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Landed safely in Zambia 16th Feb Within two hours of touchdown we were in an unscheduled meeting with the British Council Project Officer for Digital matters in Zambia. We discussed how we might support his overall remit and fill in any gaps not addressed by other organisations at present. Through him we then visited Computers

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Solar Panels and Raspberry Pi

We’re busy checking out kit for next week’s visit to Siavonga, Zambia. A pallet of eight solar panels donated by SolarPlants has gone out ahead of us. Two of the panels are reportedly damaged during transit, but we are hoping they may still have some functionality. Our target over the three week visit is to

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Siavonga visit

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We’re delighted to be heading out for Siavonga next week to install the solar panels kindly donated by SolarPlants We will be working with four rural schools to get them set up and working, supplying teachers and pupils alike with offline learning resources via RACHEL (Rural Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) on a

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Easyfundraising for Giakonda Solar Schools

If you do a lot of online shopping, here’s a way you can help us at the same time at no cost to yourself. Sign up with and nominate Giakonda Solar Schools as your chosen cause. Whether it’s your weekly shop, travel abroad or insurance renewals, shop via and the retailer will donate

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Swanfrica Network meeting

I attended a most useful workshop today at the Environment Centre, Swansea. Thanks to Swanfrica and Women4Resources for organising it. Representatives of various Wales-based charities working in Africa met together to share ideas and experiences and see how we could work together more closely. We identified common themes of education and training, and trading relationships.

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Donated computers arrive in Lusaka

Good news that the boxes of donated computers and laptops (despatched months ago via itschoolsafrica) have arrived in Lusaka and will be picked up shortly by Charli Mangalazi of Siavonga High School. Equipment that people in UK might just throw away, can be refurbished by us to perform well in Zambia. If you have anything

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Synology DiskStations for Siavonga

We have long been fans of Synology DiskStation NAS storage stations and, in July 2015, set one up in the offices of Siavonga Nutrition Group.  It meant that all users could save their work centrally and share resources more easily. We recently met Synology UK at a trade event and discussed our project with them. Imagine

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From pupil to master

In 2015 Philemon Chikoonda was head teacher of Kabbila Primary School in Siavonga. He watched carefully and assisted in setting up the solar panels for his school. Thanks to a grant from S & C Electric we were able to provide a solar panel, battery and cables for his new school Dambilo. Philemon set them

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Hub Cymru Africa Summit 2016

Yesterday we attended the Hub Cymru Africa Development Summit at Liberty Stadium Swansea. The event brought together representatives of many charities and voluntary organisations in Wales whose projects were linked with Africa. There were talks by people like the inspirational Nassra Juma Mohammed, Head Coach of the Zanzibar Women’s Football Team; and opportunities for networking

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En route for Siavonga

Thanks so much to SolarPlants of Baglan Bay for their generous donation of eight solar panels for our project in Zambia. They’ve now been picked up and have started the long journey to Lusaka via Durban. It will be mid- December before they arrive! Solar Plants Director Daniel Crossland with Howard Kirkman of Giakonda Solar

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Solar Panel Pick -Up

Tomorrow we are going to Baglan Bay to oversee the pick -up of 8 solar panels destined for Zambia. Solar Plants of Baglan Bay have kindly donated them for use in schools in Siavonga which at present have no power. They will be shipped via Durban to reach Lusaka in early December. We hope to

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