BloLab : The First FabLab in Benin

3 janvier 2018 Commentaires fermés

The Republic of Benin is considered by the international experts as one of the more stable nations in Africa, thanks to its political and constitutional institutions. This state is extending its peace and stability tentacles to other domains like education, religion and obviously the information technology. This is within this good environment for developing digital projects that the maker lab named « BloLab » was born.

 

The BloLab Staff

Lire la suite … »

YovoTogo Diary-2017-6-Final

21 décembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Saturday October 28, 2017

This is a rest day in Bombouaka before we leave tomorrow to drive back to Sokodé. We run some errands in Dapaong, wash the car, meet with the team in charge of the Don Orione Center, exchanging fraternal and reciprocal thanks, before we take one last picture with the whole staff. Some moments of joy with the children, who – like every year – hand to us little notes, touching drawings, and we really feel like being home, but we must leave now.

Lire la suite … »

YovoTogo Diary-2017-5

18 décembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Thursday October 26, 2017

This is a very busy day, starting with a preparatory meeting with the Oti’s prefect, Mister Ouadja, who will preside the inaugural ceremony of 2 computer rooms, which are planned for today. Mister deputy Bankani also honored us with his presence. It is important and pleasant for us to witness the support and the commitment to our projects of the local authorities, be they elected representatives, secondary or technical school inspectors, traditional leaders, representatives from the parents associations, representatives of the Internal Security Forces, police and gendarme officers.

Lire la suite … »

Emmabuntüs enters Paris Descartes university

12 décembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

This is within the framework of an academic course on « Computer Tools » that, Wednesday December 6th, Hervé – a member of our collective – made a presentation on Emmabuntüs. This course is led by Antoine Caumel and is intended for students following the Master 1 degree « Contemporary Societies : ethical, political and social challenges » of the Paris Descartes university. About 20 students registered for this course, which is actually more a workshop than a classic theoretical seminar. A total of 12 sessions are scheduled during the first semecter (the course ends with the Christmas vacations).

The « Contemporary Societies » Master is of the « research » type (as opposed to a professional course), which aims at training researchers, and therefore is very focused on the production by each student of a research essay (representing 50% of the final grade). The first sessions focus on literature reviews, tools and working methods, in order for the students to gather the key information to grasp, at the end of the semester, what is the current « state of the art » in their respective research field. Lire la suite … »

YovoTogo Diary-2017-4

11 décembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Monday October 23, 2017

At 8AM this morning we are at the CRETFP (Regional college for technology education and vocational training) in Dapaong to meet with the responsible persons for this school and those of Jump Lab’Orione, YovoTogo and the Tandjouaré-Dapaong Rotary Club. The goal of this meeting is to define the conditions under which the « FabLab-OrthoLab » project will be implemented, this project including a computer room, an incubator for digital activities, supplemented by a 3D printing unit to produce parts for the disabled children orthopedic center of Bombouaka. The managing director is obviously delighted to hist this project in his educational institution, and to add it to his training program portfolio. Together with his deputy and the head of works we visit not only the room initially assigned to the project, but the whole building (see photo below) consisting in 3 rooms, 2 of which being air-conditioned.

Lire la suite … »

YovoTogo Diary 2017-3

4 décembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Friday October 20, 2017

On today’s agenda, we plan to visit three out of the seven training rooms which have been implemented until last year. We start with the one in the Bombouaka high school, then those of Tandjouaré and finally those of Nano. Generally the attendance rate as well as the equipment follow up are satisfactory. New USB keys containing the new version of the Operating System will be given to the JUMP Lab’Orione members in charge of the maintenance and sustainability of the project.

During the following days, we will inaugurate six new training rooms, bringing to 13 the total number of installed rooms. Around noon we go at the house of Rotary Club members Arsène and Martine, to share an excellent lunch, and some fresh drinks well-deserved under this hot temperature. Afternoon we are invited by the Tandjouaré-Dapaong RC to the delivery ceremony of the solar panel installation within the Tampialim high school, near the Ghana boarder. It is a GD project of the Quebec RC. Spectacular welcome by a traditional folk group featuring around 80 women all dressed in white.

Lire la suite … »

YovoTogo Diary 2017-2

27 novembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Tuesday October 17, 2017

Intense and very busy day : in the morning visit to the children, then to the youth, all ready to go to school or college. It is a very special time when each face regains its name. We share some news and meet up again with Joseph the maintenance man and Richard the driver.

At nine o’clock in the morning, we are hosted by the Rotary Club of Tandjouaré Dapaong, to attend the yearly visit of their 209177-2018 Governor, the Nigerian doctor Ari Toubo IBRAHIMA.

Lire la suite … »

YovoTogo Diary 2017-1

20 novembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

Between October 14th and November 4th, three members of the YovoTogo association stayed at the Saint Louis Orione Center of Bombouaka, a place nicknamed « forgotten hearts heaven ».

As often as possible, and depending on the availability of a decent Internet Connexion, they shared with us pictures and comments around the key points of their day-to-day activities. Hereafter their breathless diary.

Sunday October 15, 2017

This morning we went to Agbodrafo to meet with Elias (Ubuntu Elico Emmabuntus) a huge fan of the free software, with whom we communicate since more than one year. He has his own mobile phone and computer maintenance shop as well as a cyberspace featuring 7 computers. He leads a group of village youth, and their dream is to start a FabLab.

Lire la suite … »

EmmaDE-2 The Stretch Version

9 octobre 2017 Commentaires fermés

On October 2nd, 2017, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.00 (32 and 64 bits), based on Debian9.1 distribution and featuring the XFCE desktop environment.

This distribution was originally designed to facilitate the reconditioning of computers donated to humanitarian organizations, starting with the Emmaüs communities (which is where the distribution’s name obviously comes from), to promote the discovery of GNU/Linux by beginners, as well as to extend the lifespan of computer hardware in order to reduce the waste induced by the overconsumption of raw materials (1).

This release is intended to ease even more the refurbishing workload on all the associations using Emmabuntüs, and on our JerryClan friends in France and in Africa. For more information concerning our current and futures activities, you can read our blog post The Emmabuntüs collective is back to work.

And, if you want even more details concerning our various cooperations with these associations, please read this interview which summarizes the 5 years of our collective existence.

Screen capture of the presentation video, made by Lilo, the alternative and solidarity search engine,
which finances social end environmentally friendly projects.

Lire la suite … »

2017-09 Emmabuntus collective is back to work

28 septembre 2017 Commentaires fermés

The activity of our Emmabuntüs collective is restarting after the French summer vacations and this is the right time-frame to tell you that the Lilo alternative search engine, which helps financing humanitarian and environment friendly projects, just achieved a nice video clip presenting our actions, together with those of our solidarity friends, in the frame of the computer reuse and the education in France, in Africa and also in Nepal, thanks to the availability of the GNU/Linux operating system !

A big thank to the whole Lilo team for making this very nice video clip, that we will release on September 12, 2017.


Screen capture of the Lilo video :
« The LILO search engine presents EMMABUNTÜS »

Lire la suite … »