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First Solar Powered Rural Internet Kiosk installed in the South Coast of Kenya
The first Solar Powered Rural Internet Kiosk (RIK) is installed at the Ukunda, Kenya. The RIK is a 100% self contained solution for providing access to computer and the Internet to rural people throughout Sub Saharan Africa.
By: Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development
The Rural Internet Kiosk Launch held today was an occasion organized by the youth of Ukunda to share their excitement over being the first RIK location and to usher in a new age of information and communications in rural Sub Saharan Africa. The RIK will allow the Voices of Diani to train the local youth in ICT skills and Web 2.0 including local content generation at the rate of 1 Shilling per minute. The “duka” portion of the kiosk will sell products previously unavailable in the local market such as small solar powered lanterns and nutritional porridge. The project seeks to create local employment for youth and to provide solutions for community issues utilizing social enterprise models. Profits from the RIK will be continually reinvested into developing new social enterprises leading to local economic development. Previously many youth in the area were unable to use ICTs due to the high prices and rigid schedules of the few training centers in the area.
The opening event was attended by members of the local community and distinguished guests including Mr. Umuro Wario, CEO, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Mr. Richard Atuti, Director, Kenyan National Library Service, and Louis Otieno, Associate Director for ICT and Small Business, US Peace Corps. Speakers included the distinguished guests as well as Gideon Mulandi of Voices of Diani, Crystal Kigoni of VOA4SD, and Jonathan McLean of the National Youth Service.
Images from the RIK Launch are available at http://picasaweb.google.com/
For additional information about the Rural Internet Kiosk or groups associated with this project, please contact Crystal Kigoni or visit http://www.voicesofafrica.info
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About Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development:
Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development (VOA4SD) is registered as a non-governmental organization in Kenya.
Our mission is to empower impoverished women and youth to improve their communities sustainably through the use of innovative and cutting edge information and communications technology and social enterprise.
• Empowering communities to take control of their own development through in-formation and education
• To use the internet as a voice for the people
• To foster international relationships and bridge the digital divide
• To provide sustainable solutions to the Millennium Development Goals
• To give communities the educational tools for development in four critical areas:
oEnvironmentally Sustainable Development
oHealth including HIV and AIDS
oSocial Enterprise and Income generation