HP (Slate) TABLETS intro to Eastern Zambia

October 23rd, 2013

for Kamtolo and Katiye teachers – Tablets are HP SLATEs

KATIYE Community School

October 23rd, 2013

Katiye Community School Leaders and Parents test new PROMISE HUB with new SOLAR ENERGY   Katiye Community School Leaders and Parents test their new PROMISE HUB
 powered with newly installed SOLAR ENERGY.

Regional Government Officials test out PROMISE HUB destined for KAMTOLO and share our excitement

October 23rd, 2013

Regional Officials test out Kamtolo Promise Hub

THE NEW PROMISE HUB – Library in a box (small box)

October 23rd, 2013


Can you spot….
1 Battery (usually solar-charged)?
1 Raspberry PI and wire and USB key and SD boot card ? Range = approximately 1 football field
1 wireless tablet (usually solar-charged)(Maximum simultaneous devices = about 14 tablets or computers or Smart-phones)?

EWB appreciates grant toward UKUMFWANA Phase II

September 14th, 2012

Wonderful news! Our Zambian schools will soon receive more solar-powered technology and curriculum, thanks to a major grant awarded by Juniper Networks Foundation Fund. This is their second grant allocated to the Ukumfwana project.

Ukumfwana (working together) started with providing netbooks, teacher training and some solar power.
This new funding will allow us to provide solar power to 4 more sites and smart phones to some village schools. These phones will allow photo taking/transmission, file sharing, communications with head office, etc. The funding also gives a boost to our curriculum budget. Finally, more computers and tablets will be provided to classrooms.
(Technical detail updates are released periodically on this blog www.Ukumfwana.org )

Eneli Lungu

August 14th, 2012

African News August 2012

August 14th, 2012

This report is from a young woman from Kamtolo (Lundazi area in Zambia’s Eastern Province), now a college student in the USA. She mentions two outstanding teachers: Ired and Chrispin Phiri, sponsored by our wonderful Oasis Life partners.

A few weeks ago I asked George Phiri (now assisting Ronald in the national office in Lusaka and once a business person assisting teachers of thousands of pupils in Eastern Zambia) to try to locate this former pupil who had won some
national scholarships.

While I naturally appreciated her gracious spirit in saying thanks to me, the real target of this thanks is our sponsors. Together we now have many thousands of pupils who read and speak well.
We are grateful to the Zambian teachers who taught her. Pleasereceive their thanks as well as hers.

These are excerpts from her lengthy letter.

Hi Mr. Carson,

My name is Eneli Lungu. I was a tiny girl who felt shy when you were visiting Kamtolo. I used to hide because I was afraid
of talking to you in English, but then I would want to wave at you when you were leaving.

I started school at Kamtolo Alpha community school in Lundazi, Zambia in 1997. You came to visit our school, to bring us learning materials (Let’s Speak English and Let’s Read English). At the time, I didn’t appreciate what that meant: we were just happy to see you. But as time went by, I began to realize how great it was that you travelled thousands of miles to provide us with knowledge and that you gave your time to help us even though you did not know us. That motivated me to really work hard at school. Still today, it is my inspiration.

In 2000, I went to the capital city (Lusaka) to continue my education there, as I qualified for a scholarship from the Pestalozzi World Foundation: their mission is to provide a practical secondary education for deprived children in some of the poorest countries in Africa and Asia. Each year they go to rural areas to select children whose parents cannot afford their school fees: the selected children write an exam. Whoever passes qualifies for a sponsorship. I qualified and was sponsored until 9th Grade. After that I had to go back to Lundazi and continue my education there. It was hard because high school is very expensive compared to primary school. I did not get discouraged that my parents could not afford to pay my school fees.

Sometimes I would stay at home for the whole school term until I found money for school fees. After about a year, I applied for and received a college scholarship from United World College in India. This was August 2007 when I was in my 11th grade (term two) in Lundazi.

After I received my diploma there, I was able to apply for college in the USA. I am currently studying Business administration in Missouri. I am in my third year.

I realize how blessed I am. All this was possible because of what you did for my community in Lundazi. If it was not for you I would not be where I am now. You helped me learn how to read and work hard in school.
That prepared me for what was to come in the future. I forgot to mention that I am the niece to (teachers) Ired and Chrispin Phiri of Kamtolo Alpha community school.

Eneli T Lungu

Thank you from Bob Carson

Solar Inside Unit

June 20th, 2012

Nkonje Solar Charging Installation of 2011

June 20th, 2012

Ukumfwana Phase 1 in 2011. This solar unit was installed on an educator’s home-roof while the new buildings were being completed.

Nkonje Community School – Ukumfwana Progress

June 20th, 2012

With a new 2011 Solar Power Unit which can easily enable up to 5 Netbooks’ charging nightly. Nkonje is ready for Phase 2 of the Ukumfwana Project.