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I weep for my girls in Bai Kuke, who have never seen or touch a computer

My computer always navigating the World Pulse site

Before I left Bamenda for Bai Kuke 2 weeks ago to identify my scholarship beneficiaries, I had all my technology related work done in Bamenda. I had the congratulation letters typed and printed in my house. I had all the "Why the Rescue Women Girls Scholarship" document typed and printed too. I had my Camera's two batteries fully charged. I had my phone battery fully charged. As for my laptop, I could not charge it because my battery is completely down and it can only work with direct current and as a result, I left in Kumba, the last town before taking a long transport drive towards Bai Kuke. Yes, I had every thing I had to do with technology, done, before I even packed my bag.

I did not do this because I am work conscious, but because there is no electricity in Bai Kuke. There is no documentation services in Bai Kuke. A few people who come from Bai Kuke but live in the cities may have private PCs, but it is not a common eye-sight in the village. Even though a few villagers have their private fuel powered generators, it is commonly used during the last quarter of the year when farmers raise money from their cocoa farms. From January to September, it is hard to find the few people with generators switch them on during the night because fuel is very expensive and so people would rather concentrate on feeding their families than spend their little resources to buy fuel.

Poised with the desire to learn, how will my beneficiaries learn effectively in the midst of this very harsh reality. I sat on the veranda of my fathers un-lighted compound thinking of how I could make life better for the beneficiaries and other girls who are struggling to embrace education fully in Bai Kuke. I once again experienced the pain of using a kerosene lamp to read and write, as I identified and took down the background stories of some late-coming beneficiaries who came in the night to get their girls identified for the scholarship. I couldn't blame them for coming late, for I am fully aware that they came back from the farm late. I am a Bai Kuke girl and so I understand everything about my community.

Before I could get done with the girls in the night, with the help of a big kerosene lamp standing on top of my dad's giant dining table, I felt some pinchy aches taking hold of my eyes. I asked for a damp towel so that I could cool down the aches, and yes, I felt relieved for a bit.

Interestingly, all my beneficiaries have never ever had access to the computer and the internet. They didn't even know what it really was. Explaining to them what the internet really was was like using one hand to tie a bundle. They cramped around my little sisters laptop, with keen interest, to learn how to put on and put off a computer. My heart wept for those little girls, whom in the 21st century, have never ever seen a computer.

Curious enough, I asked one of the teachers where they type and print exams and he told me it is all done in Kumba, some 60km away from Bai Kuke, and it is very expensive. Wao! I imagined how I get all my work done in my house in Bamenda, and get all my documents printed in my house as well. I thought of taking one of my desk top to Bai Kuke, but then the lack of electricity will be a hindrance. I can't hold it, my girls need to get frequently in contact with the computer. They really need to.

As I took shots of them using my camera, they were really amazed looking at the shots on the screen of my digital camera. Seeing their faces on a little device made all them to bring out the hidden smiles in them. I smiled, watching them smile.

Because most of my beneficiaries are orphans living in very poor conditions, they have never left Bai Kuke. That is why they have probably never saw a computer or any ICT device, except mobile phones. Even though a few literate youths do access internet using their phones in Bai Kuke, internet access need to go beyond the phone and be accessible to all.

My heart is weeping for my girls. I want them to know how to use the computer and the internet. I want them to make use of the internet. I want them to find success in connecting to the web. What can I do? What can I do sisters? What can I do fellow World Pusarians? I need ideas!!! My heart is seriously weeping.

I think my next project is to buy a solar panel to generate electricity. Buying a small one could light up a room in my father's house and that way, the girls can come there periodically to use the desktop computer that I will give to them. In that room, they can come there to read at night. I am just thinking but I think they are good ideas.

My Lord and My God, help me achieve these dreams. Internet is life, Internet is key to greater success in life!

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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erincriley's picture

Thank you!

Hi Nakinti,

Thank you for your wonderful post. Many people in western countries don't realize the conditions that others have to go through in order to receive education and to get access to the internet. Your entry is very well written. Thank you for sharing your story and please continue to empower girls and women.

Nakinti's picture

Thank you Erin

Dear Erincriley,
Thank you a bunch for stopping by my journal and dropping this inspiring comment. I will continue to do all I can so that the girls of my community, girls of Cameroon be empowered.
Sending you warm love from Cameroon, popularly called 'Africa in Miniature'

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Bheki's picture

Thank you for your love

Dear Nakinti,

As I read your posting, it really touched my heart and I wept with you. Thank you for sharing with all of the World Pulse community what your girls in Cameroon are trying to cope with. They are indeed living a harsh life. I'm sure that your presence and the hope that you bring is lighting up their lives in ways you may never see.

The solar idea is a good one and could generate enough power to charge everything and run your computer. Is there a security issue there in terms of it being stolen if you put one in? I know that is an issue many places where poverty is rampant.

I'd love to know more about your scholarship program.

Many blessings to you and may all of your dreams be realized.

Thank you.
Bheki

Nakinti's picture

Bheki, you are a darling!

Dear Bheki,
I am glad you took time to stop by my journal and drop this very meaningful comment. The women and girls of Bai Kuke are living a harsh reality. Girls go to school during the day, during the night they cannot read because they probably do not have enough kerosene light up the kerosene lanterns in their houses. I liter of Kerosene is about $1.5, so you can imagine.

My dear, I am hoping that the dream of getting solar panel comes true, so that my beneficiaries and other girls can have access to electricity and have the chance to study. You are right when you talk of thieves, but stealing is not rampant in Bai Kuke.

About the scholarship, I picked 8 girls and paid their school fees for all of them, bought uniforms plus exercise books for those entering form one. I am still trying to put resources together, if things work well, I will be officially launching the scholarship on the 15th August 2014 in Bai Kuke, even though I had already paid part school fees for all of them, and bought uniforms for all the first year secondary school girls.

You can read more about my scholarship following these links.
http://worldpulse.com/node/78732
http://worldpulse.com/node/90576

You can as well go to my journal ( http://worldpulse.com/user/12271/journal ) and read the profiles of all the beneficiaries

I also have a facebook page where ( https://www.facebook.com/RescueWomen) dedicated to this course.

Once again, thank you so much, dear Bheki, for lifting up my spirit with your comment.
Sending you warmest love from Cameroon

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Mauwa Brigitte's picture

Courage for the work done

Thank you for your courage and sympathy shows how much you débâtez for women and girls in your community so that they are also empowering, despite one arm; a little patience the solution will come for the better future of the community. God will grant you that the dream is realized.

Brigitte

Nakinti's picture

Dear Brigitte, Thank you so

Dear Brigitte,
Thank you so much for thanking me.
I also thank you for encouraging me. I am praying for success in all my endeavors, God be my helper.
Thank you dear.
Love.
nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Mauwa Brigitte's picture

Thank you for the courage

Hello NAKINTI,
I encourage your brave effort to empower women and girls in your community; Continue the fight one day your dream will be fulfilled. May God give you what your heart needs.

Brigitte

busayo's picture

Thank you for the wonderful work

Dear Nakinti,
Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing, a lot of our people are still novice on how to use computer and accessing internet. You have a very brilliant plan and this will give a lot of those children to know what is going on around the world.
Thank you once again!!

Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Nakinti's picture

You are right!

Dear Busayo,
You are right, just so many people are novice, women especially.
I am praying for success in this project.
You are doing a great job in Nigeria with your Web We Want project...thumbs up!
Thank you my sister for encouraging me.
Love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

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