OLPCorps Tulane University & UC Davis – Sierra Leone

Munaho (Hello) from Rwanda by Katie McCarthy
June 11, 2009, 10:38 am
Filed under: Team Info

Kagugu 011Hello from Kigali, Rwanda! Katie Robinette and Katie McCarthy landed in Kigali late Sunday night after a total of 36 hours of flying between the two of them. Luckily, ALL of their luggage came through safe and sound!!! And, as yet more proof that they are in fact a snail and shell, their bags were identical. Black, large, green Tulane tag on the left and green, shiny, Mother-placed, ribbons on the right.

They are diligently working on figuring out how to take the XOs apart AND more importantly, how to put them back together; how to set up a server with Squid so we can cache webpages; how to make animations with a cat and change its colors (Scracth). While busily learning, they made time to meet the other teams from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Cameroon, South Africa, and many many more.  They are also picking up (“gleening useful information”) from other teams. They put faces to the names of those lovely OLPCorps listserve emails and faces to the staff, who they’ve been communicating with for months but did not meet until now.

Other exciting tidbits: met President Kagame, learned all the Swahili words from the Lion King, got some sleep, ate passion fruit and Japanese plums, and met Nicholas Negroponte (more on that later).

The training has been very well run; it’s extremely interesting to meet the other teams; there are lots of hands on activities; and, unfortunately, the internet access is not as available as we expected, so please be patient in waiting for our responses.

Murabeho (Good bye) for now!


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