The good news is that we manage to complete the wiring phase of Umeme/Electricity Project. The financial committee is still working on the actual budget information, but the estimated cost is about $3,000 for wiring of the Administration block, which is used as an office for all the teachers at Mlimani Primary School. This is a big accomplishment for MAO because just less than 4 months ago, we only had $200 for this project. Therefore, I am proud of MAO team for all the hard work in raising funds and finishing this phase of the project. Another BIG thank you is to our Alumni Sponsors. Their willingness to give their donations to MAO and put the trust on us is very appreciated. So Cheers! J
I spent more than few minutes replying emails and creating emails for new MAO volunteers. Juanita emailed me the final version of Madawati Proposal, so I will need to update the Mlimani Alumni Website and add that information. I should be able to do that tonight. I am also expecting some photos that show the wiring phase of Umeme/Electricity project. I plan to email all registered alumni tomorrow and give them updates on projects after a long silence!!! Sorry people, I had to wait until we have some good news to report!
This morning, I called Mrs. Kujerua, who is the Head-teacher of Mlimani Primary School. She informed me that the wiring phase of Electricity/Umeme Project is complete, as expected! This is great news because the deadline to complete this phase of the project is January 31st, 2008. Although, a concept of having timeline/deadline on a project is a common sense, there are challenges associated with it when you are running non-profit organization, only based on volunteerism and no one is paid. I will blog about the challenges of enforcing the deadline next time.Nevertheless, I was able to update the Head-teacher about the upcoming events on Madawati/Desk project. As always, she expressed her appreciation to everyone who is involved in making all the things happen. Everyone at Mlimani Primary School is very excited about what we are doing, and frankly, so is MAO team. After hard work in the last 4 months, finally, we are seeing the results! let’s drink to that I also called our Project Manager for Umeme/ Electricity project, Ms. Kige. She was in the middle of giving a lecture J, so I had to promise to call her again next time. But later on the day, I received an email from her with updates. She promises to have financial documents related to wiring phase of Umeme Project ready by the next. So that’s great. She has done marvelous job for MAO. We appreciate all her work.
Our struggle to find a Project Manager is finally over!! Today, MAO has a new volunteer on board!! Very accomplished young lady has accepted an offer to become our Project Manager for Madawati/Desk Project. This is a huge deal for MAO because we have been in desperate need of a qualified person. She is coming on board at the right time because our first 50 Madawati/Desks will be produced starting this coming weekend of Feb 02, 2008. There are busy days ahead for her, but I have no doubt about her abilities. She is very dedicated, like the rest of the MAO team. I know she will fit with the team very well. Welcome on board Ms. Neyciah!
Recently, I wake up between 5-7AM and make few calls to Tanzania to follow up on MAO projects before I go to work.
Today, I spoke to 3-key individuals who are involved with Madawati project. First, I spoke to Mr. Safari who will be selling us Mbao; an alumnus volunteer referred MAO to him (thanks Kim). He has given us a fair market price for Mbao, if not the cheapest and guarantees quality. You can refer to madawati proposal for information. Mr. Safari is always ready to do business, so he has no problem to deliver this weekend. That is good news! I did not give him any advance notice, so I was worried of a possibility that he might not have what we need in such a short time.
My second call was to Mr. Edward, the carpenter. Mr. Edward and his team will be creating the madawati/desk for MAO. Since we are buying our own mbao, the labor charge is 18,000Tshs. Again, it is a very fair price, if not cheapest. Someone else was charging us more than double this amount. Mr. Edward is also ready to start the project. We agreed on two things. First, he will go to Mwenge, to see Mr. Safari and provide instructions about cleaning the Mbao and misumari sizes. Second, he will meet with the rest of the team at the delivery location on the day of delivery.
Move on to my last call, which was to Mr. Emmanuel, MAO’s lawyer. This man has done so much for MAO! Now, he is helping us making sure all contracts are good and is helping us in other financial matters. I spoke to him about multiple issues, which happens to be confidential to MAO key individuals.
Tomorrow, I will call the Head teacher and give her some updates, so she can be ready for madawati project.
Ok, may be calling it an ‘epiphany’ is an exaggeration :), but it takes a lot of courage to become a blogger. You are reading my first entry of this blog.
If you must know, the motivation for this ‘blogging movement’ came after realization that alumni, friends and sponsors of mlimani projects need to know more about what’s going than what is provided right now. Therefore, through this blog, you will be part of MAO’s day to day activities. Let me assure you, we have a lot of electrifying issues within MAO at present. I am already suffering from writer’s blockJ, so I will close this first entry by welcoming you to Mlimani eXpress. Karibuni sana!!!!