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  • Pamoja Net – A community commons

    Pamoja means “Togetherness” in Swahili.  Just as the internet brings people together, the organisational philosophy behind our work is collective at it’s heart.  Additionally to providing public access internet to Idjwi for the first time, we delivered: An organisational manifesto, signed by the king of the island, to keep information access on our network a […]

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  • Our network is having great impact

    Our network, “Pamoja.net” – (Pamjoa means “Together” in Swahili), is having immediate impact on Idjwi, providing employment for Chance Rwesi, guardian of the service, who can collate crucial messaging via our public display. Here is what happened when a child was lost in Bugurula. The translation in French is below. “My name is Angelique, I […]

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  • Installing the Internet on Idjwi

    After prototyping in Scotland, we discovered we needed four additional Ubiquiti Powerbeam M5 antennas for the two shorter 5km internal links within the island required to get the signal from the entry point (a mountain top near Kibanda) via another highpoint, Bulega, to our planned kiosk in Bugarula. Mick Hicks from Cromarty Firth Wireless helped us […]

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  • Testing long-range WiFi in Scotland

    Patrick shot and edited this video, documenting the prototyping mission. Directing WiFi long distances required us to develop an understanding of the physical and logistical challenges of point-to-point communication.  Making the minute adjustments to antenna position, required to get the maximum throughput, is a great challenge so we wanted to practice. The challenge At 50km, […]

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  • Installing a solar powered patient management system

    At New Hope Hospital, all record taking was paper-based.  Managing chronic conditions such as malaria and malnutrition, monitoring the recovery after operations via outpatient visits, and ensuring that prescribed medication and diagnosis was effectively recorded, was therefore a terribly arduous task for Dr Pascal and his staff. Admin overhead was keeping the hospital small scale, […]

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  • Automated telephony healthcare powered via SMS

    Understanding the mobile landscape, and appreciating the low literacy levels, we knew we needed to utilise the power of SMS.  But combined with the connectivity and automation we can now provide from the BRCK and the hospital’s server, we had the right tools in place for constrained health services. Automated audio prescription advice Many patients […]

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  • Breaking! – Internet access reaches Bugarula

    The small town of Bugarula comes alive on market days, with around 10,000 visitors from across Idjwi.  Ensemble works with UFIN, a womens co-operative that produces textiles for sale at the market. It’s near Bugarula port, so we plan to provide news on shipping and cargo for traders, coffee producers and tungsten miners.  Also the Mwami (King) […]