamaa has already established partnership with Peace in Focus, an American non-profit organization. It is committed to train youth from underprivileged and post conflict communities using photography and other innovative tool. GTC is a local photo-laboratory it help us printing photo for exhibit. We also plan to work with IWACU newspaper via his iconograph Thierry Niyungeko who was trained with Peace in Focus and Jamaa before he gets hired.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
16 young people (8 ladies and 8gentlemen from different ethnic background) from the displaced camp and its surrounding will be trained. They will be chosen from youth movements and will afterwards run the RIK and train their peers and the general public. They will elect a secretary and a bookkeeper who will elaborating working schedules and narrative-financial reports. Profits from RIK will be shared 50% for maintainance and 50% for them.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voice scan help promote our Project by posting it to its Website and by linking us with other donators once it is selected for funding. It can equally support as by providing us with tips for a better and successful implementation of the project and fund management. Furthermore, Rising Voices can help establish a pen-pal Program between the youth from Burundi and other young people from Netherlands who have a wish to share ideas.
February 26, 2013