Speaking of technology, this story went viral

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#Technology #ResourcesNeeded #Essential4Education #Internet4Everyone

“An innovative Ghanaian teacher has become a social media sensation after pictures of him drawing features of a Microsoft Word processing window on a chalkboard – to demonstrate to his students – went viral.
In some of the pictures that went viral, his students could also be seen drawing the window in their books.

According to This is Africa.com, Okwura Kwadwo had no computer to demonstrate Microsoft Word to his students, so he drew it on the chalkboard.” Continue reading the article here.

Yesterday, while visiting with a friend from Soshanguve we were actually discussing the importance of technology for future development and education. Technology can open the world for children in rural areas, but, unfortunately, it remains a luxury few can afford and few has access to.

I do hope this article will inspire the powers that be to sit up and take note. Providing the resources for the use of technology can have far reaching effects on education and, eventually, on the growth of a country’s economy. Spend the tax payers money on something that can bring education and the potential to grow to the people, instead of wasting it on expensive international trips, glamorous events and unnecessary luxuries for a select few.


NEWS 24.  2018.  Teacher forced to draw MS Word on chalkboard will finally get resources.  All 4 Women – goo.gl/ZMKKax



NGO’s and technology: infographic


@CircuitEditor #NGO #Africa #Technology #Fundraising

Technology is here to stay, that’s for sure and it’s rapid development over the past few years have opened the world for many of us.

NGO’s and NPO’s in rural areas have been reaping the benefits of utilizing this amazing resource. Nonprofit Tech for Good Founder, Heather Mansfield, have published the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report and it shows how NGO’s use web and email communications, social media, online fundraising tools, mobile technology, etc. The report is based on surveys done by more than 5,300 NGO’s around the world [Philantropy Circuit: 2018].

The infographic above summarizes this report.


PHILANTROPY CIRCUIT.  2018.  New insights on how African NGO’s use technology today.  Short link – bit.ly/2I8f6Pk




#Wordsofhope: is the world becoming a better place?

via @nytimes by 


Photo by Monique Jaques for The New York Times

We have all become so used to the doom and gloom of current times, that we often forget that things are often NOT what it seems.

Nicholas Kristof shares stories about survival, battles fought and won, perseverance, kindnesses done, caring hearts reaching out. He helps us to ‘look on the bright side’ for a change.

Could it be that, amidst all the troublesome politicians, corruption, crime, fear of war, warnings about global warning and looming catastrophe, all the good deeds of those who care went unnoticed? Perhaps it is only because we’ve been looking into the darkness for so long, that we find the light too blinding, so we prefer to wallow in the gloom. Open your eyes for a while, and see the reality. Yes, there are many bad people in the world, and yes, bad things do happen, but let us focus for a minute on the good things and let us be thankful for it.

May Kristof’s article prove to you that there still is hope, hope that the world still has the potential to become a better place.

Read the article here.


Good News, Despite What You’ve Heard  July 1, 2017. The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof: goo.gl/KHbBWz







#Scotland now giving #babyboxes to new parents @CollectiveEvol

Via @collective_evolution on Instagram

The financial burden of having a newbornbaby weighs heavily on many families. The average Canadian family spends at least $8,000 within the first year of having a child, and this average is even higher in other countries.

In some countries, there are some programs that supplement these costs, but at the end of the day, children are still expensive to raise in modern society! •Finland’s Innovative Boxes for Babies•

For the past 80 years, Finland has been gifting care packages to all newborn babies. These aren’t your average gift baskets for new mothers featuring flowers and shower products; they’re much larger and designed with new parents in mind, typically including 80 items such as gender neutral baby clothes for all seasons, outdoor sleeping bags, breast pads, condoms, and nappies.

Some families will even use the cardboard box it comes in as a bed for their newborn. Though it was originally launched as a program for low income families, all families now receive a baby box, regardless of their total income. It’s essentially just a gift from the government, welcoming new babies into society.
Finnish parents have the option to receive cash instead of the baby box, but this is an unpopular choice. The cash given to parents would be €140, whereas the box is valued at around €400.

