Back at the 4th Euro- Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research

November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last year I was invited to speak at the 4th Euro- Africa Cooperation to speak about how RLabs is: Transferring Innovation On A Grassroots Level. This particular conference was held in Finland which meant me going over seas for seven days. This year this same conference is being held in Cape Town and I was once again invited to come and speak here.

I am so looking forward to all the presentation and to see how ICT is being utilized in Europe and Africa. The aim of today is networking as well and looking forward to meeting with potential future partners for RLabs. I am grateful for this opportunity to be able to represent RLabs at this conference. That is what RLabs is all about,it is about growth ..and this is me growing.

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MC for the Bussiness Conference 2020

March 31, 2010 § 3 Comments

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Reagen Allen is the MC at today’s Business Conference. Reagen just brings a whole new dynamic when it comes to MC-ing .He had the audience captivated with his sharp sense of humour. Once this young man starts talking you can’t get enough.

During breakfast break I actually asked him if he is willing to come and give the RLABS staff a work shop on how to MC. This however is his gifting and I don’t think no one will be able to MC like he does. He has really brought a lively twist to this conference. Thank you brother for your awesomeness. You are a real encouragement to the rest of us.

*NB- I AM BLOGGING LIVE FROM THE BUSSINESS CONFERENCE

A Crayfish Expedition For The Guys

March 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

One of the guys diving

Over the weekend the guys from RLABS and me went on crayfishing expedition. This was our way of unwinding and taking a break from our hectic weekly schedule. We Saturday morning at the crack of dawn we hit the road and everyone was in high spirits.

The place where we go and catch crayfish and were we throw in our nets is very rocky and not for the faint hearted at all. But we have got to love this place and always seem to come back for more.

Were we dived is not for the faint hearted

The catch for the day was good and we even got to eat some of the crayfish on the beach.This was a day well spent with the guys and am looking at doing it real soon again. Thank you guys for an awesome day. God bless you my brothers.

Enjoying our catch on the rocks

MoCo(Mobile Counselling) Goes Live!

November 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

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On Thursday we launched our pilot project called MoCo (Mobile Counselling) services and all the NGO,s involved came together at The Impact Centre for the launch.All of the various representatives from the different organisations first met met for some nibbles and something to drink before MoCo went live.

After filling out tummies  and quenching our thirst, it was time get down to some serious  work.We had each organisation set up at their own station as they got ready to counsel young people out their on their mobile phones that is facing problems with substance abuse and other issues.

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I am so proud to be part of the fisrt ever mobile counselling service in the world.And to be playing an intrical part in all of this.

Here are some stats as to how the first day of counselling session went:

During the first two hour session of the pilot, 103 subscribers made contact with us and 2034 messages were sent to people in need of support in the area of drug addiction.

“The Art of Mobile Counselling” Workshop:Day 1

November 9, 2009 § 2 Comments

I want to first of all give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing in my life.It is only because of His Grace that I have the ability to do what I am doing.

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RLABS hosted and facilitated the 1st SUBSTANCE ABUSE MOBILE COUNSELING TRAINING in the world.I am so honored to say that I was one of the facilitators on this particular pilot project.We as RLABS will be training and equipping up five organizations in the Western Cape as  how to use and administrate the system we are currently using to do the mobile counseling from.The day started off with registration, coffee and tea.Michael Abrahams (one of the facilitators) did the introduction and welcome.

 

Then it was my time do my presentation which was: “Social Media For Social Good”. In this presentation I basically painted the picture as to why we will be using mobile phones to counsel people and the potential thereof .One of the slides in my presentation read as follows:”4 Billion mobile phones are being used worldwide and it is the largest4070801993_ae84cf283a

distribution channel platform”-World Bank 2008..This was to show people how many people we could possibly reach out there.

Craig Ross was up next and he did:”The Art Of Mobile Counseling”.He basically told them the difference of one- on- one counseling and mobile counseling.Up next was Clinton his presentation was:”The Confessions Of Mobile Counselor”.In this presentation he engaged the participants as to what is required from a counselor when they go on-line etc.Clinton also had some homework for the participants.They had to go out and get 10 chat lingo acronyms and share it with the class th following day

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By the end of the day all the participants was registered onto our system.On day 2 they all were going to do role-play and get a chance to work on the system as counselors.

