Monday, May 30, 2011

This One or That One???

Our five-month Technology Tent training session begins June 6. We have 18 computers and 28 applicants. How do we choose? Albin, our Country Director; Justine, the Banjika headmaster; Mr. Tonde, the Welwel headmaster; and Peter, the computer teacher decided to conduct interviews. I sat in the background and kept silent.

Twenty applicants showed up for the interview. Each applicant stood in front of the panel and was questioned about their commitment, ambition, desire to teach technology to others, and computer experience. A few were so fearful they could hardly speak. It was too heartbreaking to me to reject two applicants so we decided to accept all 20. Some computers will be shared. We will see how many participants show up on Monday morning, June 6 with their $25 contribution to begin the program.

Today I am visiting other secondary schools in the Karatu district. We are installing a solar energy system and computers at two more schools in October 2011. One school will be Welwel and the other is still to be determined. I met with Mr. Mbwambo, the Karatu District Education Officer and we compiled a list of 10 secondary schools in the district which he thought would be good candidates for installations in 2012.

Stay tuned.


I wonder why some computers are working and some are not :)

Powering Potential has a very dedicated group of people working with it. The computer guys are striving diligently to solve our software problems. It is such a relief to me to have such knowledgeable, committed people involved with Powering Potential. I also hired Happy Mashinga, a former Banjika graduate, to help us. On Saturday she helped set up student accounts on the computers, test all the mouses (is it mouses or mice?), accurately set the date and time, and we taught her the proper way to turn on and off the solar energy system. When Albin is in Dar es Salaam and I am in New York, she will be on-site to help. She lives a short distance from the school.

Happy has a lot of potential to power.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

That has been my mantra the past few days :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Arrived Safe and Sound

I left my Manhattan home at 2:30pm Thursday, May 19, and 24 hours later was checking into a hotel in Arusha, Tanzania (9:30pm Tanzania time).

This morning I am meeting with Albin, Powering Potential's Country Director and Rogers, our vendor in Tanzania who is helping with the computer installation. We will work out the final details of the installation plan. The computers have already arrived and the monitors are arriving tonight.

Our long evolving plans are finally coming to fruition....I wonder what wonders await us.