Read the rest here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVTxcg4g8NZ/

How crocheting #octopi for newborns helps them thrive via #lifeforafricanmothers

@lifeforafricanmothers  on Instagram says:

This is incredible – So why are people crocheting Octopi for Premature Babies ? We asked ourselves the same thing……. It is thought the tentacles remind babies of the umbilical cord, and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safer. This promoted better breathing and more regular heartbeats as well as higher levels of oxygen in their blood. 

They also found that babies cuddling an octopus were less likely to try to pull out their monitors and tubes. 

Thank you knitters, Thank you science, Thank you newborns! #babiesofinstagram #baby #children #science  #neonatal #pregnancy #neonatalmortality #octopus #lifesaving 

See original post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BREYc4QlG9s/

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END hunger and STOP foodwaste in one sweep – a challenge to the people


From the article “Feeding the hungry while tackling food waste”  by #MaryJoDiLonardo via @mothernaturenet

“It all started as a simple way to tackle two huge problems: hunger and food waste. A few members of a temple in metro Atlanta wanted to take leftover fresh food from grocery stores and restaurants and quickly deliver it to agencies that provide food to those in need. People would get fed, and the perishable food wouldn’t get wasted.” [DiLonardo:2016]

I am sure you have, at some point, wondered what happens to food in grocery stores once it is past its sell-by date. Well, it gets thrown away; much like you would just chuck your leftovers into the bin. Have you ever considered that this food could feed someone? We live in an ignorant world; on the one hand we have the ever growing problem of global hunger and starvation and on the other hand we have pollution and billions of people trashing their leftovers and stores dumping their ‘old’ food in landfills.

The FAO states in their article ‘Key facts on food loss and waste you should know!’ that nearly one third of the food produced worldwide every year gets lost or wasted. That is approximately 1,3 billion tonnes of still viable food! [FAO:2016]. Have a look at the statistics:


Per capita food losses and waste, at consumption and pre-consumptions stages,
in different regions [FAO:2016]

They continue to say the following:

·         The food currently lost or wasted in Latin America could feed 300 million people.

·         The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.

·         The food currently lost in Africa could feed 300 million people. [FAO:2016]

According to the FAO, “even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.” [FAO:2016] This makes one think, doesn’t it? You can read the full article about the statistics of food waste here: bit.ly/2fqNAAU.

Now, compare this to the World Food Organization’s statistics of world hunger. The WFO says that “Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.” [WFP:2016]  It doesn’t make sense, does it? (You can read the WFO’s notes about present hunger statistics here: bit.ly/2eC8axh.)

I began this post with a quote from an article by Mary Jo DiLonardo. She tells the story of  a group of volunteers in Atlanta, Georgia who is trying to change this cycle of food waste and food insecurity.  The group started small; as a social action project more than a decade ago. Today the powerhouse NPO called “Second Helpings Atlanta has 62 donors, 31 partner agencies and a team of more than 350 volunteer drivers who hit the streets every day to pick up and drop off perishable food.” [DiLonardo:2016].

Executive Director Joe Labriola says that the challenge is to get the food from those who have it to those who need it. They collect food from restaurants, school cafeterias, grocery stores, etc. and deliver it to food pantries or community food programmes. According to Labriola they currently have around 125 scheduled food pickups and deliveries per week.

He further holds that it is not impossible to implement similar actions in other cities around the world and, looking at the statistics above, I am sure it will be possible.

You can read about this magical  programme here: bit.ly/2foEhiM and, who knows, perhaps you can become a power in your own community, driving a similar action and helping to end hunger in your part of the world.

Remember, like our own Nelson Mandela used to say, everything seems impossible until it is done!


  1. DILONARDO, Mary Jo.  2016. Feeding the hungry while tackling food waste. [Web:] www.mnn.com (Mother Nature Network).  [Date of Access:] November 6, 2016.
  2. FAO.  2016. Key facts on food loss and waste you should know!  [Web:] www.fao.org (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).  [Date of Access:] November 6, 2016.
  3. WFP.  2016.  Hunger Statistics.  [Web:]  www.wfp.org (World Food Programme).  [Date of Access:] November 6, 2016.