Will fill you in on Day 2 as things progress.

10 Questions for Community Developer Brent Williams

September 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

Today’s blog post will be about an online  interview that a very special women did with me.She is none other than Joy-Anne Goodenough (also known on twitter as @joyanne ),the editor of The Portfolio Travel Blog that won the best traveling blog in this years SA Blog Awards.When she initially asked me if i wanted to do this interview i was naturally  over the moon.How could i refuse.

I just love Social Media and it is a great way to conect with people and to share your story etc. I want to take this opportunity to thank her for the opportunity for giving me the opportunity to share my story with others out there.“Thank you Joy-Anne for considering me to write about on your blog.I really appreciate it and may God bless everything that you do.”

Here is the link to that particular blog post: http://ow.ly/rAiE

Hope you guys enjoy it  and God bless:-)

THESE CHILDREN NEED OUR LOVE AND OUR PRAYERS

August 27, 2009 § Leave a comment

This has been an eye opening week for me. I’ve been to many meetings and workshops, far more than usual within just one week. One of the workshops that really stands out for me is the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) workshop. It was quite enlightening. Since I’m currently working in the Kewtown Primary School where the results of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is so evident, this workshop is one that is of particular importance.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that can occur to an embryo when a pregnant woman ingests alcohol during pregnancy. While ingesting alcohol during pregnancy does not always result in FAS the possibility is great. The current recommendation of the US Surgeon General is to abstain from the use of all alcohol during a pregnancy.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol that can be used while pregnant. Additionally, there are no safe times during pregnancy to drink alcohol and no safe type of alcohol. For this reason the US Center for Disease Control encourages women not to drink alcohol at any time, in any amount, during pregnancy.

There is another great concern. It is common for a woman to be pregnant for several weeks or even months without being aware of it. It is therefore urged that if a woman is sexually active without the aid of birth control she abstain from drinking. Certainly if any woman is planning on or expecting a pregnancy she should give up all alcohol until after the baby arrives. How to be sure…if a woman does not use alcohol at all during pregnancy, it is not possible that her child would be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)…

If a pregnant woman does drink alcohol, it is in her blood and it passes through the placenta to the baby. The use of alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a many lifelong disorders for the child. Children with FASDs are likely to display some, if not all of the following behaviors and characteristics:

*Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)

*Low body weight

*Small head size

*Shorter-than-average height

*Hyperactive behavior

*Poor coordination

*Inability to maintain focus

*Inability to reason

*Difficulty paying attention

*Deficiency in mathematics

*Difficulty learning

*Slurred or delayed speech

*Low IQ

*Poor judgment

*Sleep problems

*Sucking problems

*Poor vision

*Hearing problems

*Problems with the heart, kidney, and/or bones

It’s obvious in looking at the above list that this insidious affliction can result in a host of problems for the precious little one afflicted with FASDs and there is no cure. Let me say that again…THERE IS NO CURE!

Some of my concerns are that there are so many children enrolled in Kewtown Primary School that we have identified as possibly having FASDs. Since it’s a known fact that Children with FASDs have learning difficulties, and this is evident in Kewtown Primary it presents a huge problem for us. These children could be easily misunderstood and could be classified as “stupid” and/or could be shouted at in class by an educator who doesn’t understand the problem and just isn’t able to cope with them. It is our responsibility to love these youngsters and have patience with them. Their conditions are through no fault of their own and what they need now is help, love and understanding. We are there to see that they receive what they need. My heart goes out to each of them especially as there is no cure for this disease. The other thing that I also know is that these children need our prayers…there is nothing impossible for God.

We will continue to pray for these little ones and ask God to give us the wisdom we need to work with them. I will not give up on them. I will be committing myself to them and in addition to prayer do everything I can to accommodate these precious little children.

I ASK THAT YOU JOIN US IN PRAYER AS WE PRAY FOR THESE CHILDREN AND ALL THE CHILDREN ACROSS THE WORLD WHO SUFFER THIS DREADED DISEASE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 NIV

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